Food, Fun and Festivities Part I

I have so much to share!  So you’ll just have to put up with me while I continue to share my exciting weekend.  After all, I  usually don’t have a life, so when I do get one I kind of get diarrhea of the camera and can’t squeeze my sphincter enough to stop it.  I have over 100 pictures, oh the torture!  I’m dividing it into two parts.  Why? 1. I don’t have 4 hours to sit around and post 2. I care about your time, you don’t have 4 hours to sit around and look at my pictures.

Last post showed what we saw, tourist-wise in San Francisco.  The next two posts are centered around the festival itself and our foodie experience.  So, I will begin at the beginning and end somewhere in the middle…

We decided to stay at the hub of the activities.  The Sir Francis Drake Hotel.

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We discovered our large sounding room (as over the phone, we’ll give you two queens) was quite small.  Worse yet, our bathroom was smaller than a porta potty and there was three of us sharing it. 

Three girls sharing it, need I say more?   Three girls with curling irons, hair dryers, diffusers, make-up, toiletries, three girls!  I just had to say more.

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We had lunch at the Hotel’s restaurant.  The chef was season 4 winner of the Top Chef.

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This is what foodbloggers do…

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My smoked salmon tartine was perfect!

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After lunch we registered and got our swag.

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Bus tour time, I don’t know what’s bigger, my lens or my ring.

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Waiting for the shuttle bus to take us to the street food fare.

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And the festivities begin!

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I spotted the wine straight away, a good indication of what the weekend had to offer.

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And then they held an “American Idol” contest.

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Okay, they didn’t really have an “American Idol” contest, I think they should.  Maybe next year?

We did have a foodie gift exchange, I packaged mine to represent Montana, woot!  It contained buffalo jerky, buffalo droppings (chocolates) and huckleberry lemonade.


In exchange I received a nice bottle of Bonny Doon non-alcoholic wine.  I think I will give it to the Baby boy but not tell him it’s non-alcoholic and watch him get drunk (hehe).


The eating and (more) drinking began!

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I was just a little too attached to my wine, it went everywhere with me. Obviously my camera did also.

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There was a lot of socializing, nothing like food and wine to lubricate the social skills.

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I may have also had a cocktail after the fare….

Saturday morning was time for the Breakout Sessions.  I started mine with The Success to Food Blogging.

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Then I attended the Fresh Express demonstration by Chef Todd.  He was very entertaining, but definitely selling a product.

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My classmates.

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And lastly, I crashed the photography class.  I think this class would have better with more space and smaller groups.

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That afternoon we hit the Taste Pavilion at the Metreon.

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A familiar site.

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That’s it folks, the feet are tired and so is everything else.  Hang tight for part deux of Food, Wine and Festivities.

Leah and I shared pictures, so I have to give her credit…for which ones???? Not sure ‘cept I’m pretty sure I didn’t take the one of myself.

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2 Responses to Food, Fun and Festivities Part I

  1. Linda Balfour November 11, 2010 at 12:35 pm #

    Can’t wait for the second part, don’t know if we do anything like that in England, but if I can find one I would definitely go. I see you have a serious camera, no wonder you take such good pictures. It is many years since I was in San Francisco (I won a vacation through a British newspaper)but I remember we ate some good seafood and that I thought we were having an earthquake because the elevator made our room vibrate when it was going up and down! (have since experienced a very mild one here in England so at least have some idea what to expect)

  2. Astrid November 14, 2010 at 2:30 pm #

    I remember you from the photo session! And I found myself in that picture. I am glad you had an awesome time last weekend. It was great meeting you!