FoodBuzz Food Bloggers Festival – Street Food Fare

by KimHo on November 14, 2010 · 11 comments under: Photo Essay,Travel



Welcome San Francisco!

Last weekend, I participated in a food bloggers festival organized by Foodbuzz. I can’t deny that I certainly enjoyed having them as sponsors and participating in this festival was interesting in its own ways. I wanted to attend last year’s festival; however, due to work scheduling conflict (which resulted me in going to New Jersey), I couldn’t attend. It certainly didn’t help when Sherman “bragged” about it. *Shakes fist!!!* So, for this year, as soon as I received the email confirming the days of the event, I booked those days off. I won’t be denied this time! There were a lot of events and I ended up attending a couple of them; however, the ones that probably might entice more to people are the Street Food event, the topic of today’s post, and the dinner gala, which will be the topic of next week Sunday! Of course, I was there for the weekend and I can guarantee your there will be other posts, hehehehe. So, without further ado…!

FoodBuzz, Festival, Food, Bloggers, 2010, 2nd, 1st, San Francisco, Street, Food, Fare, Welcome, Reception, porchetta, pizza, bread, ice, cream, tacos, korean, fusion, risotto, jambalaya, gumpo, paella, cappuccino, lobster, lamb, pork, bread, brioche, cupcake, gift, exchange

FoodBuzz, Festival, Food, Bloggers, 2010, 2nd, 1st, San Francisco, Street, Food, Fare, Welcome, Reception, porchetta, pizza, bread, ice, cream, tacos, korean, fusion, risotto, jambalaya, gumpo, paella, cappuccino, lobster, lamb, pork, bread, brioche, cupcake, gift, exchange

The event was setup at an undisclosed location (yeah, right… :P). OK, it was in a warehouse which created some real challenges: namely, I won’t be able to effectively use a flash. >_< Not so good illumination and not being able to effectively use the flash = not so good pictures… Moving on…

FoodBuzz, Festival, Food, Bloggers, 2010, 2nd, 1st, San Francisco, Street, Food, Fare, Welcome, Reception, porchetta, pizza, bread, ice, cream, tacos, korean, fusion, risotto, jambalaya, gumpo, paella, cappuccino, lobster, lamb, pork, bread, brioche, cupcake, gift, exchange

Where we were greeted at the entrance by some porchetta! Hmmmmm…. Pork…!

FoodBuzz, Festival, Food, Bloggers, 2010, 2nd, 1st, San Francisco, Street, Food, Fare, Welcome, Reception, porchetta, pizza, bread, ice, cream, tacos, korean, fusion, risotto, jambalaya, gumpo, paella, cappuccino, lobster, lamb, pork, bread, brioche, cupcake, gift, exchange

FoodBuzz, Festival, Food, Bloggers, 2010, 2nd, 1st, San Francisco, Street, Food, Fare, Welcome, Reception, porchetta, pizza, bread, ice, cream, tacos, korean, fusion, risotto, jambalaya, gumpo, paella, cappuccino, lobster, lamb, pork, bread, brioche, cupcake, gift, exchange

Given the majority of participants were female, you bet there will be lots of cupcakes…

FoodBuzz, Festival, Food, Bloggers, 2010, 2nd, 1st, San Francisco, Street, Food, Fare, Welcome, Reception, porchetta, pizza, bread, ice, cream, tacos, korean, fusion, risotto, jambalaya, gumpo, paella, cappuccino, lobster, lamb, pork, bread, brioche, cupcake, gift, exchange

At the tables, this center piece. I didn’t try any of these.

FoodBuzz, Festival, Food, Bloggers, 2010, 2nd, 1st, San Francisco, Street, Food, Fare, Welcome, Reception, porchetta, pizza, bread, ice, cream, tacos, korean, fusion, risotto, jambalaya, gumpo, paella, cappuccino, lobster, lamb, pork, bread, brioche, cupcake, gift, exchange

There was a gift exchange and, in my case, I got this bag of mud (?) salt courtesy of No Recipes. In my case, I gave away a bottle of BC VQA wine.

After speeches and what not, it was time to hit the carts! If you know me by now, you should know that I would certainly hit this first!

FoodBuzz, Festival, Food, Bloggers, 2010, 2nd, 1st, San Francisco, Street, Food, Fare, Welcome, Reception, porchetta, pizza, bread, ice, cream, tacos, korean, fusion, risotto, jambalaya, gumpo, paella, cappuccino, lobster, lamb, pork, bread, brioche, cupcake, gift, exchange

FoodBuzz, Festival, Food, Bloggers, 2010, 2nd, 1st, San Francisco, Street, Food, Fare, Welcome, Reception, porchetta, pizza, bread, ice, cream, tacos, korean, fusion, risotto, jambalaya, gumpo, paella, cappuccino, lobster, lamb, pork, bread, brioche, cupcake, gift, exchange

Porchetta sandwich from Roli Roti. To put it bluntly, this puts Meat and Bread to shame. Sorry guys, Meat and Bread is good for what it is in Vancouver but this is even better. Some (namely, Mijune who was with us there) might argue the bread was too thick but I thought it was good for this type of sandwich. The potatoes were OK, since it soaked the drippings from the pork but, c’mon, porchetta all the way!

