So, the night before the conference I went to dinner with Jaelithe Judy, our panel's moderator and Dawn Brighid, our co-panelist. At Jaelithe's suggestion we walked down to Wild Ginger which serves meat, vegetarian and vegan dishes.
That's Dawn on the left and Jaelithe on the right.
Our session the next day was titled Taking Your Blog Activism to the Next Level. It was really great that BlogHer arranged for all of the speakers to be able to meet in person before our sessions. We spent an hour at the formal speaker's meeting in the Spanish Ballroom at the Olympic Fairmont Hotel, stayed for our own private session after, then stepped out for a late dinner together.
We didn't have reservations so instead of waiting for a table in the dining room (pictured above) we headed straight to the bar where we could order anything from the menu without a wait :)
The food was so pretty I had to photograph everything Jaelithe and Dawn ordered.
Squash and Sweet Potato Soup
A Vietnamese stew with bean curd sheets, tapicoa shreds and bean thread nooodles.
Pickled vegetables: Daikon, beets and onions.
Market Vegetable Satay with orange teriyaki sauce, sticky rice, and homemade pickles.
Pickles from the back corner of the tray.
The Rama Setu was red curry, eggplant, hard spiced tofu, sweet potato, daikon, red onion and curry leaf.
And the Thai Passion Tofu consisted of fried tofu, eggplant, soy sauce, kafir lime leaf and basil. The color of the eggplant was especially pretty beside the golden browned tofu and bright green basil leaves.
In all honesty I didn't feel too hungry because I'd eaten a late lunch at Etta's just a few hours earlier. So, I decided to order one of my favorite foods, a plate of Sichuan Green Beans. You can see how fresh and tasty they were.
I also asked for a bowl of brown rice. I loved that Wild Ginger offers short grain brown rice. I wish more places would. Over the years I've grown to prefer it over white rice but I usually have to make it at home.
It was a perfect and simple meal.
We ordered a nice selection of dishes that originated from several different Asian countries. The Wild Ginger website says their dishes span "the eastern Pacific Rim from China to Indonesia, and Malaysia to Vietnam."
This is a good Asian fusion restaurant to go to if you're dining with a mix of omnivores, vegetarians and/or vegans. It definitely worked for Jaelithe, Dawn and I as we throughly enjoyed our meal as much as the opportunity to get to know each other better before our session the following afternoon :)
Wild Ginger has two locations you can visit:
1401 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
11020 NE 6th St. Ste 90
Bellevue, WA 98004