Sunday 3 October 2010

San Francisco Ferry Market

Davis is quite a tiny place, so we couldn't help but feel a little claustrophobic after 3 weeks without leaving. It was definitely time to venture out. After much deliberation, we decided to pay the extortionate $50 return train fare to San Francisco and get a taste of the land of the hippies. We probably covered about 1% of San Francisco as all 3 of us were new to the city and we didn't have a very detailed plan... but we still had a great day!

The first place we went to was the San Francisco Ferry Market. The food ranged from multi-tonal tomatoes to smoked salmon sticks, lavender salt to pink pomegranate... goats cheese and molasses dip to watermelon radishes... oh the list goes on! It was the perfect place to play with my new toy (my brand new Canon, my baby!) and here is a preview of what we experienced...

Fresh dates - the first time I have ever seen them!

The sheer volume and variety of the fresh produce available was overwhelming. There were so many wonderful bright colours shouting out with freshness and deliciousness. We ate so many samples that we managed to keep our palates and appetite happy for the rest of the day (well, until we reached The Cheesecake Factory at 4pm...)!

The Peruvian guy selling the goats cheese dips

Goats cheese, molasses and brown sugar dip

After the market we strolled around Haight Street for a while then shopped 'til we dropped.

We were warned about the service at The Cheesecake Factory but decided that we had to check it out for ourselves. I went for the Carlton Salad - romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, feta cheese, avocado, dried cranberries, pears, fresh orange and pecans tossed with vinaigrette. It was good, but not amazing and the service was pretty horrific! We had a cheesecake too, of course. Again, it was average. But hey, we've tried it now!

Carlton Salad at The Cheesecake Factory


  1. OooH - this is wonderful. I shall be in San Francisco for 3 weeks at the end of this month. WIll be keeping an eagle eye on where to go for good food ! WHat are you doing in Davis? Peter (Dad's friend!)

  2. I am on a study abroad year at UC Davis. Please let me know if you find anywhere really good to eat!

  3. Better still, if you are in town, let's meet up and I will invite you to a day exploring food outlets in San Frnacisco.

    I remember Dim Sum (served at lunchtime ONLY in town!) and I am going back to Chez Panisse (I last went there 100 years ago, driven there by my great Aunt in a Ford Mustang (Oh, did I say she was 91 at the time!)

    I will leave you my landline number once I know it and would be delightedf to hear from you


  4. Everybody loves farmer market at ferry building. :)


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