Roli Roti on Urbanspoon

FoodBuzz, Festival, Food, Bloggers, 2010, 2nd, 1st, San Francisco, Street, Food, Fare, Welcome, Reception, porchetta, pizza, bread, ice, cream, tacos, korean, fusion, risotto, jambalaya, gumpo, paella, cappuccino, lobster, lamb, pork, bread, brioche, cupcake, gift, exchange

Real Korean tacos from Namu. Unlike the ones served here, these use no tortilla flour; instead, it relies on the seaweed to hold the “filling”. It was interesting in its own ways but, otherwise, there seemed to be something *missing*. Also, the fact the seaweed was a bit chewy didn’t help (though, it could be also because they didn’t want it to be toasted and too brittle so it couldn’t hold the filling).

Namu on Urbanspoon

FoodBuzz, Festival, Food, Bloggers, 2010, 2nd, 1st, San Francisco, Street, Food, Fare, Welcome, Reception, porchetta, pizza, bread, ice, cream, tacos, korean, fusion, risotto, jambalaya, gumpo, paella, cappuccino, lobster, lamb, pork, bread, brioche, cupcake, gift, exchange

FoodBuzz, Festival, Food, Bloggers, 2010, 2nd, 1st, San Francisco, Street, Food, Fare, Welcome, Reception, porchetta, pizza, bread, ice, cream, tacos, korean, fusion, risotto, jambalaya, gumpo, paella, cappuccino, lobster, lamb, pork, bread, brioche, cupcake, gift, exchange

Tacos (pork and beef) from Tacolicious. If I were to put things in perspective, it had a lot more meat “filling” than the ones I am used to; however, the pork ones was slightly dry (which I thought it was odd). The beef one (short rib) was better but, otherwise, it was OK. Probably my bias against Mexican food?

Tacolicious on Urbanspoon

FoodBuzz, Festival, Food, Bloggers, 2010, 2nd, 1st, San Francisco, Street, Food, Fare, Welcome, Reception, porchetta, pizza, bread, ice, cream, tacos, korean, fusion, risotto, jambalaya, gumpo, paella, cappuccino, lobster, lamb, pork, bread, brioche, cupcake, gift, exchange

FoodBuzz, Festival, Food, Bloggers, 2010, 2nd, 1st, San Francisco, Street, Food, Fare, Welcome, Reception, porchetta, pizza, bread, ice, cream, tacos, korean, fusion, risotto, jambalaya, gumpo, paella, cappuccino, lobster, lamb, pork, bread, brioche, cupcake, gift, exchange

“Mind your Tongue” (?) food “truck” (it was more of a large bus). In this case, Viking gumbo and vegetarian paella. Of course, we were wondering if vikings actually had gumbo or how well you could make a paella into a vegetarian dish. Anyway, in both cases, if we stuck with original intent/description of the dish, it was OK; however, for what was served, I thought was good in its own ways. I know this sounds contradicting so let me put it this way: no okra, the rice was mixed in and so on. However, as a rice dish, the gumbo had nice ratio of meat (sausage, seafood) and well seasoned so kudos for that.

FoodBuzz, Festival, Food, Bloggers, 2010, 2nd, 1st, San Francisco, Street, Food, Fare, Welcome, Reception, porchetta, pizza, bread, ice, cream, tacos, korean, fusion, risotto, jambalaya, gumpo, paella, cappuccino, lobster, lamb, pork, bread, brioche, cupcake, gift, exchange

FoodBuzz, Festival, Food, Bloggers, 2010, 2nd, 1st, San Francisco, Street, Food, Fare, Welcome, Reception, porchetta, pizza, bread, ice, cream, tacos, korean, fusion, risotto, jambalaya, gumpo, paella, cappuccino, lobster, lamb, pork, bread, brioche, cupcake, gift, exchange

Pizza from Pizza Politana, which included a wood burning oven! I will have to admit the pizza had really good qualities of its own (thin, crispy, good ingredients); however… It was just pizza? They brought two versions, a vegetarian and a meat version by adding some really thin sliced prosciutto (?). Sorry, despite it was good, it wish there was something more.

