November 19, 2009

Ferry Building - Day Three

We started the day by hopping on the F Streetcar; we were headed to the Ferry Building. It was still early so most stores were preparing to open when we arrived.

Acme Bread Company, however, was open for business. We happily stepped right up and bought a green onion loaf. We walked out back by the bay and ate it – all. The birds got a little, too.

They wanted more!

Enough time had passed; all the stores and eateries were now open. First stop, Boccalone for a salumi cone, ours had mortadella, fennel and brown sugar salumi, and prosciutto. Yum!

Next, we went to Stonehouse Olive Oil. We did a small tasting and chose to purchase their Dipping Oil. It was wonderful – fruity, garlicky, acidic and a tad spicy.

We grabbed a Nutella pastry from I Preferiti di Boriana.

Then we stopped at Cowgirl Creamery. This is the place where dreams are made. Cheese! Wonderful delicious cheese.

We were offered samples of any cheese we wanted to try – how about them all? Fortunately, Frank is good about narrowing down the types we like or are interested in, I was busy drooling, and all I could add is that we wanted something for sandwiches. An aged Gruyere was suggested, after a sample we were sold. We also bought aged Gouda and cheddar. We couldn’t make a clean break without first buying some of their fantastically smooth and creamy cottage cheese.

Last stops were made at Boccalone for salumi and mortadella, and Acme for sandwich bread.

We practically skipped back to bus because we were so excited to get back to the hotel to make sandwiches – we had a hankering they might just be the best sandwiches in the city.

If they weren’t, they were damn close. We gorged ourselves like it was Thanksgiving. Then we napped just as you should on such occasion.

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