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BlogHer Food Extravaganza, San Francisco!

What a whirlwind that past weekend has been! Just got back from an incredible weekend in San Francisco for the BlogHer Food Conference. Talk about foodies everywhere, it was awesome.

I feel like I say this all the time, but the food blogging community is truly one of a kind. They are the most genuine and kindest people. Really. It was great to be surrounded by theΒ  bloggers we all look up to…The beautiful Ree, The Pioneer Woman, gorgeous Jaden from Steamy Kitchen, the incredible White on Rice Couple, Helen from Tartelette, Elise Bauer of Simply Recipes and so many more.

I really enjoyed listening toΒ  the sessions but I must say my favorite part of the trip is chatting/networking with my fellow blogging friends. It’s so great to put faces to names we see all the time on Twitter/Facebook. Love my buddies I stayed with….Shanna, Marla and Amanda. My trip wouldn’t have been the same without them!

We all had different experiences this past weekend, but here’s a glimpse at how I spent it πŸ™‚Β  All 62 pictues, sheesh Jen!

Day one was crazy! Check in, breakfast and chit chat filled the room.

My first session was with the White On Rice Couple. I LOVE hearing their discussions on photography. What talented beautiful people they are.

Fun cookbook library to browse through.

photo via Italian Dish

Me and Lori from Recipe Girl. LOVE you Lori!!

The conference was held at the Intercontinetal. After the morning session, we bolted out to lunch.

We went to “Out The Door” at the mall. REALLY good πŸ™‚

Love this picture of Lori and Amanda. Love these ladies!

Some of our menu items.

photo via Amanda

….and more πŸ™‚

A bit of a rewind here. Thursday night we were off to a few fun events starting off at Ghiradelli Square to meet the Deen Brothers.

This was the cutest little pink shop, too cute not to take a picture of πŸ™‚

This is where we met the “bro’s”

Here they are chatting with Kristen from Dine and Dish

All lined up for cookbook signing and pics.

photo via Amanda

Had to do it πŸ™‚

photo via Amanda

After the Deen Brothers, we went to the Underwriter’s Laboratory Event. We did a little Iron Chef competition.

photo via Amanda

Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod and I πŸ™‚

Maggy and Amanda, love these ladies!

photo via Maria

Here we are at the la Petite Soiree Party Friday night, it was a blast!

Saturday morning, Amanda and I knew we were going to sight see around San Fran…or I should say bakery hop!

First stop was Dynamo Donuts that was featured on Food Network’s The Best thing I ever ate. Talk about heaven sent. They were incredible!

This maple bacon donut is their famous one. It was really good.

This was my favorite….the caramelized banana stuffed one. Delish!

This pumpkin chocolate chip was a close tie for second with that maple bacon πŸ™‚

We ate….a lot of donuts. Luckily just a couple bites of each πŸ™‚

Next stop was Fisherman’s Wharf. LOVE it here. Lots happening in this area.

Pier 39 was such a treat. Gorgeous!

How cute are the sea lions? I could watch them all day!

Boudin Bakery/Cafe was so cool. Take a look at the Alligator sourdough? Love it!

These ones hanging from the ceiling were adorable. I need this in my house!

Lunch time! Amanda and I got a little soup bowl w salad. How good does my crab and corn chowder look?

Tartine Bakery was next on our list. Beautiful very classic desserts. This was the Tres Leche cake.

Chocolate Hazelnut Tart and a shortbread cookie. We truly only had a few bites!

Next we went searching for Bi-Rite Creamery but first stumbled across the market. How gorgeous are these flowers?

Love these colors!

Found it across the street πŸ™‚

Gaby and Maria were talking about this salted caramel ice cream and I knew I had to have it. Was absolutely worth the wait!

Later Saturday night we met up with everyone for the closing party that The Pioneer Woman, Steamy Kitchen and Simply Recipes threw. This was such a fun night. Great food, great company. It couldn’t have been better.

My buddy Amanda and I. Love her!

Fun appetizers πŸ™‚


More bacon goodness!

The photo booth at the party was so much fun! Here are my So Cal ladies! Amanda and Lori at the top, Marla, me and Kathy at the bottom. LOVE my sistas!

…and one more πŸ™‚

Love this one too! Think we had way too much fun w the photo booth! Lol!

Ok, we are ridiculous now!

Soooo happy I got to see Angie of Bakerella Saturday night. Wish we were in the same town, I just love her!

On our way to the airport. Had a blast rooming with you Amanda! Until we meet again…..better be soon!

This is my favorite. Amanda, me and Marla on the right, my fellow OC buddy. Love her to pieces too πŸ™‚


Loved every minute of BlogHer Food! So glad I was able to go πŸ™‚

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  1. 1

    Looks like such a blast, Jenny! My husband and I ate at Boudin’s when we were there last year…it’s divine!

    • 1.1
      Jenny says:

      LOVE that place! So happy they have one in the OC by me. Not the same as being in SF, but it’ll do πŸ™‚ Wish you could have been there girl!

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    Chris says:

    Jenny, this a great post! I loved revisiting the jam-packed weekend through your eyes. And, I totally agree – It was wonderful to interact with we all have looked up to for so many years.

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    FramedCooks says:

    Jenny, as a food blogger who did not (sniffle!!) get to go to San Fran, I just LOVED seeing it through your eyes – what a great post! And your donut pictures – oh, my goodness. Spectacular. Thank you!!

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    The Souper says:

    Enjoyed your posting and pics from the BlogHerFood Conference in SF. I am new to foodblogging so this was very inspiring for me to learn about. I am a member of Blogher on-line. I follow you on Twitter and enjoy your posts.

