Friday, June 17, 2016

New Article: How I Became a Certified Barbecue Judge, Eater Reports



Originally published on Eater.com

At three o'clock Sunday morning, assistant pitmaster Geff Hoekman wakes up in the parking lot of the Mill Casino in Coos Bay, Oregon. He steps out of the Uff-Da-Q team cargo trailer into the chilled coastal night air, heavy with smoke and the smells of cooking meat from 45 barbecue teams. He tests his smoker to make sure the fuel is burning evenly, consulting thermometer probes stuck deep in the meat inside in search of hot and cold spots. He and his team drove eight hours and spent $1,000 to get here, and on the line is $4,000, plus all-important bragging rights. He'll wake up every 45 minutes to repeat the ritual until dawn.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

New Article: Boise's Urban Wineries, Northwest Travel Magazine

When was your last "Aha!" wine moment? That moment when you drank a wine so special, you haven't seen wine the same since? Touring Boise's urban wineries and tasting rooms, you're certain to experience at least a few meaningful "Aha!" moments—if not the big one itself. Even with just seven tasting rooms, Boise offers a snapshot of Northwest growing regions, from Idaho's up-and-coming rieslings, malbecs, and syrahs, to the surprise Oregon pinot noir and Washington cab.

When it comes to urban wineries, the first thing to know about Boise is Garden City. Garden City is about a mile from downtown Boise, and it's home to all of Boise's urban wineries. Visiting in warm weather? Bicycle there on the Greenbelt, a well-maintained bike and pedestrian path that hugs the Boise River and rarely crosses traffic.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

New Article: Idaho's Most Iconic Foods, Northwest Travel Magazine

Arriving hungry in Idaho, I thought what I assume everyone visiting Idaho for the first time thinks: Where are the taters? Fun and bizarre potato creations have defined Idaho's culinary story for years—for instance, you'll find the blooming potato (an ingenious way to fluff-ify a potato) and baked potatoes topped with vanilla ice cream. Most restaurants serve the potato simply, whether mashed or baked, because the extra flavorsome Idaho potato is a delicacy unto itself.

The chefs, winemakers, farmers and friendly Idahoans I met painted a surprisingly diverse culinary landscape. In fact, the whole potato thing can seem like a never-ending bad joke, once you know how many Idaho delicacies are out there.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Northwest Travel Writers Conference Is Nearly Sold Out

Yo people! It's legit: The 9th Northwest Travel Writers Conference (aka Travel & Words) is just 8 registrations away from selling out. If you're planning to attend, better head to the website to register. This year, the conference will be in Walla Walla and will feature keynote speaker Peter Fish, Sunset Magazine Travel Editor. It's definitely a fun way to connect with editors and other travel writers, while getting ideas for articles and research trips. Here are the deets:

Just One Month Away!
Only 108 Spots Left!
2016 Northwest Travel Writers Conference
Connecting travel writers with the Northwest tourism industry since 2009
May 16-17, 2016, Walla Walla, Washington



Don't Miss It. Register here: www.travelwritersconference.com/

 
Keynote Speaker: Sunset Magazine travel editor Peter Fish

$125 registration includes editors panel, workshops, networking mixer, conference food & beverages, and regional travel & tourism exhibitors. Great contacts for attendees!

Workshop Intensives
Secrets from a Veteran Travel Writer • Create Killer Pitches for Editors Near & Far • Social Media Strategies for Travel Writers • Breaking into Meeting & Events Publications • Editor's Writing Tune-Up

Magazine Editors Panel
British Columbia Magazine • Arizona Highways Magazine  Northwest Meetings + Events (B2B Magazine)

See you in Walla Walla!
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Thursday, April 7, 2016

New Article: Portland's Hidden Restaurants, Northwest Travel & Life Magazine

Since the rise of the pop-up restaurant, even newer and more out-of-the-box dining experiences have popped up (sorry, really), and in Portland, nothing has received more obsessive fanfare than the hidden restaurant. Despite the fact that hidden restaurants are, well, hidden, they’ve attracted huge followings. They tend to be small (all the better for hiding from you, my dear), and they’re often hidden inside of other establishments, whether restaurants or gourmet grocers.
Case in point is Roe, a restaurant tucked away in a semi-private dining room at the back of B + T Oyster Bar...
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New Article: Northwest Moscow Mules

Northwest Moscow Mules

The tang, the spice, the booze—the Moscow Mule is a cocktail especially suited for rainy Northwest winters. Easily recognizable, it's served in a copper mug, often to the chagrin of bar owners; copper Moscow Mule mugs are some of the most stolen items in any bar.

The basic Moscow mule blends just three things, vodka, ginger beer, and lime, but that's just the jumping-off point. Pacific Northwest mixologists are crafting their own versions with assists from burly distillers and spicy ginger beer producers....

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

I'm on Right At The Fork!

Here's a rad podcast all about the new restaurants in Portland this year. I talk with hosts Chris Angelus and 101.9 Kink's Cort Johnson about some of the biggest Portland restaurant openings slated for early 2016, including Pine Street Market, Century, and Besaw's.

Chris's Right At The Fork is a regularly scheduled podcast that's all about eating in Portland, from dive bar recs from veteran bartenders, to restaurant trends with ChefStable restaurateur Kurt Huffman. Chris also runs the Portland Food Adventures dinner series, which takes you to special PFA-only dinners at some of the city's hottest restaurants (you can sometimes get into restaurants that haven't even opened, yet, too).

Per RATF:

Soundbite - Eater PDX's Mattie John Bamman's Anticipated New Places in 2016
January 27, 2016 

Mattie John Bamman, Eater PDX's editor-in-chief, discusses the places coming in 2016 that excite him most.