out & about | Craftsman and Wolves

Craftsman and Wolves | Neely Wang Food Photography

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). 

Craftsman and Wolves | Neely Wang Food Photography

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!

Craftsman and Wolves | Neely Wang Food Photography

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.

Craftsman and Wolves | Neely Wang Food Photography

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 | Neely Wang Food Photography

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.

Craftsman and Wolves | Neely Wang Food Photography

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. 

Craftsman and Wolves | Neely Wang Food Photography

And whoever created these cool, black display platforms — so clever and hip! 

Craftsman and Wolves | Neely Wang Food Photography

Mini chocolate, caramel, vietnamese cinnamon cube cakes

Craftsman and Wolves | Neely Wang Food Photography

Craftsman and Wolves | Neely Wang Food Photography

Caramelized hazelnut financier

Craftsman and Wolves | Neely Wang Food Photography

Chocolate and black sesame bostock (chocolate sourdough, black sesame, almond, matcha, and citrus) — the topping reminded us of a Chinese pineapple bun

Craftsman and Wolves | Neely Wang Food Photography

Can’t remember what these are called, but I’d gladly eat one any day!

Craftsman and Wolves | Neely Wang Food Photography

Chocolate white shoyu caramels to take home (valrhona chocolate, dark caramel, butter, and white soy) 

Craftsman and Wolves | Neely Wang Food Photography

Craftsman and Wolves | Neely Wang Food Photography

Mini strawberry, straus yogurt, wildflower honey cube cakes

Craftsman and Wolves | Neely Wang Food Photography

This was my favorite — the devil — chocolate cake, chocolate ganache and toffee…so good!

Craftsman and Wolves | Neely Wang Food Photography

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.

Craftsman and Wolves | Neely Wang Food Photography

Little jars of almond panna cotta, jasmine, blueberry sphere

Craftsman and Wolves | Neely Wang Food Photography

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)

Craftsman and Wolves | Neely Wang Food Photography

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!

Craftsman and Wolves | Neely Wang Food Photography

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!

Craftsman and Wolves | Neely Wang Food Photography

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!


28 comments

  1. Oh! Do you have tips on taking pics at food places? Do you ask permission? Or just snap away? You got a lot of shots and some very detailed, so it’s obvious you didn’t just “happen” to snap “a few”! I’m not usually toting a big ‘ole pro camera around, but I’m curious of photography etiquette!

    Haha – I was also surprised the egg muffin was COLD! o_O Did it cook the egg much when you nuked it at home? Thanks for the adventure! I definitely didn’t notice alllllll those different things when I went there. I agree those black platforms are quite nice! And I would use one of those chocolate cakes right… about… now… {post lunch}

    • If I take more than a couple of pictures with my phone, I will ask permission. I will almost always ask permission if I take out my d-SLR and snap more than one. The staff are usually very kind and gracious about it, and then with their permission, I feel more comfortable taking more close-ups or different angles. They often don’t mind because it helps promote their business and word gets spread. I try to be discreet as possible and not get in anyone’s way.

      Yes, the egg muffin was cold, but we weren’t sure if it was supposed to be because we ordered a bunch of things and they put them all in a box. I believe the premise behind it is to be able to have a complete savoury breakfast on the go. It was still really tasty, nonetheless, and I only nuked it for a short period of time when I got home to just warm it up — the egg was still nice and soft.

      Their displays are great, so pretty with everything lined up in a row. I think their menu changes, so keep coming back — so good!

  2. Girl, four places in three hours?? That is impressive!!! Neely, we need to go on an eating excursion together! Love this post and your summaries of everything. I especially love the oozy egg. Nothing can beat a runny yolk, ever. :D And thanks so much for the shoutout! So sweet of you. ♡

    • Haha — they weren’t all food :). Yes, we should totally do that — I think we’d have so much fun on a food excursion — two hungry ladies with cameras! And that yolk was so good mixed with the muffin…

      You’re so welcome! I had so much fun reading your Portland posts and your pictures are scrumptious — I keep trying to convince my husband to go there, and he always asks what’s so great about Portland — the food, of course! ;)

      • We’ll have to plan something, Neely! I’ll be pretty open during the summer so just let me know! :)

        Tell your hubby he doesn’t know what he’s missing! If he is a beer person, he’ll love the micro breweries there!

  3. Great post, Neely! (OK, so what if I might be just a *little* biased…!) Loved looking through all the pictures (uh, except the one with me in it…) and remembering the creativity of the food and the presentation. Lots of great shots in this post…my favorites are the prosciutto croissant, bostock, honey cube cakes, and the open face kimchi cake sandwich.

    • Thanks, Craftinggirl — we’ll have to come back and try some other things — especially that kimchi cake sandwich! Thanks for a very happy and sweet birthday adventure :)

  4. Hi Neels!

    You make food look SOOOOOO good! Looking forward to spending time together in July!

    Love, Marsh

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