FoodBuzz Festival & Semi-Finalist in the Alexia French Fries Contest: Time to VOTE!

by Marla on November 5, 2011 · 40 comments

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Marla Meridith at FoodBuzz festival*Hi* everyone! Greetings from lovely San Francisco! I am having a blast here at the FoodBuzz Festival and guess what? I am here as one of the finalists for the Reinvent a Classic french fries competition. My Thai Spiced Baked French Fries could become the next Alexia Foods french fry flavor…with your help.

Please take a moment to cast some votes for yours truly on the Alexia Facebook page now. Thanks and *kisses*

You can vote one time per day until March 30th.

Baked sweet potato and russet french fry for Alexia Blogger contestEarlier this year I concepted some new french fry flavor twists and with your help I ended up as a finalist. There were 20 amazing bloggers that came up with original flavor ideas and now we are down to just 4!!

Don’t these fries look delish! They are. Try baking them yourself to find out. The Thai Red Curry Paste I used is from Thai Kitchen in case you want to get your hands on some. A few dashes of cinnamon add to the rainbow of flavors even more. Your house will smell amazing if you bake these fries. Oh and did I mention they are good for you too? The recipe is right here.

Cinnamon sticks in twine on outdoor table

I am enjoying walking around this fabulous city with just my iPhone in my hands. It is fun to take quick clicks of little things that inspire. I love the storefronts. Each one tells a unique and colorful story.

Check out Little Bubbles which is next to Little Vine. It is clear that the Little Bubbles Coin Wash was around way before the Little Vine. While washing your wears you can enjoy some fine charcuterie and cheese. Blissful if you ask me.

Store fronts in San Francisco.

Also whenever I travel I take random self portraits. This one looks like I am in a steam room, but I am actually in front of a huge window with gobs of beautiful sunlight coming through. *Silly me*

Woman with brown hair self portrait with Instagram.

Here are a few more quick city snaps before I redirect you to vote for my Thai Spiced Fries. The Fairmont SF is one of my all time favorite hotels. I stayed there when I attended my first BlogHer Food in 2009. For some reason they upgraded me to the Cambridge Suite. It was sweet.

See that Teuscher 99 chocolate bar? I needed a quick pick me up before the FoodBuzz events. That über dark chocolate bar is a great way for me to get my sweet on and satisfy a chocolate craving. By the way with 1% sweetness this thing is all dark, dreamy and fabulous!

Travel, city portraits on Family Fresh Cooking blog

Here is another shot of those french fries so you can have a closer look….

Baked sweet potato and russet french fry for Alexia Blogger contest

I will be here through tomorrow, exploring the city and meeting new friends. A great & happy time.

Oh by the way. There is me & Chef Tyler Florence.

FoodBuzz festival in San FranciscoTune in for a LIVE cooking demonstration with Chef Tyler Florence tonight, Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 PST streamed right on the Alexia Facebook page. Tyler will also announce the Reinvent a Classic French Fries finalists at this time!

This Spiced French Fries in Reinvent a ClassicI am posting regular updates from here on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. Stay tuned for more…

You can check out more of my posts from the Alexia Challenge

{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa November 5, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Going to vote!




2 Laura @ GotChocolate November 6, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Me too! 😀


3 Bev Weidner November 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm

You look aaaaabbbsuuuullluuuuttttellllyyyyyy gorgeous!

And I wish I was there, galavanting around with you, tearing it all up.


4 Marla November 5, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Bev…one day we will tear it all up together. You betcha!


5 Aggie November 5, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Those fries look delicious! Good luck girl & enjoy SF!!


6 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 5, 2011 at 7:06 pm

I am off to vote for you now. You deserve the win my dear friend!!!

Glad you’re enjoying yourself up in San Fran, and I love!! the self-portrait and that you have a habit of doing that on trips. A fun tidbit to know. I wish I was there with you rather than just texting back and forth :)

I went bloggie prop shopping this afternoon. Wish you and I could be shopping together! :)


7 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 5, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Btw the voting…not sure how or where to do that? I allowed the App, I clicked “Like” but am not sure where to vote…do you know if it’s open yet ?


8 Marla November 5, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Hi! Click on the “Reinvent a Classic” tab…that should take you there.


9 Chris @nestlefoodie November 5, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Hi Marla! Love your Thai Spiced Fries idea – hope you win! Great pic with chef Tyler!


