Foodie Friday: Seattle Coffee Fest 2013

Since sometime between the 14th and 15th century people have been cultivating and processing the coffee bean. Power packed and delicious this unassuming seed is used in a multitude of fantastic ways in almost every major culture around the globe. From the coarsely ground French press coffee method to the finely ground and steam brewed espresso, if you are looking for a little extra energy you can count of the coffee bean to get you going.

Last weekend, a few thousand coffee lovers gathered to taste and sample the coffee and tea industry’s current up-and-coming products as well as a few tried and true products. Coffee Fest was held this past weekend at the Washington State Convention Center. The three-day, caffeine-filled event included vendors of all kinds showing their coffee-related products to a very receptive and, obviously, energetic crowd.
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Foodie Friday: Roasted Beet Salad

IMG_2814Simplicity and quality ingredients are always the best way to go. When sourcing ingredients for a dish, I try to find the highest quality products from local organic farms where things are done with love. If you have a farmers market of any kind in your community, I highly recommend making weekly trips while it’s in season.

This week’s recipe is common in our house and is perfect for a healthy side dish or on its own. The credit for this particular dish has to go to my lovely partner who introduced me to it – I hope my recipe does her’s justice. If you are vegan, you can replace the feta cheese with a substitute or leave it out. For those of you who have seed or nut allergies those can also be left out or replaced with something crunchy that works with your needs.

Enjoy and I’ll see you next time!
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