Monday, July 22, 2013

Bite of Seattle 2013

One of Seattle's favorite summer weekends just passed.  The Bite of Seattle which happens every July is a showcase of delicious Seattle cuisine.  I try to go every year and try something new!  It's a fun atmosphere with music, local vendors, amazing food, and beautiful summer weather (usually) at Seattle Center.  This year was different for me because I noticed all of the different social media opportunities restaurants and companies took advantage of during this event.  I was excited when I saw that eSurance had a Twitter photo contest using hashtag #tweetwhatyoueat!  The most exciting part was that I WON!!!

Every booth had a sign promoting the contest along with the food vendor's twitter handle.  What a great way to promote local restaurants and start following them for food specials and updates!

First stop- .@Dumplingtzar Russian dumplings!
2nd stop- Trophy Spice! Elk burrito

Finally! 3rd stop- @iwantsomebigboys!! Pork adobo tacos and longanesa breakfast sandwich      
My prize! Worth $200!

Other than eSurance's contest, I loved the Groupon and PhotobombNW booth! You get a free photo and a chance to share what your favorite local spot is.  It can be a restaurant, park, etc. just anything local that "you heart beats for."  If you Instagram your photo and hashtag #lovelocal, you will be entered to win $200 from American Express.

My heart beats for #Vivace! #lovelocal #seattle #biteofseattle Thanks @photobombnw and @grouponseattle!

We made it on the Wall of Fame!  

I really enjoyed the way the Bite used different social media channels to share what was happening at the Bite this year.  Other than food, I also loved watching Dock Dogs!  It's a distance jumping contest for dogs!  Dogs willingly jump from a dock to fetch their toy in the water.   It was so impressive and cute to watch the dogs! 

I hope all you Seattleites were able explore the Bite this year.  It was a great day to enjoy our amazing summer weather with good eats.  If you missed it, be sure to mark your calendars for next year!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Pride Parade 2013 with UBER Seattle!

Ride With Pride- UBER Seattle

It was a blast dancing and marching with the UBER Seattle crew during the Pride Parade on Sunday!  (UBER is "Everyone's Private Driver" and you can find a ride any time and anywhere by downloading the app on iPhone or Android device.  Find out more details here!) The scorching sun didn't stop this parade veteran!  I was super energized and excited to lead the pack (which included 3 UBER vehicles) the whole way down from 4th & Seneca to Seattle Center where confetti, drinks, and cookies awaited.  I met a bunch of cool people and we rocked it! We danced, blew bubbles, handed out beads and candy, jumped, ran, and shouted RIDE WITH PRIDE and anything else UBER.  I waved my sign like crazy so the crowd could cheer and recognize UBER and take advantage of the Pride special it was offering for first time Uber users. 

Bring it on!

How did I get a chance to join the party?! Simply tweeted and volunteered via email! I also received a free UBER tank which are quite a hit I must say.  I was getting tons of compliments while walking around the Seattle Center Pride Fest searching for a post-parade meal.
Pumped that we got to do this together!

Bird's eye POV. See that black hair in the front? That's me!
If you haven't tried UBER then do it! It will save you time and a parking headache!

Thank you UBER Seattle for having me!  My sore calves and I will never forget.