I felt disconnect with the blogosphere since arriving in San Francsico for the second annual foodbuzz festival.
Its not so much that I haven’t had time to write a post, but mainly I havent had much time to visit and read other blogs. And with new blog friends, I feel like I have a hell of a lot of catching up to do.
I was unsure about about my format for reporting about the festival. With over 300 bloggers in attendance, I wasn’t worried the coverage of the food served would be an issue. Although I do think my blog deals with food, i didn’t want to take pictures of the food. The food side of my blog is about the recipes I conjure up and the projects I make with my kiddies at school. And as I have said, my camera is a poor man’s “point and shoot” (although if you are reading this dad or some rich admirer, I’m very open to having a new one!) so I didn’t bother taking intricate pictures of the food.
And speaking of food….
I had a feeling many of you are curious about how I handled “the food”. Yes, I’m a trained chef and an adventerous foodie, but I do shamelessly admit I have battled a bitter battle with food for almost a decade.
The food at foodbuzz was surprisingly not intimidating. I did not feel obligated to eat anything but nothing felt “scary” anyhow. My biggest gripe was the fact that aside from the gala four course dinner, there were no “structured meals”. Most of the food was a sample small serving from a sponser and I had to basically nourish myself by collecting as many samples of black truffle popcorn or mini tacos as I could while standing up. I had no idea eating while standing up really messes with you hunger/fullness signals. And although I am expert at this when I go to sample meccas like costco, I also get to go home to a kitchen where I can fill myself up. So in the end, there were many points in the day I was actually hungry and craved t simply sit down to a home-cooked meal.
In many ways I was proud. I was proud I finished everything on my plate at the sit down dinner (I sat next to Alissa and Lea if you want to see pictures and need proof) and more proud that I didn’t feel an ounce of guilt from eating anything. Even after I visited the salty caramel ice cream stand for a sample twice.
All in all, the food was ok. It is the FOODbuzz festival so I wasn’t expecting lame veggie trays and pigs in a blanket. But for me, it was not about the food at all. It was about the people, the bloggers.
Meeting bloggers I’ve been reading for so long in person is actually more intimidating than meeting any celebrity. Its only recently that I have gotten the courage to comment on a few of those blogs so that I don’t look like an idiot introducing myself to people.
And I have discovered hidden gems and truly loving souls.
Bottom line: The food was good, but the peopler were gooder.
So that is why I indulge you in pictures of people. People eating, people smiling while eating, and most importantly, enjoying the company of like mined people.
And I’m not one to take pics of everyone eating and forget about nourishing myself:
I might add some more random musings tomorrow. But I got in a few hours ago and I’m still sad its over and need something else to look forward to so I dont get all depressed.
But more Eden recipes and regularly scheduled programming to come!