Starting off with a memory from long, long ago. It’s the opening greeting at the first Vida Vegan Con, in August 2011. Obviously, we didn’t shoot this; it’s from Kristina Sloggett’s coverage on Spabettie.
Jess had just finished talking and it was my turn, which meant a pretty big adjustment for the microphone. Of course the cord was wrapped around the stand too tight so it was difficult to raise for me…and awkwardness ensued. Newbie mistake! But like most of the newbie mistakes we made that first conference, we laughed our way through it, figured out how to prevent it from ever happening again, and with a little help—OK, a lot of help—we got the job done.
Why, hello there, VeganMoFo VII! Vida Vegan Headquarters is kicking off our big month of memories with the most recent, by sharing some photographic evidence that all three of your friendly organizers have managed to experience some good old-fashioned summer time-ing.
Without further adieu, an Instagram collection:
And there’s your quick taste of what Janessa, Michele and myself have been up to this summer since the whirlwind weekend that was VVC2013. All three of us are also doing VeganMoFo over at our own blogs, so catch more at Epicurious Vegan, Vegtastic Voyage and Get Sconed!
See you back here soon! There’s so, so much in store at Vida Vegan Headquarters.
It is upon us.
It’s VeganMoFo, when we make the Internet explode with vegan recipes, food porn, discoveries, kitchen tours, love letters to appliances…yeah, it can get weird. The pledge we take to post every day for a month (at least Monday through Friday) energizes us, scares us, and and gets those creative juices flowing.
This year it’s happening in September, which means a little more light a little later in the evening, so you can more easily shoot your dinner. Thumbs. Up.
Are you in? Do you have a 30-day theme (like Janessa’s Bites From Abroad)? A day-of-the-week theme (don’t miss Thai Tuesdays from Jess)? Have you already been shooting and have a stash of drafts ready to go? Or do you just fly by the seat of your pants like me, letting the pressure fuel you into late-night ramblings about how much better organic cilantro is than conventional cilantro (it can make a HUGE difference), or an ode to the perfect frosting, with a texture so luxurious it licks you back?
If you haven’t signed up yet, via the official VeganMoFo page, step to! August 28 (tomorrow?!?!) is the deadline to get on the 2013 VeganMoFo BlogRoll. And while you’re picking up your official MoFo graphics, check out their advice on brainstorming and theming. Team MoFo (including a handful of your VVC pals) is there to help.
Team Vida is participating again…which makes it our third year in a row here at VVHQ. For 2011 we had a cocktail lounge theme, and in 2012 we were focused on blogging tech. This year we’re looking back at past Vida happenings, sharing photos and memories with you. And we’ll have some guest posts in there, from the greater Vida Vegan family. (Insert something about hugs here.) So go team. Let’s do it. You’re all #1.
Now go MoFo like a mofo.
We at Vida Vegan HQ love the Seattle Central Library. It’s oddly-shaped and weird and just so so unique and cool.
When we visited in April 2012 to research the best venue for the one day Tech Seminar, once we toured the library, we knew right away this was the right spot for us.
With stunning architecture and a central location, The Central Library is gorgeously awkward. Just our style!
The coolest part, for us, is the Red Room on the fourth floor.
This is where the meeting rooms are located.
The Tech Seminar this Saturday will be in a conference room on this red level, so for those of you that are coming, be prepared to get all “Red Room Red Room” up in here. (It’s Halloween season, so this The Shining reference totally fits. Apologies for the creepy link!)
Our bright and cozy meeting space!
See some of you this Saturday! Any last minute suggestions for places to eat?
Hello, hello! Jess here, and I’m currently nearing the end of a special New York hiatus. As a native Long Islander (which I don’t always admit, so we must all be friends here), I’ve been seeking out vegetarian options in the city since I was in high school. No matter how long I’m in town for, there are always a few locales on my must-go lists, and so many damn new places to try and work in! This time around, it had not only been three years since I’d last been, I also had my never-been-to-New York girlfriend with me, and we only had so much time on our hands with a wedding to attend, museums to visit, shopping, sightseeing and sleeping. I had been talking up how New York makes the best bagels, knishes (and explaining what one was), pizza, ice cream and falafel, big time, and while we didn’t check everything off our list (I’m trying!), we threw in some Thai, a vegan diner and crossaints.
Here’s a peak into our first few days for Vida Vegan’s MoFo! Food! Friday!
Just this morning, my sister and I walked from her apartment in Brooklyn to a nearby vegan doughnut shop…delightful….and I have three more days to go! For more obsessive NYC vegan dining updates, check it.
Possibly what Seattle is known best for (unless you follow sports; I bet Seattle has some famous sports team or something), Pike Place Market lives up to it’s reputation. With a beautiful view of Puget Sound, Pike Place is filled with cobblestone streets, little specialty shops, and a big market filled with fresh flowers, fresh pasta and fresh produce (Nevermind the ‘fresh’ fish; ugh).
There’s also the little thing known as the Gum Wall nearby.
A cute shop sells authentic grenadine. Grenadine is traditionally made out of pomegranate, but now most brands just use red coloring and sugar water. I loved finding this.
A cozy little bookstore located in the market center.
The famous Gum Wall:
Yep, all gum.
We love Pike Place Market. What are some of your favorite spots in Seattle?