How to Throw a Party

1. Have it in San Francisco.

2. Include food bloggers.

Last night was so much fun – I was so, so nervous to meet people but everyone is so nice and talkative. And I’m extremely excited that I got to meet so many people that have blogs I already read AND new people! It’s been great so far, and I know today will be even better.

Foodbuzz is doing an amazing job – it’s been fun to meet them, too! I always get emails from the people at Foodbuzz, but it’s been fun to really put the faces to the names.

Backtracking a bit…

Yesterday afternoon, it stopped raining for a while so Nick and I went and walked around the marketplace. It was still gloomy and overcast, but it was nice to get out and walk for a bit.


We both got some sorbet from Ciao Bella Gelato – yum. I got the pomegranate.



Once we got back, I jumped in the shower before the cocktail party + dinner tonight. I hate that feeling you get from being in a plane all day, plus the walking around in the rain didn’t help my hair one bit.

I met up with Brittany and we headed up the cocktail party. It was actually outside on the roof, but they had these heat lamps that kept everyone warm.


I got one of their drink specials to try – the Autumn Apple. I wish I had taken a picture of the description, because I can’t remember everything that was in it!


I met so many great bloggers last night and it already feels like they’re great friends  :)  It’s awesome to be able to really talk to people in person after only reading their blogs for so long.



I actually didn’t eat much at the street food dinner last night – I was talking to so many people, and my body schedule was still so off after the long day that I just wasn’t horribly hungry.

I did end up and sneak a taco up to Nick in the hotel room  :)  and I tried a cinnamon chocolate cupcake!


And my first ever “raw” food: this cracker with tomato, basil, and avocado. It was good + fresh.


It was not late AT ALL (here) when Brittany and I headed back to the hotel, but it was late for us…I was up for almost 24 hours yesterday.

I slept for 9 hours (!) last night, and feel great this morning after getting some rest.

Nick and I just got back from breakfast downstairs at the hotel. They’re having a breakfast thing for the bloggers, but we were hungry and I wanted to have breakfast with him before I head over for the morning.

We went downstairs and ate in the restaurant here at the hotel, the Americano.



Fancy schmancy, but their breakfast was just what we needed.


I got a skim latte – totally necessary after the longest day ever yesterday.


Broccoli + tomato + fresh mozzarella omelet. This was probably the best omelet I’ve ever had. I think the tomatoes were cooked in wine? I don’t know what they did to them, but they were so sweet and flavorful.



and I got the fruit + sourdough toast with my breakfast. I figure I should get in some fruit and veggies while I can  :) 


and I’m off! There’s a breakfast at the market thing this morning, then the breakout sessions..and then I’m cooking in 3:30 hours!!!!

*oh yeah! Nick and I just saw Famke Janssen downstairs in the lobby – my first ever REAL celebrity sighting!


Wish me luck!

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26 Responses to “How to Throw a Party”

  1. #
    Evan Thomas — November 7, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Those cupcakes look awesome!

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes — November 7, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Have a great time cooking! You’ll do great! Enjoy the moment! :)

  3. #
    Diana — November 7, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    I’m glad you’ve been having fun! I wish I could be there, honestly, everybody’s having a blast!

    Good luck!

  4. #
    missyrayn — November 7, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    It’s so nice that Nick came with you even though he’s not a blogger. How sweet to enjoy breakfast together.

    Enjoy the day with all the other bloggers.

  5. #
    VeggieGirl — November 7, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Maaaaajor fun times!

  6. #
    Felicia — November 7, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    It sounds like you’re having an awesome time! So great. Cooking tonight will be so fun. Good luck, and I can’t wait to hear how it goes! :)

  7. #
    runningaroundnormal — November 7, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    wow that breakfast looks stupendous!! Hope you’re having a blast:)

  8. #
    ksgoodeats — November 7, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    So happy to hear that you are enjoying yourself in San Fran!! It looks like such a nice trip thus far :)

  9. #
    lilveggiepatch — November 7, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    I’m so glad you’re having such a nice time! LOVE Ciao Bella Gelato… try the Blackberry Cabernet Sorbet! It’s my favorite :-)

    So cool you saw Jean Grey! I’m geeking out just a little.

  10. #
    Jessica — November 7, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Looks and sounds like a blast!!

  11. #
    Melissa S. — November 7, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    so glad to hear youre having a great time! i’m jealous of all the reviews!!

  12. #
    eatingmachine — November 7, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    yay! i hope you’re having a great time!

  13. #
    allijag — November 7, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    WHAT?!?!?! i love famke!!!! that is awesome!!!

  14. #
    Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian) — November 7, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    ahhhhh brandi! i am soooo glad you are having fun – i cannot wait to see the rest of the recap! send all my love to everybody for me!

  15. #
    Abby — November 7, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    I’m so jealous you get to meet everyone, and they get to meet you! Plus, I think I would fly over there just for that breakfast–holy yum.

    Can’t wait for the recap of the rest of the weekend, as I’m sure it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you will make the most of :) Good luck!

  16. #
    Anne — November 7, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    That looks like such a fun time! The gelato looks delish, and so does the rest of the food. Have a great time!

  17. #
    glidingcalm — November 7, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    ahhh so many familiar faces! so fun!

  18. #
    Lynn @ The Actors Diet — November 7, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    wow everyone’s got such pro cameras!

  19. #
    Lizzy — November 8, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Ah it really looks like your having fun! :) glad your enjoying girl!

  20. #
    burpexcuzme — November 8, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Brandi!!!! I didn’t get to say goodbye to you, but I seriously hope this is not the last time I see you! OMG, you are SO adorable! I’m not supposed to say this since I’m younger than you, but you are soooo sweet and cute!! Maggie and Coco and I were just talking abt how awesome you are, tee hee!

    Have a safe trip back home!! >.<

  21. #
    CaSaundra — November 8, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Oh wow–sounds like you’re time is going WONDERFUL! I love you hair BTW, did you get it cut lately?!

  22. #
    Maggie — November 8, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    It was so nice to meet you!! Have a safe flight home :)

  23. #
    lowandbhold — November 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Glad you’re having so much fun!!! Sounds like a blast :)

  24. #
    Whit — November 9, 2009 at 8:52 am

    I am just now catching up on the weekend, but it looks fabulous and you are just so stinkin’ cute! Love!


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