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.


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Bollywood Theater on the Destination Oregon Television Show

I had so much fun doing this television segment with host Mackenzie Wilson and the Destination Oregon crew. I was actually pretty nervous at first, but everything went smooove once we started talking food, focusing front-and-center on Bollywood Theater's kati roll. Chef Troy MacLarty has a knack for finding little-known Indian dishes and making them his own. It's one of my favorite spots for.... oh blah blah blah. Here's the show [Destination Oregon is a special edition of Central Oregon's myWindow]:



Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New Article: Off the Tourism Trail: Main Street, Vancouver, B.C.

Off the Tourism Trail: Main Street, Vancouver, B.C.

The sleek spires of fashionable downtown aren't the only side to Vancouver, British Columbia. Daytripping to East Vancouver's edgy and historic Main Street takes you to another city, one short on franchises and long on what makes Vancouver Vancouver: the singular passions and creativity of locals. While few would argue if you bandied about the word "hipster" to describe this artistic, boundary-pushing neighborhood, financial investment has turned one-time experiments into Vancouver institutions. And the real reason I visit this trendy hood whenever I'm in town is its exceptional food and drink....

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Friday, January 8, 2016

New Article: Dining on Boise's Bustling 8th Street

Dining on Boise's Bustling 8th Street

When visiting a city for the first time, it's all about finding a landmark, an easily recognizable building or avenue to help you get around. In Boise, I toyed with the idea of the regal Capitol Building, with its striking green swirled marble interior, but quickly chose 8th Street. Because on 8th Street, you not only find the city's heart, you also find its stomach...

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Announcing the 8th Annual Northwest Travel Writers Conference


This conference just gets better. And really, who needs an excuse to visit Walla Walla in May?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:
Mattie John Bamman / 207.408.0496 / mattie.bamman@gmail.com

Don't Miss Early-Bird Registration!
2016 Northwest Travel Writers Conference
Eighth annual conference calls travel writers to connect with NW tourism industry
$99 Early-Bird Special runs through January 31

Explorer Media Presents (January 6, 2016) -- You are invited to Travel & Words 2016, the Northwest’s premier conference for travel and lifestyle writers. Travel & Words 2016 will be held in Walla Walla, Washington, on May 16 and 17 at The Marcus Whitman, one of the Northwest’s historic grand hotels.

Register for Travel and Words 2016 by January 31 for a discounted early registration fee of $99 (20% discount). Sign up for the conference and find out about special lodging rates at The Marcus Whitman here. Register today, before available spots fill up.

PROGRAM:
1. KEYNOTE SPEAKER: PETER FISH, Travel Editor, SUNSET MAGAZINE
What makes a good travel writer (and how to become one)?
For thirty years a travel writer and editor for Sunset Magazine, Peter Fish will share a few secrets of his success and also a few of his most humiliating failures.

2. Editors Panel: Discover current travel publishing trends and what editors are looking for from freelance writers.
·       Robert Stieve, Editor in Chief, ARIZONA HIGHWAYS
·       Teresa Kenney, Editor, NORTHWEST MEETINGS & EVENTS
·       Dale Miller, Editor in Chief, BRITISH COLUMBIA MAGAZINE, CANADIAN TRAVELER & EXPLORER MAGAZINE

3. Destination Marketers Panel: Destination Marketing Organizations (DMO) and Convention & Visitors Bureaus are a freelancers allies. Learn what they can do for you and what they expect from you.

4. Destination Exhibits and Presentations: by 20 key CVBs & DMO’s from the
Northwest (U.S. and Canada), with opportunities for writers to network, discuss familiarization (FAM) trips and gain dozens of story ideas.

5. WORKSHOP INTENSIVES: Your choice of two workshops presented by industry pros (sign up at conference registration, no additional fee). Full descriptions of the 2016 Workshop Intensives are here.
·       How to be the Best Freelancer an Editor has Ever Worked With, by Dale Miller, Editor in Chief, British Columbia Magazine, Canadian Traveller, Explorer Magazine
·       Editor’s Writing Tune-up, by Allen Cox, Editor in Chief, Northwest Travel & Life, Northwest Tastemaker; Vice President of International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association
·       Breaking into Meeting & Events Publications, by Teresa Kenney, Editor, Northwest Meetings & Events
·       Creating Killer Pitches, by Bobbie Hasselbring, award-winning travel & food writer, book author, Editor in Chief of RealFoodTraveler.com
·       Social Media Strategies for Travel Writers, by Mattie John Bamman, Editor of Eater Portland, freelance writer
·       Industry Tips from a Veteran Travel Writer, by Sue Frause, freelance writer and talk show host

The Networking Mixer: Unwind with editors and destination marketers in an informal setting while sampling Walla Walla wines and gourmet bites by the culinary team at The Marc. The mixer will be held off site at the Gesa Power House Theatre.

FAM: An opportunity to be selected for a post-conference all-expenses-paid familiarization tour hosted by Visit Walla Walla. Choose from 3 FAM tracks: culinary, wine or recreation. Instructions for applying are here.


Door Prizes: Bring your business cards to toss in the bowl for fabulous door prizes.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

TEDx Video Is Up! Words, Not Ideas: How to Write a Book | TEDxSpokane


Growing up off the grid in Downeast Maine came with some perks in addition to the seafood and sweet hunting-orange fashion accessories. I got to learn how writing is like stacking firewood from my neighbor, the poet Theodore Enslin. It started when I was young, and Ted and I had a written correspondence until he died in 2011. I'll never forget the long (10+ hour) conversations when I was in my 20s. We drank wine, ate weird smoked and pickled seafoods, and talked (well, mostly Ted talked. I sat there like a sponge). Obviously Ted inspired my TEDx talk, but to say that it were dedicated to him doesn't seem to hit the mark. He was a friend, and friendship permeates everything. The one thing that I can do is to ask you to read a bit of his poetry (and definitely read it out loud to let in the melody). 

As for my talk on writing, please feel free to ask questions in the comments. Thank you to the amazing audience at the sold-out Saint Georges School auditorium. You were awesome. Thank you to TEDxSpokane for inviting me to speak and for organizing such an inspiring event. A special shot of love to Grace Leaf, for her coaching and her amazing ability to bring out the best in others.