The second day…

…of the Foodbuzz Festival started off with gorgeous San Francisco weather. 


And yet, I still lacked the motivation to join my roomies for a 6 AM jog through the neighborhood.  I’ve lived in SF before and I’ve run a half marathon in the city as well, so I am all too aware of the brutal hill situation.  I didn’t exactly sleep in either, though.  After Susan and Janetha returned from their run, the rest of our posse hit the road for the one and only, Tartine Bakery.


Let’s get something straight from the get-go, this was an adventure for non-vegans.


See that vat?  That’s cream.  And that block he’s cutting?  Butter. 


Tartine may as well be called dairy central.  It’s also evidently a happenin’ place, because the line was out the door. 


Even though it may not have been my #1 choice for breakfast, it was definitely full of eye candy that I happily photographed.




Random tidbit: my nickname is E-Claire.  Not because I have any attachment to the pastry, but because my name is Elise Claire.  This nickname has evolved over the years…and my grandpa now calls me chocolate. 

It’s cute until you have to take your birthday checks to the teller each year to explain why your check is made out to a flavor…





Tartine’s morning buns seemed to be what everyone was ooohing and aaaahing over. 


Bread chandeliers!!



Monster cookies.




I drowned my coffee in cinnamon and soymilk.  And since I wasn’t sure what sweeteners were what…I tried all three.  The coffee was okay, but I prefer Starbucks’ vanilla soymilk. 





Oh that Holly.  She’s a sweetheart isn’t she?

By the time we left Tartine it was nearly 9 am.  Woops!  Guess we were going to be skipping the first breakout session…


This is fairly representative of how the second breakout session felt. 

I was a bit tardy to the party, but I think I figured out what the presentation was all about.  Apparently Ashley had created a Fresh Express salad that Chef Todd was teaching us to make. 


Chef Todd is clearly a chef and not a food blogger because he flew around the room with the hot pan of butternut squash and red onions, giving us less than a second to snap pictures (hence the blur you see above).

Ashley, on the other hand, knew what we were there for.


And patiently held the plated salad for us to get our money shots. 


Salad ingredients:

  • spring mix lettuce
  • caramelized red onions
  • butternut squash sautéed with olive oil, garlic powder, and rosemary
  • goat cheese
  • roasted pumpkin seeds

Dressing ingredients:

  • honey
  • balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil
  • apple cider vinegar
  • salt


Easily vegan-izable by nixing the goat cheese and exchanging honey with agave nectar. 


Here are some photos from the rest of the day…










Coming up…the tasting pavilion and the gala dinner.

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Comments (0)

  1. janetha

    you are a trooper for going to the bakery and not being able to eat anything. at least you got to see the amazing mural! i wish we had skipped all the sessions and gone to the market. damn us.

  2. MarathonVal

    What a blast!!! So, so bummed that I haven’t gotten to attend the Fest yet…. maybe next year 😉

  3. Susan

    Bahaha, what is Sophia doing on the floor?

    There MUST be a butter substitute in croissants. I will not rest until I find one for you!

  4. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine

    I wanted to go to Tartine so badly, but never fit it in. Some of that stuff absolutely looks like it’s worth the non-veganness.

    Funny about the nickname…my brother has called me Scabbers for the past ten years. After the rat in Harry Potter.

  5. Elizabeth

    love the nickname story

  6. elise

    Had it been Sunday, I would’ve probably just suffered…because yes, they looked and smelled worth the GI distress (at least for me…I’m not sure how Kyle would have felt on that 6 hour car ride post dairy consumption). 😉

  7. zoe

    i worked in tartine’s kitchen for a day this summer! internship kind of backfired…but it was awesome to be in there! and hell yes — that’s a ton of butter! it scared me haha. and i work at starbucks now…i loved our soymilk, too, until i realized it’s basically all sugar 🙁

    can’t wait to see the rest of your photos!!!

  8. ytotheummy

    rawr, i hate it when i go with a group of friends to a restaurant/bakery and i can’t find anything that fits my needs 🙁 but you’re right, those baked goods look really fun to take pictures of! 😀

  9. Ashley

    So jealous you made it to Tartine!!! The coffee photo is my favorite shot! Todd made me nervous with that hot pan…lol 🙂

  10. Damaris

    6:00am jog? You guys are SO hard core. I love it.

    So nice meeting you this weekend. Seriously, no nice.

  11. Marci

    I wish I would have known about the Tartine trip! Another time…I have a dinner pic with you on my site.

  12. Carbzilla

    I’m pretty sure I’m going to create a new phenomenon by gaining weight JUST from reading Tartine blog posts.

    PS. I need an @carbzilla necklace, stat!

  13. Ethel

    I agree with the mass amounts of lactose at Tartine, but damn do they make delicious breads..mmm…

  14. Andrea of Care to Eat

    So, I had never seen Holly’s blog before this – she sounds like a hoot! I think if I had been able to go to the festival (and not been pregnant) the three of us could have gotten in a lot of trouble 🙂
    So glad you had a good time!

  15. elise

    we missed you!! dang spawn…

  16. elise

    haha. i feel like i soaked up butter through my pores just waiting in the line!

  17. elise

    oh! ill stop by, thanks!

  18. elise

    haha…well, i didnt make it on that one…but susan’s 7 am bootcamp the next morning was so crazy intense. im STILL sore!

  19. Holly

    i like to think that i really only flick off people i care about, so really, you should be honored by my chubby little finger right in your camera.

  20. Danica

    I totally think that Tartine NEEDS to create a veganized or at least non-dairy morning bun so you can try it too.

    Oh and I am totally going to call you E-Claire from now on 😉

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