Tuesday, November 9, 2010

FoodBuzz Fest 2010


I really wanted a Korean taco from Namu followed by a couple of  Mission Minis cupcakes for lunch.  I wanted to wander around San Francisco with fabulous food blogger friends.  Oh, and I wanted companies to give me fabulous kitchen gadgets to try.  Instead, I had a styrofoam cup filled with ramen that was in solid form only minutes before I microwaved the heck out of it.  A client absentmindedly put my favorite pen in her mouth.  And the final kick in the 'nards?  I found out the coffeemaker at work is broken!  Needless to say, it's tough to go back to work on Monday morning when you've spent the weekend at the food blogger paradise known as Foodbuzz Fest.

So what did I take away from an amazing weekend of eating, meeting n' greeting, eating, learning, eating, hugging, and well, more eating?

You can make fabulous friends on Twitter.  And they're even more fabulous when you meet 'em in person.  Say hello to CaffeinaA Thought for FoodHungry RabbitStettedCilantropist, and the Baking Barrister.


Never turn down a cupcake.  Or four cupcakes.


It's fun to see MasterChef friends again.  Hi Food Samba and Salty Seattle!


When the Korean tacos are this good, you have to eat two.  Even if you're full.  Especially if you're full.


It's so great to have a lovely friend to walk around the tasting pavilion with.  It's even better when said lovely friend is willing to wait in an hour long line for fish tacos.


Go back for seconds of delicious popcorn, especially the chipotle caramel.


You have to be in the front row to cheer on friends who create amazing recipes.  Especially because the samples come to you first when you're in the front row ;)


Lots of wine glasses automatically bump up a table's street cred.


It's important to find your picture twin.



I heart swag bags, especially when they are filled with kitchen doodads.


Don't mess with giants.


And finally, who says you can't mix food and law?


See ya' next year, Foodbuzz friends.  So long, and thanks for all the fish!

45 comments:

  1. It's nice to see people that chat on Twitter finally meet up! Looks like a good time was had with a couple of drinks and a few snacks along the way ;)

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  2. Wow! Looks like a ton of fun... wish I could have been there to enjoy all of it too :) Glad you had a great time and love the swag bags!! :)

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  3. I am trying not to be jealous:) Judging by the reports on various blogs, it seems that the get-together went extremely well.
    It would be wonderful to meet virtual friends for real, and I can almost feel your excitement.

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  4. I am with Lana - I am also trying not to be jealous. I will make it up there next year hopefully so I can join you in eating cupcakes. And lots of them!

    You are too cute Azmina...at 5'8" I think you'll be referring to me at some point as a giant as well!

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  5. Loved this! It was great hanging out with you this weekend. Hey, I think we made a great team picking up swag and standing in line together. :-)

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  6. After reading all of the posts from you lucky people who went, I have informed my family that I am attending next year by hook or by crook and that they had better plan to fend for themselves next November. I can talk tough this far out, but I am determined!

    Sorry about your favorite pen, client cooties are no good.

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  7. What a wonderful tribute to the Festival!! You have so many grat images, thank you so much for sharing them! It was such a joy to meet you after all of this time, It will make reading your posts extra special now!
    Cheers my friend!
    Dennis

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  8. i can't say this enough, i'm so jealous of everyone who got to attend this fabulous festival. being only 5 feet, i know how you feel around extra tall people. if i'm lucky enough to go next year, can i hang out with you? teehee. you are so adorable. glad you had a fabulous time, Azmina. thanks for sharing your memories.

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  9. Boy, I wish I was there! We need to start a short foodie group. =)

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  10. It was great seeing you again, Azmina! The Korean Taco was to DIE for!

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  11. Looks like you had so much fun. And OMG you look adorable to have just completed a move and been doing so much work! Btw, I went to the grocery this weekend and ran from the chili.

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  12. LOOK AT THE SWAG!!! this is the first pic i saw of the swag bags <3 <3

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  13. It was so fun to be able to meet you in person! It was an amazing weekend and you are even more adorable in person!
    -Gina-

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  14. Oh I'm so jealous- this looks like such a great time! Glad you were able to be there!

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  15. Awesome, Love reading your write up always! I'm sure you've had a heck of a time with all great bloggers out thr.
    I SO wish I could meet you, maybe next time!

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  16. I love love love your pic with Ben! I have all the pics to cheer me up this week too. Going back to work was not easy. We need to get together soon!

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  17. Looks like you had an amazing time! Like everyone else who wasn't there, I'm kinda jealous.

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  18. I'm so envious. I hope to make it next year and meet everyone!

    You are one petite gal! :-) Love that picture with Mr. Rhau!

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  19. It was so, so wonderful to meet you!! I really do wish we could have spent more time chatting and hope to see you again some time soon. Without a doubt, you're one of my very favorite food bloggers!! :)

    Sues

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  20. So great to finally meet you, Azmina! Glad you are now closeby. :)

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  21. Ah so much fun! After seeing all of these awesome foodbuzz fest posts, I KNOW I need to go next year!

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  22. I think all of us that couldn't go should get goodie bags - lol.. It's the least they can do to ease our pain :) Looks like everyone really enjoyed themselves - thanks for sharing!

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  23. It was so great to finally meet you in person! Hopefully come December we can have more time to hang out and cook!

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  24. Azmina! It was such a treat to finally meet you. I was bummed I didn't get a photo with you though. You are such a sweetheart and I'm glad you're settling in CA. Hope to see you agains soon.

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  25. Oh sweet girl! What a wonderful weekend you had. Such amazing food, such amazing people. I wish I could have been there. Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a beautiful day tomorrow!

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  26. It was such a great weekend! I wish we could do it again every weekend. :)

    Glad I met you, now I'm looking forward to next year!

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  27. I miss you already. This was super funny, Azmina- can't wait til next time...

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  28. Whoa, the guy is TALL!!! But then, you are pretty dainty and petite! I didn't know how tiny you are, because you're so big in personality! I'm glad I at least got the chance to say hi to you, although the time was brief. Hopefully we get to talk more next time! :-)

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  29. Looks like you stirred up some mayhem...or at least need your stretchy pants now that you're home! ;)

    Glad you had fun--I hope to make it next year!

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  30. Really cute post. I read every word (and I can't say that's true for some of the posts about foodbuzz fest). Hello-- Why did I miss that first lunch with all those people I wanted to meet? I missed a few people entirely. Argh.
    It's interesting to see people's swag bags because I think there were some different things...
    I think I ate 6 cupcakes. Did they really expect me to pick?

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  31. Finally catching up on all the FBZFest posts - yours is refreshing in its brevity yet manages to really capture the essence of the weekend. Wish I had been there this year!

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  32. WOW Azmina it looks like you had a great time hahaha you are such a funny writer I always find myself chuckling as I read through your posts.

    Hopefully Ill be able to attend next year and experience all the epic gloriousness that is the foodbuzz festival

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  33. Fun recap! You and your friend who stood in line for an hour for a fish taco are two foodie friends that I would travel to SF to meet even when its not FB Fest!

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  34. Sounds like so so much fun. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Fun times! Thanks for sharing your adventure with us.

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  36. Great to meet you in person at the festival! We said no to nothing when it came to food. That's a lot of cupcakes... :)

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  37. Sounds like you had a great time. It was really nice to meet you there!! :)

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  38. the foodbuzz community is so tight, love it! it looks like such a wonderful time!

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  40. Nice Hitchhiker's Guide reference. It was great meeting in person at the Foodbuzz Fest - can't wait til next year!

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  41. Great Post Azmina! So nice to meet you at the festival. I look forward to following.
    Best,
    Ginny

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