The ‘Flavours’ of San Francisco

14 10 2012

San Francisco.  There’s a certain mystique about the city.  When you think about the city quickly, it’s a flurry of sights that go through your mind:  Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Pier 39, Ghiradelli Square, etc.  Sometimes it feels like you could experience the city just by flipping through one of those ‘best sites of’ postcard books.

But it’s so different when you’re actually in the city.  When you think about the city, you think of the highlights.  But when you are walking the streets of the city, that’s when you realize that San Francisco is more about the city’s flavour – and not necessarily the notable attractions.

One of the very best places that you can discover the flavour of San Francisco is at The Ferry Building at the Embarcadero.  Yes – it is full of very tasty treats and boutique food stores, but it is more than that.  The Ferry Building is packed full of local restaurants and vendors (especially on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays).

All I can say is……YUM.  A few of my favourites:


The first thing I saw was a sign that said, ‘tasty salted pig parts’.  To some that may not be appealing, but to a bacon-lover such as myself, I couldn’t pass up their ‘Salumi Cone’ which had a selection of their salumi to sample.

Tasty Salted Pig Parts


Cowgirl Creamery:

Poached egg with cheese polenta for breakfast.  It was like a savoury oatmeal, and the perfect breakfast.  And for dessert (a little bit later), Earl Grey and Chocolate panna cotta.  The Earl Grey was light and creamy and was infused with a hint of the earl grey.  The Chocolate was an intense, rich, dark chocolate flavour and a much thicker custard, but just as good.

Hog Island Oyster Bar:

I can’t think of anything better than having dinner on a patio, watching the sunset, sipping white wine and eating tasty, salty, briny oysters.  The recommended oysters while we were there – kumamoto and extra smalls.  The clams, mussels and grilled cheese sandwich were also perfect.

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market:

If you can make it to the Ferry Building on a farmer’s market day – it is definitely worth it.  One – you can browse the stalls trying little morsels of fruit.  But on Saturday, when the farmer’s market extends to the back of the building, that’s when I found the perfect sandwich.  I can’t remember the name of the vendor, but it was an open-faced smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwich, with lemon slices, tomato and capers.

There’s only so much you can taste in one trip…guess I’ll have to make my way back soon!









2 responses

14 10 2012

I went to San Francisco a few years ago. The trip was quick so I didn’t have too much time to take everything in, but I enjoyed what I got to do. The next time I’m out that way, I’ll know where to eat! Thanks.

16 10 2012

It almost takes a few trips to start taking everything in – but there is so much good food! Enjoy!

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