Back To Get My Heart…

November 4, 2011

…cause I left it in San Francisco last year!

Every. Single. Time I fly across the country I am amazed at how fast something in your imagination becomes a reality. San Francisco is real again! I believe this is my 6th visit – a graduation wine country trip, a honeymoon, 3 Foodbuzz Festivals, 1 BlogHer. Think that’s it? LOVE it here!

Before we get to the food mecca of the country, Larbs and I dined on lovely airport meals

I picked up this salad in Raleigh when I saw a "choose your own" salad option. I liked that I could tell it had not been packaged a week ago and got to choose my toppings.

Beans, egg, tomatoes, cuc, walnuts, orange, lettuce. Could have been better, but could have been a lot worse!

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Larbs waited till we got to Vegas and got a burrito bowl. Rather measly for a grand total of…$10.26!

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We’ve also been munching on our Wheat Thins and Plane Cookies, which were animal crackers shaped like planes. Fun crunch!

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So happy to be here! I wasn’t planning on coming to Foodbuzz this year for financial reasons, but I was offered a spot to speak on a panel tomorrow morning on the topic of "Taking Your Blog To The Next Level" and was offered a small stipend that just covered my airfare. It helped, a lot, and I’m appreciative to be able to come a third time! It’s one of the best foodie experiences ever.

See Foodbuzz 2009, when winning Best Food Blogger took me by a huge surprise!, and Foodbuzz 2010 which ended with a belated anniversary trip up to Sonoma with my love to re-live our honeymoon, on this page of blog events!!

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1 Johanna B November 4, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Glad you and Larbs arrived safely. Looking forward to posts from Foodbuzz.

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2 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth November 4, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I really hope you win an award as I love your blog and have been really inspired by it. Good luck and have a great Foodbuzz!

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3 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 4, 2011 at 4:37 pm

“Taking Your Blog to the Next Level”–well, they definitely picked the right person with you! San Fran is possibly my favorite city in the country. I have relatives who live just an hour north near wine country–so much great stuff near each other! Northern California is a dream <3

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4 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) November 4, 2011 at 4:42 pm

It’s awesome you and your sis get to take a trip together!

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5 Savannah @ Sweet and Savvy November 4, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Have a great time! :) Salads look delicious! I’d love to travel to SanFran! I visited San Diego area once and fell in love!

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6 kathleen @ the daily crumb November 4, 2011 at 4:54 pm

so happy you were able to make it back! i went to college right outside of san francisco and, while chicago is always #1 in my heart, san fran is a close, close second. i just love the feeling of northern california.

there is a “make your own salad” option at o’hare that i always try to take advantage of… like you said, nice to know your veggies haven’t been prepackaged for days.

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7 lynn @ the actor's diet November 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm

have fun at foodbuzz! i was just watching the video i made last year with you in it…such a good memories!

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8 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 4, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I want to go to San Fran so badly! I know this is obvious, but HAVE FUN!

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9 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 4, 2011 at 5:01 pm

I’ve never been to San Francisco but I really want to go! One of my best friends from High School moved there a little over a year ago and loves it! I hope you enjoy your trip!

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10 Kelly November 4, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Have sooo much fun, I’m totally jeally! I have to visit the Buena Vista cafe down by Ghiradelli square everytime I’m in San Fran!! Nothing like tradition!

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11 Cat @Breakfast to Bed November 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm

food mecca of the country? I beg to differ! TEAM NYC. I may be bias.

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12 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles November 4, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I am looking forward to your blogs on Foodbuzz as I am very new to blogging. I am certainly learning a great deal from your fantastic blog…good luck!
San Francisco is one of those cities you here so much about…always great…I should put it on my list of places to visit…especially as it is so close to wine-country.
Here in Ontario, we have our own wine-country, Niagara-on-the-Lake. Right next to Niagara Falls. My husband and I visit every year cycling to the wineries, eating local cheese and staying at a Bed and Breakfast…heaven!

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13 Hillary November 4, 2011 at 5:29 pm

San Fran is on the top of my list of places to visit. Super jealous of your trip!

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14 katie @KatieDid November 4, 2011 at 5:33 pm

I dream of going to San Fran someday, I know I would love it! Can’t wait to read about your experience there, and congrats on the nomination yet again!

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15 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings November 4, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Love SF and the event sounds like a blast…would be great to hear you speak on the panel. Hope it’s a great experience! :)

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16 Angel7 November 4, 2011 at 5:35 pm

I LOVE San Fran., too!!! There is something about California that brings a smile to my face–possibly the endorphins from the sun :) Catch some rays, and share them through our computer screens for us (LOL) Also, have fun while you are at it, too!

