January 25th, 2017 by smccafferty -
When I travel to San Francisco for the Winter Fancy Food Show, I often go ahead of the show, to allow myself to soak up the culture of the city and the food, and get some good fresh air. This is especially helpful when you live in Ohio, and the sunny appeal of California beckons.
This year, with 60 degree temps in Ohio and rainy 50s in San Francisco, I found a renewed sense of enjoying the rainy days and making time to get inspiration before I set foot in the Moscone Center.
It was as easy as 1, 2, 3.
1. Seek Nature:
I made nature a destination. The weather was brisk, crisp and a little damp and yet my spirits were renewed. Inspiration abounded as I realized lush greens can grow in urban and vibrant environments, the majesty of a large body of water doesn’t decrease when the sky is gray, and pushing oneself out of a comfort zone (while being safety-minded) almost always reaps rewards.
2. Find Food:
I had read up on the restaurants in San Francisco, and after 5 years of making this trip, I definitely have my favorites. This year, I changed it up. Many of the dining destinations were brand new to me, and delivered a common theme of simplicity. Whether it was the oranges for dessert at Chez Panisse, or the nostaligic deliciousness of a piece of toast, purity and simplicity resonated loud and clear.
3. Experience Art:
After years of being under construction, SFMOMA, conveniently located near the hotel and Moscone Center, re-opened May, 2016. Diane Arbus, Donald Judd, Calder and more, offered inspiration with words, visuals and experiences. And the Sightglass Coffee in situ helped transform ideas to clarity as I soaked it all in.
I am enjoying the memories of that extra day of travel, affording me added inspiration and excitement. My summary of the Winter Fancy Food Show 2017 will be made all the richer for that gift of time.