Pepper Lynn officially launched last November, and since then, I’ve mostly been doing my own thing, somewhat disjointed from the rest of the blogging community. My isolation hasn’t been deliberate; rather, I simply haven’t yet had many opportunities to make meaningful connections with my peers. Forming new relationships can be challenging online, and it feels awkward to say to someone, “Hey, you don’t know me, but I’ve been reading your content, and I kind of feel like I know you, so maybe we could be friends.” Even if you do have the courage to do that (and I have done it), it’s still not as natural as face-to-face communication.
Given this, when I received an invitation to attend a bloggers’ tasting event this past Friday night, I jumped at the chance. The dinner was a held at Chan, a new Korean fusion restaurant located at the north end of Seattle’s Pike Place Market. The space is small and intimate, offering a welcome retreat from the bustle of the city streets, and though it just opened on May 1st, the flawless food and welcoming staff made it seem like they’ve been doing it for years.
I invited my friend, Amy, to come along on this adventure, and together we made several new acquaintances (including Keridwyn, Antonio, Alix, Jenni, Madeline, and Kristin) and sampled a variety of menu items. Nothing we tried disappointed, but the bulgogi beef sliders and ginger crème brulee rose to the top of the pack. As a French-trained chef creating Asian cuisine, Chef Park brings a unique perspective, combining traditional dishes, such as kimchi and bibimbob, with modern cooking techniques. This approach yields food in which authenticity is sometimes sacrificed in order to achieve a balance of flavors and textures, but I certainly don’t mind. Whether I’m making homemade pho, tostones, or the chile verde that I will be sharing later this week, my philosophy is similar, and at the end of the day, taste trumps tradition for me.
My only Chan critique would be the bartending, which seemed like an anomaly in an otherwise ideal experience. The service was a bit slow and not as friendly as I’d like, and the cocktails, while sounding scrumptious based on their written descriptions, weren’t particularly memorable. Overall, though, dining there was a real treat, and I look forward to visiting again with my hubby on our next date night.
But wait, there’s more! In addition to providing delicious bites, this event also whet my appetite for more community. I sincerely enjoyed getting to know the other bloggers, and I am excited to build those relationships and make new connections in the future. Further, I am left craving a greater sense of community with all of you. My Google Analytics plugin gives me a sense of where my traffic comes from, but unless you have commented here, I really don’t know who you are. Let’s change that, shall we? Even though I am the owner and publisher of this blog, I don’t want it to be all about it me. My desire is that it would be a place where we can all share ideas and inspiration and make a few friends along the way.
I’d love to hear from you in the comments so we can start to get to know one another better. What brought you here? Are you a blogger? A cooking novice? What types of food do you enjoy preparing? Feel free to share whatever you’d like! You can also join in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. There, I’ll keep you updated on the latest Pepper Lynn posts, provide kitchen tips and recipe ideas, and share the occasional photo of my darling kiddos.
I’m looking forward to talking with you all more!
Disclosure: Admission to the Chan Seattle event was provided to me at no charge, but I am not being compensated to share my experience. All opinions are my own.