To market, to market

To buy a hefty hunka goat gouda. Smile


Hi friends! How’s your day been?? It’s been lovely over here in San Fran.

This morning, Michelle and I went to the first session of the Foodbuzz conference to watch Tina (who did amazingly), grabbed some oatmeal and coffee from Bizzle,


(I added half a pack of Vega and nuts to my oats)

and then went to check out the Farmer’s Market in the Ferry Building.

It was my idea of heaven.

Fresh herbs, flowers, nut/nut butters, cheeses, and any vegetable or fruit you could wish for:


We shared a vegan pumpkin donut:


and a giant wedge of the best goat gouda I’ve ever tasted, from Cowgirl Creamery.

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It was smooth (not grainy in the least), salty without being overwhelming and absolutely lovely.

I also bought a pound of soft, caramely medjool dates to send to the Pilot– he loves them Smile


After the Farmer’s Market, we stopped to buy a dress for me to wear tonight (since the Rent the Runway one is a disaster- I’ll take a pic for you guys) and then went to the Tasting Pavilion, where Foodbuzz had an incredible array of food, wine and cooking demos set up.




I had a small glass of wine and some taster bites of different things- nothing too crazy since I had to do my Nature’s Pride demo for goat cheese-stuffed mushrooms.


They had all of the ingredients set out for me:


and a fun apron to wear Smile

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When the presentation started, it was a lot of fun and so laid back. A fellow blogger was making a chipotle mayo aioli BLT sandwich at the station next to me, so the Nature’s Pride rep acted as MC and asked us questions while we created our recipes.

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When we were finished presenting, they brought out trays of our food that the caterers provided so everyone could have a taste Smile



Thank you so much to everyone who came by to watch and say hello while I was presenting Smile It took the nerves away… along with that initial small glass of vino Winking smile Also, holler (and thank you) to my beautiful friend Meghann, who grabbed my camera and took photos for me.

After my presentation was over, we walked around a little to talk to blog friends, and then watched Kath present her stuffing recipe for Electrolux.


Her presentation was awesome and the stuffing smelled like foodgasms Smile

Now we’re back at the hotel, chillaxing until it’s time to get ready for the gala dinner tonight.

Have a great evening <3



Disclaimer: I won a contest to be a Nature’s Pride Ambassador by submitting my goat cheese-stuffed mushrooms recipe awhile back. By being selected as an Ambassador, Nature’s Pride was so generous to fund my airfare and hotel costs for this weekend.

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  1. Kayla on November 6, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Oh my God! Dream come true! So jealous! I’m sure you were fab and the mushies were delish!!

  2. Leanne @ Simplicitlee on November 6, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Congrats on winning the contest! I hope you have a wonderful weekend in San Fran! Could you do a readers post about what you were taught while at the foodbuzz? Did any interesting topics come up?

    • Fitnessista on November 6, 2010 at 7:22 pm

      sure i’ll definitely do a re-cap on everything i learned on monday

  3. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on November 6, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Congrats on the demo Gina! I bet it was awesome! Did anyone take a video for you? That pumpkin donut looks delicious. 😀

    • Fitnessista on November 6, 2010 at 8:38 pm

      no- i forgot my flip cam :/

  4. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on November 6, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    That is beyond sweet of you to send medjools to the Pilot! Wow…that is the nicest thing I’ve heard in awhile…he will be so happy to get a package with no doubt, awesome medjools!

    I’m sure your demo was awesome. Wished I could have caught it. And of course, glad you and Michelle trekked the market and found some great gouda…that’s a nice score if it’s the best you’ve ever had.

    Have a super night!


  5. Lauren on November 6, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    When I first saw the oatmeal, I was thinking, “What? S-bux has green oatmeal now? What is this?” LoL, I should have known you always come prepared with algae packets in your purse.

    Congrats on the food demo. You look like such a natural up there.

    • Fitnessista on November 6, 2010 at 8:37 pm

      hahah i always have algae-powered protein with me 🙂
      thank you!

