San Francisco.

Posted on May 05, 2012 by Fraser Doherty

 

After a few days in one of my absolute favourite cities in the world, here are a few things I spotted on this trip that I felt I had to share!

Bi-Rite

As someone who has visited grocery stores in almost 40 countries now, I can say with some authority that this is one of the best in the world.  Its pretty tiny but you get a sense that every single item in the store was hand-selected and is there for a reason.  The staff know all about them - I asked lots of questions about the booze; they had all kinds of small-batch whiskies, rums and other things i'd never heard of.  The store, in the Mission district, has been around since the 40's and across the road they have an ice cream place called The Creamery - there's always a massive queue but its worth the wait.  

You can have a walk around the shop for yourself here

Dottie's True Blue Cafe

Again, you might have to wait!  But this place serves up some pretty special breakfasts.  Things like Pulled Pork, Roasted Onion and Jack Cheese Scramble witt Blueberry Cornmeal pancakes.  Massive servings and great for hangovers!

The Port Building Farmers' Market

There's always delicious things to find at the Port Building - and you have a feeling that what takes off in California now will probably make it around the world in a few year's time (think of smoothies, granola..).  This time, there was Kombucha (a sort of vinegary, fermented drink made from mushrooms - apparently good for digestion), Kale Crisps (dehydrated kale with flavour sprinkled on them) and lots of great South American food - I am crazy about Empanadas - they're kinda like mini Cornish Pasties.

We also spent some time lounging around Delores Park soaking up the atmosphere (the smell of pot and sound of people selling organic, homemade ice pops!).  Undoubtedly the best science museum i've been to is the California Academy of Sciences; it is mostly focused on biology & space and about $30 to get in, but it contains one of the biggest aquariums in the world; you can see some awesome things like electric eels, upside down jelly fish and all kinds of creepy-crawlies (the funny thing is that kids are always most interested in a big tank of cockroaches!).


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