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San Francisco Trip Rejuvenation

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Song Of The Baker

San Francisco Trip Rejuvenation

Almost exactly 5 years ago, I had visited San Francisco for the first time with my wife for a short 3 day get away.  As we both recalled, not nearly enough time to take in the sights and restaurants this amazing city has to offer.  As a birthday gift for her, I booked us a week long vacation in the same hotel, right in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf.  LOVE this area.  It's like Vancouver's Granville Island on steroids.

When I had visited last, I had only enjoyed the sourdough/breads from a non-home baker standpoint.  This time, needless to say, I was excited to enjoy the fine breads this city has to offer from a totally different view.  Sadly, the one day we ventured deep into the downtown/Mission area, both Tartine and Tartine Bar were closed.  Of course they were.  Regardless, we still had some great bread from a variety of bakeries/restaurants which has me more motivated than ever to produce better breads at home.  I am pretty sure the next bread I bake is going to be a SF sourdough.

This city is one of my favourites and I can not wait to go back again soon.  Hopefully, catching Chad's bakery on an open for business day!

New Years dinner at The Franciscan.  Wonderful bread that reminded me of a 36 Hour Baguette found on this site.  With some prosciutto and fresh buratta.

 

 

 

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Janetcook

How nice that you got to take a break from all you have been doing with family business etc.  Good to refresh yourself.

Thanks for the photos….My home town so all looks very familiar.  I used to ride my bike over the GG Bridge and into Marin on the weekends for something to do - to get away from homework!!!!  Ride over was fun but getting back - hitting the hills….well, lets just say I enjoy going downhill over peddling uphill.

Looks like you got nice sunny weather rather than rain and fog.

Sorry you missed the bakery visit but glad you got to have some SF sourdough anyway.  It is the bread of my youth and I still recall the flavor and textures of that bread.  As kids we used to get free loaves from a bakery down the street from the Jr.High School I went to.  THe misshapen rejects but, as Karin always says, flavor rules and they were delicious and we ate them in no time at all - What does one expect a bunch of junior hight kids to do with a loaf of fresh bread…..:)

Just wish I could recall the name of the bakery because it was one of the biggies.  In those days, names didn't matter and it was not a special bread at all for us.  Just fresh bread that I assumed I would always have available.  Little did I know those types of loaves weren't available in the places I have lived in since.

Happy Baking and I look forward to your New Year bakes.  (Today I am working on your Swedish Seeded Rye….coincidence??????)

Janet

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dmsnyder

Hmmm .... My long-range deep memory probe reading says that the bakery of your Jr. High days was ... Larraburu.

No charge. I'm retired.

David

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Janetcook

I am thinking that or Boudin…It was just off of Clement  and Geary Sts.  Pretty close to Arguello St.  Sorry, my memory for streets is about nil because we just knew how to get to places without street names.  Jr.High was Roosevelt Jr. High.  I do know the street ran N and S though.

Thanks for no charge :)

Janet

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dmsnyder

See this entry: Larraburu

David

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Janetcook

You nailed it!  My guess was 1st Ave but I wasn't as sure of that as I was of Geary and Clement Sts. so I didn't include it.

We would get the hot loaf and rip into it.  Eating the soft interior and saving the crispy crust until the last.  The memory still remains after all of these years.  

  Where we got our free bread was the area where they loaded the trucks.  Racks and racks of fresh bread in their long paper sleeves…..Like Dimitri, we thought nothing of it…totally took it for granted as I did the City.  Just where we grew up so nothing special.  

Thanks for your expert researching skills.

Janet

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Song Of The Baker

Hi Janet.  I didn't know you were from SF.  Lucky you!  What an amazing, diverse city...kind of like Vancouver.  I guess we don't appreciate what we have as much as what others have sometimes.

That bakery you speak of isn't Boudin is it?  I doubt your Jr High was close to there as it is right at Fisherman's Wharf.  Yes, the weather was amazing.  Not a drop of rain or a bit of fog.  All sun, and just enough cloud to give the landscape photography a bit of interest.

Good luck on the Swedish Seed loaf.  I still have some in the fridge from 3 weeks ago.

Take care and happy baking Janet.

John

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chouette22

... of a great visit - thanks for sharing. I would love to get back to SF soon as well, but I have trips planned to Europe (with my students) and to India (to visit my in-laws). Different breads to taste and enjoy there.

Song Of The Baker's picture
Song Of The Baker

Thank you for the comment.  Europe and India will certainly have some great food/bread ready for you.  Have fun.

John

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Floydm

Lovely photos. Sounds like a great trip. 

Song Of The Baker's picture
Song Of The Baker

Thanks Floyd.  Drove through Oregon and you popped into my head...take care.

John

dmsnyder's picture
dmsnyder

The bread in your photos smells kinda like Acme's from the Ferry Building.

David

Song Of The Baker's picture
Song Of The Baker

Ahhh your nose and instincts are bang on David.  Thought of you when there, wondering how many times you have been to the very places I enjoyed seeing for the first time...Thanks and take care.

John

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isand66

Great photos John.  you made me want to go to SF even more now.  I've been to SanDiego several times and love it so SF is on my agenda for the next trip to the Left coast.

Look forward to hearing about some of your inspired SF bakes this year.

Regards

Ian

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Song Of The Baker

Hi Ian.  Thanks a lot.  San Diego has a very different feel to San Fran.  San Fran is closer in feel to Seattle/Vancouver, but with better weather this time of year, and more hippie...in a good way!  Sort of a European hint.

Happy baking.

John

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dabrownman

even if you don't have Bread on the Brain.

I saw a recent rating on the breads of SF and Boudin came in last place which I thought was a rip.  They bake their bread boldly and it is by far the most sour of the SF breads and their loaf is 1/3rd the price of Tartine's $10 loaf - quite the value and one of the few old time bakeries left from the Gold Rush days of old.  Glad you had a fine time in that bread baking city.

Happy New Year John.

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Song Of The Baker

You are correct on that one...As far as bread goes, Boudin deserves better than last place.  I think it is maybe some snooty people's nose turned up on the tourist trap location and layout.  I have respect for any place that has the history, tradition and inspiring/educating establishment.  Happy New Year to you too dabrowny.

John