10 Marla November 6, 2011 at 4:26 am

Hi Chris! Thanks for stopping by. It was a really fun event and Tyler is a total sweet heart!


11 Amy B in Portland November 5, 2011 at 10:15 pm

I’m loving your fab cowgirl boots!


12 Marla November 6, 2011 at 4:26 am

Amy, thanks. Any opportunity I have to sport my cowboy boots I do. Glad you like ’em :)


13 TidyMom November 6, 2011 at 5:12 am

Congrats Marla! Looks like a fantastic time!


14 susan November 6, 2011 at 5:53 am

Those boots could very weill be your good luck charm! If they are not voting for your fries, they will certainly vote for you in those kick-ass boots!


15 HeatherChristo November 6, 2011 at 6:23 am

Way to go girl! Congratulations Marla! I will get my little tooshie over and vote. Enjoy SF- one of my favorite cities.


16 Joanne November 6, 2011 at 7:10 am

Yay for us meeting this weekend! You know who I’ll be voting for. :)


17 Marla November 6, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Joanne, I am so happy that we finally met. You are just as awesome as I had always hoped :) Thanks for the votes my friend! xo


18 Kristen November 6, 2011 at 7:44 am

Love your iphone pics of the city and am so excited for you! Off to vote!


19 Marla November 6, 2011 at 8:45 am

Thanks Kristin! Gotta tell you it has been a pleasure not toting my big DSLR around. Sometimes it is nice to go quick and light!


20 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] November 6, 2011 at 7:48 am

I’m voting now! It looks like you had a great time. I love San Francisco. I try to make it there at least once a year!


21 Marla November 6, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Allison, I clearly need to do the same. Would love to take my kids too. My daughter would love it!


22 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers November 6, 2011 at 8:47 am

Looks like your having a great time! Did you give Tyler a smooch for me?


23 Marla November 6, 2011 at 9:45 am

Jennifer I tried. Well, I am actually not going to answer that……#mysterious


24 Lisa [With Style and Grace] November 6, 2011 at 9:05 am

You totally ROCK!! Voted for ya pretty girl!


25 Marla November 6, 2011 at 9:45 am

Thanks my friend! Bummed I missed you this time around in SF. Soon we shall meet up. I hope :) xxoo


26 Molly Chester November 6, 2011 at 10:23 am

Good luck marla! You got my vote!


27 Marla November 6, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Thanks so much Molly :)


28 Kristina Vanni November 6, 2011 at 11:32 am

Loooove San Francisco and loooove Tyler Florence! His store out in Mill Valley is outstanding. Good luck in the Alexia contest, I will go vote now!


29 Marla November 6, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Thanks Kristina! I would love to check out Tyler’s restaurant in Mill Valley. Is there a store too?


30 Rivki Locker November 6, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Congrats! Lovely photos of SF. Thanks for sharing.


31 MikeVFMK November 6, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Yay, Marla! I’ll be voting for you! And often! Great pic, btw! Love that natural light blown out.


32 Marla November 6, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Hi Mike! Thanks so much my friend. I will need “often” to get a strong hold on this contest. It runs a loooooonnnnggg time! xo


33 Lucy November 6, 2011 at 6:50 pm

I missed you by a day at the Fairmont – I was there Weds night! Glad you had fun in San Fran.


34 Esi November 6, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Love the city (my home town!) Fun trip!


35 Kitchen Belleicious November 7, 2011 at 4:43 am

I will definitely vote for you girl. i remember that fry post- simply amazing! Off I go to vote- good luck


36 Roxana GreenGirl November 7, 2011 at 6:43 am

You look absolutely gorgeous Marla and I LOVE the red boots!
Glad to hear you had such a wonderful time in SF. Going to vote right now, you totally deserve it!


37 Marla November 7, 2011 at 9:24 am

Thanks Roxana! It was a truly wonderful trip. Glad you like my boots :)


38 Georgia Pellegrini November 8, 2011 at 8:56 pm

1. I think you’re going to win! I can FEEL IT.

2. I LOVE YOUR BOOTS! We’re soul sisters. Bring them to Austin pleeeze.


39 Courtney @ Food on the Table November 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Just voted! Congrats and good luck with your Thai Spiced Baked French Fries, hopefully we can all get a taste when you’re crowned the winner?


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