Eating My Way Through A City

Usually I come back from trips a bit exhausted.  The long flights and uncomfortable lodging… it can all be incredibly draining.  But whenever Eric and I come out to the West Coast to visit his brother, I return feeling rejuvenated.
Our most recent travels were this past weekend, when we flew to San Francisco so I could attend the FoodBuzz Blogger Festival.  There was an incredible amount of eating (and drinking) and lots of laughter.  What struck me most was how approachable people were.  It was a lively bunch of foodies and winos and I look forward to doing it again.  For those interested in looking at those pictures, I have created a Flickr album for you to take a peek at. 
But I decided to take this opportunity to focus on all of the other amazing food I ate on this trip.  Now, this blog isn’t a restaurant review site and it isn’t a travel one either.  With that being said, I do love both of these things and, as a food lover, I can’t leave them out.
We started our trip out in Sacramento and Davis, where we visited Eric’s brother, his wife, Leigh, and our adorable niece, Jordan.  As soon as we got off the plane, we rushed to our favorite neighborhood lunch spot, La Bonne Soupe Cafe.  With the amount that Eric and I hype this place, it never seems to disappoint (and I think the pictures below will demonstrate why).
After a few days up north, we spent the rest of our trip in San Francisco.  Without a doubt, this is my favorite city.  We’ve visited quite a bit over the past couple of years, and each time we’re there I fall in love.  Some people have Paris, others New York… I have San Francisco.

I’m sure everyone is tired of reading, so I’m going to move on and show you some photos of the places we ate at during this trip. Just a note: this is a mere taste of what we consumed on our vacation.  Frightening as it may be, there was a lot more.

Daniel Pont, ‘Chef/Propriétaire’ of La Bonne Soupe Cafe – Sacramento, California

The Zagat Rating at La Bonne Soupe Cafe – Sacramento, CA

Smoked Salmon Sandwich with Asparagus and White Balsamic Creme Fraiche Vinaigrette at La Bonne Soupe Cafe – Sacramento, CA

Creme Brulée from La Bonne Soupe Cafe – Sacramento, CA

More rave reviews of La Bonne Soupe Cafe – Sacramento, CA

San Francisco, CA

Tartine Bakery – San Francisco, CA

Pain de Chocolat and a Morning Bun from Tartine Bakery – San Francisco, CA

Tartine Bakery – San Francisco, CA

Creme Fraiche and Swiss Chard Quiche from Tartine Bakery – San Francisco, CA

The Murals at Clarion Alley – Mission District, San Francisco

 
Bi-Rite Creamery – San Francisco, CA

Salted Caramel Ice Cream and Brown Sugar Ice Cream with Ginger Caramel from Bi-Rite Creamery – San Francisco, CA

La Boulange – San Francisco, CA

Brioche filled with Egg Custard and a Latte from La Boulange – San Francisco, CA

The Ferry Building – San Francisco, CA
 
The Farmer’s Market at The Ferry Building – San Francisco, CA

 The Ferry Building – San Francisco, CA

Heath Ceramics at The Ferry Building – San Francisco, CA

The Ferry Building – San Francisco, CA

Blue Bottle Cafe at The Ferry Building – San Francisco, CA


Hog Island Oyster Co. at The Ferry Building – San Francisco, CA

Honey Thyme Ice Cream from Humphry Slocombe – San Francisco, CA

The Complete List of Restaurants/Bakeries/Creameries/Cafes:
La Bonne Soupe Cafe – Sacramento, CA*
Konditorei Austrian Pastry Cafe – Davis, CA*
La Boulange – San Francisco, CA
Arizmendi Bakery – SF*
City View Restaurant (Dim Sum) – SF
Tartine Bakery – SF*
Bi-Rite Creamery – SF
Papalote Mexican Grill – SF
NOPA – SF*
Hog Island Oyster Co. – SF
Blue Bottle Cafe – SF*
Humphry Slocombe – SF*
Chow – SF
Marnee Thai – SF*
*Exceptional quality; would go back in a second

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Daydreamer DessertsNovember 11, 2010 - 5:34 am

Pardon my envy, I… wasn't able to make it to neither Bi-rite or Humphry Slocombe BOOOO. Having said that, I *still* think you are super sweet! It was great meeting you and your family! :)

MonetNovember 11, 2010 - 6:31 am

Oh my. Food lust. I adore San Francisco, and I loved seeing your culinary adventures. Isn't Tartine amazing? And the farmer's market?!?!? I wish I could have traveled right next to you. I'm so glad that you had a great weekend. Hugs, my sweet friend.

Lauren at KeepItSweetNovember 11, 2010 - 11:59 am

great pictures! i love bi-rite creamery, definitely the best ice cream i've ever had!

FOODalogueNovember 11, 2010 - 12:31 pm

So nice to meet you at the Festival. Reading this post makes me want to get back on the plane and some of the places I missed. This was my 4th or 5th trip and it never fails to please…it is definitely a foodie city!

bunkycooksNovember 11, 2010 - 12:35 pm

I am so glad that you were able to attend the FB event and that you had so much fun in SF! It is one of my favorite food cities in the U.S. Glad you are back with us on the East Coast now. :)

JessicaNovember 11, 2010 - 12:41 pm

the pics in this post are so delicious. the shot of that gorgeous pain au chocolat makes me want to cry. <3

Ken│hungryrabbitNovember 11, 2010 - 12:41 pm

Nicely done, but where's the picture of the pecan roll you've treated us? That was quite an evil delight. Thanks.

