Here are some snaps of my favorite things about San Francisco. On a cold, gray and rainy day in New York, it’s easy to catch oneself California dreamin’.
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It’s a little disconcerting to be posting so much Africa stuff when I’m so far away from there* … and back in San Francisco … so here are some snaps taken locally. One of my favorite places in any city, anywhere, is the Ferry Building, where organic meets om-nom-nom.
* But there are more Africa photos in the hopper, and they will be posted in the near future. Woop woop!
Today I got to hang out a bit downtown … and spending time in the sunshine, in a cool city, tends to shake me out of a morose phase quite nicely. Woop woop! So, renewed okayness in place, I give you … Six Awesome Things About My Day (Downtown San Fran Edition).
Might as well start off with a bang …Sausage on a Stick, $2 from Golden Gate Meat Co. at the Ferry Building … Following the time-honored tenet about making laws and sausages, I didn’t ask what goes into this, but when asked “spicy or not?” wisely chose the former.
The Ferry Plaza has palm trees, Art Deco, and lots of hangout space both natural and man-made.
I adore the old-school cable cars and trolleys still in active service, all converging downtown.
There is also a bunch of very cool public art downtown.
I love independent coffee shops, but I’m a fan of Peet’s Coffee and Tea. Sure it’s a chain, but a regional chain that doesn’t quite smack of the Wal-Mart-esque world domination of Starbucks. Two bucks is enough to get you a damn good strong coffee with all the fixins and change for the tip jar.
Okay, maybe my boots are not native to downtown San Francisco — procured from an insane post-recession-Christmas hella good sale in NYC — but I LOVE THEM, ya heard? Anyway, they have taken me all around downtown quite a bit in the past few weeks, so I’m including them here.
While we’re in a Ferry Building state of mind, here are some recent snaps. If you didn’t know already, San Francisco’s Ferry Building is home to one of the world’s biggest urban farmer’s markets. Farms from all over the Bay Area show up 3 days a week with organic fruits, veggies and all sorts of awesome products made from them.
Most of these were taken during the Saturday farmers’ market.
If you’re visiting San Francisco, make sure you bring your appetite to its downtown gourmet hub, the Ferry Building. Here are some tasty treats you won’t regret checking out once you get there:
Fried foods-to-go at Delica. This fabulous Japanese deli serves yummy bento boxes and à la carte items, including kaki-age tempura, shrimp cake and potato croquette, fried to a perfect light crunch. My favorite is the kaki-age tempura, a haystack of veggies (burdock, carrots, onions and edamame) and shrimp in a light tempura coating.
Mt. Tam triple-cream cheese from Cowgirl Creamery. Even if my cousin weren’t the fabulous Cowgirl herself, Sue Conley, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention their award-winning organic triple-cream Brie. It’s incredibly versatile, pairing well with many varietals of wine — its light, nutty, buttery taste and texture goes beautifully with white wines while its earthiness and depth of flavor pairs nicely with red. I love Mt. Tam with fresh fruit, fruit preserves and hearty wheat or olive-oil crackers. I always thought I could never get tired of Mt. Tam, and lately — having much greater access to cousin Sue — I’ve been testing that theory and have found so far that I’m right.
McEvoy Farms Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I love how light, yet rich and complex is this olive oil, which has strong green undertones that connect well with fresh herbs. I’ve been lucky enough to see and smell the olive trees lining the gorgeous, rolling hills of the McEvoy Ranch just north of San Francisco, and I’m angling for a tour of the place when springtime is in full swing. I’ll keep you posted.
Béquet Sea Salt Caramels. The Farm Fresh to You store sells these (along with other drool-inducing impulse buys) in bins for 50 cents apiece at the checkout counter. Don’t miss the Celtic Sea Salt and Salt Chocolate caramel chews — silken, buttery caramels punctuated with bursts of salty crunch. The seductive texture and flavor combination will forever make unsalted caramel seem so blah.
Tartlettes from Frog Hollow Farm. Fruit as at the heart of everything Frog Hollow Farm does, and fresh seasonal preserves go into these light, tart, sweet fresh-baked pastries. These tartlettes are pretty ideal at any time of the day — for breakfast with coffee, for dessert with crème fraîche, or at wine tastings topped with a slice of Mt. Tam cheese (above).