Monday, November 16, 2009

Foodbuzz Festival: The Rest

Christina Nastassia Esi and Sonja

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 :)

Chef Cooking at Outstanding in the Field

Pickled Vegtables

Mushroom Dashi, Maitake, Shimeji, Enoki Mushrooms

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.

Mushroom Risotto with Koshinikari Rice, Crispy Maitake Mushrooms

Udon, Grilled Monterey Calamari in a Browned Butter Ponzu Reduction, Cucumber, Kaiware, Frisee & Yellow Pear Tomato with Chojang & Sesame Vinaigrette

Sea Trout Baked with Dashikombu, Fried Garlic and Japanese Curry Powder

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Ponzu Fried Garlic, Guanciale, Bonito Flakes

Soy Braised Beef Cheeks and Oxtails, Baby Carrots and Fingerling Potatos, OB Beer and Dejang Demi

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!

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24 comments:

Erica said...

You girlies are so cute! mmm the brussels look totally fabulous (one of my favorite eats). Glad you had fun

Dawn said...

cute photo! so glad you had fun. it's worth putting on the extra weight I say. oh yes.

Dolce said...

I love the first picture! You are so funny!

Olga said...

ugh, your food photos came out so much better than mine ;)

Evan said...

I so wish I could have been there for this!

kellypea said...

You and all the lovely people who kept me company at the long dinner table Saturday night were so fabulous! Your photos of the dishes turned out so well ;) Sorry to hear about your hangover Sunday am.

Jenn said...

Everyone who went is so lucky!!!! It definitely looks like a fun time.

Steph said...

Those photos look so good! It looks like you had lots of fun!!

Mary said...

Your photos are spectacular. The food looks enormously appealing. Thanks for sharing the event with us.

lisaiscooking said...

Great photos! This looks like such a great meal too.

Helene said...

Thanks for the pics. I hope to go next year and meet you.

Joy said...

*grins* Love the photo! And your food photos from dinner are so good!

Miss you chickie! I had so much fun with you.

Sippity Sup said...

Thanks for the walk down memory lane. I loved it! GREG

angela@spinachtiger said...

Oh my gosh..I miss everyone, especially in this picture. You also got great food pics. My camera broke. Do you think you could share a few pictures with me. And, I'm so there next year too.

Esi said...

Thank you everyone!

I miss all the people I got to spend so much time with and those that didn't go...well, I hope you can make it next year!

Angela, of course you can use some pics. If you need help downloading from flickr, let me know!

Junglefrog said...

Haha... that sounds like a great time, well maybe except the hangover that is... lol... That looks like a seriously good dinner!

Peter said...

I had the same feeling toward the croque monsieur -- amazing mustard, and too bad I was a little hungover, or I would have had a lot more!
Great meeting you out there!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Esi I want to go with you next time!

Will they be having it every year? I just joined Foodbuzz.

Laura

Chef Fresco said...

Looks like you guys are having fun! The food pics look good!

The Active Foodie said...

Awwww!!!!! Love the pic!! I need to get a copy of that one :) I had so much fun with all of you gals! Miss you! And beautiful food photos as well!

Kerstin said...

I really enjoyed all your pictures and I'm glad you had such a great time!

Kely said...

It was great meeting you at Foodbuzz. I love reading everyone's recaps because it brings back so many memories. I added to my Google reader so I can continue to follow your culinary adventures.

Esi said...

Laura, I think Foodbuzz will be holding this event annually. You should definitely go next year!

Brooke said...

Great wrap up. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with you at the table and hearing your stories about food, family, and tattoos. I hope we can hang out again soon!