With a quill tip to tongue, I sent in the signed agreement, registered for the fest, and booked my flight to the Bay.
IFBC in Seattle earlier this year aided in my whim, along with my desire for a (much overdue) visit to ever lovely San Francisco. And the crisp autumn air in downtown was a bracing welcome kiss indeed. But my luck began (ironically) just after missing the shuttle from Foodbuzz HQ at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel to the opening reception. Serendipity then delivered fellow LA blogger the wind attack (OK so maybe us Angelenos can be a little tardy) who shared a cab with me. By the time we made it to Fort Mason Center we were fast friends!
Steps from pioneering vegetarian institution Greens, Fort Mason's Herbst Pavilion was a beacon against the dark bay, flanked by steaming food trucks; a rather dramatic Foodbuzz welcome.
Bonny Doon's table and sampled their 2009 Ca' del Solo Albarino. Intended to take the edge off, the very drinkable white impressed me more on the palate and realigned my mind - I was here to taste and enjoy!
@windattack at 4505 Meats' booth where there was no looking pretty munching on their mondo slider of Jalapeno-brined corn meal-crusted pork loin with pickled string beans, onions and coriander aioli on a sesame bun. Crispy chicharrones rounded out the calorie count with a crunchy wallop. Time for a beer!
San Francisco Brewers Guild booth, we picked up a bowl of Mind Your Tongue's "Viking Gumbo" – A brackish and smoky melange of squid, octopus, zucchini, peas, red peppers and chorizo.
Thirsty Bear Golden Vanilla ale in hand, @windattack and I lined up at Spencer on the Go! for our first taste of escargot. This truck by Chez Spencer wraps the little sluggards in puff pastry, skewers 'em on a lollipop stick with a douse of herbal jus. With a steamy burn to the roof of my mouth and a buttery brine, I couldn't help but think of my early first tastes of fish n' chips or popcorn shrimp - a rich, distracting entry level treat. But one I'd eat again!
@windattack and I perused a neighboring food truck round-up, as if I'd left room for more...
Mission Minis to go!Tongo Room were in order. We toasted to the meeting of old friends (coffeepencilknife) and new (@windattack).