Foodbuzz Festival: Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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Wow, oh, wow. What a night!!! My brain is still spinning!

Tonight’s dinner was put on by Outstanding In The Field and was held in the Greenleaf produce warehouse.

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The Greenleaf produce warehouse was such a cool setting for a foodie dinner! 😀

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The dinner tables extended all around the warehouse.

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Due to the water bottle mishap in my purse, I ended up carrying around my electronics in a plastic bag for most of the night. What a dork!

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Shannon and me!

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New blog friends! :mrgreen:

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One of the passed apps during the cocktail house was a crostini with tuna puree.

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Cocktail hour in the warehouse was happening! 😀

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Our place settings consisted of mismatched plates, handmade bamboo chopsticks, and customized menus. So neat!

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The meal started with a light appetizer of marinated veggies.

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Bloggers! :mrgreen:

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Then we were served a soup of mushroom dashi, maitake, shimeji, enoki mushrooms.

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Next was Udon, grilled Monterey calamari in a browned butter ponzu reduction, cucumber, kaiware, frisée and yellow pear tomato with chojang and sesame vinaigrette.

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We had fun with the old school seltzer bottle! 😉

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The main course was salmon with garlic and curry.

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And a creamy mushroom risotto with koshihikari rice and crispy maitake mushrooms. So delish!

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And more wine.

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The roasted brussels sprouts with ponzu fried garlic, guanciale, and bonito fakes was out of this world!!! It was easily the best dish of the night!

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I ate 2 servings.

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There was also soy braised beef cheeks and oxtails served with baby carrots and fingerling potatoes.

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The beef was incredible!! It was sooooo tender!

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For dessert, we had Koshihikari rice pudding with cookie crumble and warren pears on top. It was good, but a tad on the bland side. 😕

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After dinner, it was time for the Foodbuzz Blog Awards.

As you probably know, I received nominations in 3 categories:

  • Best Healthy Living Blog
  • Blogger would you most like to take to dinner
  • Blogger would you most want to make you a cocktail

Somehow, I won all 3 categories!!!! Crazy, yet cool! 😎

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I am totally floored and honored! Thank you, readers and Foodbuzz! What an amazing night for Carrots ‘N’ Cake! :mrgreen:

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My blogger friends also won awards: Jenna won “Blogger most likely to have a cooking show,” Kath won “Best Food Blog,” and Caitlin won “Best Blogger Humanitarian Effort.” It was so cool!!! 😀

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Once back at the hotel, a bunch of us gathered at the hotel bar and celebrated with a cocktail and dessert. We shared the chocolate torte, which was absolutely divine! I loved the strong, fresh mint flavor!

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I also celebrated with a Grey Goose dirty martini. 😉

Kath suggested an early morning run tomorrow, so I only drank about half of my martini. There’s no way I want to run hungover in the morning. Ick.

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I can barely keep my eyes open and I have another fun-filled day planned for tomorrow.

I still can’t believe that I won 3 Foodbuzz Awards! Ahhh! What an honor! I’m heading to bed with the biggest smile on my face ever! :mrgreen:

G’night!

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80 Comments

  1. Congrats!! Looks like you had loads of fun!!
    Carrots’n’Cake is my favourite food blog ever, you definitely deserve those awards 🙂
    Well done, have a nice day!!
    Nicole xx

  2. Hey Tina! I just wanted to say congratulations on all of your awards! I’m so happy to see you won and that all of your hard work has paid off. I’m also happy (and slightly jealous) that you are thoroughly enjoying your time in San Fransisco! I love that city and it seems like you are having a great time. 🙂

  3. Tina! Congratulations on the awards, that is unbelievably exciting! I totally voted for you in all three categories! You are, by far, my favorite blog to read and I’m so exxite that your hard work, creativity, and passion has paid off!

    Congratulations!!! 🙂

  4. Congratulations in dominating the categories!!! You deserve every single one of those awards! 🙂

    Brussels sprouts with bonito flakes?! YUM. I need to try that! The udon and mushroom soup look a-mazing too 😉 Hope you have fun today!

  5. CONGRATULATIONS! Things are really going great for you, so exciting. That produce looks amazing. Annnd so does the food you ate. I want to be in San Fran looks like a foodie’s paradise.

  6. Sending lots of congratulations your way. Great job Tina!!! I love Carrots ‘N’ Cake. You’re an amazing blogger and you 100% deserved those 3 FoodBuzz Awards. Yay!!!

  7. Congrats on your awards!! Purely amazing 🙂 You deserved them. You’ve seemed to have such a fun weekend – I’m purely jealous. Have a safe flight home and enjoy your last day in SF!

  8. Congrats…you totally deserve it!!!. I’m so happy for you. Am I the only guy who follows your blog :-/
    I’ve been reading your blog daily for over 5 months..and I’ve learnt so much about healthy living…thanks to you.

  9. Congrats…you totally deserve it!!!. I’m so happy for you.
    Btw, Am I the only guy who follows your blog :-/ ??
    I’ve been reading your blog daily for over 5 months..and I’ve learnt so much about healthy living…thanks to you.

  10. Congrats, Tina! You deserved to win all three awards. What a way to top off a fabulous weekend :).

    Have fun the rest of the time you’re out there!

  11. Congratulations! You definitely deserve to win all 3 awards! I don’t comment very much, but I do read all the time (and voted for you, of course!)

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