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FoodBuzz Festival Day 2: Eating … and more Eating!

After the amazing welcome reception and street food fare from the night before, I was really excited to head back up to SF for Day 2 of the festival πŸ™‚ As I was driving up I just felt so lucky that I live so close to one of the best foodie cities ever – San Francisco. I mean – without traffic it’s only about a 35-40 min drive (which is what it was since I left early on Saturday morning to get to the first sessions of the day!) And what a perfect location for hanging out with fellow foodies and bloggers!

After the morning sessions at the Sir Francis Drake, we headed to the Metreon for the Tasting Pavilion! I tried really hard to capture the essence of the tasting pavilion – which was AMAZING – but quite honestly, I couldn’t balance my bag of swag, my camera, my wine glass and the awesome food I was eating. So I opted to eat first and take pics later – which left me with only three pics from the Pavilion! (Sad!) But here they are πŸ™‚

Above – the first thing I ate when I got inside the Pavilion – spicy sweet potato fries from Alexia! Then I stopped by the Jarlsberg booth which had amazing cheeses, nuts, dried fruit, etc. I could have completely filled up just from that one booth!

Somewhere along the way, I found INNA jam’s station – their spicy jalapeno jam on a crispy toast with cream cheese was to die for!

And alas, my Tasting Pavilion pictures end here. It was such a blur of food and eating – next time I’ll really have to stay focused so I can share more pics! Anyway – one of the best things about the Pavilion was some of the cool people I met – like Julie, Azmina, Chef Dennis (who I have to commend for bringing healthy food to the school he cooks at!), and Mara who takes amazing food pics! So between this event and the Gala Dinner, we had a 3 hour break – so of course I went to H&M πŸ™‚

This has to be one of my favorite places to buy clothes – I found the cutest coat but the line to pay was ENORMOUS… so being a bit too logical I decided to go have coffee with a friend. Now I kind of wish I had that coat πŸ™‚ Oh well – I’ll just have to go back this weekend and get it! Anyway – so before the dinner I met up with my new friends Julie and Diana to get ready, and then we walked down Market St to the Ferry Building for the dinner! But – when we got there, the place was EMPTY

Apparently we had missed the memo for cocktail hour outside the Ferry Building πŸ™‚ But one of the hosts directed us to the right place and soon we were on our way to eating amazing appetizers! Like these Cheese Gougeres with Gruyere Fondue…

Absolutely amazing! The cheese melted in my mouth and oozed all over my tongue as soon as I bit into it! It took a lot of self control to not eat the whole tray πŸ™‚ Next up – Herb polenta cups with Cypress Grove chevre and provencal vegetables!

The warm polenta was so buttery and creamy (thanks to the chevre!) and the veggies on top tickled my palate πŸ™‚ When we finally made it inside, the hall looked as amazing as ever…

I love the Ferry Building! And our table was set to the nines – every course had a separate wine pairing courtesy of Bonny Doon Vineyards.

Julie, Diana and I were at the same table where we met a few other Foodie Friends. Here’s a pic of Julie and Diana that I took right before we sat down to eat!

Now – on to the food! The first course… a Roasted Golden Beet Tart with Crimson Beet, Feta and Currants, Wild Arugula and Basil Puree…

While the tart was perfectly cooked and very flavorful, I think I actually enjoyed the beet salad with feta & currants even more! The tart feta provided a perfect complement to the sweetness of the beets and the spiciness of the arugula just topped it all off. Next up – Tofu Scallops with Braised Fennel, Candied Orange Peel and garnished with Fried Fennel Fonds

While this was the vegetarian option, what surprised me most was 1) how flavorful it was and 2) how much it looked like the Meat option – the seared scallops!

They could have been twins! Soon after, course three appeared – which was some sort of Portabello Mushroom cake served with sauteed local wild mushrooms, basil oil, and butternut squash puree…

Oh and did I mention the wine? πŸ™‚

As if all that wasn’t enough, dessert was just as spectacular as the rest of the food! A Buttery Almond Cake with Oranges and Spanish Sherry Sabayon – just melted in your mouth – and the figs were so juicy and delicious – they went with the cake beautifully!

I told you there was a lot of eating on Saturday! πŸ™‚ At the end of the night I couldn’t believe how quickly it had all gone by. I was so grateful to have been able to attend the Festival – it was really one of the coolest experiences ever and it was so great meeting so many fellow food bloggers! At the end of the night, after I got home, I realized that I didn’t take any pictures of my FoodBuzz badge! So here is a very tired but content me – proudly holding up my badge as my husband takes my picture πŸ™‚


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FoodBuzz Festival Day 1!

This weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the annual FoodBuzz Bloggers Festival in San Francisco! This was my first “official” blogger event EVER – so needless to say I was both excited and nervous (since I only knew some of my fellow bloggers by their blog names, and didn’t know anyone in person!) Luckily, I had nothing to worry about – because food bloggers are some of the NICEST people in the world! The reception kicked off at the Herbst Pavillion at Fort Mason Center – an awesome venue that we had all to ourselves!

As soon as I walked into the building, I came upon the most amazing cupcake display – courtesy of Mission Minis

It took me a while to realize that the display spelled out Foodbuzz! On my way to our table I was distracted by the hors d’oeuvres that were passing me by so it took me about 10 min to walk 10 feet πŸ™‚

When I finally made my way to our table, I found the most delicious fruit and cheese plate, from Frog Hollow Farms

The grapes on this plate were the juiciest, sweet grapes I’ve ever eaten! It almost tasted like I was drinking grape juice out of the grapes! It took a lot of self control not to devour the entire cheese plate (I mean there were 9 of us at our table!)

One of the coolest parts about the first night was the Foodie gift exchange. It was a great way to kick off the Festival and a fun way to get to know fellow food bloggers! Andrea from High/Low Food/Drink gave me an AWESOME gift from Chelsea Market!

After the gift exchange, it was time to EAT. Some of my favorites from the night – first up – Vegan Paella!

Tacolicious was there with the most amazing open faced vegetarian tacos. I love their creative salsas too!

And Curry Up was serving Kati rolls as well as Paneer in a bowl!

By the end of the night, I was totally STUFFED, but it was well worth it! I said bye to a few newfound friends like SpicesBites, FoodFitnessFashion, and OperaGirl and headed home for the evening. I was full, warm, happy and really looking forward to Day 2 of the festival! Stay tuned for that post – if you thought there was a lot of food during Day 1, wait until you see my Day 2 post! πŸ™‚


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