San Francisco Day 2
July 1, 2010 § Leave a comment
“How can a nation be great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?” -Julia Child.
For the French, there is no doubt that bread reigns the aristocracy of pastries. Fortunately for San Franciscans, the Boudin family established the amazing sourdough french bread bakery right by the pier. The wonders of warm and well crusted bread, fragrant delicious smell and ocean view. Somehow we managed to contain ourselves to only buying three different types of breads.
The man at the register gave a French baguette instead of sourdough. So while exchanging it, he goes “What’s the difference?”. To our amazement, how can you not know the difference when you work in one of the most famous bread companies around? Some people just don’t know how lucky they are. Nevertheless, the bread was impeccably well done! The first thing we did was to flip the breads over and check the seams. One of the many first rules to making good bread (and also how we were graded for our practical). Can’t help it, we are pastry students.
As we cruz along the coast, up and down the hills, we stubble upon Fort Mason’s Farmers’ Market. I personally adore farmer’s market. Organic produce, colorful peaches as saccharine as sugar, beautiful green vegetables leaves, freshly pressed olives, rustic home-baked goodies, and occasional odd foodie stands. Right at the corner, we found Greens-to-go stand and spoke a lovely lady. We told her we were looking for the restaurant and it was hidden behind the market. We would had never guess it was there.
Greens restaurant had a long line. Rated as the Best of the Bay area vegetarian restaurant, it sure made it’s name right. We ordered two entrée: Almond and Bleu cheese salad; Mesquite Grilled Brochettes.
The meal was so satisfying. The ingredients were refreshing and well spiced. I really love the combinations of cuisines in the menu. We could have more if we didn’t have so much bread for breakfast.