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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  1. Those cupcakes look awesome!

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

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

    Good luck!

  4. 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. Maaaaajor fun times!

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

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

  9. 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. Looks and sounds like a blast!!

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

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

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

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

  17. ahhh so many familiar faces! so fun!

  18. wow everyone’s got such pro cameras!

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

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

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

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

  24. 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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