FoodBuzz Fest in San Francisco 2012

One of my favorite things about being a food blogger is being able to attend Food Blogging Conferences.

We are typically pampered with tons of delicious food and don’t feel judged when we pull out our iPhone to snap a few pictures of it. While I have had some hairy experiences with a past Foodie Conference {you’ll want to read that story sometime}, this conference was full of excitement, but no police involved this time.

Last weekend I flew to San Francisco to attend the FoodBuzz Fest. My flight was delayed 2 hours due to fog, so I did what most would do with two extra hours on their hands… I tweeted, played Cut The Rope, and also people watched.

I love people watching, especially at airports and malls. It’s fascinating.

When I finally made it to San Francisco it was a bit of a culture shock to say the least. I hopped on one train to a subway system, and then rode an escalator up to one of the busiest streets I’d ever seen. Then I walked briskly across the street while a man turned around and started following me, who then proceeded to ask me, “Why are you following me?” {huh??}

I quickly found a cab and threw my luggage inside and was off!

I met up with some great blogging friends where we had a great time playing around with food. Then we waited for about 30 minutes to find another taxi to take us back to our hotel. We finally decided to just walk the 1.6 miles back.

Luckily I had a few friends with me this time because we walked through some real sketchy neighborhoods where I clutched onto my iPhone with all my might.

A few of us went to dinner that night at a great Thai restaurant and were lucky enough to have a quick ride back to the hotel. After chatting all night long with my dear friend Krista from Budget Gourmet Mom, we finally got a few hours of sleep in our tiny tiny room.

The next day we were up bright and early for another walk to the “BART” (subway system), and then a little more walking to the Ferry Building. We got there a little earlier than we were supposed to to get some breakfast. We looked around at all the cute shops for a bit and I decided on a Jalapeno and Cheddar Bagel with Jalapeno Cream Cheese, cause I love things spicy. We had just sat down when a blasting fire alarm started blaring.

I wasn’t sure if this was a normal thing or if we should leave the building. Keep in mind this is a massive building with a farmers market surrounding it on a busy Saturday morning.

I’m talking loads of people.

After a few minutes or everyone looking around at each other, a man in a shiny security vest starts herding people out of the building. Then I hear a worker from one of the coffee shops say, “This is real!”

Of course it’s real… cause only these things happen when I’m around.

After standing outside for about 20 minutes, not really knowing what was going on and quickly eating the rest of my bagel, the alarm stops. Then, like nothing’s ever happened, people start walking back in the building.

 We walked to the front of the building to find the rest of the food bloggers we were supposed to meet up with and there were a few fire trucks parked in front of the building. {still not sure what that was all about}

We proceeded to go on a scavenger hunt throughout the Ferry Building and Farmer’s Market.

This is where I went picture crazy.

Everything was so so beautiful. The colorful fruits and vegetables were just calling to have a photo shoot.

I couldn’t help but take several.

I wish I lived closer to a farmer’s market, cause if they are all like this one, then I would be there every day.

And you would most likely get sick of seeing pictures of fruits and vegetables.

 I wanted to buy one of everything.

The Ferry Building and Farmer’s Market was probably my favorite part of the whole conference.

After we finished up there we rode a bus down to Fisherman’s Wharf to get a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Of course it was too foggy and all I could see was one tiny small red pillar sticking out of the water far off in the distance.

We enjoyed a nice and warming sourdough bread bowl full of clam chowder. Then we were back off to the hotel.

 

We walked again to the City View at the Metreon where the Taste Pavilion was. This was a gathering of all sorts of local small businesses and a few larger ones wanting to share their passion with us bloggers.

It was awesome and I was able to meet several great new companies and people.

Later that evening, after a much needed energy drink, we went to the California Academy of Sciences where we were spoiled with more great food as well as dazzling displays of sea creatures and reptiles of all sorts.

I met so many wonderful bloggers, but failed to pull out my camera and take pictures. I blame it on the fact that I was so exhausted from all the walking and the constant go.

The whole trip was great, but tiring. I don’t think I’ve ever appreciated having a car so much in my life.

Looking back at all these pictures of the Farmer’s Market makes me miss it, and I wish I could go back again.

Do you have a farmer’s market near you?

Comments

  1. Awesome recap, Shawn! You couldn’t have said it better. My favorite part was the recap of the sketchy neighborhood where you clutched on to your iPhone! So glad Gerry was there with us!

  2. It was a great weekend, and Chung-Ah…didn’t you notice me speeding up at that sketchy street? ;)

  3. Wow! Your pictures are making me want to go back! I had such a great time with you. Sorry that there wasn’t room in the cab for all 5 of us :( Glad you all made it back to the hotel safely!

    • It was awesome meeting you this last weekend! No worries on the cab, we had a great/interesting walk! And I sure hope your kid feels better soon, having a sick kid is no fun at all.

  4. And yes, I did just spell my name wrong in the above comment ;) That’s what a sick kid and lack of sleep will do to you…

  5. Sounds like you’ve gotten a taste (literally!) of that SF culture! I’m so sad I missed out on this; I was actually *in* SF during the weekend of the convention, but I had other events to attend to. This sounded absolutely magical, though–I’m glad you loved the city! And as for the I-follow-you-follow-me man, he was probably just another bored urbanite with too much time on his hands. Seriously, I see those people all the time there.

  6. I’m so jealous! The Ferry Building is one of my favorite places in all of the city. That, and the BART station at Powell and Market, probably where you got off. :)

  7. Houstonian Living in N. Cali. says:

    Lol, I just randomly found this post after browsing foodgawker. I was also at the Ferry Bldg during the same w/e. My 3rd straight bday w/e in San Fran.

    I love me some Ferry Bldg Farmer’s Market. It’s always my 1st stop when I drive in on a Saturday morning. I park in my fav $7 a day garage on Clay & Davis, make my way to Primavera’s for the always awesome Chilaquiles, eat by the water & then check out all the amazing items.

    I’ve been making regular visits for about 4 years & I love the consistency, discovering new items and the amazing food & people. I’ve encountered items there that I’ve never seen anywhere else like smoked white salmon, squash blossoms and buddha’s hand. I wish I’d thought to grab some bone barrow last trip!

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