Nastassia and I had decided to head out to San Francisco, for what promised to be one of the biggest food blogger events of the year: The Foodbuzz Festival. Our flight was scheduled to leave LAX around 1:10, so we met at the airport and flew out together. Kathy from Gas*tron*o*my also happened to be on our flight, and we caught up with her at baggage claim. Kathy happens to be wonderfully kind and intelligent, and has created a charity event called Eat My Blog and if you are local you should check it out and participate if you can.
Sitting in LAX waiting for our flight!
N and I were super excited about meeting everyone as we rode the BART on the way to the hotel. We checked in at the Galleria Park Hotel, dropped off our bags, and headed over to the Galleria’s Sister Hotel, the Hotel Vitale.
The Galleria Park Hotel:
The Galleria Park Hotel:
Look it’s Market Street!
The Ferry Building at Night
What awaited us there, was the most ridiculously crowded Meet and Greet type cocktail party on the terrace. There were supposed to be appetizers by the hotel’s restaurant, and I don’t think we ever got close enough to the table to figure out what was there!
This is where the party is! PS I love this pic of H.C.
Drinks were sponsored by Skyy Vodka
View of the bridge from the terrace
Having a good time
After a little mingling and meeting people, it was announced that our Street Fare was ready across the street at the Ferry Building and that we should head down there. En masse, we all stood in line for the elevators to head for the yummy food. On the way down I met Angela of Spinach Tiger who is beautiful and amazing and I spent a good portion of my weekend with her.
When we walked into the Breezeway we were immediately met with delectable sounds and sights of San Francisco mobile food. I had a guajillo braised short rib taco from Tacolicious which was quite good, although it’s hard not to pass judgement when 1) you’re from the land of taco plenty and 2) you work on a gourmet taco truck. But it was in NO way dissapointing:
Followed by an incredible, savory, flaky, beef and gruyere pie from The Pie Truck that Angela basically SHOVED in my mouth, that’s how excited she was about it!
After that I had to try the Porchetta sandwhich, which was spit roasted pork belly, rolled into the loin, with crispy skin, fresh organic herbs, curly cress, onion marmalade, and rosemary roasted fingerling potatoes on the side. Let me just tell you, that this was probably the BEST thing I’d eaten all weekend, and it was so good I almost cried. Really. Tears. Amazingness. Orgasm not just in my mouth but kind of also in my pants. The meat is hot and tender with the salty crispy skin adding the perfect finishing touch. When the meat is cooking on the spit, all the grease from the meat drips down onto the potatoes on the bottom, and AaaaahHHHHhhhhh!!!!! SO GOOD! WTF? Why aren’t they in Los Angeles?? I will pay for them to expand.
There was also flatbead pizza crisps with cashew cream, tomato and basil, and vegan cheesecake (which I must ask you…what the hell is vegan cheesecake) from Alive which is a vegan raw food catering company
A beet salad with Point Reyes Blue and Far West Fungi Vol au Vent from Spencer on the Go
Greenstring Farms eggplant, dry-cured olives, feta and parsley pizza from Pizza Politana
And the most amazing oysters I’ve ever had from Hog Island Oyster Co. They were fairly local, therefore amazingly fresh, being shucked at the table, and probably the best tasting oysters I’ve ever had. They were slightly sweet, slightly briny, and I couldn’t shut up about them. So much so, that I convinced Nastassia who’d never had an oyster before to try one which led to both Esi from Dishing Up Delights and Amir from The Duo Dishes also trying oysters for the first time! YAY! Look I’m trendy!
Drinks were again sponsored by Skyy, and I had one of the best drinks of the night, which was the basil gimlet – who’da thunk? Basil in a drink? DELICIOUS.
And meeting some wonderful people was the best part of the evening!!
L -> R Angela from Spinach Tiger; Chrystal and Amir from Duo Dishes
Me and Esi from Dishing Delights
We left the event a little tipsy from the free booze, and stuffed to the brim! And this was just night one!!