Portrait of a Foodie: My Week in Seattle and Good Times at Fire Flour Fork

Portrait of a Foodie is my new weekly column that shows pictures from my food-obsessed life. Some may consider it sad that most of the 11,000+ pictures on my computer are of food.  So the purpose of this post is to put them to good use, because God knows my Facebook friends don't care what I ate for dinner last week.

I recently went on an unforgettable company trip to Seattle, where we ate non-stop but somehow still managed to squeeze in time for sailing, zip-lining, and even a zombie preparedness class at REI. 

Soon after I got back from Seattle it was time to go to Fire Flour Fork, a Richmond-based food symposium that had an impressive lineup of speakers, cooking demos, and a very generous tasting tent. It was really nice to catch up with the friends I'd been neglecting because of the recent move to the new house.  Hope you enjoy the pictures!

This Top Pot donut was the sailer's breakfast of champions 

This Top Pot donut was the sailer's breakfast of champions 

Sailing grub and local Seattle beer

Sailing grub and local Seattle beer

The sails of the Schooner Mallory Todd

The sails of the Schooner Mallory Todd

It was a beautiful day on Lake Washington

It was a beautiful day on Lake Washington

We spotted a resting sea lion!

We spotted a resting sea lion!

Din Tai Fung dumpling makers hard at work

Din Tai Fung dumpling makers hard at work

The famous Din Tai Fung in Seattle

The famous Din Tai Fung in Seattle

Churning out pork and shrimp dumplings

Churning out pork and shrimp dumplings

The soup from this Xiao Long Boa (soup dumpling) is drained and ready to be devoured

The soup from this Xiao Long Boa (soup dumpling) is drained and ready to be devoured

Best soup dumplings I've ever had

Best soup dumplings I've ever had

Obligatory Pike Place shot (the clouds were cooperating)

Obligatory Pike Place shot (the clouds were cooperating)

Gorgeous peppers sold at Pike Place

Gorgeous peppers sold at Pike Place

The spices at Market Spice

The spices at Market Spice

Stunning chanterelles 

Stunning chanterelles 

Ellenos greek yogurt with passion fruit - I was very impressed!

Ellenos greek yogurt with passion fruit - I was very impressed!

Elleno's employee being camera shy

Elleno's employee being camera shy

...But he came around

...But he came around

Cooking demo at Diane's Market Kitchen
Stumptown coffee ice cream at Molly Moon's - divine

Stumptown coffee ice cream at Molly Moon's - divine

Chilling with my fellow Canopy Tour zip-liner

Chilling with my fellow Canopy Tour zip-liner

Zipping through the woods of Camano Island

Zipping through the woods of Camano Island

Fire Flour Fork session with David Guas...and sadly...James Beard did not make a ghostly appearance 

Fire Flour Fork session with David Guas...and sadly...James Beard did not make a ghostly appearance 

Chef Gaus making biscuits with crawfish gravy

Chef Gaus making biscuits with crawfish gravy

Chef Mike Isabella of Top Chef fame making gnudi

Chef Mike Isabella of Top Chef fame making gnudi

My lovely friend Sonja from the beautiful food blog, Ginger and Toasted Sesame, sipping on some bubbly. She's my Northern Virginia doppelganger. 

My lovely friend Sonja from the beautiful food blog, Ginger and Toasted Sesame, sipping on some bubbly. She's my Northern Virginia doppelganger. 

My friend John who makes the delicious crunchy hot sauce Crunch Dynysty

My friend John who makes the delicious crunchy hot sauce Crunch Dynysty

Kelly from Blue Bee Cider, Richmond, Virginia's first urban cidery

Kelly from Blue Bee Cider, Richmond, Virginia's first urban cidery

The guys from Belmont Butchery serving up some dry aged steak

The guys from Belmont Butchery serving up some dry aged steak

A Blanchard's coffee pour in action

A Blanchard's coffee pour in action

I was grateful to the hardworking Rappahannock River Oysters shuckers who supplied the tasting tent with sweet, briny oysters all day long

I was grateful to the hardworking Rappahannock River Oysters shuckers who supplied the tasting tent with sweet, briny oysters all day long

My favorite oysters in the world: Rappahannock!

My favorite oysters in the world: Rappahannock!

Rounded out my week with a batch of bacon, bourbon, brown butter rice crispy treats

Rounded out my week with a batch of bacon, bourbon, brown butter rice crispy treats