Food is a archetypal need. So one of the first orders of business in a new city is finding out where to eat and where to buy food. Despite the current wet, wet, wet weather, we are enjoying exploring our neighbourhood for its food offerings.
I knew about the Ferry Building — right on the Embarcadero (where the freeway was pulled down) and renovated into mainly food shops and restaurants.
There is a busy farmers market outside on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/ From the web site: The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is a California certified farmers market operated by the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA).
This shows the interior space — really an urban street — quite beautiful in various types of light. Certainly supporting the 100 mile diet and local food producers — but at a price.
And here is an exterior shot — we did experience some sun last week so we know that it CAN look like this.
Thinking that we probably shouldn’t be calling the Ferry Building shops our mainstay food shopping place, we tried out some other options. There is a Safeway a few blocks from the apartment — but it was really not a great experience and food quality was so-so. Won’t go back there, partly because the route there just isn’t that spatially interesting.
Which brings me to the point — the path is important to us. How we get to where we are going is a critical part of the experience.
For example, to get to the Ferry Building from our place we have a choice of different paths — we can stroll down Clay Street on the side of the Embarcadero Centre shops or we have 3 possible routes through the Embarcadero complex itself — which is a 70s urban design effort (started in 1968 and ended in 1983) that still seems to work very well from a path experience sense (although one can see retail disappearing and medical offices on the increase).
There are various levels to explore and in this heavy rain it is a real advantage to be able to wend one’s way through beautiful spaces to the destination — food. Or we can walk down Sacramento or California past restaurants we have yet to try out.
Next blog — the path to Whole Foods.