Thursday, October 15, 2009

San Francisco - Day 2 (Part 2)

The Mission district is an eclectic neighbourhood, and still has marks of the Spanish/Mexican influences of the past. The district has heaps of taquerias (taco shops) scattered around the place. About a block away from Tartine, there's a little place called El Toro Tacqueria that I had been told serves very good authentic Mexican food. That's right, tacos that taste nothing like the Old El Paso stuff.

I only had one taco - I had more food adventures for the rest of the day and needed to reserve room in my stomach!

Morning Tea: El Toro Tacqueria
598 Valencia @ 17th St San Francisco
Simple, authentic Mexican, a must try!

A taco with Carnitas (slow roasted pork) with a side of corn chips
The pork meat was delicious, and the salsa was so fresh and tangy.

For more morning tea adventures, we hopped back on a Muni to the Ferry Building. We arrived and to my delight some Farmers' Markets were on outside the Ferry Building. I wished I was staying longer in SF and not in a hotel, so I could buy some fresh produce and actually cook something. Maybe something to do for next time? :)

The Ferry Building is filled with specialty food shops - bread, cheese, delis, patisseries - to name a few. There was a shop that specialised in just mushrooms; it was fascinating to see the different kinds of mushrooms - I had never seen lobster mushrooms before!

But we really only had one destination in mind, a sweet little patisserie called miette.

Morning tea 2: miette
Ferry Building Marketplace, Shop 10, San Francisco CA 94111
This kind of shop makes me giddy with happiness. Is it being around so much sugar? Looking for beautifully crafted cakes, sweets and tarts, this is one place you can't not visit in SF.

I bought some macarons, but the little treat that I indulged in straight away was a vanilla bean panna cotta.

Vanilla panna cotta
It was served in an adorable little jar, with finely diced strawberries on top.
Deliciously smooth and sweet offset by the slight sourness of the strawberries.

After this sweet treat, we headed to Ghirardelli Square for a cupcake treat (yes, another sweet treat!)

Morning tea 3: Kara's Cupcakes
Ghiradelli Square, Plaza Level, 900 North Point, San Francisco, California 94109
A lovely little cupcake store with cupcake flavours such as fleur de sel, chocolate velvet and peanut butter milk chocolate. I opted for a Meyer lemon cupcake, and it had a scoop of lemon curd inside the cupcake. I love anything lemony...

Lunch: Boudin Bakery at Fisherman's Wharf
160 Jefferson St. San Francisco, CA 94133
San Francisco is apparently the home of sourdough. Each loaf of Boudin's sourdough is supposedly started with a portion of the mother dough. The Boudin Bakery was established in 1849, so I was looking forward to trying some of their sourdough.

At their Fisherman's Wharf branch, they actually have a Boudin museum, but it was closed when we were there :(

Crab Cake Sandwich
I guess it's a SF specialty? But I wish they had more crabcakes here in Sydney, these were full of crabmeat and were perfect in lovely airy sourdough, toasted.
Clam Chowder in Sourdough Bread Bowl
We devoured this dish. Not so much clam, and more cream, but it was cool outside, and this warmed us up quite nicely.

After this was a trip to Alcatraz, so we did get some sightseeing done!

Next post: Some fine dining on our last night in SF.

San Francisco Trip so far:
San Francisco Day 1
San Francisco Day 2 (Part 1)

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