Do you have any Valentine’s Day rituals or traditions? Remember the days of yonder in elementary school, getting those cheesy cards delivered in class? Or gifting out those chalky Sweethearts candies with little notes on them? (Did anyone ever actually like the taste of those candies?!) At home, my mom would give my brother and me a little present every year for Valentine’s Day. Once, it was a cute stuffed animal gorilla holding a sign that said “I love you.” It is one of those gestures that is so small yet clearly had a profound appreciation for holding in my memory for so many years.
It seems a little sad that having lived in Portland for so long, how few times I have visited Seattle, just three hours north. It is a beautiful, fun city and relatively easy to get to, but for some reason, life always would get too busy and those trips would just rarely happen. This past weekend, however Brice and I took a few days to head north to visit some friends and enjoy our larger sister city up north. We had such an incredibly great weekend.
Despite no premade plans, we hit up some delicious meals and a lot of fun activities.
About half the reason I wanted to go to IFBC this year was to get some additional (and much needed) photography tips. We were beyond lucky to have Andrew Scrivani spend about 5 hours of his very valuable time giving us a photography lesson.
Andrew is an extremely talented food photographer. He shoots regularly for the New York Times. You can also see his work in numerous cookbooks, magazines, and other papers. He even has a great blog, making SundaySauce.
His website has some incredible dessert photos that just make you want to stuff your face with a giant piece cake or get some melty ice cream right away.