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    Emily Malone

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    A Look Back.



Sourdough & Slumber Parties.

The final morning of Foodbuzz started with lots of hugs and goodbyes.  I made so many great new friends this weekend.

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Unfortunately, the weather was not cooperating, and we were faced with gloomy skies and fat rain droplets pouring down.  So as expected, a box of saltines was purchased and a challenge was issued.

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Just when we thought our whole day might (literally) be a WASH, the sun came out to play.  As much as I loved all the Foodbuzz events, I was feeling antsy that I hadn’t seen much of the city yet.  We sure changed that on Sunday afternoon!  First stop – Chinatown.

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RICE COOKERS!  (Totally a Zojirushi all the way on the right!)

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As we crested the huge hill, we all suddenly gasped at the first glimpses of San Francisco views.  Budding photographers snapped into action…

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While the amazingly talented photographer worked her magic.

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Our journey into the rain was made possible by five very large red umbrellas, courtesy of the Drake hotel.  Their purpose extended far beyond ran cover though – they quickly became PHOTO props!

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San Francisco is truly like no other city I have ever seen.

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Down…

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And UP!

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And finally – the wharf.

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All the way around the water basin…

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The walk left me hungry, and I was in desperate need of San Francisco sourdough.

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I found it in heavenly bread bowl form.

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Loaded with creamy tomato bisque, shredded parmesan, and sourdough crunchy croutons.

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LEFTY’S represent.

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The famous sea lions – these things were a hoot!

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Check out the little guy hanging his head off the bottom right corner.  Is it just me or is he totally smiling?

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San Francisco made me all warm and fuzzy inside.

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Alcatraz in the distance…

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Being near water always makes me think a lot.

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And brings out my inner sparkle.

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San Francisco took a little piece of my heart, but the rest of it still belongs to Old Town, Alexandria.

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With bellies full of soup, and hearts full of San Fran love, we ascended Hyde Street to head back home…

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The hills here are NO joke.

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With two good legs I probably would have been okay, but this one almost killed me.

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At the top, we found Lombard Street.  Totally worth the climb.

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We finished our evening with a meal so magical that pictures just weren’t appropriate.  Teri found an amazing hole-in-the-wall spot in Little Italy that made me feel like I had been transported into the heart of the Italian countryside.

There was homemade gnocchi.  There was pesto cream sauce.  There was crusty bread with balsamic vinegar that I am still thinking about.  There was a table of girls that four days ago I had never met, that felt like old friends I have had forever.

I ended my night tucked into a king bed with Teri and Ashley on either side of me.  Despite all being in our late 20’s, we stayed up laughing and talking until 3am – eventually having to force ourselves to go to sleep.  The Taste Pavilion was great, and the fancy gala dinner was wonderful, but in ranking my favorite events of the Foodbuzz 2010 weekend, I think the slumber party in room 1109 takes the cake.

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Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly     at 12:31 am

Awww, that little sea lion is totally smiling! He’s just happy about the cuddle party.

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Lauren George     at 12:32 am

What absolutely breathtaking photos!! Thank you so much for sharing! I hope you have safe trip home!

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Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks     at 12:40 am

I am so excited that you seem to love my city as much as I do! There is a reason that despite the horrendous cost of living here, I don’t ever want to move away! <3

Also, because I want you to sound like a native, we just call the Italian district "North Beach". And yes, the food in North Beach is killer!

I met Stepf too…isn't she awesome?!

Hope you have a good flight back tonight…from your tweets, I see that you are sitting near…interesting….people… o_O

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Rebecca     at 12:42 am

Wow those hills look like killers.
I love the seals, they look so cute, all cuddled in together.

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)     at 12:47 am

I’m so jealous of all your adventures and great times this past weekend! I wish I could have been there, but I suppose Old Town is closer for me to meet you eventually ;)

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Haha yes, we can meet in Old Town anytime. :)

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Runeatrepeat     at 12:47 am

Fun :) My roomies were my fave part of the weekend too! Here’s to new (and old) friends!

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Susan     at 12:58 am

I love that tomato soup! Do you remember the name of the Italian restaurant?

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Franchino’s!

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Stefanie     at 1:06 am

Those umbrella pictures may be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! So great! :)

Holy hills! I knew San Fran was hilly, but wow!

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erin @ shortcut to bliss     at 1:20 am

Do you happen to know the name of the tiny italian restaurant? We are headed to the city next weekend and love trying new spots.

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Franchino’s! Let me know if you go there :)

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S @ extremebalance.net/blog     at 1:55 am

RESPECT on the hills, given everything you’ve been through!

