Continued from the last post…
One of the iconic spots of San Francisco is the Ferry Building which isn’t too far from Fisherman’s Wharf. It’s definitely a place you don’t want to miss.
After lunch, Denisa and I walked to our destination of Pier 1 and
THE FERRY BUILDING
arts, crafts and jewelry stands across from the Ferry Building
The marketplace inside the Ferry Builiding is just that, and a food lover’s utopia! I wasn’t even able to see everything because it was just so jam-packed inside!
Outside, farmers were just closing up their stands for the day, so I hurriedly went to each one to ask if they had any rhubarb. I was on a mission to find rhubarb, as I had been craving it for weeks on end, and had yet to find some. Alas, no one had any or had sold out, so I went back inside. In one shop, I spied the slim, red beauties and almost let out a squeal!
After meandering through the building and all the lovely shops for a while, we left and headed back towards Union Square (more shopping!)
Denisa and I love Macy’s, but now we really love the SF Macy’s even more because we discovered a little pâtisserie on the third floor called…
UPDATED: Sadly, Tout Sweet is now closed. It was mid-afternoon, and the perfect time for a pastry and tea or coffee. Denisa ordered a mocha and I ordered the hot chocolate (because I saw that it was made with Valrhona chocolate and came with a real marshmallow!)
Out of all the pastries and cakes to choose from,
Denisa chose a “Swoon” Tart (tough choice!)
Are words even necessary? Not really, but here’s the description…
At some point, another patron in the cafe strongly recommended that I try the Nutella Sugar Bun as it was apparently “crazy good” (I don’t remember her exact words.) So I heeded instructions and ordered one.
Can I tell you how hard it was…
…not to eat the whole thing? They even warm it up before they serve it to you! I will definitely be trying to make this in my own kitchen: it’s a brioche, filled with a generous amount of Nutella, topped with sliced almonds and covered in a sugar glaze! It takes a lot to “wow” me, but this place did it!!
And here’s proof of how good Tout Sweet was…we went back the next morning for a late breakfast, and brought Steven (it was his 19th birthday.)
Apparently, everything is fabulously delicious here!
These are some other places I have been, and things I have done in San Francisco, and I can highly recommend:
- Alcatraz Tour – get the audio tour with your package, it’s worth every penny!
- Lombard Street – the world’s “crookedest” street (I’d rather call it the most crooked!)
- Walking across the Golden Gate Bridge (it’s always windy and cold so go prepared.)
- Taking in the views and seeing the murals of the Coit Tower.
- Checking out Tartine Bakery-yum!
- Visiting Golden Gate Park.
- Going for a drink (and dessert) at Top of the Mark and enjoying the incredible views.
- Venturing to Fisherman’s Wharf (Boudin Bakery is there.)
- Visiting Chinatown.
If you do go to San Francisco, I’d love to hear your experience. There’s definitely something delicious for everyone!
If you have an extra day or few days, I highly recommend taking a ride on The Napa Valley Wine Train, and you can see lots of photos and read all about the experience here
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