For a perfect alternative to pumpkin pie this holiday season, check out my recipe for pumpkin pie fudge over at Marcus Samuelsson’s blog!
As many of you guessed, I attended the Foodbuzz Festival this weekend in San Francisco.
I was a Foodbuzz Festival virgin before this but for my first time…it was pretty awesome. Firstly because I roomed with two fabulous ladies – Lauren of Keep It Sweet and Nicole of Prevention, RD. It was like one huge slumber party. Day after day, night after night.
Secondly because of all of the fabulous bloggers I got to meet – Greg of Sippity Sup, Debbie of A Feast for the Eyes, Audra of The Baker Chick, Marla of Family Fresh Cooking, Chrystal and Amir of The Duo Dishes, Julie of Willow Bird Baking, Krissy of Krissy’s Creations, and a whole slew of others whose business cards I haven’t had time to fully analyze yet.
Then, of course, there was the food.
The weekend kicked off with a cocktail hour hosted by Sabra and a dinner by Electrolux. Both were filled with an assortment of different foods but my favorite item that night was the beet ravioli. Utterly addictive, they were filled with shredded beets with a hint of tarragon. To cap off the night, we were served an array of desserts that were designed by Top Chef Just Desserts winner, Yigit Pura. Each of which was more delicious than the last.
On Saturday morning, on our way to the break-out sessions (we did as much walking as possible rather than using public transportation…gotta work off all this food somehow!), Lauren, Nicole and I stopped at La Boulange bakery for breakfast, where I had a lovely cappuccino and the most fabulous egg, cheese, tomato, and smoked salmon sandwich of my life. I was also won over by this place because they offered nutella as one of their condiments. As it should be.
For lunch – the Tasting Pavilion! Which was basically a HUGE smorgaasboard of insane amounts of food and samples. Mostly chocolate. Swoon.
My best friend and her boyfriend came to this as my and Nicole’s guests (in fact, Tiffany’s hand is featured below!).
We came very close to needing to be rolled back to the hotel.
And to having a few servings of vegetables pumped into our blood via an IV.
Dinner on Saturday was sponsored by Alexia Foods with Tyler Florence as the evening’s host! I told you I was wined and dined by a Food Network star. 😛
Lauren and I stayed for the entire day on Sunday, taking a red-eye home Sunday night. We just couldn’t leave San Francisco without stopping by Bi-Rite Creamery, where we had lunch. Yes, I had ice cream for lunch. You can pick your jaw up off the floor, thankyouverymuch. And then walked around San Francisco for all of seven miles (not even joking). It was worth it.
All in all, I had an amazing weekend and was super sad to return home to real life. There’s something about being surrounded by people who love food and think about it as much as you do that is insanely inspiring. And if I could have made it so the weekend never ended…I would have.