Oh kids. Buckle up for an insane post. I have been to the promise land (San Francisco) and the food is good!
Why did I go to San Francisco? Well, normally I wouldn’t go out of town once during a semester let alone twice, two weeks in a row. Last week, after coming back from Chicago, I made the decision to go to SF this weekend. My law school friend Chrissy has been living in SF externing and my college roommate and treat soul mate Carolyn was also going to be in town to run the Nike Women’s 1/2 Marathon. When another friend agreed to carpool it became clear that this trip was meant to be.
I drove up Friday, checked in with friends in Berkeley and went to a pot luck in the city. It was an awesome night and there are no photos.
Except this one:
Saturday, however, I made up for it. Chrissy and Kelly brought me to the San Francisco Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building.
It was love at first sight.
I even tried a new variety of apple: Hawaiian apples! It was sweet and crisp. In addition to the regular farm stand items they also had prepared food and the venders inside the Ferry Building.
Chrissy started me off with what was probably the greatest thing I’d ever eaten (Note that I said that statement a lot yesterday).
The first item we ripped into at 10:30 was this amahzing Porchetta sandwich with arugula from Roli Roti. The three of us split the sandwich and it was far and away the best pork sandwich I’ve ever consumed.
Crunchy, saucy, spicy perfection. We all split it and it was so so so so amazing. I would have this weekly if I lived nearby.
Then we moved to another stand, El Porteno.
First we got an empanada. I chose cheese and caramelized onion and again, we split it.
Again, cheesy perfection. I loved it and couldn’t get enough.
Chrissy they said that the dolce de leche cookie looked really good and maybe we should split it. This is why I’m friends with Chrissy. Obviously.
This was a delicious buttery cookie with dolce de leche caramel in the middle. It was as good as it looks.
Once inside I made sure to make a pit stop at Blue Bottle Coffee.
I’ve had this place on my radar for a while and, as a coffee aficionado, I couldn’t wait to check it out. The wait was long but I knew I had to try this coffee so I persevered and stayed in line. It was so worth it.
Smoothest latte of my life. Love this and if I lived in San Francisco I would probably quit Starbucks and Coffee Bean cold turkey and only drink this. I know that is an extreme statement but it’s true!
After the Farmer’s Market I said goodbye to Chrissy and Kelly for a while and I went on a walk through San Francisco to meet Carolyn at, where else, a bakery.
When I travel I really like to wander the city I’m, absorb the spirit and stumble upon new things. The walk to the bakery was three miles so I got to see a lot of the city everything from the Mission to city hall to the tenderloin which is famous for crime, drug use, and Hastings law school.
City Hall. This building reminded me of Milk and made me want to run for office so badly it’s not even funny.
Trees near city hall.
Houses in the Mission.
After a long walk I made it to my destination, Tartine Bakery.
Tartine came heavily recommended from several people and Carolyn had already made one trip there so I knew I was in for some delicious eats.
I hopped in line and salivated at everything in the case.
Carolyn had already warned me about the croque monsieur and I knew that in addition to treats I HAD to order it.
I was not disappointed.
This may be one of the best things I’ve ever had to eat. A bold proclamation but I feel confident making it.
This sandwich is an open face sandwich with béchamel, gruyere, thyme and pepper. I want another right now so badly.
Oh, and it was topped with heirloom tomatoes.
Carolyn soon joined me and we ate our treats.
First I had a chocolate walnut cookie. Obviously, it was delicious.
We also got some delicious macaroons.
How adorable is it?
We decided, however, to take the treat up another notch.
Clearly, Carolyn and I sniffed out soft serve ice cream like a couple of bloodhounds. It was from Bi-Rite creamery across the street from Tartine.
This is good.
Is even better.
We sat down in Dolores Park, got a second hand weed high and ate our treats.
After treats we stumbled upon $2.50 sangria, had a drink and then made our way back to Chrissy and Kelly’s for dinner.
But first we had a friend photo shoot.
I love everything about this.
Then we went to Slanted Door for appetizer and drinks with Chrissy and Kelly…
And Osha for a pre race dinner for Carolyn. We had Thai food. I enjoyed dinner, my friends and was too busy having fun to take pictures. Even though there aren’t words I promise it was delicious. After dinner I said bye to Carolyn, foam rolled my legs.
Chrissy and I took her dog Penny on a long walk through Chinatown to North Beach, areas of the city I hadn’t seen. On the way home we were part of a police chase! You can read about our police chase here. Literally, we were standing on a corner one moment and behind a police line the next!
This morning I woke up and had to leave pretty early. I took one final spin through the Ferry Building this morning. I helped myself to another Blue Bottle Coffee and went to Il Can Rosso for breakfast.
I almost never order eggs but something told me to get the slow scrambled eggs with crescenza, chives, and garlic crostini.
I know, I know I keep saying this but these eggs are the best eggs I’ve ever had. They were drippy, cheesy and chivey plus the bread was fantastically toasted and added a bit of crunch.
Looking at this picture, all I want to do is lick my computer screen.
I had no problems polishing this off.
And with that my first trip to San Francisco was a wrap! I wish I could have stayed longer and seen more but it was a great first trip to San Francisco. I foresee many more trips north in my future. I’m off to face plant in my bed because I have to go back to school tomorrow. All good things, like all good dishes, have to come to an end.