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Breakfast at Tartine Manufactory, Lunch at Zuni Café

By the time I boarded the plane yesterday late afternoon, I was quite full. As well as contented, happy, blissful and had a big smile on my face. The day started with breakfast at Tartine Manufactory with a friend, and lunch began with a big bowl of famous Zuni Café polenta with parmesan and a big dollop of marscapone studded with fresh cracked pepper. I actually did a bit of work in between those two meals, but when in San Francisco food almost always tops the list of memories of the trip. If/when you visit that fine city, put both on your dining list. The sensory experience of both eateries quite something and the food utterly divine.



A Day at The Fancy Food Show in SF

Oh what a treat to walk the aisles finding new edible treats for our shelves at Watson Kennedy. San Francisco is one of my all-time favorite cities, so that never hurts. The vibe & sophistication of the place near and dear to my heart. I tried my darndest to click-away a few images, but as you know, I get in the zone. This show I carried my phone in my hand most of the time which helped tremendously as it was a reminder to take more photos. Here is a bit of what I saw and what I bought at the show, coming our way soon to WK.



Tartine All Day

I have been a huge fan of all things Tartine for ages, so when I saw a big stack of these books had arrived and were sitting on the back counter waiting to go out on the floor, I let out a small holler of pure glee. Liz Prueitt is a goddess in the food world, and I adore any and all things she creates. On my recent trip to SF for the Fancy Food show, an homage to the new Tartine Manufactory was at the top of my list. Had a beyond memorable meal there with the ‘birthday breakfast’ gang who flew down for a 36 hour dine/laugh-fest. Every detail of the space and the meal is indelibly marked in my brain. Sorry to gush, but when folks do something SO well, I love to share it and savor in the details. You now get my supreme happiness when I saw Tartine All Day had finally arrived. I have really gotten into the concept of the ‘home’ cook, and books that celebrate that. That is why I was so taken with Colu Henry’s new book, which btw, the signing the other evening was a blast and was such a fun party! So often books/recipes are geared and written as if we are all pros. I love being a home cook and am always looking for ways to improve. The tag line for this book is: Modern Recipes For The Home Cook. Well there you have it, it was calling our names! Think sour cream coffee cake, stuffed dates, simple crab bisque, vegetable slaw and romanesco salad. I could go on and on. Honored to be stocking this at the shop and on the website.



SF Ferry Building Tulips

This Flower Friday brought to you from the awesome Ferry Building in San Francisco. An outdoor farmers market in front of the building greeted us as we hopped out of the taxi. The Ferry Building is a ‘must see’ when in the city. The shops & the eateries stellar, the entire place just feels good. It is a visual feast. We had breakfast there and then got on a ferry to Larkspur in Marin to shop for a few hours. The gorgeous day dictating our schedule, the idea of being out on the water for a bit was just perfect. Oh, and these heavenly tulips, oh my! Dreamy in their variation of color and their poetic dance.



A Good Yolk

Funny how a recurring theme can start to happen in the matter of a day. Dining in San Francisco has always been one of favorite things in this divine city. The humble but glorious egg yolk the recurring theme on my culinary adventures. Above on pasta at Zuni Cafe and below on prime beef tartare at Wayfare Tavern. Breaking open magically creating this most amazing sauce. Natural beauty.



The San Francisco Fancy Food Show

Always an amazing sensory & culinary experience, the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco never fails to delight. From some of the largest food vendors in the world to the artisan maker, similar to when I walk a gift show, I am in search of the gems in a sea of much & many. Here is a bit of what caught my eye on Day 1 of my buying.



A Classic: Agraria Bitter Orange

20160426-062851.jpg A classic to me is something that stands the test of time. When I walk around the shops there are certain goods that we have stocked since we first opened in 1998. Many of those things had been around for quite a few years at that point. Close to 20 years added to that and ‘classic’ status is achieved. Agraria, once a little shop in San Francisco creating exquisite bath & home products, was the initial maker of their bitter orange. The product line was later sold and then moved to Los Angeles where they continue to make the beloved Agraria bitter orange. Candles, room spray, bath salts, bar soap, lotion, bath gel and liquid hand soap–we stock it all. The scent unmistakable. A classic.



Zuni Cafe

20160127-070121.jpg Wine & Dine Wednesday is about a place I most certainly would deem a classic in every sense, Zuni Cafe in San Francisco. I have written in the past of my love for this place where the memorable meals are indelibly marked in my memory. The taxi dropping me off last week and the moment I stepped out of the car, the unmistakable scent of firewood burning in their wood oven wafted over me like a warm embrace from an old friend. The service always impeccable and always incredibly friendly, which seems rarer & rarer these days. You feel like you are sitting in someone’s comfortable home. Comfort both in environment as well as food is where Zuni excels. Quite possibly one of the finest roast chickens on the planet, cooked to perfection to order, that has been imitated the globe over by other restaurants. A burger so perfectly done you could shed a tear. What is in season reigns supreme, so you are assured the vegetables are going to be sublime. A hearty bowl of polenta, which seems so basic and simple, is quite possibly the most perfect comfort food. Until the heaping, overflowing bowl of shoestring potatoes is delivered to your table. Fish so fresh and cooked with fresh herbs you will dream about it later, I promise. All housed in a setting on Market Street where the large glass windows allows a bit of San Francisco to pass you by. If you find yourself in the Bay Area, a Zuni lunch or dinner on the agenda will be a highlight of your trip.

Happy mid-week all! We arrived to Hawthorne last night. Look for Hudson Valley posts coming your way…



The Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco

It can be a tad bit challenging explaining how massive this show is, but let me give it a try. It occupies both sides of the Moscone Center, food vendors from around the globe exhibit, and the aisles are so deep with buyers you can barely move. There, I think I did it. Of course, I am in pure heaven. So many choices. It makes finding a winner a bit exhilarating, as you have looked at tooooons of stuff to get to that point. I found lots of winners yesterday. More today, for sure. Here are a few of the treats coming to our shelves.






INNA jam.

20141009-040715.jpg My trip to San Francisco the other week produced a new find for Watson Kennedy. I was served this stellar jam when my friend and host Betsy served it at breakfast on the Saturday morning of my visit. I was hooked! Plus I adore the packaging. Win/win in my book. These are going to make the BEST holiday gifts. The shop order arrived yesterday and they have found a very happy home on our shelves.

INNA jam makes fresh, seasonal jams from organic fruit sourced within 150 miles of their Emeryville, California kitchen. By sourcing produce directly from local organic farmers they are able to get the best possible fruit–fruit that’s picked ripe and is absolutely fresh. Their single-varietal jams are crafted so that each fruit varietal’s unique essence and natural subtleties shine through in bright flavors. A jar of jam contains fruit from a single source. They don’t mix fruit, they don’t add herbs, spices or flavorings. INNA jam tastes like the freshly picked fruit from which it was made, each jar a time capsule of flavor. I am so excited to offer this amazing jam at WK.

Happy Thursday all. We are up and out early to catch a flight. Hawthorne, here we come!