    The Souper

  6. 6

    So fun to read your recap! It was a great time and the weather in San Francisco could not have been better.

  7. 7

    GREAT re-cap LOVE these photos! Thanks for the visual tour around SF. So happy I was able to join you on most of this trip. Next year I would love to tour around the city with you πŸ™‚ You are such an amazing friend and I love you to pieces too πŸ™‚ xxoo

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    Jeanette says:

    Great post! It was so nice meeting you. I really enjoyed talking to you. As a newbie, I really appreciated how open and friendly you were. Thank you!

    • 8.1
      Jenny says:

      So glad you had a great time Jeanette! Wish I could have gone to BlogHer as a newbie πŸ™‚ So much great information we all learned!

  9. 9

    This looks like a blast! I am so upset I couldn’t attend next year. I know we will meet one day soon though. Awesome recap!

  10. 10

    Boudin’s is my favorite! I grew up in SF and now live in the South. Seeing these pictures took me down memory lane! My mom and I used to grab lunch at Boudin’s when I was a little girl. Looks like you had a fabulous time!

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    Amanda :) says:

    Jenny this post is AMAZING!! How did you do this so fast??1 You are incredible, girl!! Can’t wait to see you again!! πŸ™‚ xoxo

    • 11.1
      Jenny says:

      Oh girl, I am paying for it today. Stayed up after the boys went to sleep…late. I am so sick today! Nose running like crazy and achy everywhere! I knew it was coming, just glad it waited until I got home! Had the best time with you, can’t wait to see all of your fabulous posts coming πŸ™‚

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    Marg says:

    Looks like fun and making me want to go to San Francisco.

  13. 13

    Looks like a fun trip! I would have been in bread heaven!

  14. 14

    It looks like you not only had beautiful weather but an amazing time!! Loved seeing all the tweets from BlogHer!!

  15. 15

    what an amazing post of photos from such an amazing trip! i <3 <3 <3 hanging out with you, jenny! you are a big ball of awesomeness and light! i'm already missing the love fest that is blogherfood! can't wait until our next luncheon!

  16. 16

    Aw, so wish I could have been there, looks like such great fun! Next year, FOR SURE!

  17. 17

    Oh Jenny – I already knew I wanted to be there but now I am really sad I was not there- it looks amazing and I am so glad you had such a great time!

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    Mrs. Q says:

    Great recap! I only got to meet a couple of the bloggers above, hopefully next time I can chat with everyone!

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    Donna says:

    LOVE you post – especially the photos. So nice to meet you again – we met at Ultimate Recipe Showdown a few years back. So nice to discover your blog. I’ll def be back!

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    Kim in MD says:

    It looks like you had a blast! Your photos are gorgeous…thanks for sharing your experience with us! πŸ™‚

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    Lisa says:

    I was so bummed to miss this event but you really bring it to life with your photos – thanks for sharing. I really love seeing the sea lions at Pier 39 – I grew up in the Bay Area and we’d go see them every December after a trip to The Nutcracker, brings back great memories.

  25. 25

    Wow, wow, wow! What a great round up. What a beautiful posse! See you in LA soon, I hope!

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    Amy says:

    Jenny, what a great time you must have had! Great people, amazing food, blogging, photography, and all in the best city ever… MINE! I was born and raised in San Francisco, so I might be a little biased hehe. I just moved to San Diego and I’m having withdrawls. Glad you had such a great time with Amanda and the rest of the blogging ladies I enjoy reading and following. Maybe next time, I’ll make it there. Here’s hoping!

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    Debbie R. says:

    Jenny, thanks so much for sharing – looks like a fabulous time and wow, that food!!!! Yum!

  28. 28

    Love the recap of your weekend in San Fran…the pictures are beautiful! I first visited San Fran 2 years ago and went to several places you did this weekend, Boudin bakery, Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf! I’m actually heading back there this weekend to run the Nike Women’s half marathon and can’t wait to try some new places…that donut shopping sounds incredible!

  29. 29

    What a great recap. So many wonderful memories! Thanks for sharing, Jenny πŸ™‚

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    Angie says:

    I just love your photos, what a great re-cap, I’m sad I couldn’t be there this year, but hopefully next year!

  31. 31

    What a lovely recap, Jenny! It looks and sounds like you had a fabulous time!

  32. 32

    You beautifully captured the weekend in San Francisco. Those donuts look to die for. It was great to meet you!

  33. 33

    it was so great to finally meet you, face to face! it was such a fun weekend. what a fantastic post! don’t ya just love that HP photo booth? x

  34. 34

    It really was a great weekend and I was so glad to finally meet you in person! It looks as though you hit farm more places around SF than I did – I’m going to have to fix that next time.

  35. 35

    I love your blow by blow of the city! I am tagging along next year!!! xx

  36. 36
    Tracy says:

    Loved reading your recap (and that maple bacon doughnut, OMG). Looks like it was a lot of fun!

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    Mac says:

    Jenny, I loved your beautiful photo recap! You were such a busy bee in S.F.! It was nice to see so many of my favorite food-bloggers having such a great time. Those Dean boys are pretty cute, too. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing.

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    Katrina says:

    Deen brothers?? swoooon
    Loved this!! Makes me wanna visit SF all over again!
    Question: How’d you guys get around?

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    Elise says:

    What a terrific write-up Jenny, so great to see you at BlogHer Food!

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    Aggie says:

    Aaaaah!! I can’t believe I missed this! Jenny the pics are great, you girls look like you had a blast!! I love all the food pics too, oh man, am I hungry now!! Boudin bread is amazing, I loved it there. The sea lions are adorable!

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    Srivalli says:

    Jenny, Those are some really really gorgeous pictures!..Wish we had met at the conference! Lovely recap!

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