Barbara BakesNovember 11, 2010 - 12:53 pm

Brings back great memories. Definitely one of my favorite cities too. Great pictures.

Chef DennisNovember 11, 2010 - 12:57 pm

Wow, Brian…..you certainly did the town!! So many wonderful tastes and experiences!! Thanks so much for giving us a virtual tour, I was so sad not to be able to get out into the city, but we were so busy with the festival it just didn't happen.
It was so nice getting to spend some time with you!!
Cheers my friend!
Dennis

RJ FlamingoNovember 11, 2010 - 12:57 pm

Yes, I must get to SF next year – for something… anything!

Kudos KitchenNovember 11, 2010 - 1:06 pm

Love this post Brian. I've never been to SF before but all your pictures make me want to go and eat my way through the city asap! Great photos!

SteffanyFNovember 11, 2010 - 1:18 pm

Love! I haven't been to SF since September. I'm beginning to suffer withdrawal, methinks. The Ferry Building might be one of my absolute favorite places in the whole world. I registered for dishes at Heath Ceramics. :-) Did you know they make the dishes for Chez Panisse?? Anywho, I'm glad you had fun!

Fun and Fearless in BeantownNovember 11, 2010 - 1:28 pm

As always, gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous photos!

ElleNovember 11, 2010 - 1:56 pm

Gorgeous food! I also love the ceramic pieces!

Lynn @ I'll Have What She's HavingNovember 11, 2010 - 2:03 pm

Beautiful pictures! I was in San Francisco and I'm dying to go back. There is just so much to see and eat!

~Lisa~November 11, 2010 - 2:22 pm

It was a pleasure meeting you! I loved birite ice cream. The salted caramel was fantastic. I had the brown butter pecan and couldn't get enough. Looks like you had a wonderful time. I was able to go to napa and stopped by ad hoc. I'll have a post with regards to my SF adventures so please stop by!

katNovember 11, 2010 - 3:03 pm

I was just in SF this weekend too (though skipped Foodbuzz this year). We always eat so well there. The ferry building is one of my favorite stops even if just to pick up some Rancho Gordo beans.

stephchowsNovember 11, 2010 - 3:10 pm

love the pictures, and you make me feel like I didn't go eat enough other food while I was there!

ElisabethNovember 11, 2010 - 4:13 pm

Your photos as always, never cease to amaze me. Your focus on the food is so inviting…along with the city, the people and the good times you lucky foodies had. I wish I could have been there, with my daughter Lora, @CakeDuchess…maybe next year. She always speaks so hightly of her friend Brian.
Thanks for sharing!

ElianaNovember 11, 2010 - 4:27 pm

Next time you go away I'm tagging along because you really know how to get down. Nothng better than enjoying a new city via its food.

sara @ CaffeInaNovember 11, 2010 - 4:27 pm

I heard you talking of all the trips you were taking these days while at the festival but you really outdid yourself with this post. I lived 20 minutes from Sacramento for 3 years and I had no idea those amazing places existed. You inspired me to go and take short trips in my neighborhoods. I miss you!

LirenNovember 11, 2010 - 4:32 pm

You done good, my boy :) I am so proud of you (and your expandable tummy – where oh where did you tuck it all?) for eating your way through some of the best of San Francisco! And thank you for posting the pics and name of the Zagat jewel in Sacramento – the next time I'm in that area, I will make it a must stop!

So glad to have finally met you in person, if sadly, just for a brief time. till next time…

Sippity SupNovember 11, 2010 - 4:44 pm

How come I did not meet Eric?? GREG

Andrew FrishmanNovember 11, 2010 - 7:04 pm

Mnnn. . . I loves me some California – especially when its me you come to visit!

¿Por qué es que hay ciertas cosas que nunca hacemos hasta que alguien viene a visitar? Pienso en ella como la "Estatua de la Libertad" efecto. . . Nueva York y Nueva Jerseyites nunca ir allí hasta que alguien viene a visitar de lejos. . . En ese sentido, ¡viva el Dim Sum!

emily @ the happy homeNovember 11, 2010 - 7:15 pm

for some reason, i just never got that into SF. i need a better tour guide! (hint)

Boulder LocavoreNovember 11, 2010 - 7:50 pm

Ahhhh….I'm an ex San Franciscan and agree with your 'j'adore' sentiments for the place totally. I remember my last day in my apartment on Lombard street, looking out to the golden gate bridge thinking it felt more like a friend than a city. In every price point the food was always great too! And every type possible. Thanks for the arm chair travel with your great post!

whatsfordinneracrossstatelinesNovember 11, 2010 - 7:52 pm

Wow I thought I ate everything in site, you put me to shame, in a good way! I can't wait to go back and visit some of those places and will find that cafe next time I'm up in the Sac area! It was so nice to meet you!
-Gina-

JeanNovember 11, 2010 - 7:54 pm

I lived in Sacramento for quite a few years and people will be surprised to know that it's home to some great restaurants. Eat is what I did all through college and beyond. :-)

This post is a great reminder (to me) of how great the SF Bay Area is. Having lived here most of my life, I sometimes forget. Glad you enjoyed your visit! :-)

moonglowgardensNovember 11, 2010 - 8:35 pm

I never get tired of reading your blog! You can always write more, specially about San Francisco! And when you have extra time, explore Marin as well.

