Last weekend being the 1st Annual FoodBuzz Food Bloggers convention in San Francisco, I had to go. The prospect of eating my way through a weekend in one of the best food cities in America was way too enticing to pass up—especially since it was free for me and the other 250 FoodBuzz featured publishers, who came out for the power session of wining and dining. Having never had the pleasure of being at a food-centric event of such magnitude before, all I can say is WOW! I ate, alright. I stuffed myself to the gills. And just when I thought I could eat no more…I somehow managed to find room. In fact, I had such a massive foodbuzz that the weekend is but a blur. Lucky I managed to take some flicks.
For starters, here are some Hog Island raw oysters from Tomales Bay north of SF. These small tasty ones, called kumamotos, are originally from Japan. I must have parked myself up at the oyster bar for a good hour (with a break in-between at the Thirsty Ear beer stall) and downed a great many of these tasties.
The food on that first night (Friday) was amazing. One roped off arcade of the famous Ferry Plaza complex, which hosts the big Farmer’s market every Saturday, contained about 10-15 food stalls. The best were Tacolicious, with its carnitas tacos; 4505 meats, who roast pork sandwich and pork-dripping-drench potatoes were the meal of the night; and Pizza Politana, whose mobile brick-oven pizza was as good as Brooklyn. Oh, and can’t forget the Pie Truck, who steak and gruyere pot pie in a flaky pastry tasted infinitely better than this bad photo
Saturday was all about the Farmer’s Market and tasting sessions. The Cowgirl Creamery gave us the 411 on cheese-making and doled out huge hunks of their creamy varieties like Fromage Blanc, Inverness, Mount Tam, and Red Hawk, for us to try. After all that rich organic cheese, I was lucky I had a California sparkling wine tasting next. There were four half-full glasses of bubbly in front of me when I sat down. I finished them before the presentation was over and had to find the lavatory. Then it was back for more food and wine. An entire wing of the Metreon mall was dedicated to food and wine and beer stalls—everyone offering a tasty morsel or a bite. I was too busy eating and drinking to take pictures, quite frankly, but I did manage to get a shot of this ceviche, which was pretty good.
The final banquet on Saturday evening was held at a produce warehouse a bit outside the city. One long table snaked around and between towering racks of tomatoes, carrots, and potatoes, as the chefs prepared the Asian-inspired meal along the length of one wall. Once again, my chopsticks were faster than my camera, but I did manage to grab this one of the grilled squid with chili.
You might ask another blogger who was there for a more detailed recap of the event itself, because for me, it was more about being in the moment and experiencing all the sights, smells, textures, and tastes; meeting new people, absorbing information from a variety of sources, and eating and imbibing much more than one should know better. Hey, it’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it. Thanks to Foodbuzz and all the sponsers and bloggers who made the weekend a very memorable one.