Archive for August, 2012

My friends Mary, Danielle, Julie and I snapped up the Edible Excursions Groupon for a SF Ferry Plaza food tour without hesitation.  So glad we did!  After fretting over whether or not our shoes would be comfortable enough and our jackets warm enough, we were ready for our trip to the City.  In a way, I think we all felt pretty cool to be embarking on a food tour of what is one of the most famous food emporiums in the world.

First stop before the tour started:  Blue Bottle Coffee.  I am not a coffee drinker but I love Blue Bottle decaf lattes.  Must be the light roast.  And, the cute logo (wink!).

After meeting our tour guide Quin, a young writer originally from the east coast, we ventured out to the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market and stopped to meet Farmer Al from Frog Hollow Farm.  We had to know his secret after tasting the most delicious peach on the planet.  He shared it willingly:  pick the fruit when it is ripe, not a minute before that.  But, what if they don’t sell all the fruit that day?  No problem, Mrs. Farmer Al will whip up some delectable fruit tarts!  They are sold inside at the Frog Hollow store.  We were expecting nibbles during the tour, so were quite (happily) shocked when Quin produced magic – heavenly warm peach tarts.  One for each.  No need to continue the tour, we were more than satisfied.

But, on we continued.  Didn’t think anything could match our delight at Frog Hollow Farm.  But, the fun continued.  Oh, delicious Acme bread with Cowgirl Creamery cheese.  Is there anything better than a baguette and cheese?

There were many stops on this tour.  Eleven in all.

Frog Hollow Farm – that divine peach tart

Happy Girl Kitchen – fresh jam and pickles

Acme Bread – fresh from the oven baguette

Cowgirl Creamery – award winning triple cream cheese

Out the Door – spring rolls from the famous chef of the Slanted Door, Charles Phan

Prather Ranch Meat Company – chili made from humanely raised beef

Boccalone Salumeria – meat cones (more later)

Scharffen Berger- chocolate

Recchiuti Confections – more chocolate

Mariposa Baking Co. – gluten free empanadas

Miette – macarons

Here are the meat cones.  We had never heard of meat cones before.  I must admit that we approached the Boccalone Salumeria with some hesitation after learning that we would be served meat cones there.

We skipped to Miette.  No hesitation at all!  We were treated to macarons there.

Our plans for lunch after the tour went out the window about two stops into the tour.  What a fun, delicious day!


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Summer Berry Mocktail

Don your summer whites and aviator shades, and stir up this little mocktail.  You will be set for a charming summer afternoon on the patio.

Summer Berry Cooler   adapted from Williams-Sonoma

1 pint blackberries

1 pint blueberries

1/4 cup fresh mint, coarsely chopped

1 cup simple syrup (see note below)

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice


4 cups club soda

In a pitcher, muddle berries and mint. Add simple syrup and lemon juice and stir to combine. Fill pitcher three-quarters full with ice and top with club soda. Serve at once in individual glasses. Serves 3 to 4.

Note: To make the simple syrup, in a small saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar, about 3 minutes. Let cool. Refrigerate overnight. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Makes 1 1/2 cups.

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