Cupcakes Steal The Show

November 6, 2010

Help I’m trapped in a warehouse with 350 foodies and 1,000 cupcakes!!




Tonight was the kickoff Street Fair event with booths by some of San Francisco’s finest.

I was greeted by a fig upon entering the big warehouse bay


Snagged off of one of the tables full of appetizer bites, which i nibbled on during the brief sit-down portion of the evening. (The Frog Hollow Pears were amazing!)


I grabbed a wine too before we sat down, but didn’t end up being much in a drinking mood yet again.

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I also tasted a couple of the beers much later in the night in Matt’s honor. But much to my disappointment the Vanilla Bean beer was all gone!! :( I’m going to try to find it on Wednesday when Matt is here and we have a final day in San Francisco.

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We played a fun swap game with foodie gifts from our hometowns. I brought Matt Cracks to share!

Then we were released into the wild!! Here were the samples I tried – I did a good job of just tasting, not eating so much that I ran out of room.

Pizza Politana and an Asian Beef “Taco” (which was sadly discarded for too many onions)

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Emily and I shared this curry wrap


A homemade macaroon and toffee bite from a gift bag! This was super delicious – should have been a featured item of the night, but instead, someone made it by hand!


Vegan Paella


Straus Ice cream sample! The toffee was my fav, and the ice cream was so rich!


The savory highlight of my night was this crispy pork sandwich with pork rinds. Y’all know I don’t gush over food like this often, so please understand how UNBELIEVEALBE this sandwich was. I have no idea how they elevated the tastes to such a high level.


There were a few more savory booths that I did not try because my palate was happy and cupcakes were calling…


Mission Street Cupcakes were a huge hit last year, and they made an even bigger splash this year!! Look at this entire table full of pumpkin, vanilla bean and a green pistachio spice


I tried one two of each flavor. The pumpkin was by far the best! But I did dig the vanilla frosting :)

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And guess what? The Food Network was there filming a show for Cupcake Wars!! Many of us were interviewed and we’re crossing our fingers the Festival will be part of an upcoming show!


Despite the seven (yes, seven!) mini cupcakes I had, I don’t feel too bad right now.

Meeting so many awesome internet friends in real life is so …unreal! And so much more fun than you could even imagine.

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1 Mama Pea November 6, 2010 at 12:57 am

I didn’t get a pear. I wasn’t strategically seated in front of the tray (ahem, ahem). See you at breakfast!!!


2 Dee November 6, 2010 at 1:00 am

oh my, everything looks heavenly!


3 ari November 6, 2010 at 2:55 am

omg you got to meet mama pea!


4 Claire (Low Impact Fashionista) November 6, 2010 at 3:15 am

I ate one too many cupcakes tonight too, although sadly I was not at foodbuzz!


5 Emily @ OneSweetVegan November 6, 2010 at 9:41 am

Hahaha! This cracked my up! :-)


6 Food & Other Things November 6, 2010 at 3:22 am

I love all the cupcake pictures and the pumpkin ones sound amazing. That’s so cool you got to meet all those bloggers!


7 Maria November 6, 2010 at 4:37 am

It all looks brilliant – I’m very jealous ! xxx


8 Heidi - apples under my bed November 6, 2010 at 5:14 am

It all looks so fabulous! I’d love some of those cupcakes right now. The pizza looks fab too. Very jealous, loving the updates. Grey really suits you!
Heidi xo


9 Gena November 6, 2010 at 5:46 am

The ferry building market is off the hook! Getting nostalgic via your photos. Glad you’re having fun, too, sweets!


10 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 6, 2010 at 5:57 am

What a fun night you’ve had!


11 Estela @ Weekly Bite November 6, 2010 at 6:11 am

Looks like cupcake heaven!!!!!!!!!!!


12 skinnyrunner November 6, 2010 at 6:13 am

nice work on the cupcakes! im sure i would have eaten double digits.


