• Foodbuzz Festival: Saturday Morning

    November 7, 2009

    Wheeeeee! What a day it’s been! I decided to break-up my recap into 2 posts because I took an insane amount of photos over the course of the day. The Foodbuzz Festival has been a total BLAST! :mrgreen:

    Our morning started with breakfast at the Ferry Building, which is right down the street from the Hotel Vitale.

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    Rumor has it that Blue Bottle Coffee Company has the best coffee in the whole country, so obviously I needed to try it.

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    We waited a good 20 minutes to get to the head of the line at Blue Bottle.

    While we waited, Jenna embraced her food blogger duties and snapped some shots of her delicious-looking egg sandwich with roasted red peppers. Food blogger in action!

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    For breakfast, I ordered an Arborio Rice Cake from Blue Bottle, which was absolutely amazing– one of the best gluten-free treats I have ever eaten.

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    It was incredibly moist and had a strong, sweet flavor of brandy. Yum!

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    The long wait at Blue Bottle was definitely worth it. My Cafe Au Lait was perfect– foamy, bold, and very smooth.

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    Delish! :mrgreen:

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    After breakfast, we headed to the outdoor farmers’ market, which had gorgeous views of the Bay Bridge.

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    Farmers’ market + coffee = perfect Saturday morning! :-D

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    While I snapped photos, my partner in crime held my coffee.

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    Everything at the market looked so incredibly fresh– and, of course, it was all local.

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    I’m so jealous of San Francisco’s local food scene!

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    While wandering around the market, Kath and I stumbled upon the Noe Valley Bakery table. Everything looked so delicious, we just had to try something.

    I loved the name of this muffin:

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    Kath and I ended up sharing a pumpkin scone. Obviously, I loved it! ;-)

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    I also tried a bite of ripe pluot.

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    I loved the vibrant colors of the farmers’ market!

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    The ladies!

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    Just me.

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    Yay for food bloggers!!! :mrgreen:

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    After spending about an hour at the farmers’ market, Kath, Meghann, and I headed to the Cowgirl Creamy cheese tasting session.

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    Omg, there were so many amazing cheeses!!!

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    I had taken a ton of notes during the session, but a water bottle mishap in my purse destroyed them all. :-? But, I’ll do my best to remember what I sampled!

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    The Fromage Blanc was the first cheese that we tasted. It sort of reminded me of whipped cream cheese, but it’s made with whole milk instead of cream and had a much stronger flavor.

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    My favorite cheese of the bunch was the Inverness, a new cheese in the Cowgirl Creamery’s offerings. It had a nice strong taste and a dense, creamy mouth feel. I loved it!

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    I also liked the Mount Tam, which was smooth and creamy, yet firm with a buttery, mellow flavor.

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    Time for the main event at the Foodbuzz Dinner and Award Ceremony! I’m off!

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    { 24 comments… read them below or add one }

    candice November 7, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Oh wow, there are so many yummy eats in this post! Arborio rice cake, pumpkin scone, CHEESE… and of course, the bright cheeriness of the farmer’s market! I wish I had a market like that nearby… that would be heaven. Thanks for all the drool-worthy pics!

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    Light Delight with Tou Tou November 7, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!! it’s really great foodbuzz holds this events! I see so many familiar faces in your photo – guess it’s really fun and exciting hanging out with them in real life! Enjoy!
    btw, that Arborio Rice Cake looks very special!

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    BethT November 7, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    They grey one is actually the Bay Bridge…Golden Gate is red!

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    Cynthia (It All Changes) November 7, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Coffee and the farmers market are some of my best summer times. I hit the starbuck nearby and then wander around enjoying the sight and buying some yummies.

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    Erica November 7, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    How freaking fun! The food all looks delicious (of course). I think I would want to buy everything at that farmers market. This is making me want to return to San Fran so bad. Enjoy Tina!

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    Food Makes Fun Fuel November 7, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    fresh apple cider is beyond words

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    Katie November 7, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Sounds delightful. Good food and good company sounds like an amazing weekend. It’s making me want to go back to San Fran though. In a year I can move and San Fran is a strong contender.

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    Joelle (The Pancake Girl) November 7, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    That latte is gorgey. Looks like you’re having a blast over there!

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    Kat (Kat's Daily Plate) November 7, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    What a perfect looking day- so much fun! I am always in awe of the local food scene in San Fran everytime I visit & the Ferry Building is the BEST!

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    Meg C. November 7, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    So how exactly does a stud muffin taste? … sexy? haha

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    Dori November 7, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Your pictures of the food and farmers market all look so gorgeous. Looks like such a fun time!

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    john caplan November 7, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    i love these photos! the food looks delicious!

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    Lisa November 7, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    It all looks so amazing! Beautiful pictures. Definitely looks like FoodBuzz has put on a great event for you all!

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    Sarah November 7, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Man that farmer’s market looks insanely awesome. The pic of all the food bloggers gave me major camera envy!! ;-)

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    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 7, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Yum. Looks awesome.

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    Alicia November 7, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Your pictures are absolutely beautiful and make me want to jump on a plane for San Fran in the AM. Thanks for doing such a great job recaping your time at the Festival. I feel like I’m there!

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    Kelly from Bridges and Bites November 7, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    Oh my goodness, your pictures look so fantastic. I really wish I could be there!

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    Lynn (The Actors Diet) November 8, 2009 at 12:06 am

    cheese, glorious, cheese!

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    Lu November 8, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Mmmmmm, cheese! I totally love the pics. Pluots are my favorite fruit. It looks like you’re having fun. Hope it continues to be wonderful.

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    Ameena November 8, 2009 at 12:09 am

    The Ferry Building is one of the most amazing places to eat in the world because everything is just so fresh. If you have a chance check out the Slanted Door which is just excellent!

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    Vivian November 8, 2009 at 1:28 am

    I just bought that same shirt you are wearing from the gap for $8.What a bargain!

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    Nicole November 8, 2009 at 3:23 am

    It so looks like you are having a wonderful time!! I love cheese, and I’m so jealous! It makes me want to drive to France this weekend, but I don’t have time! Maybe next!! (It’s only 45 min away!)

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    Jenna November 8, 2009 at 11:03 am

    those cheeses look great!
    jenna

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    Nikka @ neekadeek November 8, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    I love Cowgirl Creamery! I think I will have to add their new cheese to my holiday menu : ) Everything looks so good, I am uber jealous of you right now!

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