I recently celebrated my birthday with a dear friend who loves a good adventure as much as I do. She grew up in San Francisco, but since moving out to the ‘burbs has not had a chance to explore as much as she’d like. I, on the other hand, am not a city girl (don’t like the crowds, the parking, nor the potential of getting lost), but really love all the cool shops and restaurants and wish they could be happily transplanted next to my neighbourhood Target. Since the likelihood of this happening in the near future is null, we decided to make a day of visiting the city (or at least a few hours in between dropping off and picking up kids from school).
I debated whether or not I should take my big camera or just my iPhone, but since my trips to the city are so far and few between, I decided to lug along my Canon and 50mm lens and am sure glad I did because of all the great eye candy everywhere we went!
We visited four places in about 3 hours, and I took so many pictures that I decided to break up our trip over a few posts, so that you could “join us” on our little adventure. Our day began at Craftsman and Wolves, a modern pâtisserie located in the Mission District of San Francisco and led by Chef William Werner.
I loved everything about this place — their cool, urban decor, the way everything was displayed, their hip packaging, and of course…their food! These smoked cheddar, hot pepper gougères were really good!
Craftsman and Wolves carries some of the traditional bakery staples, like scones and cookies, but they also have a large variety of really unusual treats, and a few with an Asian bent.
According to their website, the name Craftsman and Wolves “is a nod to the craftsman and the numerous challenges that one faces when pursuing their craft.” I can totally relate and greatly respect that, which is why I love food photography so much. Food is not just something you pop in your mouth — it was lovingly crafted and created by someone — its their art and passion.
And whoever created these cool, black display platforms — so clever and hip!
Mini chocolate, caramel, vietnamese cinnamon cube cakes
Caramelized hazelnut financier
Chocolate and black sesame bostock (chocolate sourdough, black sesame, almond, matcha, and citrus) — the topping reminded us of a Chinese pineapple bun
Can’t remember what these are called, but I’d gladly eat one any day!
Chocolate white shoyu caramels to take home (valrhona chocolate, dark caramel, butter, and white soy)
Mini strawberry, straus yogurt, wildflower honey cube cakes
This was my favorite — the devil — chocolate cake, chocolate ganache and toffee…so good!
These matcha milk and cafe au lait jams would be great for spreading onto a piece of warm toast. There’s also a passion olive oil curd that my husband would just love.
Little jars of almond panna cotta, jasmine, blueberry sphere
Lemon espresso snails, Muscovado morning buns with créme fraîche and grains of paradise, and Chocolate croissant stacks (I liked the morning bun the best of these three)
We ordered way too many things, otherwise I would have loved to try this — open face shitake, bok choy, and peanuts on a savoury kimchi cake — next time!
We could not visit Craftsman and Wolves without trying the famed Rebel Within. I have lately been on a poached eggs/eggs benedict craze and will order one at every breakfast place I go to — you just can’t beat an oozy egg! The muffin was delicious, laced with asiago cheese, sausage and green onion. The soft cooked farm egg put it over the top. I do wish it was served hot, and it surprised me when I took a cold bite; nonetheless, on a repeat trip, I took one home and ‘nuked it — yum!
My friend and I have plans to return again soon — I’d love to try their raspberry almond croissant or haute dog next time. Speaking of food, be sure to check out my blogging friend, Patty Nguyen, and her 3-post trip to Portland where she managed to eat at 14 places in two and half days! That girl knows how to take a proper vacation :)
Next stop, Dandelion Chocolate!