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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Foodbuzz Festival in San Francisco recap

This was my second annual trip to Foodbuzz Festival in San Francisco.  Last year, I packed my bag and journeyed to SF for the first time without knowing anyone or what I was getting myself into.  It was a great experience.  I met a lot of fellow food bloggers and kept in touch with some.  

This year, I'm a big(ger) girl and the second time going wasn't as intimidating.  I ended up being too comfortable and mostly interested in what the festival had to offer.  I didn't bring as many cards, and since I met some people from last year, I didn't make as much effort this year to meet as many people.  Not very proactive or social, I know.  I also didn't take as many photos, often too caught up in conversations than paying attention to what was going around me.  The only thing I made sure I took pictures of was..the food!  Not very good ones either.  My camera sucks and I hate it so much >:(

Friday Night:
Goody bag
There were other gift bag stuffers not featured in the photo, 2 Godiva coffee bags, Cascade dish washing tablets, and a chocolate cake mix -__-''.  Last year's goody bag was way better : S

Welcome reception and dinner at Terra Gallery
This year's welcome reception seemed more upscale as it was held at Terra Gallery, a popular space for hosting events.  It was open bar, yay! I got to try Hell or High watermelon ale and it was amazing, tasted kinda like jolly rancher but not too sweet.  I wanted to bring a case load back to Canadaland.  Along side the booze, was an island of hor d'ourves, mostly different flavours of hummus by Sabra.  They were pretty good, and there was an interesting wasabi flavour.  The dessert hummus, coconut and chocolate, was a no go.
After over an hour since the event commenced, we were called upstairs where the buffet dinner awaited us.  Hundreds of hungry food bloggers raced upstairs and quickly swarmed around each station.
Glazed pork belly with broccoli puree
Pan-seared scallop
Tuscan beef stew and brown sugar butter roasted chicken

meatloaf muffin and whipped potato, salt cod cake, beet ravioli, mac and cheese, kale leek ricotta tart
potato brocoli soup, butternut squash orzo
Lentil salad and ceviche shooter



 
Too much food, too much booze.  I was near state of coma.  After the dinner, I called it a night.

Saturday:
Afternoon at the Tasting Pavilion at the Metreon
It was another afternoon of endless food and booze sampling.  The event was 3 hours long and I didn't expect that I would be there from beginning to end.  I must say that I'm glad I stayed around. Godiva Coffee had an awesome booth, giving out sample bags of their flavoured coffee, chocolates, and pumpkin latte.  Some were not so great, such as Jimtown where the lady gave us a dab of oil from their spreads for samples.  No, Thanks.  











One of my favourite sponsors, Alaska Seafood, they always have the best food.  

Redwood Hill Farm, a family-run goat cheese producer.  Their cheese was delicious! So creamy, and soft.  MMmmmmm




Vignette Wine Country soda, non-alcoholic varieties!
Bloom Gin and their lemon honey concoction.  I couldn't have just one!!


OMG Tyler Florence! He was a really nice guy.  I was one of the last few that made it in line.  They ran out of cookbooks to give out, so I got his portrait instead. 

More food ensued...
Chocolate stout from 21st Amendment and Three Twins organic vanilla ice-cream. 
The best part about this event is that near the end, the sponsors would give out products to take home (that they weren't handing out earlier).  I witnessed some people leaving with cases and cases of stuff.  I left with 2 bags, but I had to carry them around and packed them on the plane.
Full.

Gala Dinner hosted by Alexia Foods
Shortly after,
2 hours later, after I walked through the rain, I ended up at the gala dinner hosted at the Grand Hyatt hotel.  More feasting about to commence.

I didn't like the organic fries.  There was a contest going on for which flavours would take the prize, but the fries themselves weren't even crispy.  I usually love deep fried food, especially fries, but I don't know about them.  I probably wouldn't but the brand at the grocery.



Appetizers included butternut squash risotto bites, roasted wild mushroom samosas, and vegetable maki roll.
Tyler Florence came out and performed a cooking demo. for the next hour.  The only thing I learned was how to make a brine.  

First course finally came out, Bibb lettuce salad with honey roasted pear, glazed pecans and blue cheese vinaigrette.
I had to scoot out of there so I quickly scarf down the main course, filet mignon with lemon roasted prawns, peppercorn jus, mashed potato, asparagus and heirloom carrots.  I didn't stick around for the dessert, but I heard it wasn't very good.

It was a dine and dash.  I didn't come back for the farewell brunch on Sunday hosted by Godiva Coffee.  Overall, I thought last year's event was better, definitely the goodie bag and the gala dinner were way better.  My favourite part of the festival was probably the Tasting Pavilion.

What I got from the Tasting Pavilion...


479 black truffle and white cheddar popcorn.. Only 70 calories per bag!
Of course, I couldn't fit all that in my luggage T_T I must say these were way better than the goody bag!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Vancouver's 1st Annual Foodie Feast

Last week I attended the 1st annual Foodie Feast, a charitable event for the food bank, hosted by Bella Gelateria, Sherman from Sherman's Food Adventures, and Mijune of Follow Me Foodie.  Not only was the event for a good cause, but it was also a fun, exciting event for foodies in Vancouver as well.  Since I am still new to the city, this was a great experience to not only feast, but also meet other food bloggers.  After long exchanges of e-mails since last December, I finally met Kim Ho of I'm Only Here For the Food.  Kim introduced me to other bloggers and we had interesting conversations about food and blogging.  He also taught me a few photography tips! I'm actually really upset that he's retiring :(
Anyways here are a few hi-lights of the event.  The restaurant that stood out the most out of all that night was La Belle Auberge.  Their kalamansi explosion kept me coming back to them all night.  The seared duck breast was also to die for, by far the best dish that night.  It was hard to believe that they seared those breasts on a hot pot stove for 200 people waiting in line. My sister and her boyfriend liked it so much they visited the restaurant in Ladner later that week without inviting me. Other honourable mentions include delicious parisian macarons by Kitchening with Carly, and trying out Buaffalo wing cupcake (with hot sauce!) from Mancakes Bakery was probably the bravest thing I've done this month.

Super packed
Tostada Carnitas from El Barrio
5 spice duck confit with potato cake and taro chips and chocolate macaroons from One Planet Catering
Seafood ceviche with Yuzu jelly on chip, Ahi tuna and avocado on plantain chip from Hapa Izakaya 
My favourite! Kalamansi Explosion!
Duck breast and Panko crusted duck confit from La Belle Auberge
Pear cocktail with dry ice from EBO
Pink Peppercorn Grapefruit and Flagship "Buffalo Wing" cupcakes from Mancakes Bakery

For (better) photos, more details, and recaps on the Foodie Feast, check out Follow Me Foodie, and I'm Only Here for the Food!