Yesterday had so much going on, I couldn’t even find the time to tell you about it! Although my roommate somehow still managed to squeeze out three blog posts while I laid on my bed in a sugar coma staring at the ceiling. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Had I not been at a table full of other bloggers, I probably would not have even bothered with the oatmeal and just dug straight into the nut butter. As it was, I decided to be a bit more civilized. My morning triumvirate…
We ended up back at Bread and Cocoa this morning – it’s so fun to have a healthy breakfast spot on the road.
Also only in my dreams (until now!), getting to enjoy my morning oatmeal with a group of other awesome bloggers. As we all eat our morning oats all over the country each morning, how nice would it be to just eat all together? I can assure you – it totally rocks.
In typical fashion, I kept noticing how many DOGS there were! From Newfoundlands…
To tiny little cutie pies. Okay, the dog is cute too.
Lots of food trucks! I was amazed at all the rotisserie trucks and taco stands open (and crowded!) at 9am.
The booths had so many fun things to explore. Exotic sea salts…
Gorgeous morning views.
Sea gulls that reminded me of summers in Stone Harbor, New Jersey.
And of course, lots of VEGETABLES.
This stand with all the boxed greens almost pushed me over the edge.
Strawberries in November? Only in California.
So fun to hang out at the farmer’s market with these three lovely ladies. This was my first time meeting Jenna, and she is just as gorgeous and mysterious in person as you might imagine. I think she is so fascinating.
I was there too!
LOVED the tie die – so San Francisco!
I made it back to the hotel just in time to see Ashley rock it out on the Fresh Express stage with Chef Todd!
Her delicious salad got me all pumped up for the Tasting Pavilion.
Luckily, that was up next! At the giant Metreon downtown.
I was really overwhelmed when I first walked in. It was PACKED, and I had no idea where to start.
Going with my instincts, I started with salad – delicious quinoa and smoked pecans. So nice to have fresh greens amongst all the heavy, rich food this weekend.
The greens ended there though, and I was on to Ghirardelli s’mores. :)
These dough ball cookies from Annie the Baker were OUT of this world. I want 20 more right now.
Soooo much food and so many little bites. Jalapeno jelly on crunchy toast squares…
Butternut squash and apple soup with rosemary parmesan shortbreads from Tyler Florence (a fellow JWU alumni!).
Mini cupcakes with edible Foodbuzz stickers – too cute.
Three Twins organic mint chocolate chip ice cream…
After eating my way through the first half of the Tasting Pavilion, I took a break to watch some demos and hang out with friends.
And then I got back to the cupcakes.
More delicious flavors from Mission Minis.
My last stop for the afternoon was for that final bite of something sweet. Madecasse chocolate from Madagascar…
Sea salt and nibs chocolate bar – perhaps the best I’ve ever had.
After the Taste Pavilion, we were off to our rooms to lay in our bed and moan from sugar overload for a few hours. But wait – it’s not over! Last night brought the biggest feast of all. Back at the gorgeous ferry building for a fancy dinner…
Many bloggers walked the one mile from the hotel. I took a cab. :)
Inside the cocktail area, wine was a ‘flowin…
So honored to share my weekend with a group of such wonderful women.
Knee braces are fancy, right?
After about an hour of socializing, we made our way inside to our tables.
Seated between some of my favorite people. Allie!
First course – some sort of delicious golden beet tart. I LOVE beets!
The second course was sea scallops, but I requested the vegetarian alternative.
Check out what I received – TOFU scallops! I thought these were incredibly creative.
And for the main course, a delicious portabella mushroom with a duxelle filling, on a bed of sauteed chanterelles and squash puree.
LOTS of mushroom – one of my favorite things!
And finally, an almond cake for dessert, with crunchy phyllo and delicious fig sauce.
Perfect ending to a perfect day.
I am already getting sad that it is almost over. …Until next year!