Foodbuzz Workshops and Tasting Pavilion

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Saturday was the most jam-packed Foodbuzz day of the festival with plenty of interesting new eats.

Breakfast kicked things off with an old favorite…

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Oatmeal!

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I went with bloggie friends to Bread and Cocoa.

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How you know you’re eating with food bloggers – cameras all over the tables! lol

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Coffee was a necessity.

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And Kath even let me try a tiny bit of Ashley’s amazing almond butter! Soooo good!

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I had to book it back to the hotel to catch the first presentation – Photography with Marc and Laura – 2 amazing photographers.

They started with a powerpoint presentation with some high level ideas.

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Then, we moved to some tables where they had setups to practice some food photography hands-on.

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The place was kickin with people excited about taking pictures.

Here are my practice shots…

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Marc and Laura split up on each side of the room, but the place was so crowded I just stayed on the first side I went to, which turned out to be Marc’s side. He graciously answered a bajillion questions…a few coming from me. Definitely take a look at his blog for some fun recipes and great photos. He does it all out of a 500 square foot home!

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Next up, I went to the Alaskan Seafood presentation. At first, I thought the Alaskan Seafood presentation was about a company that sold a seafood product, but I sat on the shuttle last night next to Danielle who does PR for them and she explained that they don’t actually sell a product. They’re more trying to get people to enjoy Alaskan Seafood (tagline – wild, natural, sustainable).

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They did a presentation about making fish tacos and now I desperately want to make some at home. Yum yum!

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And last, but not least, I went to the video blogging presentation with Pim, Sabrina, and Chef John. I took the least photos but the most notes at this presentation. I’d really like to start adding a few vlogs here and there to TCL, so this presentation had some great information for me to get started.

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After a quick pit stop at my hotel room, I was off for more food fun!

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We hit up the Metreon!

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We went to the fourth floor…

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…where the views were gorgeous!

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Famous Frog Hollow Pears.

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Poached Gulf Prawns And Chile-Gazpacho from the Waterfront Hotel.

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Cream of mushroom from Americano at Hotel Vitale.

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I noshed on some fantastic snacks…

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…saw my roomie’s presentation (she was a bread ambassador!) …

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(photo credit: Mama Pea)

…and hung out with fabulous blog friends like Sabrina, Sarah, Ashley

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Brittany (who I’ve been friends with for what feels like forever on Twitter and the blogosphere, but only just met Saturday!)…

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Allie…and many more! Oh, if only I were better at people photos. lol

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Oh and this Cascal bubbly drink (fermented natural soda) was really nice and refreshing!

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And check out the view!

There were tons of people lounging in the park below. I kind of wanted to go lay down with them. lol.

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I spotted what appeared to be a neat spot in the upper right area (red circle). Oddly enough…I would soon find out what this is (details later ;) ).

Of course, I had to go back in for dessert…

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More Mission Minis cupcakes

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Ticings (edible art work for your cupcakes and other desserts – would be so fun for a baby or wedding shower).

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Those amazing doughballs by Annie the Baker!

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Go Pop Candy – amazing toffee!.

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Three Twins Ice Cream. Nommmm!

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Just kidding…this was my ice cream bowl. ;)

I have so many more photos! I’m going to create another gallery to share them with you. Look for that up next!

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Followed by a golden evening in San Francisco!

How We Almost Missed the Foodbuzz Street Food Fare

Boom!

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How’s that for a swag bag? We had some snacks, some kitchen tools, coupons, recipes, and other fun things. I’m really curious to see how the knife works out.

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Julie and I snapped some photos of the sunset before getting ready for Friday night’s big street fare.

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Unfortunately, we waited underneath this sign for our shuttle for about 25 minutes before deciding, you know what…that shuttle probably isn’t coming. We got there about 6:20pm and apparently the last one left at 6:00pm. Whoops. For some reason we thought they would be running continuously.

So, we figured…ok, we’ll have to spend money, but we’ll just take a cab. We asked the guy at the Sir Francis Drake to hail us a cab. Little did we know that it’s almost impossible to hail a cab on a weekend-night in San Francisco. Who knew the taxi cab system was so crappy?

We tried moving to various locations around Union Square. We even tried waving down cabs. After a homeless guy took pity on us and started helping us try to get a cab, we realized you may have to yell at the cabs to get them to stop. So we added a loud “Taxiiiiiii!!!!” to our arm-waving. Too bad every cab that drove by already had people in them already. I couldn’t help but check the #fbzfest hashtag on twitter to see what I was missing and oh was I getting sad to not be with my friends and all the yummy samples! It was a bit heartbreaking to know there was a party going on where we were supposed to be and we couldn’t, for the life of us, get there no matter how hard we tried!

Oh, and that little light on the top of the car that’s supposed to tell you whether they’re available or taken…yea…they didn’t really use those. After moving to about 10 locations and waving/yelling/considering jumping in front of about 40 cabs, we gave up and decided to take the trolley…

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Finally! We were on the way to join our friends!

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To infinity…

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…and beyond!

Unfortunately (yes, again), we took the wrong trolley line. :(

We ended up having to hail a cab, which we thankfully did pretty quickly, and THEN we were finally on our way.

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I didn’t believe it till we saw it, but there it was…the Hearbst Pavilion at Fort Mason.

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It was 8:15 pm by the time Julie and I finally got there.

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We were tired, stressed, and starving, but luckily we had friends to calm us down and plenty of eats.

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We dug right in to the first eats we saw.

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Roli Roti Pork Sandwich with roasted potatoes. The potatoes were nicely cooked and the pork was very flavorful.

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White wine

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Possibly my fave – the Curry Up Now.

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Paneer Wrap. Spicy and flavorful…nom!

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I was sad they were out of the Lobster Cappuccino

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But, I did try the Spencer on the Go Braised Lamb Cheek.

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I also tried a Tacolicious Shredded Beef soft taco. Very yum!

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And dinner wouldn’t be complete without dessert – 3 mini cupcakes.

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Pumpkin Cream, Vanilla, and (what I thought was green tea but was actually) Spice.

And you’ll never guess…we actually managed to grab the shuttle on the way home. Yay!

Saturday was a full day…more in a bit!

Did you go to Foodbuzz? What was your favorite dish of the street fare?

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