Sunday, November 14, 2010

Foodbuzz Fest and San Francisco: Day 3

I'm sure you're quite tired of seeing Foodbuzz pictures all over the place, but I still wanted to share my perspective with you. I'm sure you've seen the same plated food pics, but after the farewell brunch we explored the city and I want to share that with you. Hope you don't mind :-)

The farewell brunch at The Sir Francis Drake was plentiful. I believe it was sponsored by Nature's Pride bread, so it appeared a few times on the buffet tables. We had mini fritattas with stuffing, mini grilled cheese with pork sausage gravy, french toast with strawberry basil butter, thick cut bacon, fresh fruit, panzanella, frisee salad with pears and almonds and yogurt parfait cups. It was good!

Shortly after brunch, my favorite person in the whole wide world arrived!

Then we went to the flagship Williams-Sonoma store. Talk about 4 levels of kitchen bliss!

It was such a pretty store and I was impressed with their content. They even have a good selection of Williams-Sonoma Home products. Very expensive but nice to look at. Anyone want a $500 lamp? My favorite part was the wall of silicone spoonulas!

Click on the picture below to enlarge the detail.

Our room at the hotel wasn't quite ready yet, so Debby drove us to the wharf for a light lunch and to sight see. Mr. H ordered a lobster tail and shrimp salad and I had shrimp cocktail. It was as good as it looked. The seagulls thought so too.

Then, because it was wet and drizzly outside, we headed to the Ferry Building for an indoor market. ooh, it was foodie heaven.

One of the first places we discovered was Miette- a beautiful bakery. I could have stayed in there and taken pictures all day, all the while sampling as I saw fit.

Debby purchased an old-fashioned cupcake with sticky marshmallowy frosting topped with a candied peanut, which she kindly shared with me. It was quite the tasty treat. The carrot cupcakes were stunning as well.

While there, I purchased my very first French macaron. I got the Chocolate Lavender and the Coffee macaron. The coffee was superb. If you've never had one, they're chewy and light and delightful. get one. eat one.

We browsed a bit more til I ran into a sweet little puppy...

And some even sweeter Beekind Honey. I got a teeny bottle of Lavender honey, while Debby purchased the Tupelo honey. The guy there was really nice and helpful and let me sample several different flavors.

From there, Debby and I said our goodbyes and shared a hug. We had a wonderful time together and I feel like we've known eachother for ages. Until next time...

Mr. H and I returned back to our King corner room on the top floor for a little relaxation. We were tired after walking all over the place and carrying heavy shopping bags and it was nice to return to the hotel and find a note from the hotel staff, as well as a complimentary box of fresh coconut macaroons and a bottle of water. nice touch SFD.

Our room had a bigger brighter bathroom but the room was even smaller than the first. The natural light that came into that room was beautiful though since we had windows on 3 walls. Very nice and bright, though it was a very tad blinding come 6 am :-)

The view of Union Square from our room. Ahhh!

Thanks for joining me on my journey to San Francisco! I hope you've enjoyed it.

27 comments:

thrasherswife said...

Envious - looks like it was a great trip. Thanks for sharing!!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

You did a great job sharing our culinary adventure in San Francisco. I did sniffle a bit, as I left you two in San Francisco. I have yet to finish uploading my pictures. I'm so glad that I finally got to meet you. You're as lovely in person as you are on this blog
Deb

Darlene said...

That lobster with bay shrimps looks delicious. I love fresh, simple seafood. In addition, I had NO IDEA Williams-Sonoma had a flagship store! I just need a blank check to that store.

Astrid said...

I keep seeing pictures of beautiful macarons. I honestly have never tried a macaron. When we meet up we need to either find some macarons or make some. I say we make some!

Treehouse Chef said...

Loved the photos! Thanks for sharing. New Blog Layout looks great too!

Ingrid said...

:( Still wishing I could have hung out with you guys but glad you got to experience it.
~ingrid

Julie @ Willow Bird Baking said...

Yay, so much fun! And such lovely photos! My foodie gift was actually from Miette -- haven't eaten it yet, but need to get on that!

From the Kitchen said...

I've been to Miette--delicious! You and Debbie look like long-time friends (as I'm sure you will be going forward). What a great time! I'm feeling the need for a dungeness crab sandwich and a gooey cupcake right now. Oh, and I would have gone to the Top of the Mark (Mark Hopkins) for a mai tai!! I had my first one there and watched the fog roll in. It was a long time ago and only yesterday.

Best,
Bonnie

Kerstin said...

I really enjoyed all your pictures - glad you had such a great time!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I'm glad you spent some time there with your husband. I was thinking it would be a fun place to be together. This seems like a perfect trip...food, sights and fun!

Katie said...

What an amazing 3 days. That brunch looks fabulous and you were surrounded by so many foodie places. Wish I could have gone

justJENN said...

Your FIRST french macaron?? Oh dear, I think I'm on my thousandth. I can't eat just one...

Coleen's Recipes said...

Nice tour!!! How great that Hubby joined you!!!!!!!!!!

bellini valli said...

It was a pleasure to meet you. I didn't get to explore the Ferry Building this time around as I would have liked but so much to see and do I can't say I wasn't thoroughly entertained for even one moment.It has been so interesting to see everyones take on the Festival, the city and the food!

cookies and cups said...

What a great trip! How sweet that hubs came and joined you :)

Keeley said...

Wow... A 4-story Williams-Sonoma? I'd be in heaven.

It doesn't look like San Francisco is very cold in November... interesting. I'm so used to being cold that I just assume everyone else is, too!

SF is definitely on my wish list for vacations!

Healthy and Homemade said...

All I can say after reading this post and seeing the pictures: NEED bacon!!!! YUM.

Avril said...

Monica...I could never get tired of seeing your pictures (food or not) - you truly have a great way of capturing the beauty of the moment.

And a treat for you guys to explore the 4 level Williams-Sonoma store in San Fran! I too agree that the wall of rubber spatulas is a rainbow of happiness!

Debbie said...

Thank you for sharing that you have never had a French macaron before....I thought I may have been the only one left on this planet that hadn't ever had one. One day......Lovely pictures, looks like you had a wondeful time!

Souffle Bombay said...

Love all the FB posts! Thanks for your perspective! Looks like it was a lot of fun...what was your biggest takeaway on food blogging?

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Michel-lee said...

What a wonderful adventure! I read about each day you were there. Your pictures tell a great story.

Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer said...

Oh I would have had a anxiety attack in the W-S store! Buying everythng in site! Looks like you had so much fun and happy you got an extra few days to extend the vaca with your husband :)

Maranda said...

I'm actually really enjoying seeing all the pictures. The different perspectives are pretty awesome. Everyone highlights different foods because different things speak to each person.

Is that all we get?? No highlights from your weekend with Mr. H?? LOL!

I hope you had fun with your man and that it was relaxing. xoxoxoxo

oneordinaryday said...

What a wonderful way to end your trip.

Sophie said...

Ah, I miss SF just reading this. Glad you had such an awesome time there. It's such a fun place!

bella (roz) said...

Oh my goodness, are you KIDDING me? 4 levels of Williams-Sonoma? Wasn't it just like heaven? I am so pea green with envy? HOW IN THE WORLD did you learn of this event? I so want to go next time.

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