friday foodbuzz fun.

by Janetha on November 8, 2010

in meals

it is now monday night and i am back in  my salty city. i am sad that the foodbuzz festival is over but i was ecstatic see marshall and the pups. and my mom Smile going back to work, however, is a different story. it was even more horrible than expected.

i took a look at all my photos are realized i have a whole lot to blog about. better get crackin’!

friday afternoon, i registered for the festival and picked up the notorious bag-o-swag. i will spare you photos as i am sure you can see similar ones on 83 other blogs. i will just say that foodbuzz hooked it up with lots of good stuff. thanks, foodbuzz.

after registering, i got to my hotel and was greeted by danica & the husband, elise and holly, then susan arrived shortly after. a dangerous sixsome, if you ask me. and, for the record, lots of the photos in this post are stolen from my roomies. sharing is caring Winking smile

danica is a baller and scored us the presidential suite. i have never stayed in a fancy hotel room, so i am about to get all pioneer woman on your asses and post photos of the room.

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rad.

even more rad, danica brought us all goodie bags! IMG_1286

chock full of annie’s treats and a T-shirt.  she also gave me some of her favorite trader joe’s loot. AND, to top it off, she baked me a batch of the same pumpkin banana muffins that my pups ate the other day.

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saying danica is the nicest person ever is an understatement.

thanks, danica!!!

can i just say how amazing it was to see these ladies in person?! i met danica last year, but it was my first time meeting the others. it honestly felt like we had already met before.. crazy how blog friendships are like that, eh?IMG_1847IMG_3686IMG_0730IMG_0725IMG_0729

we were all real excited to be there, obviously.

before we knew it, it was time to head out to the first foodbuzz festival event: the welcome reception & street food fare.

we clean up nicely.

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danica, me, elise, holly & susan. the husband, jay, was behind the camera.

the event was held at fort mason.

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i loved the boats and surrounding scenery.

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we took advantage of a photo op on the dock.

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the shenanigans were held in the herbst pavilion. IMG_1863IMG_0740

everyone received a table number and we sat down for the foodie gift exchange. IMG_1870image

i am a bad blogger and didn’t take a single photo of the gift exchange.. but i will tell you how lucky i was. i ended up sitting next to allie and, what do you know, i received her foodie gift. ALLIEBARS. i am slightly obsessed with these things, so you can imagine how stoked i was. it was fate, no doubt.

after the exchange, it was time to eat, drink and be merry. i think this is best portrayed through photos.

three words: vanilla bean beer.

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you can imagine my excitement.

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my first pick for food was a gumbo and a paella.IMG_1880

both were absolutely incredible. i am not exaggerating!IMG_1882

next up was from 4505 meats and it was a whole lot of pig.

a pork loin brined in jalepeno liquid then crusted in corn meal, topped with beans, onions and coriander aoili all on a sesame bun. it came with pork rinds but i am not a fan, so i skipped out on eating those.IMG_3357

next up was a spencer’s french food truck, the same one that competed in the food network’s great food truck challenge.IMG_1898

 

the menu had three items. i am greedy and decided to try all three Winking smileIMG_1902

the braised lamb sandwich was too much bread—which is surprising to hear from ME, right?IMG_1903

the lobster cappuccino was.. um.. interesting? i wasn’t a big fan.IMG_1906

surprisingly, my favorite thing at the french truck was the escargot lollipop!

 

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i had never tried escargot, but there is a first for everything. it actually just tasted like a deep fried ball of yum. yes, that is my official description.

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my favorite item of the night came from curry up now and it was a chicken curry wrap..

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SO DANG TASTY.

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something that was pretty cool was the huge mini cupcake display. the cupcakes spelled out “FOODBUZZ”

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the cupcakes were delicious! i had two pumpkin cupcakes.

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last, but most definitely not least, ICE CREAM.

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strauss creamery, which is located in MARSHALL, california (thought that was cute) provided two flavors of organic ice cream. naturally, i tried both.

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the toffee crunch was my favorite.

i realized that i was too busy eating to take photos with people. if you have any of me and you together, send ‘em my way!

i got a few…

susan, me, laraIMG_1876

me & amanda, we share a love for purple  and owls Smile

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i get by with a little help from my friends.

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after the street food fare, we stopped by a bar to hang out with elise’s sister & mister.

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we got a wee bit camera happy.

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my feet hurt SO bad by the end of the night. dang wedges.IMG_1941

we decided to head back to the hotel, where holly found her boyfriend.

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and we decided to call it a night SmileIMG_1942

friday was a success. i want to go back.

i will be back soon with more recapping.

hope your monday was better than mine!

Qs~

1. have you eaten anything from a food truck? what was it?

2. favorite beer?

xo. janetha g.

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Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun November 9, 2010 at 11:50 am

I seriously want to go oh so badly next year. Too bad I’m not a Featured Publisher, so the price would likely be too steep. :(

runningaroundnormal November 9, 2010 at 11:55 am

That hotel is swanky wanky!!! Ballers:)
Those pics are great – and hilarious! Sounds like such an incredible time. Hope your week gets easier, Janetha G!

thedelicateplace November 9, 2010 at 12:31 pm

love the photo down near the dock very cute! ahh i watched that food truck show! i did think spencer on the go looked super tasty, jealous you got some! my fave beer when i could still drink it was weyerbacher imperial pumpkin ale. i seriously need to find a gluten free beer. badly!

kristina November 9, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Phenomenal Pictures!!!

Jen November 9, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Holy shizz….I have total foodbuzz envy right now! The hotel room, the laughs, the foods, EVERYTHING looks like so much fun! I have to find a way to go next year!

Jen

Lew November 9, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Janetha, We had a blast this weekend. It was really nice meeting you and getting see so many people that we have read or who have posted on our site. Thank you for being so friendly. As for you questions.. I had some amazing sandwiches out of a truck once in Nashville Tennessee. AS for beer it would have to say purple Haze!!
Lew (ashandlewplus2.com)

P.S What was your favorite Meal of the weekend?

The Healthy Hostess November 9, 2010 at 4:25 pm

So jealous! Wish I could have spent the weekend with you guys!
:)

Pure2raw twins November 9, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Oh man..I sure have hung out with you girls more ; (

Next time!!!

Lara (Thinspired) November 10, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I am THRILLED to have finally met you in real life! You made the whole night so much fun. Dude, you weren’t kidding when you said you guys had a SWEET room! P.S. Totally stealing that photo of us :)

Danica November 21, 2010 at 8:09 am

Awwww, I got a little misty eyed reading your nice comments – Thanks J, it was nothing really and I would’ve been so sad if we had pups and they ate my muffins too so how could I not replace them with some more (even if they were not as good as I think they should’ve been).

I think it’s awesome you caught the bird in your Fort Mason sunset pic and I LOVE Susan in her mask.

I have to say, I think Friday was one of the funnest nights of the Foodbuzz fest.

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