Hi all– When we travel to new places, I’m happy to admit I’m a real tourist– love those museums, monuments, scenic views… But the place I really love to tuck into is a grocery shop! As much as I adore the Louvre, it feels like you get a better idea daily Parisian life wandering into the cheese shops and bakeries of the Marais. All that glorious food.
And trips to visit kids in San Francisco are usually peppered with stops for food. Here’s my SF “faves.”
Small and bright, a fixture in SanFrancisco, Bi Rite Market is a wonderland of beautiful food. Their annexes across the street include a shop scooping out house made ice cream (roasted banana–exquisite!) and an event space with all kinds of cooking workshops. The friendly lady in the bottom left photo, is sharing free citrus salad samples. yum.
We’ve spent a couple of bountiful mornings at the Farmers Market scattered all around the Ferry Building– Booth after booth of luscious produce and if you duck inside the Ferry Building itself, you can tuck some Cowgirl Creamery cheeses and Acme bread into your shopping bag.
If If you’re loading up for a friendly little picnic lunch– at the park or even at home sitting around the coffee table, Salumeria is chock full of treats for just that kind of meal– beautiful cheese, sliced meats, fruity flavored mustards, homemade preserves. You can order take out sandwiches or eat them there on the patio.
This winter in the Mission, we wandered by the Local Mission Market. I just had to peek in and found the most beautifully curated grocery shop ever. Exceptional produce, study bread, a mix your own vinegar counter that looked a bit like a chemists shop. Every little jar was tidily labeled. So stylish!
Food glorious food– Writing this us is making me want to grab by grocery list and set out to shop…