Why Dogs and Food?

Why Dogs and Food?

It's simple. Write about what you love. And what is better than dogs and food? If you are anything like me - and millions of other people - you will relate to and understand the unwavering love I have for my dogs and my passion for cooking - and eating - great food. I hope you will enjoy reading about my day to day experiences with good food and a couple of very special dogs.

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Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Veritable Smorgasbord of Scrumptious Surprises ~

at the San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace!

It's delightful, it's delicious, it's de-lovely. ~ Cole Porter

I recently started taking the Tiburon Ferry home from work. The company I work for provides public transit subsidies to all employees and they even have their own bus line. The Genen-Buses transport employees to and from work for free all over the Bay Area. There is no direct bus to and from Marin County so I take the ferry boat that runs between Tiburon and San Francisco and catch a Genen-Bus at the Ferry Building. The ferry ride across the bay is breathtaking and relaxing so it’s not exactly a bad way to travel to and from work.

On the way home from work, I have about a 20-minute wait until the ferry departs so I often walk through the Ferry Building, circa 1898. Inside the Ferry Building is a wonderful Marketplace filled with Bay Area-produced artisanal foods. Shops and restaurants line the walls of the building and kiosks adorn the aisles displaying their goodies. One can purchase organic herbs, fresh fish, meats, produce, cheeses and delectable freshly-baked breads. There are cafes and eateries and they even have a stand devoted just to mushrooms! There is a Honey Shack and Fine Wines and a shop that serves homemade Gelato. Every time I enter this delightful building, my eyes light up and my senses are brought to new heights. It is a foodie haven.

Inside the Ferry Building Marketplace

Mushrooms for Sale

I weave through the various vendors and browse. I am intrigued as I explore this luscious land of culinary heaven. At first I just browse and take it all in; but this past week I can no longer remain just a window shopper. I have to dig in and finally taste the treats.

One night I picked up some delicious organic beef hot dogs. (I do not eat hot dogs very often but had to try these and they were good!) Last night I stopped at the San Francisco Fish Company and bought some fresh Sea Bass and then wandered through the Village Marketplace and selected some fresh Pugliese pasta and tomato vodka sauce. And I just found out that they have an outdoor Farmer’s Market in the Ferry Plaza three days a week. Oh my! I get excited just thinking about what I am going to try next!

I have a feeling we are going to be enjoying the delightful and delicious cuisine of the Ferry Building Marketplace on a regular basis. It’s de-lovely!.


Susan Campisi said...

Liz, San Francisco is such a foodie town, as you know! It's perfect that you ended up there. I get a vicarious thrill hearing about your wonderful commute and the wait in the ferry marketplace. I'm so happy for you. It's the perfect place for a gourmet chef such as yourself to live!

Liz Berry said...

Sue! You are right - San Fran is a great foodie town and I am going to be sure to try and find all the best places. I have only scratched the surface. Love it here! I don't even mind that I have a long commute when I get to spend time in that fabulous marketplace every night. It's very cool.

claire said...

Sounds wonderful Liz, very happy for

Liz Berry said...

Thanks for stopping by, Claire!

Kristen Shaw said...

Hi Liz:
Oh girl how we love the food in SF. I could not stop eating when I first arrived there (June 1991 living on Spring Street in Sausalito). It is the best of times. I so enjoy your photographs, they are awesome. Dogs and food. I believe that is heaven on earth right there. You take care now happy lady.
With Love & Sincerely,

Liz Berry said...

Yes, Kristen, the food in this town is too good and it's hard to keep a watch on weight when it is all around you!! I am making spice-rubbed pork loin chops with a honey glaze on the BBQ grill tonight...a weekend treat and diversion from chicken and salads! Can't wait to smell that wonderful BBQ aroma that really must drive my neighbors insane with hunger! Thanks for visiting!