A change in perspective, thanks to White on Rice Couple

August 25, 2008

OK – link first:

So, what is this post all about? No picture straight off??… Wait, no pictures at all!!! Has Matt lost his fingers? Wait, he is still able to type, so that cannot be so.

Danika and I had to go down to Southern California for some business, and we managed to wangle it (thanks work!) so that it would be around the time of a food bloggers party, hosted by the completely brilliant Diane and Todd – or as most know them White on Rice Couple

I have “known” these too for while. The speech marks because I had never met them. The email trail goes back a year though. So I got an email from them a little while ago about a party. But not just any party. They were cooking. That was enough to make me want to buy a couple of tickets down to CA. To make it even cooler (if it could be even cooler), they were inviting some of their other blogging friends over, for an evening of great food, and great people.

It looked for a while like we weren’t going to be able to make it. Work got crazy, and taking any time away from the office was a big no no. But, things lightened up, and thankfully we managed to package the trip down to California with some work stuff that we had to do.

Let me get this out – Tod and Diane are two of the nicest, most genuine, welcoming people that you could ever wish to meet. They also cook some of the best food I have eaten in a very, very long time. It gets better. They have spent 6 years working on a simply incredible garden too. A garden that not only looks amazing, but is almost 100% edible. And heck, I would even try and eat the few percent that apprently isn’t edible – because that looked soo friggin good too. Can these guys get any cooler? Why, actually YES. They introduced Danika and I to Mangosteen’s. Our new favorite fruit.

So why the change in perspective? It was meeting them, along with the great bloggers that they invited that really set things in perspective. I work too hard. I sweat the small things, when I shouldn’t. Life is about spending quality time with friends that you really care about and seriously enjoy spending time with. Good food (and good drinks!) completely goes hand in hand with this. I need to make more time for friends (and family), serious quality time. The people that you surround yourself with is what makes life great. Fuck the expensive cameras, computers, and all the other stuff that we fill our lives with. Err, OK, I’ll keep the cameras – that was a little hasty :)

Normally when ever I go down to Southern California, I am counting down the days till the plane takes us back to Seattle. I don’t have fond memories of the LA area, and the heat and desert thing ain’t may bag either, baby. This is the only trip I have ever had down there where I was actually really bummed to leave.

But this wasn’t it. The gathering wasn’t huge, but included some amazing people from the food blogging world in California. The party was a huge success, I met some of the nicest and most interesting people I have ever met. Everyone had a great time, talking about food, their lives, and eating. Eating lots of amazing food.

So – no photos this time. I didn’t take a camera with me on the trip. And for once, I am really glad I didn’t. I got to spend time with people, without my face pressed up against a piece of electronics, viewing the world through a lens, and thus not connecting with people.

More food and photos in a couple of days! In the meantime, go check out the White on Rice blog for photos of the fabulous food they cooked.

Any what was my favorite food there? Their grilled Tillapia for sure. OUT OF THIS WORLD. I have obviously eaten (and cooked) a crap load of fish. This was some of the best I have ever eaten. I would move to California if these guys opened a restaurant. Seriously.

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  • Chocolate Shavings August 25, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    That sounds like a wonderful experience. Food seems to have the great power to bring people together and come back to the natural and rustic side of things.

  • Peter G August 25, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    Sounds like you all had a great time…the power of food and good company cannot be beat.

  • Julie August 26, 2008 at 1:45 am

    Absolutely Matt! I had the same overwhelming epiphany. So glad to meet you and Danika in person. You guys are as amazing as you are tall… and you are really, really tall. :)

  • Matt August 26, 2008 at 11:50 am

    I love the idea of hosting a party for bloggers. I read your description of the party as well as mattbites’ post. It sounded like an amazing evening!

  • White On Rice Couple August 26, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    Gosh guys, thank you for such kind words. I’m still wiping my eyes dry of my silly tears……….I think we did a good job in fooling you both! ;) We hid our box of banana twinkies in the garage so that no one could see. ;) But the otter pops in the freezer accidentally got seen by everyone at the party. That was not SUPPOSED to have happened! :)

    Yes, connecting with people puts everything in perspective. Without meeting and understanding how other people live, think, work and struggle , life would be acute for us. Connecting with everyone keeps us
    open minded, grounded, sane and honest. We’re glad that you see things in the same way and we are grateful to finally have met you both.

    You are both an AMAZING duo of kindness, talent, artists and love. Your son is very lucky to have you both as parents. Give him a big hug and smooch for us.
    diane & todd

  • Hélène August 27, 2008 at 5:32 am

    Matt I’m so jalous. I wish I could have gone. I heard about the party but I’m on Vancouver Island. I was in California in March. I wish they had done it at that time. I’m glad you had a wonderful time.

  • Y August 27, 2008 at 8:00 am

    I love the way your enthusiasm for food comes through in your writing. No pictures required. Sounds like it was a great gathering!

  • Alex August 27, 2008 at 9:08 am

    My girlfriend is a journalist for a couple of photography titles here in the UK and she says the same thing about going somewhere without a camera. You gain a completely different perspective.

    Great post.

  • Nurit - 1 family. friendly. food. February 11, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    very nice.