Thanks for sharing!

The Small Boston KitchenNovember 11, 2010 - 10:29 pm

You are a very talented photographer and I loved this recap! I haven't made it out to San Fran yet (it's on my list) and after reading this post, I want to make it a bit more of a priority to head out there! Especially for some of that ice cream…yum!

Anna JohnstonNovember 12, 2010 - 12:13 am

Oh how I'd love to visit San Fran, have friends who've lived there, others who've spent a few days there…, everyone raves about it…, its on my bucket list for sure.
Wonderful food, sounded like an awesome holiday. Thanks for sharing Brian.

Jun BelenNovember 12, 2010 - 1:46 am

What a lovely post! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. San Francisco is such a magical city and I love living here! It was great meeting you at Foodbuzz even for a brief moment.

Jun

mangiabellaNovember 12, 2010 - 2:28 am

Brian your pics are incredible, and your trip sounds amazing. I have always wanted to visit San Fran..thank you for sharing this fabulous post….and thanks for the comments at Chef D's…I just posted a recipe for my twist on a green chile cheese potato knish, stop by and visit anytime! Have a marvelous week, ciao!

Sara@OneTribeGourmetNovember 12, 2010 - 3:04 am

Awesome post! Looks like you had a blast! I'm envious, SF is my utmost favorite cities! I especially love the Ferry Building Market!!! I can live in there! :)

Monica HNovember 12, 2010 - 4:36 am

Hi Brian!

It was so nice to meet you Friday Night at the Street Food Fare. I had so much fun that night and loved getting to know so many people with like interests- FOOD!

Great pictures, but my city will always be Santa Fe :-)

~Monica H
Lick The Bowl Good

Kath Diaz (found baking)November 12, 2010 - 5:05 am

Beautiful pictures Brian!!! San Francisco is one of my favorite cities in the world. And you hit some of my fave spots too! Tartine, Humphry Slocombe, Ferry Building… all great foodie spots. Thanks for sharing your pictures. Love all of them!

Mardi @eatlivetravelwriteNovember 12, 2010 - 1:23 pm

A fantabulous foodie wander through one of my favourite cities. Gorgeous photos!

DaisyNovember 12, 2010 - 6:17 pm

you take incredible pictures. awesome travels you took and food you ate. jealous!

~RED~November 12, 2010 - 11:46 pm

Incredible , awesome photos!!! Maybe someday…..

Lauren ZabanehNovember 13, 2010 - 8:52 pm

Brian, this was fantastic! Your photos transported me and had me drooling. So beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

JoanneNovember 14, 2010 - 2:06 am

San Francisco is for sure one of my favorite food cities. I went last year to run a marathon and ate at so many fabulous places. Thanks for this list of even more to go to next time I'm there!

MeganNovember 14, 2010 - 2:52 pm

What a great trip!!! I've been to a few of the places you mentioned in SanFran but I go to Sac all the time and have never been to La Bonne Soupe Cafe. I'll have to check into that one soon! I'm also going to Davis (today in fact!) and I'll see if we can stop at the Konditorei Austrian Pastry Cafe. We're going for an early Thanksgiving with the inlaws so I have a feeling there wont be time…but I'm going to ask! :)
How far north did ya get??? I live in Redding!

TrishNovember 14, 2010 - 6:13 pm

Wow, your photos of SF and Foodbuzz Fest put my photos to shame. Beautiful! Wish we could have met. Next year, maybe?

SaraNovember 15, 2010 - 4:25 am

I'm convinced eating your way through a city is the BEST way to sightsee. Hello, food tours.

JackieNovember 15, 2010 - 10:42 am

Still jealous that I didn't get to go to SF for Foodbuzz Fest! Well, guess you'll have to wait to meet me when I come and harass you in Boston… :P

Awesome photos, m'dear! Particularly liking the one with the guy with giant baguette…

Jax x

JamieNovember 16, 2010 - 11:51 am

You have my stomach growling as I read and I want to take a trip with you! I love foodcentric trips and this is outrageously fabulous! Beautiful food pics, Brian, and now I have to get to SF!

AnonymousNovember 16, 2010 - 10:44 pm

I was in Le Bonne Cafe when you two were there, and happy to see the post.
You realize now that you've posted this (although I know you're not the first) we're going to be even MORE overrun and have to wait longer for our wonderful lunch.
Bon Appetit!

JayPNovember 17, 2010 - 9:42 pm

You certainly had a good go at eating your way through the city. Great photos. I clicked your Flickr link and added you as a contact. Looking forward to more pics. :)

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