It was a weekend of eating.
First, a brunch at Bocadillos with the team from Foodbuzz… mimosas, artisanal cheeses with quince paste & walnuts, serrano ham drizzled with fruity olive oil, patatas bravas with a spicy dipping sauce, and of course breakfast bocadillos – I had the scrambled eggs with crispy serrano ham – not a bad way to start the day!
And finally an entire afternoon sampling some of San Francisco’s best – the star of the show goes to Frog Hollow Farm’s Warren Pears matched with Bellwether Farm’s Carmody cheese… the flavor combination is spot on. Other standouts were We Olive Olive Oil, Jaqk Wine Cellars wine, Three Twins ice cream, Jacob’s Creek wine, Mendocino Sea Salt & Seasoning Company, Mt. Beautiful wines, and Annie the Baker’s chocolate chip cookies.
Oh, and I want to mention my two new fabulous Foodbuzz friends, Wendy (on the right) & Angela (on the left)… I had so much fun with these two ladies – I hope they plan another SF trip soon! I was the lucky recipient of Wendy’s Hudson Valley goodie bag in the Foodbuzz gift exchange – she went all out: two types of granola, a cookbook from a Hudson Valley mediterranean restaurant, two types of local honey, cupcake liners in her blog’s background print, mulling spices & cinnamon sticks … amazing!! Thank you so much Wendy!
I am so excited – all signed up for three days of cooking & foodie fun!
Despite the fact that my kitchen is old & cramped, with a horrible oven that is antiquated beyond belief, I love my view of all the SF rooftops and gardens around me!
Oh, and also the fact that my mint, oregano & basil are amazingly still alive!
(btw… voting for Project Food Blog is now open! Click here to vote for me! There are now 1,889 contestants -yeowza!)
I’ve entered a food blogging contest. Specifically, “Project Food Blog“. Sounds cool, huh? Think TV Food Network Star. But online. With 1,867 contestants. 10 challenges. And only one lucky winner who gets to become the next…
FOOD BLOG STAR!
I’m still a newbie in this blogging world. I’m not what you’d call a ‘professional’ blogger, nor do I have a huge amount of random strangers following my culinary adventures… but that doesn’t matter in this challenge! The whole point of Project Food Blog is to push people out of their comfort zone so they can become a better blogging version of themselves. Awesome!
I started this blog on a whim. I wanted somewhere to put my favorite recipes, but I also wanted it to serve as a memory of the parties I’ve thrown, the meals I’ve made, and who I’ve shared these with. Plus it’s fun to create something new, and despite the fact that it’s totally nerdy, I really do get a kick out of html code.
Take a look at the picture above… it’s a couple of pages from a recipe book that my great-aunt Jill made. She was an incredible cook and when she passed away she left my mum all her recipe books and party diaries. These are absolutely amazing… they contain the memories of all the dinners and parties she hosted, with each and every detail from the planning stages of the menu to the actual meal. She included what worked, what didn’t, the attendees, who liked what, recipe adjustments, suggestions for future meals… right down to her outfit that night and the pearls she wore on her neck! Not only do I get a glimpse into her life, but I also get to see her in a different light now that I am older and have an appreciation for cooking and entertaining. I just wish I could have seen these while she was still alive. Here’s a couple of pages from one of her party diaries…
I see my blog as an updated version of these books… I’d like to accomplish what my great-aunt Jill did and create a lasting memory of something I enjoy as much as I imagine she did. Wish me luck!