Friday, June 14, 2013
a rainbow of carrots, beautiful artichokes with their little bits of purple, and then clusters of antique backyard roses were had me smiling and then we found an aisle dedicated to baked goods! While the Marin farmers market is pretty terrific SF markets are still my favorite, even though they're much smaller.
Yone Bead Store. I kept picking it up to admire it and they even let me take it outside for a photo. Hermon (90 year old storekeeper) told me that the people use to collect stones that naturally had a hole through the center or carve stones with hand tools and string them together and sell them to tourists many years ago. I have a feeling Hermon doesn't really want to sell this as it's valued much more than my first car and rests behind glass like a coiled snake.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
food cart roundup. It's still been on the cooler side, but that didn't keep us away from all the tasty food and Golden Gate views. I'm hooked on the pork belly with turmeric pickled daikon, and green shiso on a steamed bun from The Chairman. I decided to go ahead and try the coca-cola braised pork with cabbage, mustard seeds, and kewpie mayo (on the left). So GOOD! Cold weather never slows the long lines at a few favorite ice cream shops and the same is true for this beloved popsicle shop named Fat Face with a little pink pink logo. Well, this avocado and kefir lime pop is one of the best... and a huge reason I invested in an ice cream machine. I have fond memories of eating a few of these over a short visit to Sacramento last summer (where Fat Face is based) while visiting with Portland friends, Emily and Adam, that came down on a summer road trip to see Emily's dreamy embroidered art show that was up in Sac town. They are both incredible artists and wildly inspiring and kind people, their websites are linked above. Chowing on these pops lets me relive a little of that summer again with some of the best food, cooling off at the river, thrift stores scavenging and the best company of course. :)
the House of Days captures atmospheric change with photos and captures my heart every time I pass it. The sky was clear and a walk along the water at sunset, bundled up against the cold bay air was the perfect way to end the day. 'Passed another abandoned mattress masquerading as an island of flowers and I'm starting to thing mattress floral patterns are the best.
Friday, June 7, 2013
Off the Grid: Fort Mason with a new favorite from The Chairman Truck. I'd heard rave reviews about this traditional Taiwanese snack. I ordered the tender pork belly with turmeric pickled daikon and green shiso on a steamed bun... it was incredible.
Flora Grubb Nursery is always like a mini vacation. I brought the little persimmon cactus dish home. The orange vessel is by Steel Life out of Oregon and the purple/blue ceramic dish is one of my favorites by Judy Jackson, in Brooklyn. This cream heated outdoor bench is a new addition and perfect for cool nights. On my way out I spotted a tiny tillandsia (air plant) nestled into an orchid blossom, genius.
SF Ferry Building Farmers Market is incredible right now with poppies, lilacs, artichokes, kumquats, and avocados piled high. Even the sidewalks are at capacity with wildflowers popping up through the earth and grass. I'm still stopping in at Boulette's Larder for a little window shopping, especially when the lemon tart (top photo) is in.
Erica Tanov with coffee in hand until they opened, but once they did I'm pretty sure I looked at everything in the store a few times before parting. The image on the right is a detail of a tall (15ft) wall section that they covered in these flat metal discs.
Marin Mart Farmers Market including a docile donkey named Pepper and a little duck that I wanted to put in my pocket. When I see the stag horn ferns by the mailbox I think, only in Marin. There are a few great shops here and then the farmers market vendors on Saturday and then food carts on Sunday. I love this giant "B" on the side of the building.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Doughnut Dollys filled to order donuts. We split a lemon creme and Mexican spiced chocolate. Talked with a local gardener and walked around streets overflowing with jasmine flowers in bloom. It was misty with a little rain earlier and it made the views of the east bay even more dreamlike. I lived in Oakland for a short stint and it's special charm is something that I miss from time to time, especially when I see zebras grazing under a highway overpass or one of hundreds of Rothko like walls as people paint over patches of graffiti.