California Dreamin’

I arrived!

I may have forgotten my credit card at home, had to remove my shoes at the airport (silly Americans) and have been awake now for nearing 24 hours. But all that really matters is that I made it to San Fran and am soaking up the California sunshine :)


Thankfully, I landed at the same time as Diana so we travelled into the city together.


The Bay area trains are much nicer than the Toronto subways.


And the trolleys are a lot more quaint ;)



I’m here in San Francisco until Monday for the Foodbuzz Festivala gathering of over 350 food bloggers. It’s being held at the Sir Francis Drake hotel on the legendary Powell street. Very cool!

The themed hotel attendants are neat too ;)


Once dropping our bags off, we suddenly became a small group of very hungry bloggers. The clear choice laid only a few blocks away, in Chinatown.


We were on the hunt for dim sum and by chance a lady on the street started pointing to a place telling us we needed to go there. If the locals insist, it’s got to be good!




It was take-out dim sum and nothing in English. So we just pointed to the dishes we wanted and hoped they were tasty! Luckily, I’ve been to dim sum before and had a vague idea of what to try.


Started with a steamed pork bun. SO good.


Some shrimp dumpling. Loved the chives in this. 


Some pork thingy. For my meats ;)


And sticky rice! 


I haven’t had this before, but have heard lots about it. Diana said it was a must, so we split it. Nice surprise to open it up and find meat inside!


Best of all, the whole meal cost two dollars. Cheapest filled belly I’ve ever had. And dare I say, better than in Toronto. 


Dining partners – Allie, Diana, Heather. We ate on the steps in Chinatown. Classy joint. We realized sitting across the street that the place we went to was one of the highest rated on Yelp – Good Mang Kok Bakery. Go figure.


We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering the mountains hills of San Francisco. People don’t exaggerate when they say it’s hilly!!

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Of course, I am here for a food blogging festival. So more eating and food photography soon followed.


Millennium is a fancy vegetarian restaurant that hooked up 20 of us bloggers for dinner tonight. I heard nothing but rave reviews about this place.


We had our own private room in the back!


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They even brought out appetizers on the house for us to try. All of which were equally delicious. My favourite being the breaded mushrooms.


I ended up ordering an appetizer because of the price (mains were over $20). But also because I wasn’t that hungry after our Chinatown trip!


After much back and forth, I ended up with the Black Bean Torte.

It was good. Real good. And I’m not just saying that. The sweet starchy taste of the plantains went really well with the black beans. And the accompanying sauce and salsa were fantastic with it.

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Then, I was officially stuffed.

I think I may be leaving some of my heart in San Francisco


Official Foodbuzz Festival activities commence tomorrow! This girl needs her beauty sleep! Hell, this girl needs any sleep. Night night!


Posted on November 5, 2010, in Restaurants and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.

  1. Fun Fun Fun!!!! All i have been reading all morning is everyone arriving to Foodbuzz and I’m so totally jealous!!! Have a great rest of the wekend :)


  2. Yay, Susan! This look like so much fun. I wish I were at Foodbuzz and got to meet all my fave bloggers.

  3. So jealous! Glad you’re having fun and looking forward to your shenanigans!

  4. Wow, the black bean torte looks great!! That streetcar photo reminds me of the opening credits on Full House! ;)

  5. These San Fran photos are gorgeous! Have fun replenishing you vitamin D :)

    San Fran is near the top of my list of foodie-destinations-I-must-go-to.

  6. Looks like you’re having a great time already! That torte… mmmm!

  7. I hope you have a really wonderful time! I absolutely LOVE San Francisco and can’t wait to go back. Enjoy the festival!
    Your pictures are definitely making me drool.

  8. eeeeee! on my way!

  9. Welcome to my fair city by the bay! Feel free to drop me an email if you want any personal recommendations on fun places to go (or eat)!

  10. have lots of fun for me!

  11. One word: JEALOUS! x x

  12. Hope you have a blast this weekend! Say “hi” to Allie for me:)

  13. SHUT UP RIGHT THIS MINUTE: TWO DOLLARS?!!! TWO as in “one-TWO-three” as in “TWO plus TWO equals four”?!!!!!???? OK I think it’s worth getting on a plane to go eat there for the savings ;-) Did you happen to get a card of the restaurant?

    Millenium looked the bomb and how fun to be there with one of my very very fave people in the blogosphere: Tiffany aka Carbzilla!

    Have a ton of fun on my behalf- perhaps next year!~ :-)

  14. I’ve always wanted to try Dim Sum!! But are there good veggie options?

  15. Thanks so much for being my travel buddy!! It was fun figuring out our way around SF together! :)

  16. This dinner seems like a million years ago now!!! I am still dreaming of those chickpea flour mushrooms though. It was great meeting you this weekend.

  17. I LOVE Dim Sum and now I totally want some :)

    I wish I could’ve made dinner ~ your breaded mushrooms and dessert looked tasty!

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