San Francisco Through My Foodie Eyes

San Francisco

San Francisco

I don’t really know how to tell you this other than to blurt it out. Here goes (deep breath)… until last weekend I’d never been to California. Okay, that’s a little bit untrue – I did spend one night in Los Angeles in 2000 but it was dark I promise I didn’t really see anything.

Luckily, my California drought ended last weekend when I spent three whole days – well, two of those included travel – in San Francisco for the BlogHer Food conference, and I have to say I’m smitten all around. First of all, I loved the food bloggers I met and spent time with. They were so friendly and warm that I just had the best time getting to know everyone.

But aside from the bloggers, I was also a little smitten with San Francisco itself. This was especially true when I returned home to Chicago and as I walked down my street the cold lake wind blew through my fleece. I had a sudden flash-forward to doing the same walk in January with wind chills in the negatives and suddenly wanted nothing more than to go back to San Francisco.

Hey – anyone out there have a job available??? Just asking.

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(Look what they had to put under the fire truck’s wheels? You’d never see that in Chicago.)

Oh, but do you think they could do something about those hills? My sad mid-western legs didn’t care for them.

I won’t get too much into the conference as there are so many other bloggers (see below) who have captured everything so wonderfully, including inspiring sessions and fabulous after party complete with a kick-ass gift bag! So loving Scharffen Berger and Chef’s Catalog right now.

BlogHer SF00012 Yummy Rocco DiSpiritoMe and Rocco Dispirito!

Instead I want to show pictures from the small parts of San Francisco I was able to visit. First, my favorite place: the Ferry Building (AKA a foodie paradise):

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Ferry Building SF00022 Truffles Ferry Building SF00021 Rancho Gordo Beans

Ferry Building SF00023 Pretty Vase Ferry Building SF00024 Heirloom tomatoes

The Slanted Door (in Ferry Building) – the best meal I’ve had in 6 months!

Slanted Door SF0002 Drink of guy sitting next to me, hand-crafted ice cube Slanted Door SF0003

Slanted Door SF0004 Oranges Slanted Door SF0005 raw bar

China Town – they have live fish!!! And a great store: The Wok Shop

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China Town SF00027 Diane from China Town SF00028 The Wok

Tartine, a wonderful French bakery in the Mission!

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Tartine SF00017 Tartine SF00018 Quiche

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Blog Posts:

In Erika’s Kitchen

The Mushroom Channel, with a special thanks for inviting me to their party!

Spoon & Chair – Diane’s blog (pictured above at The Wok Shop)

Cook 4 Seasons

Natanya Anderson

San Francisco Links:

Ferry Building: 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111 (415-983-8007)

The Slanted Door: 1 Ferry Building #3, San Francisco, CA 94111 (415-861-8032)

Tartine Bakery & Cafe: 600 Guerrero Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 (415-487-2600)

The Wok Shop: 718 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108 (415-989-3797; 888-780-7171)

  • tracy posted: 01 Oct at 12:45 am

    you hit two of my favorite places!!! slanted door & tartine! you did it right! Did you get the lemon ginger cocktail (i forgot what’s in it) at the slanted door?

    what a great picture with Rocco- and yes you captured the frozen meal in it’s glory ;)

    When I finally make it to chicago, maybe you can give me a few pointers!

  • Anali posted: 01 Oct at 9:39 am

    Hey Jackie! It was great meeting you. Love the write-up and your beautiful pictures. I still have so much to weed through. It will take me weeks to do all the posts that I have in mind. : )

  • Cook4Seasons posted: 01 Oct at 11:54 am

    Great pictures of a great time! Thanks for the link, too.

  • maris posted: 01 Oct at 11:13 pm

    Great post!I I wish I made it to eat at Slanted Door – sounds yummy!

  • Esme posted: 02 Oct at 12:06 am

    Jackie thanks for stopping by-we go to the Slanted Door, Tartine and Ferry Marketplace every time we go to SF. We have never been able to get rsvp at The Slanted Door. Shoud you return you should try Dottie’s Cafe for breakfast-it is in the mission district (interesting morning ambience) but worth it.

    I envy you going to Blog Her.

  • laura posted: 02 Oct at 12:30 am

    OH man the Wok Shop! I loved that store dropped a pretty penny there, I think?!? Nice recap! Thanks for stopping by. Laura The Queen of All

  • Erika Kerekes posted: 02 Oct at 9:34 am

    I’m so sad I had to drive home and didn’t get to hang at the Ferry Building with you! Oh well, next time. And when you come to LA in the dead of Chicago winter, I’ll take you around to my favorite spots here…there are many!

  • The Diva on a Diet posted: 02 Oct at 12:17 pm

    Its hard not to be smitten with SF, such a magical place, indeed! I have GOT to get to The Slanted Door and Tartine on my next trip. Have been there 3 times now and both are still on my to-do list! Loved your recap here and the pics are great. Didn’t you just love the Ferry Building?!

  • Kalyn posted: 03 Oct at 11:11 am

    Sounds like you had a fun trip! I need to add Slanted Door to my “must eat” places in San Francisco!

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