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San Francisco: Ferry Building

Prior to visiting San Francisco, I knew that one of our must-stops had to be the famed Ferry Building. I had read and heard so much about the quality of the goods sold there and I was eager to see how it compared next to the Union Square Greenmarket and Chelsea Market here in the city.

Not shown: the LARGEST lemons you have ever seen!

While I think the quality of most of the produce was comparable to what we get in the city, the variety was overwhelming. Unfortunately, there are a few things that just don’t grow as well here as they do in California’s lush Central Valley. One of these things: strawberries.

After gawking at the 100 varietals of chard available, we were understandably starved, so we satisfied ourselves with a few tacos as well as some gamja fries from the Namu tent.

Ryan was reluctant, but once he saw these fries—covered with kimchi relish, gochujang (spicy Korean red pepper paste, sweetened mayonnaise, teriyaki, chopped short ribs and green onions—he was more excited I was.

Needless to say, they were (mostly) devoured while we sat in the sun behind the Ferry Building and looked out toward the Bay Bridge. After we ate, we walked back along the Embarcadero, inhaling the sea air as gulls squawked overhead.

– Laura


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