You'd think that with a stomach full of food and wine, I would be pretty content. Well, you would be wrong. After lugging all of our swag back to the hotel, we quickly got ready and went back out to catch the bus to dinner, hosted by Outstanding in the Field. The dinner was held in a warehouse with one looooooooong table snaking throughout the place. After (yet another) glass of wine, we made our way to our seats. My dining companions were Kelly, HC, Brooke, Nastassia, Sonja, Christina, Joy and Angela. I have to say, we had a pretty fabulous table :)
Dinner was quite the impressive affair with many, many courses as I have known and come to love about Foodbuzz dinners. For me, the highlights were the crispy mushrooms on top of the risotto, and the ROCKIN' brussels sprouts with bonito flakes, guanciale, and FRIED GARLIC! I also may have eaten one (or five thousand) shrimp chips. I didn't try the dessert, but from what I hear, I didn't miss much. I had great conversations with all of the people around me including thoughtful discussion about asparagus pee, and I learned that when HC comes back from the bathroom and asks you to smell his finger, you do it because it could smell like rose and chamomile...aka more swag (bubble bath) for the trip home.
After the Foodbuzz Blogger Awards, we headed back to the bar at Hotel Vitale. I was thrilled to spend more time chatting with Jenn. I also got to meet Denise and Lenny of Chez Us, Peter and Christey of Fotocuisine, Mark of No Recipes and Peter of Souvlaki for the Soul. It was a great evening and everyone was awesome. A little too much wine later, we stumbled back to our hotel to get pack and get some sleep.
Sunday morning was a brunch sponsored by Nature's Pride bread. Besides the thick cuts of bacon, my favorite food item was the croque monsieur which was slathered with a truffle mustard. That mustard...I am still dreaming about it. Unfortunately, with my hangover, I wasn't able to consume much else, but I did manage a few bites of the salad with the incredible pears from Frog Hollow Farm. Too soon it was quick goodbyes and then a BART ride back to SFO. Overall, I had a really fantastic weekend. I came back with a hangover, a few extra pounds, and wonderful memories!! I can't wait until next year!