Monday, July 28, 2008
Ferry Building Marketplace, San Francisco
Last time I was out in San Fran, I tried to go to the famous Ferry Building Market but it was closing - at 6 pm on a Saturday! This time we head there in the morning to make sure. The Ferry Building Market calls itself a "people's marketplace," but it sure isn't like most of the city markets I've been to, Reading Terminal Market (Philadelphia) or Lexington Market (Baltimore) or the Marche Jean Talon (Montreal). Don't expect to do your daily shopping here - the Ferry Building is gourmet, gourmet, gourmet.
We did a turn through the market surveying the culinary delights - mushrooms at Far West Fungi, meats at Boccalone salumeria, the happy dungeness crabs at Ferry Plaza Seafood, and the lovely pastries at Miette. I had wanted to grab breakfast at Boulette's Larder, but we just missed the 10:30 am cutoff.
At Lulu Petite we got a Baked Egg and Sausage sandwich with Fontina Cheese, and Lulu's Twice Baked Brioche with Meyer Lemon Marmalade, Mascarpone Cheese and Lavender Honey.
At I Preferiti di Boriana, we got this Italian version of redneckhunter's beloved malasada.
Then to take with us for later, we bought bread at Acme Bread Company and a sampler of cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery. I can't remember what all 3 were, but the creamy Mt. Tam was divine!