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Can I stay in San Francisco forever?

by Meghann on November 9, 2009

Pretty please…. pretty pretty please?!?!?!

I think today has been one of my all time favorite days of my life. It started with a perfect run and just kept getting better and better from there. I am not even close to being ready to go home yet; I want to stay here forever. πŸ˜‰

Foodbuzz wrapped up their first annual blogger festival with a Nature’s Pride & Kerrygold sponsored brunch at Lulu Restaurant in the heart of San Francisco.

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They had a great selection of great eats including salads, croque monsieur’s, french toast and egg frittatas.

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Plate Numero Uno

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Plate Numero Dos

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Ryan (the girl) gave a final speech

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and with that the festival had come to an end.

Thanks again FoodBuzz! CONGRATS on a hugely successful festival. I can’t wait for next year’s events. πŸ˜‰

Next up: Blogger road trip to Sonoma County!

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Jenna’s friend Adam hooked Kath, Tina, Beth T, and myself up with two private wine tastings.

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Beautiful can not even begin to describe the breath taking views from the vineyards.

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A handful of trail mix was consumed on the way from the fields to our first tasting.

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Matanzas Creek Winery was our first stop of the day.

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Palette cleansers

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We sampled 6 wines through the course of our tasting

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  • 2007 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Country
  • 2007 Journey Charonnay
  • 2007 Pinot Noir, Bennett Valley
  • 2006 Merlot, Bennett Valley
  • 2005 Merlot, Jackson Park Vineyard
  • 2006 Cabernet, Sonoma County

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My favorites were the 2005 Merlot and the Cabernet. I ended up bringing a bottle of the cab back home. (I hope you like it Derek!)

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Next stop: Arrowood Vineyards & WInery

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More wine was served and more wine was happily consumed.

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The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve Speciale was easily my favorite of the Arrowhead wines.

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We had our fill of wine, now it was time for food!

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complimentary olives

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Drink: Anderson Valley Winter Solstice

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Delicious chewy bread

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The table split a trio of appetizers

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‘The Works’ Goat Cheese Sampler

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Fritas

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Crispy Pork Belly

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The appetizers were all amazing, but sadly the bowl of broth I ordered as my meal was not.

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Luckily, Adam shared his burger with me. Yum!

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We headed next door to El Dorado to continue our Sonoma Valley dining experience with dessert.

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Again, the table split a trio of amazing dishes.

Tahitian Vanilla Creme Brulee

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Pumpkin Pie & Apple Crumb Tasting Plate

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Smores Tarte — my favorite

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Many thanks to Adam for treat us all to both dinner and dessert! It was truly a pleasure to meet you and I look forward to many more visits in the future!

Sadly, that concluded my fun adventures in wine country for the day. *sniff *sniff

Words can not describe how fabulous this weekend has been; I can’t believe it has to come to an end. Tonight I take the red eye out of San Francisco and tomorrow morning I will be safe and sound home in Orlando.

I will miss everything about my experience this weekend, expecially all of the good wine, good food, and most importantly goof friends.

Love you girls!

1 Diana November 9, 2009 at 5:20 am

All the food looks amazing and those vineyards are beautiful!
Glad you had a great weekend πŸ™‚

2 Matt November 9, 2009 at 7:30 am

Sounds like an amazing trip. Have a safe flight home!

3 Morgan @ Life After Bagels November 9, 2009 at 8:05 am

wow meghann you are one lucky blogger indeed!

4 Amelia November 9, 2009 at 8:18 am

Wow BOTH your trips look incredible. I am jealous. I’ve never been out to California. Obviously it’s as amazing as everyone says! Glad to hear you enjoyed yourself! πŸ™‚

5 Anne P November 9, 2009 at 8:46 am

Man that looks amazing. Wish I were there!

6 runningaroundnormal November 9, 2009 at 8:57 am

Wow there’s no question why you’d want to stay there forever! It looks absolutely amazing!

7 rhodeygirltests November 9, 2009 at 9:30 am

What a great day Meghann! I am majorly jealz. While you guys were doing that I was sitting on a stinky plane.

It was SO nice to finally meet you and I feel like we have been friends forever! It was such a great weekend. Thanks again for your inspiration & motivation during my run!!!!! xo

8 Melissa S. November 9, 2009 at 9:36 am

i’m so glad you had a great weekend. i really wish i could have been there and regret not getting the time off to go. next year, swear to it!

9 Niki November 9, 2009 at 9:40 am

Looks like a great weekend!!

10 caitlin November 9, 2009 at 9:48 am

hey..I have been keeping up-to-date with your adventures this weekend and it sure looks like it was a great time!! Glad you had so much fun!

Btw, I really adore your hair when it is curly/wavy. It totally suits you! πŸ™‚

11 caitlin November 9, 2009 at 10:07 am

now do you understand why i said my honeymoon was the MOST AMAZING THING ever??????????????

12 greensandjeans November 9, 2009 at 10:24 am

What a phenomenal couple of days! Also, I agree with caitlin, your hair looks great wavy!

13 Brandi November 9, 2009 at 10:30 am

aw, what a fun time! I’m so sad I missed the brunch, but it was SO fun to meet you in person!

Hope you have safe travels back home!

14 Jenna November 9, 2009 at 10:37 am

WOW meghann! everything looks amazing and i am super jealous of ya πŸ˜‰
jenna

15 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) November 9, 2009 at 11:05 am

Wow! Sonoma looks beautiful. I need to go. It’s only an hour flight away from me or an eight hour drive! I’m definitely inspired.

I am so sad that all things foodbuzz festival are over. it was such a great weekend.

16 Evan Thomas November 9, 2009 at 11:30 am

What a fun looking day! I definitely need to get my butt over to the west coast some time

17 carolyn~ November 9, 2009 at 11:44 am

You should consider signing up for your next marathon…SF Marathon, July 2010 or the Nike in October…a great reason to come back to the City.

18 Tracey @ tropicalhappiness November 9, 2009 at 11:48 am

Looks like you had an amazing time! My hubby proposed while we were vacationing in San Fran, so I love it there! πŸ™‚

19 Haleigh November 9, 2009 at 11:52 am

You had such an amazing adventure! I would want to stay in San Francisco too! xoxo

20 skinnyrunner November 9, 2009 at 12:07 pm

looks like such a wonderful, fun time! and the pictures of all your girls are so cute!

21 The Pancake Girl November 9, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Love the winery pics!! That Girl and the Fig restaurant looks fun, too!

(www.joelygolightly.wordpress.com)

22 Lizzy November 9, 2009 at 12:36 pm

The wine tasting pictures look amazing! what a wonderful experience!

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23 Melissa November 9, 2009 at 12:40 pm

what an amazing trip! thanks for sharing!

24 Ali November 9, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Looks like so much fun! I don’t blame you for wanted to stay! Glad you had a great time!!!!

25 Tina November 9, 2009 at 12:59 pm

ahhh everything looks like so much fun, and may I say you were looking GORGEOUS this weekend! I loved all of your outfits, and especially the red dress. Man, I hope someday I can go to one of these events! πŸ™‚

26 biz319 November 9, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Love your outfit at the winery! Glad you had such a great time – I may have to join you guys next year!

And that goat cheese platter – YUM!

27 Chrysta November 9, 2009 at 1:20 pm

oh my goodness. Your trip looks amazing. Gorgeous pics. Wine tasting is so much fun! And you just have to do it when you are in the area. Im so glad you had a great time!

28 Lauren November 9, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Looks like such a fun day with some great food and wine! Isn’t wine tasting so much fun? I love it!

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