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Foodbuzz Blogger Festival – Day 2

I am so overwhelmed and exhausted and full of good food and wine that a (few) real post(s) will have to wait until I have taken it all in but thought I would share a few pictures from yesterday to keep you going for now!

Saturday dawned bright and sunny:

Lauren from Healthy Delicious (and another Bertolli “On the Menu” blogger) and I were still on east coast time and were up super early. We went for a wonderful walk around the Ferry Building and the Farmer’s market.




(there are MANY more photos, trust me…)

Then I met up with Andrea from HighLowFoodDrink for a wonderful breakfast tamale plate from Primavera.


Some more wandering, then it was onto the Metreon Cityview where the Foodbuzz Tasting Pavilion was located.

Bertolli Sauces demo!!!!!!



After which I had a BIG beer, served by this lovely gentleman:


Then it was back to the room for a quick change and onto dinner at the Greenleaf Produce Warehouse:

Food and drinks galore!



The awards were handed out at the end of the (amazing) meal. ELTW did not win Best New Blog but hey, after only 6 months blogging, it’s pretty cool to be nominated. So thank to those of you who nominated and voted – I was blown away.

The night ended in the Americano bar of the Hotel Vitale. And so to bed.


Today it’s a brunch sponsored by Nature’s Pride then it’s off to the airport for me :-( A true whirlwind visit but WOW.

Check back in through the week for proper posts with more pictures and real descriptions!!!

Thanks for all of your support and well wishes this weekend – I am so lucky to have such great readers :-)

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15 Responses to Foodbuzz Blogger Festival – Day 2

  1. Neil C. Phillips November 8, 2009 at 14:26 #

    Well big contrats on the nomination, and a successful demo.

    Looks like fun…no complaints about being tired this week, though. :-)

    I trust you scoped out places for our summer visit.

    P.S. Did you notice those streetcars are the old original Red Rockets from Toronto?

  2. Tasty Trix November 8, 2009 at 14:31 #

    Congrats on making it through in one piece! Sounds like fun – wish I could have been there. Maybe next year!

  3. April Cavin November 8, 2009 at 17:03 #

    Looks like you had a great time! Looking forward to more posts about the weekend :)

  4. Fresh Local and Best November 8, 2009 at 18:12 #

    I'm so glad that it's sunny for you today!!!
    It sounds like you've had a fabulous trip!

    Neil – Thanks for the info about those street cars, I think it's so neat that they are from Toronto!

  5. Unplanned Cooking November 8, 2009 at 19:45 #

    I can't believe you've only been blogging for six months and got nominated! That's amazing.

  6. Cocina Savant November 8, 2009 at 23:00 #

    Envious. I wish I was there right now.

  7. Alicia November 8, 2009 at 23:02 #

    Can't wait to hear all about it when you get back and see more photos. I love the carrot pic!

  8. The Best Family November 9, 2009 at 01:06 #

    you are without a doubt the best new blogger to your readers, regardless of what those foodbuzz judges might say! so glad it was such a fun weekend and that you were able to meet so many of your fellow foodbloggers in person. i'm very envious of the strolling around the ferry terminal and market – i've seen so many places from there featured on the food network and would love to visit some day. looking forward to more stories and pictures when you get settled back in at home!

  9. k a b l o o e y November 9, 2009 at 02:40 #

    What was the demo like? Was there an audience or just people strolling by? How did you feel in the spotlight? I'm sorry to hear that you didn't "win", but honestly, you really did. Think about how many blogs get started and how far you've come. And you got the scholarship too! You've done so much since our class started, it's hard to believe that it's been the same amount of time for both of us. You really are doing marvelous. Congrats, and I look forward to more details.

  10. lindsaymeyer November 9, 2009 at 07:20 #

    Great job yesterday! I ate your deconstructed pesto pizza at the merlot tasting. They paired well ;-)

  11. Neil C. Phillips November 9, 2009 at 13:07 #

    Cathy — why don't you guys pop down in August? Say, the 7th or so? We can walk the markets togther!

    Hey everyone, see that TALL beer glass in the pic above? Guess what seems to have found its way home with Mardi…

  12. Divina Pe November 9, 2009 at 14:26 #

    How exciting is that. Sounds really fun.

  13. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite November 9, 2009 at 19:23 #

    Neil, thanks yes and I did notice!

    Tasty Trix – yup there is always next time!

    April – oh there will be more!

    Christine – the sun came out on both Sat and Sun so it was great!

    Cocina – next year?

    Alicia – there will be more, fret not!

    Cathy – actually Foodbuzz just sponsors the event – it's voted by readers etc… So I guess I just don't have that much readership yet… It's fine.

    Kablooey – you are right – look how far I have come since May 20th! More on the demo later – there were quite a few people sitting watching!!

    Lindsay – glad you liked it!

    Neil – we ALL got those glasses!

    Divina – it really was!

  14. steve Mirsky November 10, 2009 at 02:06 #

    Tried the watermelon wheat beer at the afternoon tasting pavillion…same fine gentleman serving and he let me have the whole can! Let me tell you, the watermelon juice was just as fresh as if it dripped from the rind. Would make the perfect cookout beer paired with corn on the cob and charred BBQ chicken.

  15. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite November 10, 2009 at 02:21 #

    Steve – yes, I had TWO whole cans!! (that live demo was thirsty work!) I don't like wheat beer so stuck with the IPA… Was intrigued by the watermelon one though…

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