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Foodbuzz Blogger Fest Dinner

This year’s FoodBuzz Blogger Festival dinner was held at the Ferry Building. Not a bad location, eh? It was a formal sit-down with 4 courses and wine pairings. Look at all this tableware!
We started with the appetizer, which was an absolute beet fest! If you don’t like beets, then this would have been the worst thing ever. The tart was made with golden beets, was topped with crimson beets, feta, currants, arugula, and served alongside a basil puree. As for me, I love beets, so I totally dug this.
Next up were some huge seared scallops with braised fennel in a champagne beurre blanc sauce. These were cooked quite well, although we did notice that they were only seared on one side. I’m not all that into fennel, but this was pretty good stuff. You know me, I’m all about scallops.
Onto the lamb chops! These suckers were served with butternut squash mash and a bunch of expensive expensive mushrooms, which I promptly did not eat. But one of my tablemates took them. I’m not that crazy about lamb, but I enjoyed these particular chops. And the mash was great.
Dessert was tarta de almendras, a buttery almond cake served with oranges and figs and a spanish sherry sabayon. It’s quite a mouthful to describe, but it tasted even better. It was a lovely dinner with great new friends!

Blue Bottle Coffee

I’d been reading lots of good things about Blue Bottle Coffee. There was a spot in the Ferry Building so J got a latte.

Each cup is brewed using an individual drip filter. They put the coffee in the filter, the filter in the ceramic dripper, and then they pour the hot water into the filter and let it drip. Fancy!

And the finished latte! Ooh la la! J admitted that this was an excellent cup of joe. I tasted it and it was super smooth.

Japanese Deli Lunch At Ferry Building

While in the Ferry building, we shared a little meal along with some of the bread. DELICA rf-1 offers japanese style fast food. They call themselves a japanese deli.
Some of the day’s options.

We picked up this little bento box to go, and it was filled with 5 different things. Three vegan salad options: Hijiki and Soybean Salad (with seaweed mixed with dried soybeans, edamame, konnyaku, daikon, wild mizuna, fried tofu, and kuko), Wasabi Garlic Potato Salad, and Spicy Burdock Root Salad (with braised burdock and konnyaku tossed with thin slices of white onion, celery, julienne carrots, and wild mizuna). And 2 fried meat options: Fried Shrimp Cake and Sweet & Spicy Chicken. All of these were delicious. The salads were especially good, even for being completely vegan!
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