By: Revanche

Visiting the Embarcadero, SF

March 13, 2013


The Ferry Building is one of my favorite places to share with people. It is a tourist-traffic heavy location which isn’t usually my cup of tea but here that’s part of the fun; there’s usually some sort of performance artist(s) out front and the vendor stalls are always fresh, bright and stocked. The poorly lit photos here are down to my impromptu photography.

It’s best enjoyed at a slow meander, picking up a chip of chocolate or a taste of bread dipped in different flavors of olive oil, checking out the cheeses, desserts and fresh oysters on offer.


Food trucks line the pierside, produce and flower stalls interlock the front and back side of the Building.

The piles of fresh produce are positively enticing. Those vendors are no fools: plenty of fresh citrus wedges and apple slices were available for sampling. Even at those prices I still have to talk myself out of spending upwards of $4/lb for a bag of fruit or vegetables. They look so pretty. (Though microgreens for $24/lb? Really?)

There were canning jars that looked like a good deal at $3/jar. They’d be perfect for making ahead two-serving apple pies. If it weren’t for the thought of trying to take them home on BART without breaking them, they would have been mine.

Also, the flowers are so bright and cheerful, nestled in their big bundles, I was thistempted to buy the five bundles for $25 of tulips. Again, not being in the mood to schlep them home was pretty much my saving grace. Otherwise: flowers, jars, random veggies I’m not sure how to cook, even more chocolate…




Edit:  I did go back this week to blow $100 on gifts. California honey,3 boxes of made in SF by a small business chocolates, apple butter, and a chunk of triple creme cheese. Just needs some bread and crackers to make a really good picnic. Except I can’t keep it. Drat.

7 Responses to “Visiting the Embarcadero, SF”

  1. StackingCash says:

    I love the market at the Ferry Building! Got some chicharrones that melt in your mouth from 4505 Meats and the salami cone from Boccalone. I want to go back…

    • Revanche says:

      THE SALAMI CONE. That is one of my absolute favorite treats! I have to refrain from getting one every single time I go otherwise I’d be composed of salami inside.

  2. Ms. S says:

    This looks like my kind of place! Maybe I will have to come back to SF after all. 🙂

  3. Jenny B. says:

    The Ferry Building, especially when there’s the Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, is one of my favorite places to stop for a quick bite to eat and then do some people watching and window shopping. When I saw your tweet about the salami cone, I knew I had to pop in to see if I could catch a glimpse of that. I’ve only sampled a bite or two (grabbed a few bites from Shane’s cone) but it sounds like I will have to get my own next time!

    Hmm I don’t have any plans for Saturday yet, maybe a trip is due!

    • Revanche says:

      Hey, I don’t think I realized you were local! I must have a salami cone photo somewhere, if I do, I will post it!

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