For the past three days, the Moscone Center has played host to the Fancy Food Show marketplace. Producers showed off their new edibles, including noodles and crackers made with everything but wheat and corn (hello, red wine, yams, kale, and kelp!), specialty cured meats, and a ton of chocolate. Think hot cocoa on a stick, chocolate tea, and, representing SF, bars with olive oil and sea salt from Poco Dolce and rocky road clusters from Droga Confections.
If you happen to see Darth Vader wandering around the Moscone Center this weekend, closely followed by a hairy Chewbacca and a couple of Watchmen, it's not (just) because you're high. Rather, San Diego's revered Comic-Con festival will kick off its annual Northern California offshoot, WonderCon, Feb. 27 through March 1, bringing fanboys (and girls) from far and wide to San Francisco for a weekend.
The big news leading up to this year's Macworld was obviously Steve Job's mysterious hormonal imbalance and his decision to not give the keynote for the first time since 1997. Amid palatable pressure and expectation, Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller filled some big shoes this morning, delivering a solid keynote that highlighted an impressive but not groundbreaking array of new products.