A Walk In The Rain

I must admit that reading everyone’s posts and tweets about the Food Buzz Blogger Festival has been really kind of depressing. You see, it was held right here in San Francisco, but I didn’t attend. It was partly because of cost of registration and partly because I work weekends and would’ve had a difficult time getting this one off. I’m not super sad about missing out on the festival itself, per se, as I’m not a huge foodie or specifically a food blogger. I am, however, sad about missing out on the opportunity to meet some of my favorite bloggers in real life. I keep seeing all of these pictures taken in my own backyard, and I can’t help but feel sad that I’m missing out!

Luckily, I didn’t miss out completely. Stepfanie (SP_STEPF on Spark) from SparkPeople was in town for the festival and she and I decided to meet up for a walk and some coffee. I was totally excited!

Unfortunately it was kind of rainy and dreary in San Francisco today. I lazed around in bed for way too long getting caught up on Glee. Before I knew it, there was a text message to meet up. A quick shower and I was out the door, walking down to Union Square. I was feeling a little bad that I was running late, but walking had seemed like the best course of action given Sunday bus schedules. I also felt a little stupid when I walked into the Westin St. Francis lobby and didn’t see Stepf waiting as she said she would be. After checking my phone, I realized she was at the Sir Francis Drake….up the street! D’oh! So, sorry for making you wait an extra few minutes on me, Stepf!

We ended up walking down to the Ferry Building, and luckily it wasn’t raining too badly. After getting there, Stepfanie needed to get some coffee/food, so we headed to where everyone seems to go when they want to achieve this purpose at the Ferry Building…

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Yep. You guessed it.

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I think I must be the only blogger alive who has been to San Francisco and had never been to Blue Bottle Coffee Co. Sure, I’ve heard of its greatness, but I just never seem to be in the need of caffeine when I’m in the area. That, and I have a really unhealthy attachment to Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I know, I know. Blue Bottle is on a whole other level. I totally agree…but really, PSLs are like crack to me. You’re not going to be able to pry me away from Starbucks until January!

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All that being said, Blue Bottle was awesome. They make all of their drip coffees right as you order them. I ended up having a nonfat latte, and they even do the pretty foam presentations (see above). The only other time I’ve had pretty foam was at Dynamo Donut, which by the way, is fantastic. If you eat meat, go there and get the Maple Glazed Bacon Apple Donut. No really, go there. If you don’t eat meat, they have many other choices, so go there anyway! The Food Network does not lie!

After we achieved some caffeine, we wandered around. Unfortunately, there really isn’t any general seating in the Ferry Building…it is all attached to the various restaurants and cafés. Normally, one would just go outside and find a bench, but with the inclement weather, that just wasn’t an option. Stepfanie stopped off at Far West Fungi for a mushroom macaroon (I can’t remember which kind) and I picked up a Cinnamon Sugar Pepples Vegan Donut for later.

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Then, since there was nowhere to sit, we wound up in the lobby of my gym, which was the only place I could think of in the area that was out of the rain and wouldn’t make us buy something. We hung around and chatted for another 15 minutes or so, and then it was time for me to head to work, and Stepf to make her way towards Dim Sum.

It never ceases to amaze me how easy it is to connect with people whom I only know from the internet. Whenever I set up a real life meeting, I always have a little anxiety about it, but it is never necessary. You find in life that people are generally good and connecting with people is a lot easier than it would seem. I really enjoyed talking to Stepfanie about Spark, healthy living, not so healthy living and just random things like me touching Jakob Dylan and her love for the Indigo Girls. Fun times! Glad we were able to get together!

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I’m also a little excited about the surprise SparkPeople swag I scored:

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I ❤ t-shirts! I also could use a little help from Coach Nicole on getting Fit, Firm & Fired Up!

Even better than the above were these:

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(the label got a little wet from the rain. oops.)

Holy deliciousness! These almonds are off the hook. I just cracked into them a little while ago and they are seriously dangerous…in the sense that I could eat them all in one sitting if I didn’t restrain myself! I’m definitely going to try making them myself sometime.

Have you ever met an internet friend in person? How’d it go?

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6 Responses to A Walk In The Rain

  1. Eric says:

    I’ve met quite a few Internet People, mostly from the Smashing Pumpkins community. Even dated a few. Let’s just say that some meetings went better than others. >_<;

  2. maya says:

    Even -I’ve- had Blue Bottle. Granted it was the New Orleans Style Iced Coffee, but it still counts.

    I think most of the friends that I see regularly at present and consider myself closest to I first had contact with through the internet… though I often forget this and don’t consider them to be ‘internet friends’ at all. Several of them were friends of friends, or people I met through similar online circles, and exchanged online messages with prior to arranging meetings in person.

    It seems that the friends I have who I did not meet first via the internet are mainly college or work friends.

    • girlinchucks says:

      Yeah. I remember you saying you had went. I can’t remember if it was your last trip home or the time before that you mentioned it.

      I had just never really bothered to go in there and check it out. Actually, most of the places in the Ferry Building I have yet to try out. I usually only go there on Farmer’s Market days, and then, I’m too absorbed in outside marketness to even bother going inside.

  3. elaine! says:

    Spark Schwag! That’s awesome. Some of the most amazing people I know, I’ve met through the interwebs. Most notably, the online henna body art community. They are some crazy talented and super interesting people.

    I agree with what you said about people generally being good. Surprisingly, I came to that conclusion after a few years of working retail. Seriously! I had more customers go out of their way to be nice than make a point of being nasty.

    • girlinchucks says:

      I wish I had the same experience working with the public. If our customers are an example of the way humanity is, then I think I’ve seen enough! 😉

      My internet friends, however, rock!

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