Maggie’s Friday Favorites

by Maggie Battista on September 20, 2013

in California, Drinks, Seattle, Travel

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Thank you for visiting with me and the Eat Boutique crew at the Anthropologie Market last week. Oh my goodness, we were shocked to see so many food lovers line up at the door before the market opened and even more thrilled when several of you said, “Hello, I read and shop Eat Boutique!” It may seem silly to keep saying thank you, thank you, thank you over and over again, but my heart always gets a bit buzzy when we talk – it means SO MUCH to meet face to face.

(Writing on the Internet is NOTHING like meeting in person, so more meetings in person, ok?)

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After that market and the blurriness of a busy summer, I’m finally on vacation. I’m not a summer vacation type of lady. I guess I’m just a fool for fall. Fall vacations are crisp, filled with a golden hue of light and always red-wine soaked. My kind of vacations always involve wine. I guess it’s a good thing I’m on the west coast then!

I’m in Seattle this weekend and then in California wine country all next week. But before I sign off and let you enjoy all of next week’s amazing recipe and maker posts, I wanted to share five things I’m excited about right now:

1. I’m attending the International Food Bloggers Conference in Seattle. I love visiting Seattle and 400+ food bloggers and writers just landed in this city, so get ready, Seattle. We’re looking for coffee, great food stories and a lot of fun.

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2. I was about to write that I’m hoping to meet Dorie Greenspan but – guess what? – I just did! We compared Paris notes (hello, Meg Zimbeck!) and she gave me a beautifully wrapped food gift of her legendary Beurre & Sel cookies. I’m saving them for a vineyard picnic.

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3. Healdsburg, California is one of my favorite places on the planet. I cannot wait to check out Shed and see old friends.

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4. Fall fruit in the west coast is just wonderful and I actually packed my canning rack in order to preserve as much as possible while I’m here. I’m thinking about fruit vinegars, jam and marmalades, fruit butter and more. Maybe I can make some more tomatillo ketchup while I’m out here.

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5. I’m eager to simply sit in a vineyard with a packed lunch and a big glass of red. I want to disappear for a bit into the vineyard landscape, eat freshly assembled platters of cheese, fruit and bread, and really, not do much of anything. And I want to let myself dwell on recent dinners at Belly Wine Bar, Bronwyn and Ceia Kitchen & Bar – and incorporate those inspirations into this bit of writing I’ve been doing… which I’ll tell you about soon! (Really, it deserves it’s own post of sheer gratitude soon and it’s coming this Fall, promise!) xox

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Happy almost Fall!

Photos from Shed, Buerre and Sel, and Maggie Battista.

Eat Boutique discovers the best small batch foods by boutique food makers. We share recipes, maker stories and city guides to eating boutique. We host tasting events and markets for food makers, cookbook authors and food fans. We craft seasonal, regional gift and tasting boxes and sell individual items that you can order in the Eat Boutique Shop. You can also follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagramTumblr and Pinterest.

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Maggie Battista

Founder at Eat Boutique
Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's writing her first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in fall 2015.


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  • Katie@TheKitchenDoor

    Hi Maggie! I’m also a Bostonian in Seattle for IFBC this weekend. I don’t think we’ve ever met in person back on the East Coast, but I’ll keep my eye out for you here!
    – Katie

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      Katie, did we get to meet? It was such a fabulous whirlwind! Did we meet in the restaurant when Dorie was there? xox

  • leduesorelle

    Brilliant idea to preserve while traveling, especially out west where they have an embarrassment of riches in terms of fruit!

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      Total embarrassment, people would just step on the figs! SHEESH, I brought every fruit home. :) xox

  • http://notquitemomoftheyear.com/ Jenifer@Not Quite Mom of the Y

    Only you would take a canning rack on vacation! You are my hero! Have fun…I can’t wait to hear about the conference!

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      Hey Jeni! I MISS YOU. Promise a write up very soon. xox

  • http://mapandmenu.com/ Meredith Perdue

    Just catching up with my blogs and was so excited to see this post. My boyfriend and blogging partner, Michael, was at IFBC representing WordPress! After he finished up there, we met in SF and drove up to Healdsburg for a few days. Our first stop was Shed! (We loved it!) We enjoyed our other visits – Barndiva, Spoonbar, Oakville Grocery, Banshee Wines, Copain, Scribe Winery, etc. Can’t wait to read about your trip!

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      We did all the same spots! Don’t you just love Healdsburg? I enjoyed SHED too. xox

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