After months and months of planning with various wonderful people I know, love and appreciate, we set a date and produced The Second Annual Food Bloggers Picnic!
Many many a person new and veteran came with husbands, wives, ex wives, partners, children, mothers and friends! A satiating time was had by all. It's always a trip to put a face, a personality, an outfit and a dish to someone you have been reading for ages.
Cold and dreary in SF and the East Bay, some of us were smart
enough to check the weather and don shorts, skirts and #30 sunscreen as Lafayette was hot by 11am, leaving the wall of fog behind on the West side of the Caldecott Tunnel.
It was delicious to meet and see the other two out queer bloggers, finally meet Marc, the quiet man behind Mental Masala, eat and take home the leftovers of Pim's crunchy rice squares, find the hidden sauteed gnocchi amidst purple, green and spotted beans made by the smiley Heidi of 101 Cookbooks, prep watermelon next to Spanish canape making Brett,
swim in the pool with none other than Elise of Simply Recipes and Movable Type Tutorial fame, be the first in the hidden hammock with my future ex-girlfriend Amanda Berne, finally set eyes upon the prolific (and very cute!!) Sean over at Hedonia, meet the lanky Garrett and impress his husband with my dessert-experiment, both who came down all the way from Sacramento to represent yo,
talk to the smart, charming and humorous children of our tall and meat-making, flat bread grilling host, Owen, ride in a big truck with my very own personal Meat Angel Guy "Dr. Biggles" Prince, eat as many pieces of the rare-and-newly-revived-from-extinction Bakewell Tart as I liked, brilliantly crafted by none other than England's own baking heroine/god-dess, Sam "Sixy Beast" Breach, dive whole body first into the bowl of lightly ginger syruped gems that were fresh summer berries
and julienned mint made by my favorite ho, and get-around-gal, Joy "the motherfuckin' bomb" and her devilishly handsome and superbly dressed husband Jon,
dish with the all-knowing veteran food blogger Amy about Bay Area food news, a recent Seattle visit and her husband Lee's enviable footwear, flatter the hot rock-and-roll black clad wearing Chubby of not-to-be-messed-with Bunrabs, answer hazelnut skinning questions inquired by Anita of Dessert First,
accepted praise on the upwards slope on the craftiness and singularly unique voice my writing is carrying more and more as time goes on: real compliments indeed coming from a long term veteran of newspaper writing Cookiecrumb, her dish was soaked in vodka so I could not eat it but Heidi did it justice with her uncanny photo skills; we both loved its "aesthetic palette" being the arty geeks that we are,
re-connecting with Sandy of Tasty Bytes after long last, ate an innovative mango and quinoa dish, rejoiced in cold peanut noodles with perfectly diced cucumbers, loved a flat bread made that day and grilled over hot coals, gave shit to Tea for leaving early with her empty plate of big and juicy pan bagna offering, (she and I stayed up until 1:30 am the night before talking books, exes, the literary scene, cookbooks, what to do when we don't like our friend's partners, and eating pretty Pink Pearl apples),
setting-up the great outdoor space with secret Karaoke Shark Alder and his serious, pretty hat- wearing wife, giving Wendy the tour of food on the table, saying happy hellos to anyone who bumped into me as I chatted and chatted away giddily, so incredibly happy to amongst all of you cute and handsome critters!
The Northern California Food Blogging Community is just that, a community.
And we Rock!!
Other places to find the overview and more extensive photos: Becks and Posh, Dessert First, Confessions of a Restaurant Whore, Bunrabs Daily
Feed, I'm Mad and I Eat, Vanilla Garlic, Cooking With Amy, 101
Cookbooks, Pengrin's photos of (almost) all the food!, Hedonia's photos, Garrett's photos, KQED's Bay Area Bites, Jennifer Jeffrey, Life's A Picnic, and Pengrin Eats.