i had a fantastic weekend taking part in foodbuzz blogger festival. i try to share and summarize my experience with you in one blog post. it was great meeting so many amazing bloggers especially ones that i have been following their blogs for so long and finally meet them in person. i also totally missed those of you who are far away and couldn't come all the way to san francisco.
the festival started at the beautiful terra gallery with some wine and appetizers. i met a lot of interesting people there. first of all gina (who you might know her from those gorgeous cake pops she made). i should say gina also brings every one together. she has introduced so many fantastic bloggers from the bay area and all over to me such as emily. one of the bloggers who came to the festival from far far away; all the way from kuala lumpur is joanna. it was such a pleasure to finally meet her in person. check out her magnificent blog to get to know more about her chic and gorgeous treats.:-)
this is joanna taking picture of me taking picture of her (a recursive picture.)
after the coctail party, we had a magnificent dinner. there were so many good dishes that i just have to mention my favorite ones.
- ceviche shooters: these fantastic small portions of ceviche were made of snapper, lime juice, cilantro, jalapeno, and tomatoes. it has a lot of similarity to my seabass ceviche but i think it was marinated much longer which has given it a great flavor.
- brandade (salt cod) cakes: these fish cakes were one of the best little bites i had that night. the flavor of caramelized leek has made it so special.
there were tons of dishes but i only mention the ones that i really liked. i also was not a fan of the desserts. there was nothing very yummy to talk about.
second day started at federated media (foodbuzz headquarter) which is luckily a couple of blocks away from where i live. i took part in a couple of very interesting sessions. one of which that was very interesting was held by a couple of bloggers who are great photographers. it was great to hear their advice on how to take better pictures for you blog. the other session i went to was held by stella and irvin on how to use social network for your blog. since i am an engineer and nerd myself, i have my own resources to know a lot about social media technically but it's great to hear from non technical people about other aspects of it.
after the sessions we chit chatted a bit and then headed to metreon to the taste pavilion. for the tastings we could also bring our plus ones with. so i took my husband with me. since he comes from a farming family, he really enjoyed seeing all these californian local small farmers and food producers. i should say he specially enjoyed a fresh pressed apple sider since his father and granfather used to grow cherries and apples.
indeed there was a lot of marketing going on the taste pavillion but it was also very inspiring to see how some of the small local businesses has succeeded. one of my favorites were different small food makers that were sponsored by foodzie. they have a great blog that shows where each of the products come from. another favorite of mine was to talk to endive growers. you might know from my post on endive salad that i am such a fan of endives. i have to eat about three of them each week at least. they are a great snack and also good in different salads or great to fill them with dips. meeting these california vegetable specialists, i learned that all endives produced in the us come from this one place in northern california which was started in 1978 (so endives in the us are almost the same age as me.)
at the tasting pavilion i was also lucky to meet tyler florence and get his autogram. he also demoed cooking pork chops at the gala dinner the same night. the saturday's dinner was mostly a better food but we were a bit rushed into eating it that i couldn't enjoy it as much. but it was great anyways to meet all the bloggers again and spend more quality time with them. we also ended up going for another drink afterwards to continue our converstions.
some of the hightlights of gala dinner was brandt beef farms filet mignon and meyer lemon roasted prawns or heirloom carrots, celery root puree, and pepper demi. this was delicious, especially i really like the heirloom carrots. the dessert was a san francisco trio: - sourdough bread pudding - cowgirl creamery cheesecake - scharffen berger chocolate mousse. from the three of them only the cheesecake stood out. i really love cowgirl creamery products. they are some of the finest and best cheese in the city. this dessert was the only one that had a very suttle taste. the other two were too sweet that you couldn't taste the great ingredients.
it was a wonderful experience to be part of foodbuzz bloggers' festival and enjoy all these activities with like-minded bloggers and friends. i totally recommend to any food bloggers who are interested to take part next year and i'm thanksful to foodbuzz that has brought us all together. i'm very happy that i took part but also very tired of not having a weekend. so i am going to enjoy a restful weekend sitting at the fire, reading books, and drinking tea. hope you have a great weekend too. either anventurous of relaxing.