13 christina cadden November 6, 2010 at 6:25 am

I love cupcakes and would have been in cupcake heaven!


14 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes November 6, 2010 at 6:34 am

I’m infatuated with pistachios! Would love to try making them in cupcake form! What kind of icing did they pair them with?
cathy b. @ brightbakes


15 stacey-healthylife November 6, 2010 at 6:49 am

Wholy cupcakes. Those sound amazing.


16 Paige @Running Around Normal November 6, 2010 at 6:58 am

Whoa what a festival!! How cool is that that Food Network was filming there?! Rad :)
Those cupcakes must have been delish!


17 Mom November 6, 2010 at 7:05 am

Cupcake heaven!!


18 Lauren at KeepItSweet November 6, 2010 at 7:11 am

that looks amazing. i am so impressed that the food quality is so high despite being made for such a huge amount of people.


19 lisasfoods November 6, 2010 at 7:11 am

Sounds like such a fun time so far. Love the idea of pumpkin cupcakes.

It’s also great that you were able to arrive early and have Matt meet you afterward. I love the Bay area, and have always been curious about taking a trip to wine country.


20 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) November 6, 2010 at 7:22 am

Aww…sooo much fun!! And how great would that be to see yourself on a series of Cupcake Wars??? 😀


21 Alaina @ The Jogging Concierge November 6, 2010 at 7:22 am

Ooh, that event looks like so much fun! Cute cupcakes! I would probably love the pistachio; I love pistachio anything. :-)


22 Dave @ tips4running November 6, 2010 at 7:31 am

I would have been all over the curry wrap. That looked exciting.


23 Alina @ Duty Free Foodie November 6, 2010 at 7:58 am

I hadn’t even tried macaroons until two weeks ago. Now, I see them everywhere!! That blue macaroon is so cute.


24 Cara Craves... November 6, 2010 at 8:05 am

Looks amazing!
I love the nori sheet wraps!


25 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 6, 2010 at 8:08 am

It all looks good, but those cupcakes look amazing!! All sugar is my downfall — it’s a constant struggle to keep my sugar intake in the “healthy moderation” range. I love love LOVE sweet foods.


26 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 6, 2010 at 8:21 am

Very cool that you met Mama Pea!! I’d have been all over those pumpkin cupcakes, and the vanilla’s sound delicious as well. Can’t wait to see what you get up to today!


27 Felicity November 6, 2010 at 8:24 am

Looks like you’re having a blast! : )


28 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 6, 2010 at 8:26 am

Too much fun and deliciousness!


29 lynn (The Actors Diet) November 6, 2010 at 8:31 am

um…how did i miss those figs?!? i can’t believe i didn’t have room for a cupcake. STUPID STUPID STUPID!


30 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 6, 2010 at 8:39 am

omg those cupcakes look like my heaven!


31 Natalia - a side of simple November 6, 2010 at 8:41 am

Looks like so much fun!! Lovin’ that cupcake table :)


32 holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 6, 2010 at 8:47 am

I love that you got to meet Bobbi :)

That cupcake table looks killer — holy cow that is a ton of cupcakes!!!



33 Kate November 6, 2010 at 8:50 am

Yikes – 7 cupcakes??? Glad you’re having a good time!


34 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) November 6, 2010 at 9:01 am

Everything looks great! Looks like a fun night!


35 Clare @ Fitting It All In November 6, 2010 at 9:14 am

I don’t know how you manage to control yourself around all that deliciousness!! Vanilla bean beer? Pumpkin cupcakes? Amazing!!


36 Camille November 6, 2010 at 9:19 am

I feel full just looking at all that food! It looks sooo good though!
I don’t think I would want to grab any cupcakes… it would ruin the lovely design! :)


37 Shannon (A Better Me) November 6, 2010 at 9:26 am

mmmmm…pumkin cupcakes!


38 MonsteRawr November 6, 2010 at 9:28 am

Sounds like you had a great time! Unfortunately my day just went downhill, as I will now have to spend the rest of the day fighting off the urge to bake a huge batch of cupcakes! C’est la vie.