  6. holly @ couchpotatoathlete on November 6, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    AAAAH LUCKY PILOT!!!! Those dates look so good 🙂 Medjool are my favorite!

    Gina way to go on your demo! And how sweet to get your trip paid for — you earned it!

  7. Krystina (Basil & Wine) on November 6, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Good job on the presentation! The mushrooms look beautiful.

  8. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on November 6, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Aw you look awesome! I so wish I could’ve been there to see you!

  9. Tab - Just Weighing In on November 6, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    wow – all that food looks amazing, it must be hard to not eat everything there! 🙂

  10. christina cadden on November 6, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Looks like you guys had fun!

  11. Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa on November 6, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Yum! Looks so good! Andddd now I really want a pumpkin doughnut.

  12. Caitlin (EatFeats) on November 6, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Oh is that a blurry background shot of your shoes in the cheese picture? They look really really cute!

    • Fitnessista on November 6, 2010 at 9:27 pm

      hahah yes 🙂 thank you! aldo

  13. Mary @ Bites and Bliss on November 6, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    How cool you got to present! I would have been shaking in my boots 😛

  14. Christin L. on November 6, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Just picked up some goat gouda tonight for myself from Costco! 🙂

  15. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun on November 6, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    I bet you would be fun to see do a cooking demonstration. And that pumpkin donut looks delicious.

  16. Dee on November 6, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Ooh, wow! How fun to have presented at the festival! I can say this because I didn’t have to do it, of course! 😛 Your goat cheese stuffed mushrooms look amazing!

  17. sassy molassy on November 6, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Love your new grey nails! I just made pizza with pear and goat cheese and some other good veggies on it for din din. Yum!

  18. Vanessa on November 6, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    oh how funny, i was just at the ferry building today! did you stop by the crave stand inside the ferry building? they have tons of gluten-free stuff. they even have GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE RAVIOLIS!!! (can you tell i’m still excited about discovering those??)

  19. Sana on November 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    I am sooo proud of you for winning! This may have been your first cooking demo, but you will be doing more fo sho!

  20. Mi-An Dela Cruz on November 6, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    congrats on doing an awesome demo!!! i’m sure you did gaahreaat!

  21. Stefanie on November 6, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Congrats on the demo! You look amazing in those photos! No public speaking nerves for you, eh? 😉

  22. caroline on November 7, 2010 at 12:42 am

    the photos are awesome and congrats on your demonstration! so happy you are having a good time in SF – you should come visit us more often 🙂

  23. The Pilot on November 7, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Baby, congrats on the demo! I’m so proud of you, and that’s crazy to see our plates with your mushrooms on the display pic. Thank you for the dates – I won’t at all eat every of them in a single sitting

  24. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on November 7, 2010 at 2:07 am

    You did so awesome today!!! So proud of you 🙂 See you in the a.m.!

  25. Katy on November 7, 2010 at 3:31 am

    You look so beautiful up there! I think you’d look great w/highlights in your hair. By the way, I love the volume in your hair. How do you do it?

  26. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on November 7, 2010 at 7:41 am

    You look like such a pro up there! 😉 I’m glad your demo went well!

  27. Erika @ Food.Fitness.Fun on November 7, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Foodbuzz looks like a great time! All of the activities look wonderful!

  28. Erin on November 7, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Do you read Postsecret? I thought of you when I saw the new video posted there today with soldiers’ secrets:

  29. Laura on November 7, 2010 at 10:40 am

    So. Jealous. But… I just got back from San Fran, so I guess I can’t talk! The vanilla vegan doughnut is fantastic too. As is the almond toffee from the booth next to the doughnut lady. 🙂

  30. Laughter-Loving Stacy on November 7, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Lucky! That looks so fantastic!

  31. Christina on November 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    mmm mushrooms..oh sorry I love stuffed mushrooms! You look great out there! I wish I could have been there as well 🙂

  32. salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on November 7, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    oh how fun!!!! Those mushrooms look so yummy!!!

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