hey there! i have had yet another uneventful day back here in reality, so how about i tell you more about the foodbuzz festival and pretend like i am still there? yeah, sounds like a sweet deal to me.
saturday, after our delicious trip to tartine bakery, we cleaned ourselves up to go to the three foodbuzz breakout sessions. looking at the time, we realized we’d missed the first breakout session. no biggie. i ended up attending the second and third session, which were good.. but after hearing that most people skipped out on the sessions and visited the ferry farmer’s market, i was bummed out just a bit. luckily i visited the market last year, so i’ve experienced the awesomeness, but yeah.. a little remorse about that whole situation.
oh well, onward and upward!
next up was the tasting pavilion at the metreon.
we were a little eager to start eating (turns out that a cinnamon bun, while delicious, has very little satiety!) and we arrived a bit before the event began. to pass the time, we held a photoshoot on the patio. it was a GORGEOUS, sunshiney day!
apparently i did NOT get the memo to wear stripes..
a little dark, but you can still make out me + allie.
mara + me. dark again.
when the clock struck one, it was time to eat. clearly, we were over the moon excited!
upon walking into the pavilion, we were given a wine glass.
clearly this was to be utilized as a popcorn vessel.
there were so many flavors to sample from 479°popcorn, so i had a variety mix!
moving on down the line, holly and i realized things were pretty crowded up front. we made a beeline to the very back, where we found the border grill offering up fish tacos. the line was minimal, so we snagged a spot. little did we know this was the best decision we made all day, as others ended up waiting up to 45 minutes for a flipping fish taco!
fish tacos are one of my favorite things to eat, so i have obviously eaten many-a-fish taco in my day. i can assure you these were top notch!
perfectly soft tortillas, flaky halibut, flavorful but not too spicy salsas and a sprinkle of cilantro & cotija cheese.
i want another.
obviously the tacos induced an immediate need for beer. the two go hand in hand. i was thrilled when i saw the watermelon wheat beer stand.. they had this same beer at last years festival and i LOVED it.
beer out of wine glasses=classy ladies.
after tacos and beer, it was naturally time for dessert! we made a beeline straight for the ghirardelli s’mores table.
s’mores made with ghirardelli TOFFEE chocolate? don’t mind if i do!
here is lynn’s video she made documenting the festival. you can see holly & i devouring our s’mores at minute 3:50—trust me, it is worth watching. holly is HE-larious.
(by the way, lynn, i LOVE that video. nicely done!)
speaking of lynn, she is amazing. so much more so now that i’ve hung out with her in person.
moving on.. i gallivanted around the pavilion for another couple hours, devouring everything i came in contact with. here are a few highlights…
butternut & apple soup with savory shortbread by tyler florence.
i snagged a recipe card for this one, can’t wait to re-create it!
honey basil beer. i love basil!!
tiff + holly
(by the way, brandi, holly & i let the dude know he had your URL wrong!)
enjoyed a pink lemonade cupcake with the lovely teri.
i am a sucker for mini cupcakes.. i ate a total of three: pink lemonade, ginger carrot and cinnamon horchata.
the ginger carrot was my favorite.
guess what?! i tried my very first dried fig, along with LOTS of jarlsberg cheese!
i didn’t hate it! it was actually quite tasty.
oh, this was the most DELICIOUS mushroom soup! loved it.
ran into amazing monica.
sampled a few of gina’s goat cheese stuffed meatballs. SO good.
watched tina’s demo on preparing her pumpkin spice parfaits.. she did a great job!
these were SO tasty!
i devoured this mint chip ice cream from three twins—sure wish we had it in utah, it was incredible. then again, when is ice cream NOT incredible?
witnessed susan eating her VERY FIRST fish taco.. the shame! ;)
and last, but by NO means least, sampled several of annie the baker’s cookies.
after hearing danica rave about them for so long, i was excited to try them myself!
a toffee milk chocolate chip and a peanut butter cookie with mini PB cups~
i want more. in fact, i just may have to make mama pea’s veganized re-creation of these tonight!
i am pretty amazed that i was able to try so much awesome food (and drinks) from such an array of companies JUST because i am a food blogger. i have to give a big thank you to foodbuzz for arranging such a great afternoon. i will definitely blog for food when this kind of amazingness is involved!!
after stuffing ourselves to the brim with incredible bites of everything, some of us did a little shopping..
(taken inside the puma store)
i, of course, snagged a few puma goods for my mister :)
WHEW. that, my friends, is the end of this recap.
i was originally going to recap saturday day and saturday night in one post. i can see now that was a silly idea. i am sure you are sick of reading by now, if you even made it this far—i will be back again with one more foodbuzz post before getting back to regularly scheduled meals & moves :)
have you ever been to a tasting event? tell me about it.
xo. janetha g.