It seems like yesterday that I was jogging to the Ferry Building as the middle point of my 3 mile evening jog. Back then, the building was completely run down and there was really no visible life in and around the area at night. I can’t believe the transformation the ferry building has undergone. Today we finally got around to checking it out in detail. In general, there were lots of great purveyors at the farmers market. Some of the spring produce is starting to show up. The next month or so should really start to yield some great vegetables.
The Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant was a great little stop. We did a couple of interesting wine flights and had some really tasty Italian cured meats, cheeses, and olives. The wait staff there is very friendly and helpful – I highly recommend it.
We also bought some great chocolates from Michael Recchuiti. His stuff is really quite good and the volume this location sees insures the freshest confections (you never know how long his stuff is sitting on the shelves at supermarkets).
I picked up a wonderful “Estate” olive oil from Stonehouse olive oil. The oil is very cloudy – the smooth taste and sediment lends itself to a very “buttery” texture. I think this oil will work wonderful to dress some simply prepared spring vegetables along with a little Fleur de Sel.
Ciao Bella Gelato was a bit of a let down. I did the Tahitian vanilla and Scharffen Berger chocolate. The texture was a bit too gummy – as if they add a bit of guar gum to it. Additionally, the macaroons from Miette were not done in the true Parisian style. They are too dense, the texture is not smooth enough, and the flavor is not intense enough. Overall they are OK, but nothing to be overly excited about.
I can’t wait to head back up to pick up a couple of cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery and to get some organic lemon verbena to add to our herb garden.