Blogger Festival: Day One Recap

by Kelly on November 7, 2009

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It was nice to wake up to this view this morning after a great first night at the FoodBuzz Blogger Festival.  I’m also really enjoying the time difference because I woke up naturally at 7 am.  I almost feel like a morning person.  Anyway, enough about this morning, let’s talk about last night.

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The evening began with a toast with the lovely people from Bertolli.  I was extremely enthused to see that Iron Horse was the sparkling wine of choice.  I visited their winery last year when I was in California, on the recommendation of our B&B owner, and it was one of my favorites of the whole trip.  If you’re ever up in the Russ ian River Valley it is a must visit.  They are known for their sparkling wines but they have some fantastic still wines as well.  I still have a bottle of  2006 T-bar-T Cuvée R (Sauvignon Blanc/Viognier blend) that I am waiting to open up one of these days.

ViewNext we headed up to the 8th floor of the Hotel Vitale where we were treated to a welcome reception.  The view of the ferry building was surreal and the libations and conversation were equally amazing.  I enjoyed an Autumn Apple Cocktail (Skyy Infusions Pineapple, Skyy Infusions Citrus, honey water, apple juice, and Calvados) while chatting with other bloggers.  It was great to catch up with bloggers I already knew like Shannon of Tri to Cook and Chels and Sues of We Are Not Martha as well as to meet new people.  I couldn’t stop thinking how nice everyone was.  It was certainly a more approachable bunch than the work conferences I usually attend.

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Next up was a taste of SF street food fare.  By this point I’d had a couple of drinks and only a nibble-sized portion of mac and cheese so I was ready for something more substantial.  As could be expected, Foodbuzz did not disappoint.  From meat pies to raw cheese cake there were a pleathora of great options and of course, more libations.  Everything I tasted was outstanding but the most memorable part of the night was eating oysters for the first time.  I can’t believe I went 26 years without eating one.  They were delicious and perfectly sweet with just a light touch of saltiness from the ocean.  Overall it was a great night and if it’s any indication, I think the festivities today will be amazing.

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CaSaundra November 8, 2009 at 8:57 am

Your soo lucky–please soak up some California sunshine for me! :o )

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Mo November 8, 2009 at 9:46 am

I’m jealous! Reading everyone’s account of the Foodbuzz Festival makes me want to attend next year for sure. Enjoy SF!

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Nurit - 1 family. friendly. food. November 12, 2009 at 2:00 am

Ok, I bet the food was awesome!

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