Saturday comes around, and Angel and I were kind of slow getting up. While in San Francisco, we realized how out of shape we really are. All that walking wears you out! We did manage to get to the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market fairly early, however. We got some awesome dark artwork of kitties and skeletons from an artist named Anna on our walk from the BART system to the Ferry Building.
The San Francisco Farmer’s Market was THE BEST farmer’s market I’ve been to yet. The produce was AMAZING!! Just look at all these different bell peppers!
It was hard to quell my knee-jerk reaction to buy great looking food. I have never seen bitter melon like this before! The ones that I have seen are much less “knobby”.
This farmer’s market was HUGE. On our way to the other side of the market, they had food vendors serving breakfast.
Even though it was breakfast time, we saw this:
The wait for one of these porchetta sandwiches was about 15 minutes! We were hungry, but as I always say, if there’s a line, it’s GOT to be good! We had reservations at Maverick’s for lunch, but we were hungry so we had to split one. I still dream about this sandwich:
A porchetta sandwich as defined by Wikipedia, “is a savory, fatty, and moist boneless pork roast of Italian culinary tradition. The body of the pig is gutted, deboned, arranged carefully with layers of stuffing, meat, fat, and skin, then rolled, spitted, and roasted, traditionally over wood.” This wasn’t cooked over wood, but the crispy skin is to die for. it’s like a thick mega-crispy potato chip in the middle of your sandwich. If you’ve never had one of these, man, you’re missing out. The company serving them is called Roli Roti, and they are superb with this sandwich.
Now that we were satiated for the time being, back to more farmers market perusing.
I love brussel sprouts.
More miscellaneous produce…
This lemonade was awesome too. Not too sweet, not too tart – just perfect!
I absolutely love that musicians are out there jammin’ all the time and enjoying themselves. This morning was, by far, the best morning of our trip. There was so much to see!
We saw all there was to see at the market, and finally made our way down to Maverick’s. I was dead set on the fried chicken. I have heard that it has some of the best fried chicken, so I had to check it out. I was disappointed to find out that they were only serving brunch this Saturday morning! The menu looked great, so I decided on the eggs Benedict with jalapeño and andouille sausage hollandaise,
and Angel got the pork belly with a crepe loaded with herbs, black beans, crème fraiche topped with tortilla strips.
This was probably the best breakfast food we had in San Francisco. YUM! The eggs Benedict was delicious, and had the most perfect poached eggs I’ve ever had! Angel and I had never had pork belly before, but this was awesome.
Haight and Ashbury was next on our list, so keeping with the theme of walking our asses off, we hoofed it.
Through the hills, and up the streets we walked, and we knew when we had arrived at Haight & Ashbury. This was Angel and I’s type of street.
It was great, the shops were great.
I refrained from buying a sweet jacket from one of the shops. I’m regretting that now! It was vampiric and beautiful.
Before we knew it, it was time to head back to our hotel and get ready for Wayfare Tavern.
This is the restaurant of Food Network celebrity chef, Tyler Florence, so naturally, my food network crazed self had to check it out.
I had the Grilled Santa Maria Tri-Tip Steak with slow roasted heirloom onions, truffle butter and crisp Kennebec potatoes:
I can’t resist truffles, so I had to also order the potato purée with shaved truffles:
Angel ordered the Organic Fried Chicken, prepared with buttermilk brine, roasted garlic, crisp woody herbs, and lemon.
He can’t resist macaroni and cheese, and they had a baked macaroni and cheese that words just can’t describe.
For dessert, we tried the Spiced Pumpkin Pudding Cake with Inverness blue cheese, poached grapes, and toasted walnuts.
The dessert was to die for. Hell, the whole entire meal was to die for! The truffles were great, though I wish they had a stronger flavor. Angel’s fried chicken ended up being the best fried chicken that I have ever had! The flavors of thyme and lemon were all through the chicken and were absolutely lovely! The macaroni and cheese was a bowl of creamy, rich, and cheesy goodness, and the pumpkin pudding cake was the perfect end to a fall inspired menu.
We got back to the hotel and relaxed for the rest of the evening. I did bring a souvenir back from one of the Haight street shops – I’ve always wanted a tutu!
To Be Continued…
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