Basically it was just like trick-or-treating for adults. The Fancy Food Show, that is. Seriously, I haven’t been that overstimulated, inspired, or excited about food in a really long time until this past Sunday when I ventured up to the city and sampled things from bacon chocolate chip pancakes to white chocolate lavender hot chocolate to coconut curry ice cream to rosewater gin. I really was in foodie heaven. My goodness. It definitely exceeded beyond my expectation, although in reality I didn’t really know what to expect.
Goodness, it was so much fun. And I got paid to do it! Definitely a great opportunity that I am so thankful for. I love my job! I’d happily do this again, any day. In fact, I’ll even sign myself up to go again next year even if I’m not in charge of the baking section (ie. in school full time), and I’d encourage all of you to try to make it to one of these shows, whether it’s in New York, or in San Francisco. There are only two a year. So. Freaking. Rad. I went back for about an hour after lunch on Monday before I left the city and just ate tons of chocolate. Best sugar high ever.
I also ended up eating at this restaurant and pub called Thirsty Bear in the SOMA district (following friends that wanted beer) and it was decent. They serve tapas, paella, and other mediterranean dishes, but I don’t think I’d ever go there again for the food. For breakfast, we got up early and had our sights on Dottie’s True Blue Cafe, but they were randomly closed! Out of all the days! So bummed. Next time, for sure. So we ended up roaming the streets in the rain for pretty much anything with the time we had, and went to Lori’s Diner. Another miss. The spinach egg’s benedict had waaayyyy too much yellow sauce and was probably the worst eggs benedict I’ve ever had. Probably a good place to go for a burger and milkshake, alongside that 50’s greasy spoon dining experience, but I’ve definitely had better.
It got better though. Monday morning I went on an adventure in the storm (well, it was beginning to pour at that point) to the Ferry Building and admired all of the boutiques, cafes, delis, grocery shops, bakeries, and restaurants. Such a cool place, I always love it there.