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While the Instagram feed is not changing with YouTube, I am taking a break from this blog.
Not for long! Only until the end of May.
Basically I’ve been so swamped with planning/health recovery that I want to minimize work to just YouTube and Instagram. At least for while. It’s mainly so I don’t collapse while I try doing daily vlogging for the month of May, which I suspect will take up way more of my time than I’m planning it to. (Which makes sense, especially with my calendar. It’s going to be busy.) Also, I’ve noticed that I’m not keeping up with comments on here or Instagram, and I want to make sure I’m reaching out to you awesome folks. So, a break is in order.
Here’s to planning this next adventure!
Being low on spoons, or mental energy to function, is real, especially right now with the stress of the political environment. And yet, you still need to run your social media accounts!
Here are some ways to keep things going, even when you’re not really up for it.
While there’s no true “set it and forget it” scheduling tool for Instagram, there is stuff for pretty much everything else, depending on your needs.…
So I’m on the YouTube now! (I know, great timing with the ad boycott thing going on, but hey, I was planning this for a while.)
I was going to make some cute video to go with it, and then there was construction all. day. long. I couldn’t even record a reasonable sound bite until it was nearly dark out. So, text announcement it is!
I’m adding on YouTube – and making my face public – for a bunch of reasons, most of which are about bringing more of Seattle to you. That and it’s almost the one year anniversary of the Seattle Dessert Geek Instagram feed, so I felt it was time to change things up a bit.
This time last year, I was recovering from grad school – and a sprained ankle that left me unable to walk more than a few blocks without pain. Poolside, decked out in my fancy/mandatory flip flops at IACP 2016, I convinced myself that hey, I should finally join that Instagram thing.
So hey, I am finally joining that YouTube thing! Super curious to see what this adventure brings for 2017, and I can’t wait to share it with you.
And don’t worry, Instagram isn’t going away. I may change my posting rate until I get used to doing two channels, but it’s absolutely not going away. (Especially next month. I’m planning to vlog every day in May, since I couldn’t do VEDA with this timing. It’ll be fun!)
See you in video! And, in case I don’t say it enough, thanks. You are all so awesome, and seriously help me keep this going.
For April Fool’s I decided to go with a savory theme on Instagram, because I don’t like mean pranks. (I do have a history of pranking people, especially my spouse. That being said, I like fun-for-everyone pranks, and stuff that takes a while to set up.)
To go with that, let’s have a roundup of some of the places I go to eat real food!
The Amazon Salad Zone.
While this isn’t its real name, given that it’s right by the Doppler cafeteria, it might as well be. There’s this spot on 7th and 8th near Virginia that has four salad shops in close proximity, and I love three of them. (Nothing wrong with Evergreens, it’s just not my personal salad jam.) …
If you use your hands in your photos or videos, you’re a hand model. Congrats! So let’s make sure your hands are at their most awesome for Instagram and all your photos.
I get a lot of compliments on how I use my hands in my images. Which sometimes amazes me, because I’ve not been incredibly kind to my hands. I grew up cleaning animal cages, then spent two years running around Puget Sound with machetes before starting grad school. Heck, my left hand, while you can’t see it in most pictures, has a wax burn scar on the top. (Lesson: blow really carefully on your ski wax to put it out, or you’ll get splash back.)
To get confident with my hands, I did two things: I practiced a lot, and upped my skin regimen game. And the skin prep does matter; I can see the difference now when I shoot. So today I’m detailing my prep stuff below so you can try what feels right to you, and next week I’ll talk poses. Because really, having happy hands will make you feel more confident in front of the lens, even if you’re beating your hands up on a regular basis for work.
Also, in this, I try out a face mask – on my hands. (They gave me one; I had to test it.) All for you, dear reader. Let’s do this!…
No one really covers the desserts at Taste Washington, so this year I am!
Because even a dessert geek gets amused at the idea of watching Tom Douglas make teeny tiny crab cakes.
I was media this year, which also gave the benefit of VIP access. (Seriously, that extra hour is critical. Thank you Washington Wine Commission for hosting me!)
For those of you who haven’t been before, let me set the stage. As soon as you walk in, you see rows and rows of wine and cheese, bites as far as the eye can see. To the right, more vendors – and a few food trucks. To the left side are most of the desserts, ready for when you need a sweet break. (And coffee, in case what you really need is caffeine.) Now you have 4-5 hours to eat and drink your way through it all – and you’ll do the same thing tomorrow if you booked a weekend pass. You know you won’t try everything, but you also know you’ll have a great time exploring it all. That is Taste Washington.
The dessert space had three different truffle vendors, two ice creams, a cheesecake, doughnuts, coffee, and dessert wine. (The third ice cream maker was to the side, doing its thing.)
A few things really stood out this year. First, the custom ice cream. The fact that you could not only get liquid nitrogen ice cream to order, but grab ingredients for other booths and make custom creations was incredibly special.
Next, the fact that it was basically Truffle Central 2017. We’re talking three truffle vendors ranging from traditional but fun (Dolcetta) to really ridiculous (Intrigue). And Evolve had truffle logs with flavors like guava, in case you hadn’t had enough ganache goodness. And Scarlatta was selling truffles in addition to tasting their sauces, so you pretty much could get your chocolate fill.
Here are some of my top bites from 2017:
Here are my hopes for 2018:
This is the lighting in the dessert space. It was way worse than most of the areas, so yeah, finding info was fun.
Honestly, my big thing is I really wish they offered a Designated Driver badge. It’s not cheap to go (we’re talking ~$200 for a single weekend VIP pass), but for a food geek like me who doesn’t drink much I’d love the chance to bring friends to go around and nibble. Because there are some epic bites, especially in the savory stuff, and I wish I could make a weekend of nibbles.
The moral here: if you can, go, eat all the tasty things, be in a food and wine coma for days. It’s an experience we’ll all hopefully get to have at least once.
I was hosted as media for Taste Washington, which gave me a press pass for Saturday of the event. All opinions are my own.
First, announcement time: I’m teaching an Instagram photography course on April 30th in Seattle! More info/how to register at the end of the post. On to the fun stuff!
This is focused on Instagram, but it’s also meant to improve your overall photography. And while there’s no quick way to get a better photographer besides practice, there are tools and techniques you can start today. As in, right now. Let’s get going!
(Note: I am assuming here that you have some comfort with taking pictures on Instagram. I’m going to do an intro to Instagram photography post later, but these tips will still help if you’re just starting out.)
So a few weeks ago I went to Cafe Trophy and got fed. Um, I should be more honest: I got fed a lot.
And then founder Jennifer Shea came over and we chatted – mainly about the Birthday cupcake, because, um, have you seen this thing?
Now you’ll notice that this is being posted in March, which is too late – the Birthday Cupcake is gone for the season, right? Not. So. Fast. This is some exclusive info, people. Read on to hear about the future of the Birthday Cupcake, the growth of Cafe Trophy, and upcoming menu options. I’m hungry already.
Look, I just want to get to the cupcakes. Read on!…
I’ve been in Portland on Instagram for the last few days, so it’s time to round things up.
Here are some of the sweets I grabbed in Portland that I definitely think you need to try out. Have you visited any of these places yet?
(Disclosure time! Off The Waffle and Olympia Provisions gave me free food. On to what you care about: where to snack.)
Various locations; website
If I’m in Portland, this is always one of my first stops. And for good reason: it’s one of the few places to pick up the epic Only Child Chocolates and Batch PDX. They also carry Soma bars I’ve only ever seen in person there. And there are most of the local brands, from Ranger to Xocolatl.
I mean, look at that bar! My response is totally reasonable….