#fbzfest 2012 Part I

The DailyBuzz Food Blogger Festival is something I’ve wanted to attend since seeing it on blogs for the past few years. A bunch of like-minded, food-loving people all in my favorite city? Count me in.

Kristin, Jessica and I started our day at Tom Colicchio’s ‘wichcraft for breakfast.

The menu had a great “real food” vibe to it – salads, granola, paninis. Simple yet very satisfying stuff.

Then we headed to the Sir Francis Drake to check in.


2 legit 2 quit, yo.

And since no trip to San Francisco is complete without a stop at Philz Coffee, I had to get my favorite iced mint mojito.


While walking from the BART station to Philz, we passed a fun looking little spot called Local Mission Eatery that was promoting challah on its sidewalk sign. We immediately decided we needed to duck in there for something to eat after our coffee.

Since it was technically just a snack, I went for the cheese plate and a glass of rosé – neither of which disappointed. The wine was crisp and refreshing, and the cheese was stinky and delicious. Stinky cheese rocks.

After our snack, we headed back to our hotel room to get all gussied up for cocktail hour at Harry Denton’s Starlight Room on the 21st floor of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel.


Open Bar + Pork Belly + Awesome company + Beautiful views of the city = really happy Devon.

After cocktail hour, we still had some time to kill before our dinner reservation, so we walked over to Bourbon and Branch.


I’d been to the speakeasy within Bourbon and Branch before, but I didn’t know that you could go to The Library there without a reservation. It’s definitely worth a try as the menu is filled with unique and tasty cocktails!

As part of the Festival, each participating blogger was given $50 to eat at a restaurant of his or her choosing. Kristin made us reservations at The House – a tiny little Asian American placed that was packed! We started off with some spicy spare ribs that were fall-off-the-bone, melt in your mouth delicious:

Then I split the pork chop and some steak and noodles with my friend from high school.

Both were phenomenal. I’m typically not a pork chop fan as I tend to find them a little too on the chewy side, but this one was tender and juicy. Overall, a truly excellent meal.

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  1. Great recap! Your photos are beautiful. And Philz; amazing. I was telling all my out of town friends to go there asap.

    • Thank you! Philz is always on my to do list in SF. It really is the BEST COFFEE EVER.

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