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Italian Coffee Dance

Been thinking a lot about Italy lately, and how much I miss it, and my dear friend who lives just outside of Milan. Strangely, when I think of our trip to northern Italy, the food that comes to mind isn’t pasta or wine or even risotto — it’s chocolate croissants and cappuccino. Each and every morning began at a coffee bar, usually at Milano Centrale train station, where there were no tables or chairs — something we are acutely  unaccustomed to here in the states. The ritual began as we lined out the door to wait to order and pay, then…shuffled to the next line for our pastry…shuffled to the next line for our cappuccino…squeezed our way up to the bar for an uber-quick consumption, then we were on our way as the next coffee monsters pushed their way up to the bar. It’s one of the most efficient processions I’ve ever been in!

Fashion and the Foodie:

How to pack for the IFBC
(International Food Blogger Conference)

It’s just a matter of weeks until the International Food Blogger Conference in Seattle, and on my travel to-do list, that means it’s about time to start thinking about what I’m going to pack.

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A little bit about this conference: the IFBC is presented by Foodista.com and Zephyr Adventures. This will be the fifth iteration of this conference, and my second attendance. The agenda focuses on three themes: Food, Writing, and Technology for the food and lifestyle blogger, and is populated by some big names in food journalism and photography: Dorie Greenspan, James Beard award winning cookbook author; Andrew Scrivani,  New York Times Dining section photographer; Kathleen Flinn, best selling author and food writer; and many more folks on the genius scale.

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