Sunday, January 29, 2006

The Ferry Building: San Francisco Food Emporium

meyer lemon tart from Frog Hollow Farm

Where to begin? The Ferry Building, at the end of Market St, facing the East Bay, was one of few city buildings to survive the earthquake of 1906 (we know this because of the excellent exhibit of photos of the quake's aftermath at the SFMoma). Now, it houses a treasure trove of food shops, from chocolate to cheese to seafood to caviar to mushrooms and more. On Saturdays, the bounty expands exponentially with an outdoor farmer's market added to the mix--fresh produce from nearby farms, as well as homemade butter, canned vegetables, heirloom honeys, freshmade yogurt--it's truly ridiculous. We marvelled, we sampled, we feasted.

myriad mushrooms from Far West Fungi

watermelon radishes, slightly less spicy than regular ones

extremely large endive?

many meyer lemons

one dollar, one oyster coming up


Jessica said...

Man, if only we could get a mushroom vendor that good at the H'wood market. Then I could properly dig into all those Suzanne Goin wild 'shroom recipes! The large endive BTW are radicchio di Treviso, a wondefully versatile vegetable.

Glad the indirect dim sum reco worked out, too. :)

cookiecrumb said...

Boy, you did your trip to SF *right*!! Good timing, for Chinese New Year, and good eating. Well done.

Rorie said...

Looks like you had a swell time - I want one of those tarts!

Jennifer said...

Drool...I am so jealous! I miss SF so much! What great photos and Cookie Crumb is right--great timing and great picks.

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