Friday, December 4, 2009

Localicious San Francisco - Books and Restaurants

Photos (Lexi Van de Walle): Omnivore Book Store; One Market Restaurant (San Francisco's Embarcadero District); View from Cliff House Terrace Restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

I only had a day and a half in San Francisco (we're heading up to Napa Valley on Friday), so decided to focus on the local food experience and forego the typical site seeing. I picked some great restaurants, if I do say so myself, and in my typical fashion have ordered the just in-season seafood -- the iconic and gigantic Dungeness Crab -- twice so far (the season opened in San Francisco in mid-November) at One Market on Wednesday for dinner and Cliff House for lunch the next day. On Thursday night, we had a nice romantic dinner for two at Perbacco Ristorante + Bar.

Before meeting my good friend Tiana Wimmer, who lives in Mill Valley, at Cliff House for leisurely lunch today, I stopped by Celia Sack's Omnivore Books (who I found on Twitter) for a fantastic and intimate visit with her and author, James Peterson, who dropped by the shop for a pre-book signing visit when I was there -- we talked about fish cookbooks, Peterson's many books including his new book BAKING and his out of print, hard to get series, Alan Davidson's rare book collection and T-W-I-T-T-E-R. As I was leaving, Celia was showing James how easy it is to TWEET. I was honored to retweet.

"@kimseverson Showing James Peterson the Baking author, how to use Twitter, and we say hello to you!

3885a Cesar Chavez Street
San Francisco, CA 94131
A great little shop that used to be the local butcher that's "the one and only culinary bookshop in the Bay Area, with thousands of new and vintage titles" - includes American and British titles from candy and cake to fish and game, many local and locavore California authors, and lots of books on urban farming and food politics.

One Market Street
San Francisco, CA

Go to One Market for an amazing farm-to-table experience and an impressive wine list -- we savored the 2006 Oren Swift Papillon Napa Valley Red (a truly special blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot). A contemporary dining room located across the street from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, One Market procures locally grown fruits, vegetables, seafood, meats and wine. I had one of the most unique appetizers that I've ever tasted at One Market -- hand-picked Dungeness crab salad with green apple water, jalapeno, and cilantro. The dish had crab salad and pieces of crab which were served on top of a jalapeno wafer that was sitting in a slightly tart green apple flavored gelatin that covered the plate -- outstanding; followed by spicy Fall squash roasted with broccoli rabe, dry fruit vinaigrette, and pumpkin seed oil. I tasted Henry's dinner which was roasted goat leg that was sourced from Marin Sun Farms which was part of the "Weekly Beast" specials at One Market -- click here to read more about Mark Domman, chef and the local meat purveys in the San Francisco Examiner. and the "head to hoof" dining experience.

1090 Point Lobos
San Francisco, CA
Breathtaking views, Dungeness Crabcakes, local cod, butterscotch creme brulee

230 California Street
San Francisco, CA

A wonderful, Italian experience in downtown San Francisco. The dining room was packed and the service top notch -- so was the food and the wine. A romantic dinner for two (we had a quiet corner in an otherwise loud restaurant). Salumeria plate to share, pasta of mini-raviolis stuffed with lamb, preserved lemon and artichokes, a bottle of Tuscany's Brunello di Montalcino sangiovese wine, and cheese (Henry had some flavorful and quite memorable Italian cheeses including the Gorgonzola Dolce Latte, Luigi Guffanti and a Cusie Sotto Foglie di Tabacco, Beppino Occelli -- wrapped in tobacco leaf).

Tomorrow we go to Napa Valley in the early morning.

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