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Christin L.     at 2:04 am

There is something about hearty soup in a bread bowl that just can’t be beat!

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Chelsea     at 5:29 am

This is so great :) I feel like this was a really great trip for you, and I’m so happy about the special bonds you girls formed. Here is to next yearrrr!

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maya @ finding balance in tokyo     at 5:57 am

I used to get that tomato soup for lunch at work sometimes. There was a Boudin convenient to all three jobs I worked before moving out of the country. The croutons are the best part, even more so than the bread bowl to me. :D

I lived a 15-20m hike straight up several of those hills for the better part of my life. My friends never wanted to visit me unless I could secure us a ride from the nearest bus stop!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Every time we walked past the houses on those crazy hills, I kept saying “how do people get their groceries home!?!”

:)

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haya     at 6:16 am

yay for lefties!!!

those sea lions are adorable. i totally want to climb on top and cuddle.

looks like an absolutely spectacular weekend.

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kath     at 6:27 am

Thank you, thank you for all the great pictures and blog. You brought back so many great memories of visiting my son at UCal Berkeley when he was in grad school. He now teaches chemistry courses at CCSF, so I will be visiting soon.
Would you tell me the name of the Italian restaurant you described? Sound like a place I want to visit! :)
Thanks again!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Franchino’s – you MUST go there! :) Sounds like your son is very smart. :)

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Cailin @ Stir Crazy     at 7:40 am

I love SF, from my one trip there about 7 or 8 years ago! It’s such a beautiful city and I enjoyed looking at your photos. The one of all the girls with the umbrellas open is so cute!

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Lauren     at 7:45 am

So amazing!!! Glad it was everything you expected and more!

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Maryea (Happy Healthy Mama)     at 7:56 am

It truly does sound like a magical weekend. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey     at 8:02 am

I’m a LEFTY too! I could have guessed you were one – I can spot lefties like you wouldn’t believe! :)

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alexe     at 8:33 am

I’m glad you had such a great time! I wish I was part of Foodbuzz too… Humf, maybe I could start a french equivalent. I’ll definitely be there if there is a Healthy Living Summit next year though!

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Lee     at 9:01 am

Looks like such a fun trip. San Francisco is definitely on my list of places to visit in the US.

I’m a lefty too.

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Maddie (Healthy Maddie)     at 9:16 am

Beautiful photos! San Francisco looks like such a fun place to visit. I’m glad you had such a good time at foodbuzz!

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Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine     at 9:16 am

Such gorgeous photos. I’m bummed I didn’t have time to explore the city more…I guess I’ll have to go back :)

One of the things I loved most about the whole weekend was that it was just like one big reunion among friends. I met so many people for the first time, but it feels like I’ve known them forever!

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Kelly     at 9:27 am

I neeeed to get myself to San Fran, it looks amazing!

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Sarah @ EatRunGarden     at 9:37 am

Those photos are so nice and that bread bowl and soup look delicious. Also those hills looked crazy.

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Hope     at 9:39 am

Beautiful pictures! San Fran looks like such an amazing city! I have always wanted to go there. Looks like you had a great weekend! :)

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Leanne @ Simplicitlee     at 9:43 am

It tottally looks like he’s smiling! I love sea lions I think they’re adorable <3

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alana (at) the food     at 9:44 am

i NEED to go back to san francisco….
its the one place ive been to i feel like i didn’t get the full experience of…

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Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert     at 9:53 am

That is so sweet! You write so well and I always enjoy your stories. Thanks for setting the stage!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

THanks Tricia!

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Krystina     at 9:18 am

Your dinner in Little Italy does sound magical. I definitely want to go to San Fran one day, sooner rather than later.

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Claire (Low Impact Fashionista)     at 10:30 am

Sounds like you met some of the sweetest people on earth, and the sea lion is totally beaming! :)

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Beth @ bethcooks     at 10:38 am

That trip sounds amazing! So glad y’all had a great time!

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A Better Me     at 10:44 am

Oh, he was totally smiling at you! Great pictures!

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Felicia (a taste of health with balance)     at 10:52 am

What a beautiful post! It is so nice to be able to connect with people all around the country and feel like best friends when you finally meet. The Italian restaurant sounds so wonderful. Love the umbrella photo :)

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Natalia - a side of simple     at 11:34 am

I love the umbrella photos! A slumber party sounds like a great way to end such a fun weekend :)

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Lindsey @ Enjoying Healthy Foods     at 12:04 pm

Looks like you had a great weekend! I think I will have to make it a point to attend food buzz next year! Love the pictures with the umbrellas!!!!