Pizza Politana on Urbanspoon

FoodBuzz, Festival, Food, Bloggers, 2010, 2nd, 1st, San Francisco, Street, Food, Fare, Welcome, Reception, porchetta, pizza, bread, ice, cream, tacos, korean, fusion, risotto, jambalaya, gumpo, paella, cappuccino, lobster, lamb, pork, bread, brioche, cupcake, gift, exchange

Fried pork served on a brioche-like bun from 4505 Meats. The individual ingredients were fine; however, together as a sandwich it was a fail. The brioche-like bun was extremely soft to the point it didn’t really hold the pork loin. The pork loin was good by itself; with the other components, it lost a bit of their taste. I could keep on going but… Nah… >_<

4505 Meats on Urbanspoon

FoodBuzz, Festival, Food, Bloggers, 2010, 2nd, 1st, San Francisco, Street, Food, Fare, Welcome, Reception, porchetta, pizza, bread, ice, cream, tacos, korean, fusion, risotto, jambalaya, gumpo, paella, cappuccino, lobster, lamb, pork, bread, brioche, cupcake, gift, exchange

FoodBuzz, Festival, Food, Bloggers, 2010, 2nd, 1st, San Francisco, Street, Food, Fare, Welcome, Reception, porchetta, pizza, bread, ice, cream, tacos, korean, fusion, risotto, jambalaya, gumpo, paella, cappuccino, lobster, lamb, pork, bread, brioche, cupcake, gift, exchange, escargot

FoodBuzz, Festival, Food, Bloggers, 2010, 2nd, 1st, San Francisco, Street, Food, Fare, Welcome, Reception, porchetta, pizza, bread, ice, cream, tacos, korean, fusion, risotto, jambalaya, gumpo, paella, cappuccino, lobster, lamb, pork, bread, brioche, cupcake, gift, exchange

Top down, braised lamb cheek sandwich, escargot puff lollipop and New England lobster cappuccino, all from Spencer on the Go (or its flagship restaurant Chez Spencer). If there was a food cart that sort of failed, it would have been this one. The reason is that all the food felt short. The sandwich was the best of the three but felt short compared to the others. The escargot lollipop was overwhelmed by the puff pastry and the sauce didn’t really help. Finally, the lobster cappuccino was a bit bland and thin. OK, it is not a bisque but, regardless, it felt short.

Chez Spencer on Urbanspoon

FoodBuzz, Festival, Food, Bloggers, 2010, 2nd, 1st, San Francisco, Street, Food, Fare, Welcome, Reception, porchetta, pizza, bread, ice, cream, tacos, korean, fusion, risotto, jambalaya, gumpo, paella, cappuccino, lobster, lamb, pork, bread, brioche, cupcake, gift, exchange

Indian style wraps from Curry Up Now. I had mixed feelings about this: I guess piggybacking on the Mexican hype, they provided the “burritos” with some Indian flare but using spices meats and/or paneer. The result was a spicy feeling but, otherwise, it didn’t feel too exciting.

Curry Up Now Food Truck on Urbanspoon

There were a couple of more food stands – an ice cream and a beer one but pictures didn’t turn out well and wasn’t in mood for booze. Overall, most of the food cart concepts were interesting, just that the execution was mixed. Then again, I must keep in mind this is a catered event so it might still not provide a true representation of their potential. Overall, I had fun with the event so I don’t think I should be complaining too much!

To close this post, I will be changing the next couple of weeks post schedule to Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday – all of these from San Francisco. These posts will include San Francisco fare ranging from burgers, a “well known” local dish, dim sum (in a dive out of all places), through the Tenderloin and a visit to a celebrity chef restaurant! So, so you on these days!

Oh, here is Mijune’s post, as well as Sherman’s post!



{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Chris November 14, 2010 at 7:35 am

WoW!!! followed by Drool!!

Can’t wait Kim.

2 KimHo November 14, 2010 at 11:19 am

Don’t worry, it starts tomorrow! :D

3 Follow Me Foodie November 14, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Lol nice in a nutshell post! I spent like 8 hours on mine, but we more or less agree… on SOME stuff. I had to refrain from reading yours before writing mine! I was hoping you had details on the ingredients in the Viking gumbo thing… but it’s the only thing I looked at.

1. It’s funny that you think your pics are bad… far from! They’re so freaking awesome! That’s why I used them. :D
2. I loved that ultra soft buttery brioche bun on that mini burger!! :)
3. Yes I did think the porchetta bread was a bit thick and hard.
4. I don’t think either of us actually gave the pizza a fair chance.
5. Had fun indulging with you!

4 KEvin November 15, 2010 at 12:13 am

Gawwwwwd. I hope I can go next year…

5 KimHo November 15, 2010 at 7:30 am

Mijune, Mind your Tongue didn’t list the individual ingredients so I wasn’t going to start making up ingredients! About the brioche bun, as mentioned there, I didn’t like the brioche bun for a lot of reasons, including the sweet/savoury contrast, as well as it literally crumbling and wasn’t able to “hold” the components of the “burger” (techncially it wasn’t a burger but you get the idea). I guess it catered more to people like you than me! ;)

6 Chef Dennis November 16, 2010 at 5:09 pm

those pictures are amazing!! Thanks so much for such a wonderful recap of the festival!
Cheers
Dennis

7 KimHo November 16, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Chef Dennis, welcome! More posts from San Francisco coming so, please, drop back!

{ 4 trackbacks }

Previous post:

Next post: