Taste Time!

[[ Sorry for the delay in my posts! Everything was rushed at the end and I felt like I was getting sick, so I’m sure you understand! ]]

Out of all the things Foodbuzz was holding this weekend, the Tasting Pavilion was the one I wanted to hurry up and come the most!  I’m not one for dressing up so the Street Food Fair and Gala Dinner were not as exciting to me…but the pavilion?


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Tasting started as soon as I walked through the entrance…caramel popcorn anyone?

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Frog Hollow Farm Pears. 


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Someone’s mini quiche-like recipe they won for the Nature’s Pride contest…this is Monica’s leftovers…only took a bite.  Was kinda bland.

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I would love to find these pineapples for the field!  They didn’t taste completely fresh, but better than canned!  And that salad?  The quinoa was a great addition!

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S’mores…I could only stand there and drool…no marshmallows for this chick.

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A different kind of toffee..butter crunch treats.  I loved the one that had granola and pistachios in it!  I could have eaten them forever, thank goodness I stuck to just two samples!

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I have never tasted cookies so good and doughy in my life.  I wanted to steal the jars away from Annie the Baker.

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Peanut Butter Extreme and Chocolate Chunk?

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You can bet I got samples of the Toffee Milk Chip and Cocoa Loco to take home…I can tell you now, those were freak’n awesome too.  I want these for Christmas.  LOTS.OF.THESE.

This Butternut Squash and Apple Soup and Savory Shortbread will be making a visit to the blog very soon.  I absolutely loved the flavors in this…even though there is apple.  Not a fan of sweet-savory but this one rocked.

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This ice cream from Three Twins ties the knot with Annie the Baker’s Cookies for best sample at the pavilion.

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I have never had such great mint chip ice cream in my life.  There are no words.  Everyone can attest to it.

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I finally got to meet some fellow SoCal foodie bloggers!

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I have heard of Alexia before but have always found their fries to be too expensive when I can make my own at home.  But I tried 5 different varieties, several of which are not even out on the market yet, and now I am willing to splurge on these.

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And Mission Mini’s was back to finally give me my chocolate fix.

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A bite of each: Banana Maple Glaze (veggggannnnnn)…

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Red Velvet, Double Chocolate and unpictured Ginger Carrot.

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Thank goodness for sweets.  I might die without them.

What? Flavored pistachios?

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Tasty tasty jam

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70% chocolate and Dark with Cacao Nibs…tasted like bananas.  What the what?

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If there is one additive I like to everything, other than cinnamon, it’s vanilla.  I’m a vanilla snob.  I buy the expensive stuff and use way too much of it.  The Pear Vanilla Jam made by Napa Farmhouse 1885 was so filled with vanilla there were chunks.

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See the specks?  Now that’s how I roll.

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There was a fish taco station but obviously I didn’t have that…how could you eat that face? 

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Ok, well maybe some can.


No shame.  Alas, I piled on the salsas, cojita cheese, corn relish, guac and lots else to make a vegetarian taco version…so tasty I ate it even though stuffed.

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Ahhh…one of my favorite people…Annelies!

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In the end…we were stuffed and well, stuffed.

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I had the greatest roommates this weekend.


I mean, how are we not so cool?


Next up…Gala Dinner and 4 courses.  First time in my life that’s happened.  Just wait for it.

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12 Responses to Taste Time!

  1. Gabriela says:

    You just gave me the most brilliant idea of adding Annie's cookies to my Christmas list. Genius. I want to eat them every day for the rest of my life!!

  2. From Here to There. In Purple. says:

    omg that ice cream!!

    they really didnt waste any time with food tasting. lovei tt

  3. the actor's diet says:

    want. those. cupcakes!!!

    so lovely finally meeting you, dear. you're a very special, lovely woman. and you're in the background a little of the video i made!!!


  4. Jessica @ The Process of Healing says:

    Holy. CRAP. If I didn't love you, I would hate you.
    Those COOKIES!!! OMG.

  5. Amanda says:

    I love that picture of the So Cal bloggers. So awesome! Can't wait to get together again.

  6. mymarblerye says:

    omg. I kept scrolling down and there was more goodies!! SO JEALOUUSSS. I wanna go next year for sure!!! Did you get to buy any of the food or did you snag any coupons?

  7. Magdalena says:

    Suggestion for that butternut and apple soup…instead of just stock, use a few cups of apple cider in the base. And maybe throw in some potatoes if you don't mind a chunky version (having no blender, I can't make mine a smooth soup). I've been mildly obsessed with winter squashes of all kinds this fall. Mmmm…squash. And those cookies look pretty fantastic!

  8. Kristy says:

    This is my first time on your blog so I just wanted to say hi! Looks like you had a great time along with everyone else and of course all the food looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!!

  9. Krista says:

    I have so enjoyed everyone's recaps! :)

  10. Andy says:

    It was really nice meeting you. And I made it into a picture? I feel blessed. Also, I'm sad all that food is so far away from me.

  11. Kitchen Runway says:

    Melissa!! It was so great to meet you last weekend!! I'm so bummed…I think I was the only person to not try the ice cream!!!
    By the time I got there they were all out! :( Let's catch up the next time you're in town!

  12. napa farmhouse 1885 says:

    thank you so much for the mention of our pear & vanilla jam! i appreciate the review so much. glad you enjoyed your time in san francisco…next time you need to visit napa valley…

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