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Tastes + Sips from the Good Food Awards 2015

In its fifth year, the Good Food Awards celebrates food producers, farmers and artisans in 11 different categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, pickles, preserve, spirits, oil and honey. This is one of my favorite events in San Francisco and I’ve made sure to attend every year, and it keeps getting better and better!   The Marketplace takes place at the beautiful San Francisco Ferry Building with tables lined up outside all along the building.   The place is buzzing with people there for the Saturday Farmer’s Market, the crowd that wanders through the Ferry Building and others there to enjoy tastes and sips from the winners of the Good Food Awards. The coffee section is the best way to start to get your own buzz.  I enjoyed tastes from Blue Bottle, Square One, and Noble Coffee Roasters.  I then move on to the charcuterie and cheese, slowly moving from table to table, sampling and talking to the owners/producers themselves, some local and others that have traveled from the East Coast.  Then it’s time for sweets, starting with tastes of the preserves and honey, and ending with chocolate. I was so excited to see Zoe’s Chocolate there as a winner, all the way from Waynesboro, PA where my husband’s from! We then made our way over to the Beer & Spirits tasting.  The Forbidden Planet from Bluejacket Brewery out of DC was one of my favorites and I also enjoyed the really unique Black Currant Cider from Finnriver Farm & Cidery based in Washington.

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Charcuterie from Olympic Provisions based in Portland, Ore., is always my favorite. 

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Cheese tastings from Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co.

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This ice cream from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream out of Ohio was to die for, especially topped with the salted caramel sauce.

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The Mango Marmalade from The Royal Gourmet was bright and tropical! 

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RAFT was serving their soda syrups that are delicious to add to soda water.

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The Wild Blueberry compote from American Spoon tasted like eating tiny wild blueberries straight out of a jar and was one of the most unique compotes I’ve ever tasted. 

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Venus Spirits had a beautiful display and set-up, serving sips of their Gin. Based in Santa Cruz, they are on our list to visit once their tasting room opens (soon!)

I was also lucky to meet the owner/producer of Bloomery SweetShine who won for their Seasonal Pumpkin Spice spirits, which was good on it’s own but would also be amazing drizzled over a cheesecake or other dessert!

Congrats to all of the winners and the team for another great event!

xo.

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A Visit to the new Blue Bottle Coffee, Oakland

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Coffee is quite the trend here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I admit it – I’m a coffee snob.  I do cappuccino’s and latte’s. Double shots. Whole or soy milk. And I love getting my coffee “for here” and taking an extra 10 minutes to sit and enjoy it. Especially when you get to enjoy the beautiful space.  Most of our Blue Bottle Coffee trips are to visit their stand at the Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning at the Ferry Building.  Word got out that they opened a new spot in Oakland, and not just any new coffee spot.  The Blue Bottle opened in Oakland’s historic W.C. Morse building.  The architecture is stunning.

They serve their normal menu plus a few other specialty drinks crafted by the baristas such as a Shakerato with espresso, ice and simple syrup; a Parisian-inspired Sowden Soft Brew Au Lait; and a Cascara Fizz, which includes cascara tea, sparkling water, simple syrup, and a wedge of lemon. They have a beautiful, help-yourself area of goodies ranging from Belgian-style street waffles to steel-cut oats, elegant cakes, and other delicious goods.

I will definitely be back (and the lines aren’t as long as their SF locations)!

xo.

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Remodelista Holiday Market

photo 4(2)Remodelista is a beautiful site all about interior design. They recently published a book that is an amazing resource for interior design ideas, with examples of designers homes and amazing images.  They hosted their annual Remodelista Holiday Market at Heath Ceramics in San Francisco and also celebrated the launch of the book.  The editor was there along with some amazing designers showcasing everything ranging from rugs to handmade clothes to pottery and more.

photo 5(1)The beautiful Heath Ceramics.  I dream about someday having a set of this amazing dinnerware. Heath is one of the few remaining mid-century American potteries still in existence today.

photo 2(2)Beautiful flower arrangements from the Russian River Flower School in Healdsburg. They offer classes for groups – what a fun idea for a party with some girlfriends!

photo 1(1)Fabulous vintage Louis Vuitton trunks from Big Daddy Antiques.

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photo 4(1)This is why I cannot wait to have children.  Adorable handmade clothes from Dagmar Daley.

photo 3(1)More handmade children’s clothes from Dagmar Daley.

photo 2(1)Beautiful handmade dolls from Jess Brown.

 

photo 4Gorgeous handmade tea towels by StudioPatro. Makes the perfect gift and goes well with other gifts – cookbooks, cooking utensils, and more!

photo 3Shed in Healdsburg is a mercantile for garden, home and kitchen, fresh market, coffee bar, fermentation bar and cafe, plus event space with a full schedule of classes and workshops.  Looking forward to visiting the Healdsburg location and glad they were at the Remodelista event!

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photo 1And of course, a Blue Bottle Coffee latte.

xo.

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