Coming and going

There has been lots of coming and going lately.

We just returned from Seattle where we spent some amazing five days. I spoke at BlogHer Food, caught up with friends, explored the city, and ate delicious food here, here, and here (and many more). All I can say is how much I love Seattle. I need to put it out there at once…

I want to live in Seattle. Where else can one find poppies growing out of a stone wall in an alley? I could have sat next to that wall for hours.

And this week I leave for Montreal where I will be teaching a food styling and photography workshop (you can read what the Montreal Gazette wrote about this workshop here). Thrilled about this one as well. And knowing me, I wonder if I will come back saying I want to live in Montreal.

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30 Responses to “Coming and going”

  1. A wonderful picture and poppies!



  2. I can’t wait to meet you this saturday! I received your presentation and was like : “ooooh it’s REALLY happening!” *good stress* :) Have a safe flight/travel!
    ps. You will want to stay in Montreal! ;)

  3. Oh, how you’ve brightened my day and sent me down memory lane! Seattle, my birth city, where I lived the first 3o plus years of my life. A piece of my heart will always belong to her. Now I have some new places to dine… I want to live at Sitka & Spruce!

    May you enjoy your time in Montreal! From Nadia’s photos, she looks so enchanting.

  4. Hi Aran! I remember us talking about Seattle over lunch, I can see you being very happy living there! What an amazing city! (btw,I still dream about that lunch you so lovingly made me)!
    Have a great time in Montreal!

  5. Glad you love Seattle so much! I’ve been here for just over 2 years now and I can’t imagine ever leaving.

    Bummed to have missed you and your session at BlogHer Food, I was mic wrangling in an opposing session. Was hoping to connect with you since I’m head to Basque Country to explore half of my families roots in September!

  6. Christelle- excited to finally meet you!

    Sweet Life Farm- Yes, I’ll be seeing Nadia and i too want to live at Sitka and Spruce.

    Kelly- you will have to come over some time soon again!

    Adina- sorry to have missed you. jealous you get to go to my homeland. have fun!


  7. I can’t wait to see you on Sunday Aran. I m so exiting to meet you and to speak about photography with you! See you on Sunday :)

  8. Barbara- excited to meet you on Sunday!

  9. GG says:

    Beautiful photograph. Nature manages these things so well without any help from us humans. You’ve definitely got a couple of weeks of meeting and enjoying. I wish I was near enough to take your photography course. GG

  10. It is our dream to move to Washington. And I LOVE poppies!

  11. Poppies growing out of a stone wall?? Great!!
    Have a nice trip.

  12. Lissa says:

    I wish my whole life looked like sitka and spruce and the flower shop next door! What a lovely place! So glad you enjoyed your visit.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Hi Aran!

    (Heidi from the Makerie here…) So glad you enjoyed Seattle! You even got a few sunny days, spectacular isn’t it?
    It’s a fabulous place to live! Hope all is well!


  14. What lovely poppies! All the more lovelier coz it’s banned here :(

  15. jessica says:

    So thankful Seattle is my hometown :) we do have a nice assortment of things to do :)

  16. C.B. says:

    I was born and raised in Montreal. It’s like a little taste of Europe in North America (do go to the old port if you have time). I’ll be there this Sunday but I will be spending time with my family as it is Father’s day. Enjoy the city.

  17. Thanks guys. I can’t wait to explore Montreal as well!

  18. Can’t wait to go to Seattle myself! Have fun in Montreal, such lovely city..

  19. Hannah says:

    I’m delighted you had such a good time here in Seattle, Aran! You ate at some of my favorite restaurants – especially Molly Moon (I like her ice cream a little too much!). I enjoyed hearing you speak at BlogHer immensely. What a terrific panel! And now I’ll appreciate hearing your voice when I read your words. Have fun in Montreal! That’s a city I’d love to visit.

  20. Hannah- thank you for coming to the panel and great to hear you enjoyed it. Can’t wait to be back. Thank you!

  21. Me alegro que una vasca le encanta mi tierra (Seattle) como me encanta el País Vasco!

  22. Linda says:

    I am reading this as I pack my gear for your workshop on Saturday. We’re driving up from Boston to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary and so I can attend your workshop. What could be better. I can’t wait to meet you.

  23. Linda- that is so exciting. Congrats! Will see you soon.

  24. Sini says:

    Life keeps you busy these days. Have an exciting work shop (oh how I wish I could attend one of yours one day) and enjoy Montreal!

  25. Sounds like you’re HAving a great month!

  26. katie says:

    Your phtotos are absolutely amazing! I’ll be visiting :)

  27. Annalee says:

    I loved Seattle as well. It is a refreshing city to visit, especially if you are from the east coast. I hope you discovered Spinasse on Capitol Hill- one of my favorite restaurants in the world with the most creative, simple, Italian dishes and handmade pastas. I dream about Seattle’s restaurant scene morning, noon, and night. I wish I was there to attend the event and hear you speak!
    All the best,

  28. Rachel says:

    So glad you liked Seattle! I’ve lived here my entire life and can’t imagine living anywhere else. The air is so fresh and everything is so green, especially this time of year.

    Isn’t Molly Moon’s to die for! YUM! :)

  29. I love poppies and pictures are amazing
    as usual. I’m going back home to Donosti after a couple of weeks enjoying the south of Spain. Love

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