5:45 p.m. krept around way too soon and I had no luck making it to the shuttle on time so my boyfriend drove me to the Marina. When we arrived, I realized that our Street Food Fare was in the same vicinity as Off the Grid’s roaming mobile food truck extravaganza complete with music and booze.
I entered Foodbuzz’s version, grabbed a glass of red wine and found my assigned table.
I had to take a picture of these succulent figs on the cheese tray! I found out the next day just how good those Frog Hollow pears were too. Mmmmm
The networking was already in full swing but I made it just in time for introductions. Some of the amazing bloggers sitting at my table:
A foodie gift exchange ensued (I gave raw, vegan chocolate truffles and received some Chicago memorabilia and a good luck charm), we were then free to roam the Street Food Fare.
The terms “street food” and “healthy” don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand but I was dying to find out what was vegan, or at least vegetarian, so I got down to the challenge and looked beyond the meat. Here’s what I uncovered:
Vegetarian Tacos at Tacolicious
A spicy Vegan Paella
Spencer on the Go! dished out Lobster Bisque for the Pescatarians
Alas, I found the Nori and my favorite eat of the night! Namu had incredible Korean Tacos. These were pescatarian because there was shrimp in the sauce.
Mission Minis Cupcakes were the star of the show. Literally. The Food Network showed up to film them and I just couldn’t get over how they were arranged as the Foodbuzz logo. Vanilla, Gingerbread and Pumpkin.
After I’d had my fill at the Foodbuzz Street Food Fare, I wanted to get a taste of the local Food Cart frenzy. The night was chilly but pleasant and there was so much energy in the air, I just stood for a moment and took it all in.
My favorite find was this vegan Mexican hot chocolate from Kika’s Treats. I couldn’t resist the giant marshmallow. It was thick, rich and warming and went down smooth as silk. The whole indulgent cup oozed with quality ingredients and deliciousness.
Next up, I’ll dished about what I learned in Saturday morning’s sessions and my unexpected injury.