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17 Jackie November 4, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Kath – I live in SF! Let’s get a group together for Frogurt… Yoppi is my favorite. I’m free for the next few hours and work downtown.

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18 KathEats November 4, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Don’t wanna eat too much before tonight but we’re at ferry building if you want to hang

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19 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 4, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I LOVE San Fran! Have fun :) Best wishes on the panel!!

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20 Sonia (the Mexigarian) November 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm

SF is such a beautiful city. There’s a little gem around every corner and personality to each building, and the views of the bay, wow. I don’t make it up there as often as I would like (some really good galleries are there where I could show my work). The one thing that keeps me back is the traffic up the peninsula to the city. Living in the south bay sucks sometimes.

Hope you have a great time at Food Buzz!

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21 Katy November 4, 2011 at 7:20 pm

I like SF a lot, but I’m always happy to come home (South Bay), where houses don’t touch, they aren’t painted pink, and the streets are lined with big trees.

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22 Sonia the Mexigarian November 4, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Oh I completely agree with you on that. SF is waaaaay too crowded for my liking (I need space!) but it is an adventure every time I go and that’s what I love about the city. But it truly doesn’t beat living in the South Bay. It has it’s special gems as well, more spread out though, but it’s fun finding them. :)

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23 Elaine November 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Watch out for trans fats in Nabisco products – those plane crackers may be cute, but they are made with partially hydrogenated oil. Load up on airline peanuts instead!

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24 Emily November 4, 2011 at 5:54 pm

SO cool that your sister is able to join you! Have fun, enjoy San Fran!

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25 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 4, 2011 at 6:08 pm

I really wanted to go to Foodbuzz this year, but I didn’t want to buy a ticket in case it interfered with my midterm schedule. I guess I’ll be living vicariously through you and everyone else who’s there! ;)

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26 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 4, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Have fun in San Fran and at the event! I will be living vicariously through everyone’s posts and pics. I know you’re going to do wonderfully at your speaking event, too…have fun. Can’t wait for the cliff’s notes/recap version (if there will be one) :)

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27 Marie@feedingfive November 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I am guessing you will be a fabulous speaker. I was going over your posts and your sister’s loft is unbelievable. I love my home, but it is so cool to see houses like yours and your sis’. Also those cupcakes looked out of this world.

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28 Health Bee November 4, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Welcome to SF! We look forward to your visit!

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29 kaila@ healthy helper blog! November 4, 2011 at 8:18 pm

I hope to go the foodbuzz festival one day!! It sounds like so much fun!

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30 TeenyLittleSuperChef November 4, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Have a great time in San Fran! How fun for both you and your sister. I wish I could attend and listen to your talk tomorrow. I too would like to “Take my blog to the Next Level.” Can’t wait to see all your pics and recaps of all the fun you’re having out there. I hope you get better food than the stuff you’ve been eating up until now. I’m guessing you’re not flying Delta or else I’m sure there would have been some Biscoff cookies consumed somewhere in there :)

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31 Lindsay @ biking before bed November 4, 2011 at 8:32 pm

My boyfriend is currently on a California road trip without me:( Hopefully I can go once I get some more vacation from work! That is one of the best looking airport salads I have ever seen!

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32 Jon Davis November 4, 2011 at 9:22 pm

I love San Francisco. Incredible food, wine, weather and the outdoors. It is tough to beat. However, I tend to get over served at wineries. haha.

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33 Meagan November 4, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I haven’t been up to SF yet… it’s on my list!

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34 Cait's Plate November 4, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Glad you made it safe and sound!

HAVE SO MUCH FUN!!! Can’t wait to read along with you :)

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35 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) November 4, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I love San Francisco! I visited in March for the day and I wish I could go more often. I live on the opposite end of California!

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36 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl November 4, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Have a wonderful time in SF with Mama_pea and EdibleASH and all! How exciting. So many of my friends on Instagram are sharing pictures of their FoodBuzz experience.

Congrats on your panel speaking engagement and being able to go. Have fun! Love doing panel discussions.

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37 Nicole November 5, 2011 at 12:02 am

I love your blog, but have never commented before. LOVE that you’re in SF. I live here, and it is absolutely the most delicious city :P You should definitely try and head to the Mission for tons of amazing brunch options one day (or any meal… or places for drinks…), and Philz for the most amazing/fun coffee! Have fun!!

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38 Khushboo November 5, 2011 at 12:33 am

Happy eating :)

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39 Elisabeth November 5, 2011 at 1:12 am

That’s great you were able to get the airfare covered so you could attend! I always enjoy your posts from Foodbuzz & I get to live vicariously through you on the trip to California. I’ve never been anywhere in California & I’ve especially always wanted to go to San Fran :)

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