Sunday, November 14, 2010

My Top Ten

On November 5-7, several hundred food-obsessed, wine guzzling, photography loving, food describing, mostly fabulous people stormed San Francisco for the 2nd Annual Foodbuzz Festival.  I was one of them and the festival did not disappoint at all.  I left with a ton of almonds (from my foodie gift exchange gift from Allie), new friends, and a swag bag with a very large knife.  It was good.

Since it's been a week later and I have been busy living my glamorous life at work, I'll spare you the less than timely update and instead provide you with my Foodbuzz Top10- One Healthy Apple style.

10- Giving food bloggers mini cupcakes spelling out the name of an event is like giving La Lohan access to an open bar.  Over-consumption will happen.
9- Food demos will be stopped every 30 seconds so that 30 people in the room can point their camera at whatever is being made.
8- Coming back multiple times to the shrimp station at the tasting pavilion will make one (me) recite Seinfeld lines over and over again..."the ocean called"
7- Walking with a sweet new Canadian friend to the Ferry building will lead you to discover fruit you never knew existed- meet Buddha's Hands
6- Food with cute labels will automatically taste better.  I was putting away pickled beets and asparagus like they were chocolate chips.
5- The magic that was the Soviet Union bread lines can be recreated- this time in the form of the customizable fish tacos line.
4- Bringing an intern to the tasting pavilion will make you a more productive food shoveler/picture taker
(my hot intern- shhhhh...don't tell HR) Picture copyright of Amanda and Andy

3- Carb addiction can be taken to another level by serving bread with ice cream or chocolate ganache.  Take that, low carb, take THAT!

2- You can feed us a 3-course gourmet meal, but we will all be swooning over the pureed butternut squash- the star of the meal.

1- All food taste better in shot form.  Pumpkin mousse parfait body shots anyone? 

Finally- because they deserve a category all on their own, the people I met were the highlight. It was so nice to be with a group of people with similar interests, all equally excited to be there.  I let my camera die, but here are some pictures courtesy of Amanda and Andy and Kaitlin.
Amanda- nicest.girl.ever. and Mr & Mrs. One Healthy Apple
Eden, Amanda, and I
Kaitlin and I (sorry for probably pushing you out of your seat with my enormous sleeves and gigantic bag)

Amanda and I- taking down one of several glasses of wine.

What an event!  I value my new friendships and being able to finally put a name to a blog post.  The event organization was wonderful and I continue to be humbled by the women (and men) who devote hours of their time to create creative and unique content.  Those who decided to not be friendly, well- it seems like a personal problem and nothing that will put a dent in my 'buzz for now.

I'm off to find that intern to complete my evening.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Who Is One Healthy Apple?

I was so honored to meet some wonderful ladies and gentlemen this weekend at the 2nd Annual Foodbuzz Festival.  I originally posted this for the Project Foodbuzz contest and I hope that anyone I awkwardly smiled at or exchanged a few words with will stick around to read my blog.  I am proud to have a creative outlet to share with others and I was humbled by the talent and dedication of many of the kind and down to earth bloggers I met at the festival.  I'll be back for a recap soon, but for now- here is a little bit about me.

This blog appropriately started out almost two years ago as a way to document a new stage of my life- engagement, graduate school, and a new home.
However, I was not always this serious.  In fact, my humble beginnings have helped me appreciate all that I have now as well as all of the opportunities I have been given in life.
As a girl of former Soviet Union origins, I have learned from past generations what it was like to not have enough food.  I was thrilled with the abundance of flavorful, nutritious food available to me when we moved here and continue to take full advantage of it.
I appreciate the fresh produce my husband grows in our small garden

Just as much as I love a good, quality chocolate
I love to make a great presentation in my meals
And will tell you the frozen yogurt wins at life- always
I truly love working up an appetite through exercise in the form of hiking
And seeing the world
And I truly believe the best memories are made sharing food with family at the dining room table
This blog will show you that life is all about healthy, nutritious food.  Being healthy doesn't have to be boring, time consuming, or expensive.

And maintaining a healthy lifestyle is easy- one apple at a time.