I'd been looking forward to the FoodBuzz Festival of 2011 pretty much since the same event ended last year. I was lucky enough to be able to attend last year with the help of AJ and his unending generosity and support of the blog. This year, I was lucky enough to have been chosen for a 24x24 dinner that would help cover FoodBuzz Festival costs, and in remembrance of AJ, my wonderful mother-in-law covered the rest. I'm truly grateful!
After feeling as though I missed out on so much of San Francisco last year, I decided to take an extra day to explore the city, and then finished that extra day off with our amazing dinner at Chez Panisse. I got a bit lost on the way from the train, and was thrilled that Diana was already hanging out with Julie in our hotel room! The three of us had a plan to go for dim sum and explore Chinatown…and explore we did!
After a quick jaunt through an extremely long tunnel, we had traveled from metropolitan San Francisco to China.
We all managed to stop foot traffic by taking multitudes of photos of the scenery
(Photo courtesy of Julie)
We attempted to have dim sum at three different places before finding one that was open. We had amazing fresh-cooked noodles and fairly decent pork buns. Overall it was a bit underwhelming, but the entire neighborhood was so incredibly fascinating.
There were small market stands all over, most of which contained ingredients from dried shrimp to black fungus, but I loved the look of the varieties of produce.
After another short walk, we came across a cupcake bakery that Julie had read about on a blog last year. Cako was an adorable storefront with an even more adorable front window.
It was a tough decision as to which cupcake to get, seeing as how it was the first baked good I'd had in weeks. I went with a classic: chocolate cake with peanut butter buttercream.
Diana's cupcake was much prettier, especially since it had Nutella buttercream.
There's really nothing like cupcakes and good friends to make a dreary afternoon more sunny!
We parted ways after a jaunt in H&M, and Diana and I went exploring and shopping a bit more. She scored some amazing outfits, and I took some of my favorite photos from the weekend. There was a magnificent and aromatic flower stand around the corner from our hotel, and the colors were just… almost unreal.
We headed back to the hotel, got dressed for dinner, and ended up eating one of the best meals of my life. It was a short night of sleep before Diana and I awoke for coffee and sightseeing and of course, eating. But more on that tomorrow!