I don’t really know how to tell you this other than to blurt it out. Here goes (deep breath)… until last weekend I’d never been to California. Okay, that’s a little bit untrue – I did spend one night in Los Angeles in 2000 but it was dark I promise I didn’t really see anything.
Luckily, my California drought ended last weekend when I spent three whole days – well, two of those included travel – in San Francisco for the BlogHer Food conference, and I have to say I’m smitten all around. First of all, I loved the food bloggers I met and spent time with. They were so friendly and warm that I just had the best time getting to know everyone.
But aside from the bloggers, I was also a little smitten with San Francisco itself. This was especially true when I returned home to Chicago and as I walked down my street the cold lake wind blew through my fleece. I had a sudden flash-forward to doing the same walk in January with wind chills in the negatives and suddenly wanted nothing more than to go back to San Francisco.
Hey – anyone out there have a job available??? Just asking.
(Look what they had to put under the fire truck’s wheels? You’d never see that in Chicago.)
Oh, but do you think they could do something about those hills? My sad mid-western legs didn’t care for them.
I won’t get too much into the conference as there are so many other bloggers (see below) who have captured everything so wonderfully, including inspiring sessions and fabulous after party complete with a kick-ass gift bag! So loving Scharffen Berger and Chef’s Catalog right now.
Instead I want to show pictures from the small parts of San Francisco I was able to visit. First, my favorite place: the Ferry Building (AKA a foodie paradise):
The Slanted Door (in Ferry Building) – the best meal I’ve had in 6 months!
China Town – they have live fish!!! And a great store: The Wok Shop
Tartine, a wonderful French bakery in the Mission!
The Mushroom Channel, with a special thanks for inviting me to their party!
Spoon & Chair – Diane’s blog (pictured above at The Wok Shop)
San Francisco Links:
Ferry Building: 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111 (415-983-8007)
The Slanted Door: 1 Ferry Building #3, San Francisco, CA 94111 (415-861-8032)
Tartine Bakery & Cafe: 600 Guerrero Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 (415-487-2600)
The Wok Shop: 718 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108 (415-989-3797; 888-780-7171)