39 Emily @ OneSweetVegan November 6, 2010 at 9:44 am

I love this. I feel like a fly on the wall. :-)


40 Emily November 6, 2010 at 9:44 am

Very excited that I may see my favorite food bloggers on my favorite food channel :) Looks delicious and incredible…thanks for all the great photos!!


41 Samantha November 6, 2010 at 9:48 am

Yay! you are on the west coast and get to have some Stauss dairy. I love to support them! A very green company.


42 Kamaile November 6, 2010 at 10:01 am

Vegan Panella sounds so good. LOVE Mama Pea!


43 Maddie (Healthy Maddie) November 6, 2010 at 10:04 am

The cupcake table looks amazing! That’d be awesome if you guys were on Food Network :)


44 Lew (AshandLewPlus2) November 6, 2010 at 10:11 am

We enjoyed meeting you last night. This morning we were running along during our morning run together and then the group was gone we somehow turned the wrong way.. If you running again tomorrow let us know we would love to go with the group again. Have fun today


45 Heather November 6, 2010 at 10:38 am

how fun! those cupcakes look amazing! I hope your interview goes on tv!


46 Kathleen November 6, 2010 at 10:42 am

Jealous! I would be there however the kids have soccer all day, life of a mom.


47 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 6, 2010 at 11:02 am

There are so many creative foods there! The Asian tacos look really neat. And vanilla bean beer?! I hate beer, but I think I would like that! 😀


48 Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 6, 2010 at 11:54 am

I’m gonna keep an eye out for you all on Cupcake Wars!! That’s awesome!


49 amber's notebook November 6, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Oh you tried so many of my favorite Street food carts ! I love curry up now and pizza polenta! OMG I love the picture of you and Mama pea!!! Wish I didn’t miss ya yesterday! Enjoy the city and the nice weather! =)


50 Jaya November 6, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Gorgeous photos! SF’s reputation for food (and so many other things) is not unfounded!
Just a note – that’s a macaron, not a macaroon :)


51 anon November 6, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Were your Internet friends not “name and link” worthy?


52 Kath November 6, 2010 at 8:03 pm



53 Annie@stronghealthyfit November 6, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I love that YOU ate seven mini cupcakes. Thanks for sharing :-)


54 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) November 6, 2010 at 5:34 pm

WOW! All that food… I’d be in heavennnnnnnnn!! 😮


55 Christin L. November 6, 2010 at 8:57 pm

I am drooling after seeing those cupcakes on so many other blogs! :)


56 Kiran November 6, 2010 at 9:57 pm

I need to bake some mini pumpkin cupcakes.. Food fiesta! Enjoy your time at the Festival :)


57 JenATX November 7, 2010 at 6:55 pm

i love reading your posts for the beauty of the food pictures, but I also just love reading about how much you enjoy all the different things you get to try! it really does put a smile on my face :)


58 Suzanne S. November 8, 2010 at 9:53 am

OMG, Kath! I am just catching up on your posts since you left for SF.

I am drooling! Cupcakes are my all time fave (as you may or may not remember for our previous exchanges! I sent you a list of must-go-to dessert places when you were in NYC).

Also, the husband and I have been wanting to go to SF for the longest time – for their green way of life and for the food. We hope to make it there next year.

Thanks for all the yummy photos and recomendations – I wrote them all down! :)


59 Suzanne S. November 8, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Those Asian Beef Tacos are Korean! I’m Korean and love our ‘bundles’ of fresh veggies, rice, beef, and other fillings wrapped in lettuce leaves or seaweed. I hope you enjoyed it! :)


60 Amanda November 8, 2010 at 3:22 pm

So good to get to chat with you for a bit, Kath!

Those macarons were amazing, I feel so lucky to have gotten them as my foodie gift in the exchange. Josie from Daydreamer Desserts (?) made them!


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