As promised, here of some of my photos from the I <3 FoodBuzz Festival. If you're a food blogger and you didn't make it this year, I'd highly recommend attending the 2012 festival. It was inspiring.
Sabra sponsored the welcome reception, which meant hummus, hummus everywhere. I've never seen so many flavors of hummus together in one place before, which, coincidentally, was a big improvement from a grocery store experience back when I lived in Georgia. Me: "Excuse me, where's the hummus?" Him: "What's hummus?" Oh, and these toasted chickpeas with coarse salt shown in the photo were amazing. I think I'll be making these at home for a healthy snack.
Electrolux Comfort Food Buffet was especially impressive because 1. It's comfort food (duh!), and 2. the dishes were inspired by FoodBuzz blogger recipes. Jessica Merchant inspired the Brown Sugar Butter Roasted Chicken, Georgia Johnson inspired the Tuscan Beef Stew, Mara Rosenbloom inspired the Whipped Potatoes with Pecorino Cheese on Meatloaf Muffins, Jenna Weber inspired the Baked Four Cheese Macaroni, Jean Pope inspired the Potato-Broccoli Soup, and Susie Anderson inspired the Butternut Squash Risotto.
Farihah Ali of Spice's Bites was the only person I knew before I attended this show. We were friends from back when Atlanta was my home, and I hadn't seen her in five years. In addition to having an amazing food blog, she's one of the most genuinely kind people I've ever known. (She gave me a lot of pointers when I was trying to get saagAHH off the ground.) And on Saturday night, some amazing news was announced about her blog -- Spice's Bites is a finalist in the Alexia "Reinvent a Classic" competition. Go to www.facebook.com/alexiafoods to vote for Spice's Bruschetta Waffle Bites to be the next Alexia fry flavor.
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, since my hubby Nick is from Alaska. We both love Alaska seafood -- though can be frustrating that Nick pretty much refuses to eat seafood from places other than Alaska. (One night I made tilapia for dinner, and Nick actually resorted to fast food instead.)
The Chai Cart, a San Fransisco-based company that sells ready-made chai in a bottle (just add milk). The company is in the process of getting a permit for an actual chai cart, which sounds better than an ice cream truck if you ask me. Speaking of ice cream, I just checked out The Chai Cart's website and it looks like Masala Chai Gelato bars are available as well. Yes, please.
Godiva was one of the festival's sponsors, so we got to try so many of their products. Can you believe I just bought my first ever coffee maker, just so I could drink the samples they gave us here at home? Usually I tend to give away food freebies that I can't use, but in this case I just invested $30 (not bad, right?) for a coffee maker instead. This photo is of some of the chocolates that inspired the company's coffee flavors
Saporoso, which ages them much longer than most store-bought vinegars.
www.facebook.com/alexiafoods and vote for them, so you can try them too! (The winner will become the next Alexia fry flavor.)
San Jose Food Blog. We have a lot in common; her blog is all about dining out and home cooking in the San Jose and the Bay Area. What else do we have in common? We're wedding twins. What does that mean exactly? We both tied the knot with our hubbies on July 30, 2011. (Clearly, the best wedding date ever ;) )