I had a grand scheme to blog about cellophane noodles (the 2nd installment of noodles 101) while at the Greenbrier Food Writers Symposium this week. But there's little time and energy left at the end of the day. This is one of the premier food writers symposium in the nation and a small group gets together to learn and exchange information and know-how. Given the current economic situation (it's stalled), discussions have focused upon: How does a writer make a living in this economy? What opportunities are out there with new media?
We also talk at length about the craft of writing: it's like exercise and you have to regular practice to stay in shape and excel. This is my first time here and I was invited as a speaker, along with esteemed people such as Michael Ruhlman, Martha Holmberg, Russ Parsons, Andrew Schloss, Amelia Saltsman, Ann Pittman, and David Joachim.
The resort is absolutely lovely with decor that I can only describe as tasteful American baroque. Let's say the living room walls in my cottage are painted a delicate shade of pink. So aside from the symposium sessions, I find myself fascinated by The Greenbrier (pronounced green-bry-are) magnificent carpets, furnishings, wall paper and U.S. presidential memorabilia.
We've been eating well (you never starve at professional food events) but I've missed eating Vienamese, nevertheless. Last week, I popped over to peruse photojournalist Penny De Los Santos's remarkable photos from her trip to Vietnam and tonight I did it again. Sometimes you can't actually eat the food but you can savor the flavors with your eyes. Check Penny's photography out here: