10 Foodbuzz and San Fran Surprises

I’m sure by now most people who are less lazy than I am have posted full reviews of the Foodbuzz Festival and you’ve probably heard lots of great things about the conference. And I completely agree – the festival was awesome! It was much more food-focused (as the name implies) than the other blogging conferences I’ve been to, and there was only 3 panel sessions during the whole event. Most conferences are largely made up of the sessions, and this one was largely made up of eating all over San Fran. I didn’t mind, though. Winking smile

Rather than do a play-by-play of the entire conference, I’ll just share some things that surprised me about the conference and San Francisco in general.

1.) The events of the conference were spread throughout the city.

Every conference I’ve ever attended (or worked on, since that’s what I do for a living!), has been in one building from start to finish, with maybe an event or two offsite. The Foodbuzz Festival had every event at a completely different location spread throughout the city, and I absolutely LOVED that. It was so great to actually get to see San Francisco, rather than be inside a hotel all day which could have been anywhere.

2.) San Francisco has an underground train like DC and NY.

Even if the trains were only 2 cars long, I didn’t even know the Muni existed! And it’s a good thing, too, because we used it to get to the Saturday morning sessions!

3.) I knew no one.

I feel like most of the time when I go to these conferences, there are plenty of familiar faces and of course new people to meet, but I barely knew or recognized anyone at Foodbuzz! I actually kind of loved that because I felt like I got to meet so many new people and it felt great to be completely anonymous. I didn’t meet even one person there who said they read my blog!

4.) San Francisco is really as hilly as they say it is.

I’m not sure why this surprised me, but the entire city was SO hilly. I’d heard it many times, but didn’t believe it until I saw it with my own eyes.

5.) Some big bloggers use iphone pics almost exclusively on their blogs.

One of the seminars I went to was called “Beyond the DSLR” and talked about using cameras OTHER than those big fancy (expensive) DSLRs that so many big bloggers use. One of the presenters used his iphone almost exclusively for his blog, and another presenter, who was actually a professional photographer by day, used his point-and-shoot exclusively for his blog. It made me realize I need to invest more time and energy into my photos even though I don’t have a fancy camera.

6.) San Francisco has the best coffee I’ve ever tasted, hands down.

Blue Bottle Coffee. Go there.

7.) Male food bloggers are plentiful.

Relatively speaking, that is. I’d say about 30% of the attendees were male, whereas about 2% are male at the normal healthy living blog events I attend (hey Evan!).

8.) My friend Robyn is the best hostess ever.

Really, you should be friends with her if you ever want to go to SF. After the conference was over, she came and scooped me at my hotel and gave me a tour of the entire city! We saw the golden gate bridge from every angle, walked along the beach, got some incredible coffee, and also had some amazing meals at Foreign Cinema on Monday night, Beretta on Sunday night, and Tadich Grill on Friday night. And man, looking up the URLs for those restaurants just made me mildly depressed that I’m not in San Fran anymore.

8.) Tyler Florence is the nicest guy ever.

I know, but I can’t stop. Love him.

10.) Butter really does make everything better, even oatmeal.

I got this amazing bowl of fluffy steel cut oats from the same place I got the skim cappuccino pictured above, and they serve it with whipped butter and brown sugar. I wasn’t sure whether I was going to love it or not, so I just put the smallest amount of butter in the oats and it melted and slid down the heap of oatmeal and I could.not.get.over. how amazing it was. I immediately put the rest of the butter in the oats and devoured the entire bowl. You only live once.

18 Comments on 10 Foodbuzz and San Fran Surprises

  1. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    November 10, 2011 at 9:52 am (9 years ago)

    We just went to San Fran for the first time in May and I was so excited that a few places we withing walking distance. 2-4 blocks walking there is NOTHING like 2-4 blocks anywhere else in the world!

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time!

    • Beth
      November 10, 2011 at 2:16 pm (9 years ago)

      It really was wonderful. I loooooved SF so much!

  2. Tanya
    November 10, 2011 at 11:53 am (9 years ago)

    I grew up eating butter, brown sugar and milk on oatmeal. It’s so simple and yummy!

    • Beth
      November 10, 2011 at 2:16 pm (9 years ago)

      I’d never even heard of it before, but it was seriously amazing. I’m almost upset I discovered the combo! Ha.

  3. Jenny
    November 10, 2011 at 1:43 pm (9 years ago)

    I grew up eating butter and sugar on my oatmeal too. Maybe it’s a west coast thing? I thought everyone did that?! 🙂 (I was born in CA but grew up in AZ from age 6 on. One parent originally from AZ, the other from CA. So I don’t know who it came from…)

    • Beth
      November 10, 2011 at 2:10 pm (9 years ago)

      Maybe it is! I had honestly never heard of it before, but it was to DIE for. So good!

  4. Jen@FoodFamilyFitness
    November 10, 2011 at 2:08 pm (9 years ago)

    Great list!!!! I’ve read re-caps for two years about Foodbuzz Fest, I really want to go next year!

    • Beth
      November 10, 2011 at 2:15 pm (9 years ago)

      You SHOULD! Honestly, the food was amazing and it was really fun!

  5. Ang
    November 10, 2011 at 3:02 pm (9 years ago)

    Real butter makes everything better! 🙂

  6. Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt
    November 10, 2011 at 3:26 pm (9 years ago)

    I love that they spread the conference out! The whole stuck in a hotel thing can really be a downer sometimes.

  7. Julie
    November 10, 2011 at 3:56 pm (9 years ago)

    my hometown! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂 SF is my favorite place in the world

  8. Jolene (Homespun Heritage)
    November 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm (9 years ago)

    I.E. Tyler Florence….He makes the YUMMIEST baby food ever! Sprout is my go to baby food for on the go…..99% of the time its homemade around here but those little yummy organically filled pouches are the best, especially for on the go. He speaks often of creating “Heritage brands” and I love how family orientated he is.

  9. Roz
    November 10, 2011 at 6:19 pm (9 years ago)

    This is a fun post Beth!!! Sounds like such an amazing conference in an amazing city!!! Butter on oatmeal? Never heard of it…but yes please! 🙂 Have a great Thursday.

  10. bobbi
    November 10, 2011 at 6:52 pm (9 years ago)

    love the list!!! Love the oats! Loved meeting you! Have a great day beautiful!

  11. Hilary
    November 10, 2011 at 8:46 pm (9 years ago)

    Wow…butter in oats, never would have thought…definitely a treat food but maybe I will try it some day. And that coffee is gorgeous!

  12. Ally
    November 11, 2011 at 1:54 am (9 years ago)

    Hi Beth, I didn’t get a chance to meet you at the Foodbuzz Festival (so many people there) but I did come across your blog post while blog hopping & reading FB Festival posts. Like you I was 1) surprised that there was that many male food bloggers there 2) that not everyone uses fancy cameras for their food photos (yay!) 3) and that Tyler Florence seems pretty nice. This was my first Foodbuzz Festival and I was a bit nervous about going but I had a blast! 🙂


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