Sunday, June 18, 2006

San Francisco: a foodie playground in the Ferry Building

On the Embarcadero in San Francisco, a place called the Ferry Building holds what is basically a mall for foodies. I was just giddy in there. The only thing that's a chain, as far as I know, is a Sur La Table store. Wait, no, there's a Peet's Coffee. Other than that, though, I think it's all local stuff.

Speaking of Sur La Table ... you know how in some retail establishments, there are employees assigned to follow potential shoplifters around the store? In Sur La Table, we were definitely being followed. I have no idea why she decided we were shifty-looking. We didn't even have big bags or bulky coats or anything we could possibly stuff things in, so I don't know what that was about. But everywhere we went, this one employee hovered. (If anything, it just dissuaded me from giving them any of my money.)

But I digress. The Ferry Building features a cheese shop, several bakeries and a place selling mushrooms and truffle oil, just to name a few. Most importantly to me, though, it's also the home of Recchiuti Confections, which got a shout-out in CHOW magazine's "best chocolate" feature in its holiday issue (right before it went on "hiatus" -- sniffle). We sampled their rose caramel and their Star Anise and Pink Peppercorn chocolate, both superb. But their burnt caramel sauce was, hands down, the most amazing caramel sauce I've ever tasted. We bought a jar, but I'll almost hate to relegate it to the job of adorning some other dessert. I could just eat this stuff with a spoon right out of the jar.

You'll also find an antique store devoted entirely to food-related items:

I eyed a beautiful set of antique aperitif glasses, then almost fainted when I looked at the price tag. Oh my. Anyway, it was fun to look.

Some other Ferry Building sights:


Blogger Sarah said...

Speaking of CHOW, I just got a postcard announcing that they've been bought out and won't be publishing a print magazine anymore, just the website. We subscribers will now receive Intermezzo instead, which I've never heard of but sounds like not my thing. Grrrr.

1:32 AM  
Blogger tara said...

I know! Intermezzo sounds like exactly the sort of food mag CHOW was supposed to be a reaction to -- lovely food for lovely people with lovely homes and lovely incomes and lovely wine cellars and lovely vacations. CHOW was entirely appropriate for this 30-year-old unglamorous apartment dweller ("unglamorous" here modifies both the 30-year-old and the apartment) who happens to be passionate about food, and I loved that. I'm very sad to see it go. I hope CNET takes good care of it in its new Internet-only incarnation.

9:07 PM  

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