Lick the Bowl Good)checked in to the Sir Francis Drake Hotel and readied ourselves for the Welcome Dinner.
That evening, we traveled by bus to Fort Mason, for a Street Faire food event. It was almost sunset, and the setting was inside a building with local food purveyors preparing their signature dishes for us to enjoy.
Mini cupcakes, anyone?
The internet at our hotel is being so slow (undoubtedly 350 foodbloggers are clogging up the bandwidth), so I can't upload the photos of the food. My particular favorite was a sandiwch of pork loin brined in Jalapeno pickling liquid, crusted in corn meal, beans, onions and coriander aioli with a buttery sesame bun-- served with a side of chicarrones that were fluffy, and melt-in-your-mouth, with a delayed hint of chili powder. Here's what I had to do, to survive the rest of the night...
We attended the photography workshop...
I am beginning to bond with my new camera...
...and then I ate the evidence. The pumpkin cupcake was my favorite.
I took Monica over the Golden Gate Bridge, feeling grateful that the weather was clear and perfect.
We had a lovely Gala Dinner, hosted by The Cooking Channel.
It's time to check out of our room, and we're headed to the Ferry Building, Union Square and then I'm taking the two hour drive back home to my family. I've collected quite a few Food Blog cards, and I plan to visit my new friends online. There'll be more photos and details.