Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Farmshop is one of my favorite spots in Marin. This place is gorgeous, I've been in a handful of times and I still swoon over the details.
I always swoon over the details at Farm Shop and it just doesn't get old. I just love this place and the food is just as breathtaking.
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Saturday, December 28, 2013
Monday, December 23, 2013
I've wanted to enter a pie contest for a few years now and this was the year. Contestants were asked to highlight a seasonal ingredient from the Ferry Building Farmers Market and I decided on plums. That's why I carried home a few pounds about a week earlier. I had a starting recipe and direction I wanted to go, but needing to wake in time for the 10AM Saturday pie entry deadline meant I needed to wake up with the sun to get the crust made, baked, and cooled before filling. I did wake up early and bleary eyed full of excitement and nerves, but too tired to even make coffee. I quickly made the crust and blind baked (first time) it while I prepared the fruit. Again, I was too tired and concerned about time to make coffee so I wasn't really thinking as clearly in the early morning darkness, so still groggy, I found a bruised spot on one of the plums so I cut around it and peeled it which somehow put me on course to peel all of the plums. This was time consuming, tedious, and completely unnecessary which wouldn't have been so bad if it didn't push me right up to the deadline, eep. I charged ahead and baked the..... peeled and halved plums cut side down with fresh grated ginger and a touch of sugar while I whipped up the creme fraiche bottom layer with a touch of honey. After the pie was assembled I realized that I forgot to drizzle it all with the glaze made with the fruit juice left after baking and just had to wrap it up and drive over to the Ferry Building Farmers Market to enter for judging just minutes before it closed, but I did make it. Above it a picture of my pie on the judging table. I snuck this picture and didn't have time to take more pics while making it. I'll keep it short and say that more of my pie was eaten over the others, they said there was a tie for third place, but the had to pick one... and mine wasn't it. My friends are convinced that it was rigged, especially since one of the winning pies didn't highlight a seasonal item. I'll probably enter again next year. It was a fun experience and I learned I'm way more competitive then I'd often like to admit, but I really wanted to win. While most of the pies left at the judging table only had a slice or two taken out and maybe half was gone at best, about a slice and a half was all that remained of my pie. A few friends and I went about the rest of our day until we had to take a pie break and devoured the rest of the pie while sitting on a park bench outside a coffee shop in Noe Valley. This pie was probably the best pie I've ever made, if I do say so myself. I'll make it again for sure, but with a cup of coffee on the table and a little less pressure.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Picnics at the Presidio have quickly become one of my favorite weekend activities. I biked up and over SF hills for the afternoon picnic (above) to catch up with a friend over hot chai, a burger and fries. Below is the same Off the Grid at the Presidio event, but held of an evening with blankets, fire pits, chic white canvas tents and live music along with local food trucks. The adorable fellas at the creme brulee cart knocked it out of the park with this caramel covered gem and pizza from the Del Popolo mobile wood fire pizza truck is always a winner. The picnics are closed for the winter, but they're coming back with warmer temps next year.
Ferry Building Farmers Market as I brought back more provisions than usual with a pie contest around the corner. Below are the gems carried home up and over SF hills, about five pounds of plums for pie, more quince, paper white bulbs, persimmons, oranges, green juice, and a bottle of rosemary softers.
Photojojo (provided gift bags) at The Chapel where incredible food and drinks just kept coming around all night. I love the crepe paper garland (above), but took more photos of the food... I mean, grilled prosciutto wrapped scallops, endive spears with dried figs and candied walnuts, plus fancy herb infused cocktails and bubbly all under the city night sky.
North Beach is known as "little Italy", but over time Chinatown has crossed over and then of course being San Francisco there are many more things happening in this rich corner of the city. Here are a few quick photos from the parade, this year I raced down to catch an hour after cooking instead of city in front of a coffee shop for half the day to see every bit like last year. The sidewalk art below is by Elvis Christ and is such a part of the community culture and beat history that once thrived. HIs masking tape and sharpie notes change pretty regularly and it's a bit like ready the news.