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faith @ gracefulfitness     at 12:07 pm

Foods awesome but there is nothing like great girl friends!

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Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit     at 12:32 pm

It looks like you had an amazing time! I love San Fran and these photos all took me back there, so lovely!

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Megan (Braise The Roof)     at 1:07 pm

I didn’t know you were a lefty- me too! Great photos…it’s easy to see what a great time you had!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

LOVE being a lefty. :)

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Lu     at 1:31 pm

Soup heaven! That bread bowl looks amazing. I love the red umbrellas.

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Kim Huynh     at 1:42 pm

Would you mind sharing the name of the restaurant in Little Italy? I’m going to SF with the husband in Dec. We are total foodies and love trying new places.

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Franchino’s! 100% amazing.

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Ashley     at 2:24 pm

Ummm, I just got teary eyed in the last paragraph. {love}

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Chicago Cuisine Critique     at 2:29 pm

Looks like a great time. Your pictures are awesome. :)

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Dee     at 2:34 pm

Awww, it sounds like you had such a blast!!! I love seeing San Francisco through your camera lens! :)

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Katie @ Shared Bites     at 3:00 pm

It’s cute seeing all you bloggers together. It must be nice to sit down to a meal, take a hundred years to photograph your eats, and not have anyone roll their eyes. ;)

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Lisa     at 4:20 pm

The sea lions are so cute!! What a cool sighting.

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Amber K     at 4:32 pm

How fun! I can’t believe you were able to walk so much! I’m so glad you were able to get out and enjoy the city. :)

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Chase     at 5:01 pm

My boyfriend was in San Fran for work last week and brought me back a sourdough roll from Boudin. OH MY WORD! So stinkin’ good! All other sourdoughs now PALE in comparison! YUM!

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Amy     at 7:54 pm

Sounds like you had a great time – I’m jealous! I love San Francisco. The hills ARE no joke. (And the sea lions are super cute!!)

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Emily     at 8:07 pm

Emily, you look GORGEOUS in the picture with the seagull in the background. So natural and flawless. Hope you had fun in SF, I went there this summer!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Omg, you are so nice. THANK you!

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faith     at 8:37 pm

You make me want to go places, do things and take lots of pics! Thanks for being such an inspiration!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Life is too short to stay in one spot! :)

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Teri [a foodie stays fit]     at 9:40 pm

:)

I’m so glad that you loved our slumber party as much as I did. SUCH a fun (and funny!) night! Totally worth the lack of sleep hangover that I’m still suffering from right now.

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KimLivesHealthy     at 8:07 am

SF is a gorgeous city and the food is unreal – glad you got to experience it! Is Foodbuzz in SF every year or do they switch locations?

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

I believe it is in San Fran every year, since that is where Foodbuzz headquarters are located.

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Amber (Samblanet) Potter     at 2:24 pm

This post really made me want a bread bowl with some delicious hot soup! Glad you had a good time in San Fran. It looked wonderful!

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Lindsey @ Eat, Read, Run     at 2:59 pm

Looks like an amazing trip with some major hillage. Yay for leftys representing! We are the best and most creative. :-) Great post.

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heather     at 9:00 am

i’ve been soooo super curious about the italian place too that i couldn’t help but do some cyber cross referencing and checking out the other bloggers that were out and about-ing with ms. em that day.

and ta daaaaaa:

Franchino
347 Columbus Ave
(between Grant Ave & Vallejo St)

i know she would have passed it along once home and rested but i’m just a tad impatient to know the place since i’ll be there in a few weeks and am dying to try it out!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Haha thank you Heather! I was planning to get to all of these this morning. And YES, you are right – Franchino’s! :)

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Lizzy     at 11:38 am

The donuts are amazing to look at…Mouthwatering..I love the crunchy texture

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brandi     at 12:27 pm

Yay for Leftys! I’m one, too :)

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Kimberly     at 2:32 am

I’m having a lot of fun browsing through your blogs. I’ve lived in Nor Cal my whole life and I’ve lived in San Fran and the surrounding Bay Area for a large portion of it. It’s neat to see it via your first time there. I had never been to the East Coast until last September and got to see Newport, RI and Boston. I felt just like you did in SF! Oh, and by the way, Little Italy is actually called “North Beach.” :-) I loooooove your blogs by the way! I’m subscribing to them like right now!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Hi Kimberly – welcome! Glad you found the blog! :)

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