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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


Plate Numero Dos


Ryan (the girl) gave a final speech


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!



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




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


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


Matanzas Creek Winery was our first stop of the day.




Palette cleansers

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We sampled 6 wines through the course of our tasting


  • 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!)




Next stop: Arrowood Vineyards & WInery



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.




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



complimentary olives


Drink: Anderson Valley Winter Solstice




Delicious chewy bread



The table split a trio of appetizers


‘The Works’ Goat Cheese Sampler




Crispy Pork Belly


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


Luckily, Adam shared his burger with me. Yum!


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


Again, the table split a trio of amazing dishes.

Tahitian Vanilla Creme Brulee


Pumpkin Pie & Apple Crumb Tasting Plate


Smores Tarte — my favorite


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˜‰

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!


22 Lizzy November 9, 2009 at 12:36 pm

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

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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