Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Foodbuzz Fest 2011: I Ate Too Much in San Francisco

 Delicious. Taken by Kimmie.

As you may be able to tell, I like to play with my food.  And I played with my food a lot this past weekend while amongst my blogging peers. I also drank an inordinate amount of wine, which may or may not have contributed to the above photo. 

Whatever, I have no shame.

This was my second year at Foodbuzz Fest,  and it was an enjoyable experience. Though I missed some of last year's posse, it was nice to see old friends and meet new ones. I even let some of them hug me! But it turns out that my reputation precedes me. Some people (who I don't know) think I'm a big ol' Twitter meanie.

To that I say the following:

Sarcasm, people. It's called sarcasm.  Except for the hug thing. I totally bite.

Anyway, you're here for the food. Let's go!

Scallops are one of my favorite foods, and this was a delicious one. The parsnip puree was equally as good. But the pomegranate shooter resisted consumption. Turns out I was supposed to use a tiny crack spoon instead of my tongue. Jessie also had this problem.

I compromised. I refused to try the Sabra dessert, as chocolate hummus just didn't seem appealing. Instead, I tried the beet ravioli. I followed it up with mac n' cheese and four kinds of macarons.

Please keep in mind that I don't even like macarons. But the gingerbread and red licorice flavors were amazing. Yigit Pura knows what he's doing.

Saturday morning, I learned an insane amount of useful information about point and shoot photography from Greg. Then I tried to put it to use at the Tasting Pavilion. My first target was TCHO drinking chocolate.


It's no secret that I love cheese. This particular cheese is roasted chili chevre by Redwood Hill Farm. I think I died and went to heaven. The candy cap mushroom cookie was also quite delicious.

One wouldn't guess it, but non-alcoholic wine soda is quite delicious. Definitely something to consider at dinner parties for those non-drinking guests. You should also feed them sprinkles. Who doesn't like sprinkles?

Watermelon beer is where it's at, yo. Plus, it's local. Well, if you live in the Bay Area. And don't even get me started on Sonoma Syrup Co.'s blackberry cheese drizzler. I would have licked the plate if it weren't so impolite.

A few of my lovely dinner companions. We have Ben, who always has a wonderful expression on his face. Then there's Marc, who is demonstrating just what bloggers do while at dinner. Angi and Jean are hiding behind my wine glass while drinking from their own.

Saturday's dinner was a really odd mix of appetizers. Samosas. Sushi. Yummy risotto mushroom things. Champagne. And french fries. Tyler Florence was apparently present, but I had to stop listening for fear that I would react violently to his verbal ticks.


I like shrimp. I'm not a fan of under- or overcooked beef. Therefore I ate shrimp. Really, I just wanted to eat the celery root puree and the blue cheese from the salad.

Also, take a close look at Angi's reaction to the above-mentioned french fries. If you notice, Ben has a similar expression a few photos up. Undercooked frozen french fries are a bit on the unappetizing side.

I wanted to take the goat cheesecake bites home with me. The only problem was that the bread pudding got in the way. And stuck to my spoon. 

Okay, maybe I encouraged it to stick to my spoon. But bread pudding shouldn't be served cold and it was just begging to be played with. It tasted good, though.

So, that's about it. I sort of forgot my camera in the hotel room Sunday morning, which was probably a good thing. You would have only gotten photos of crispy bacon. And more cheese--it's an addiction.


Tina said...

Yum! I did wonder if there was containers for food so that you could take some to eat at another time. I am sure sampling everything in one sitting would be an impossible task. Glad you enjoyed the festival-thanks for sharing all these pics!

Gina said...

I love your recap, I could have written the same one about the food. I'm still working on it, my photos came out terrible though. But who cares about the food anyways, I only showed up for that hug! Hope to see you soon.

Isabelle said...

Watermelon beer? Whaaaaaaaaaaaa? I'm very sad I didn't get to try it out when I visited SF last month.
Also, very sad that I wasn't at Foodbuzz Fest. Sniff. Maybe next year!

Sis. Boom. said...

I'm so glad you wrote this post so I could forgo my own as we seem to have had much the same impressions of the weekend. Once I overcame my social anxiety disorder I had a nice time meeting so many people I had previously read, yourself included. I think I was the only one not taking pictures of everything I ate that weekend.

For the record, thought the beet ravioli was one of the best tastes of the event...if you don't count the macarons which always seem to ruin the curve for me. I did try the chocolate hummus. I hope some day my therapy is successful and I'm able to talk about it without an anxiety attack relapse.

Megan said...

I miss that beer.

(OK I miss y'all too. But mostly the beer.)

Jessie said...

That dang gelatinous pomegranate dessert just didn't want to be eaten. I wonder where my teeny tiny spoon went?

The Cuisinerd said...

Great to see you again this year!

Monet said...

EVERYTHING looks so good. I wish I could have been there. Thank you for always bringing me such delicious eats and memories. I hope you are having a wonderful and relaxing evening. My stomach is full of Mexican food and I'm off to dream yummy dreams!

Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) said...

I'm commenting a little late on this but FBZfest was fun. We had a great table. I hardly took any pictures so it's nice to see your recap here. Cool!

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