A rotating exhibit of the things I love most about living in San Francisco.

food snapshots

dessert landscapes series, sfogliatelle

sfogliatelle at Fiore Cafe, the Mission, San Francisco, CA

sfogliatelle at Fiore Cafe, the Mission, San Francisco, CA

Sfogliatelle at Fiore Cafe, the Mission, San Francisco, CA

Sfogliatelle at Fiore Cafe, the Mission, San Francisco, CA

This pastry is quite a sight to behold, and it is equally delicious. Filled with a sweet ricotta filling redolent of citrus, the dough is a perfectly-formed crescent of beautifully scalloped, thin, buttery, flaky, magnificent layers. I’d love to see how these are made. . .  incredible!

Fiore Cafe

3599 24th St
(between San Jose Ave & Guerrero St)
San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
(415) 642-4822
Hours: Mon-Fri 7 am – 6 pm; Sat-Sun 8 am – 6 pm

dessert landscapes series, blueberry waffle

blueberry waffle at the Blue Fig, the Mission, San Francisco, CA

blueberry waffle at the Blue Fig, the Mission, San Francisco, CA

blueberry waffle at the Blue Fig

blueberry waffle at the Blue Fig

the Blue Fig
990 Valencia St
(between Liberty St & 21st St)
San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 875-9622

Hours: Mon-Fri 7 am – 7 pm

Sat-Sun 7:30 am – 7 pm


Teach Pie.

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It’s been nearly four years since my first trip to Mission Pie, a wonderful oasis for homespun dessert and savoury pies located in the Mission District of San Francisco. I was new to the food community then, and eager to learn more about it. I wanted to learn more about the provenance of the wonderful ingredients being used in the meals that I was enjoying. My eyes were being opened to the wealth that is the abundance of the Bay Area’s local produce.

I’d started taking photos, too, with my new digital camera and many of those pictures were of my food. I began to post photos of memorable meals on Flickr and Yelp, together with reviews of my experiences both good and bad. I wanted to document my excitement for what I was discovering and for what I was learning, all at the same time. And, I wanted to connect with others who shared my passion. And my passion was fed.

It’s funny now to think that something as quintessentially homespun as a warm-from-the-oven pie could be a novel new player on the bakery scene but then, it was. At a time when bakeries were vying for the top cupcake, a bakery devoted to the humble pie seemed novel and maybe even bold. No one was doing pie then. I sought out Mission Pie soon after it opened and on that visit, after tasting that perfectly cooked crust and the luminous brightness of the fruit inside, even then remarked to my friend that pie ‘just might be’ the new cupcake. Was I right? Maybe not quite on the grander scale but for me, it sure is! And I wanted to learn more. . .

slice of Mission Pie

What I also learned on this first visit made me love this business even more. Mission Pie is the retail outlet for a bigger picture and a bigger story. All the ingredients which comprise every one of those gorgeous pies comes from a ranch, the Pie Ranch, located outside the city on the San Mateo Coast. Bees make the honey, fruit falls from the trees, wheat is milled to flour, and the spirit, hard work and love of farmers and volunteers all come together there so that you and I may enjoy the fruits of their labor here, and I was- and am- blown away and moved by that concept.

photo by Yelp's Dana W.

Founded in 2002, The Pie Ranch is a working farm, not only producing food but producing change. Their mission (Mission Pie) is to feed and nourish the body, the mind, the consciousness and the broader community by educating people as to where their food comes from and how it gets to one’s table. The Ranch welcomes students from inner city schools and introduces them to the country, all the while teaching farming and an appreciation for where food comes from. They mentor adults who want to learn to farm sustainably.

So they’re doing far more than growing food or even making pies…they’re making a difference. You can see this passion in the eyes of every single person in this video and I invite you to check it out:

via Teach Pie. on Vimeo.

The Pie Ranch apprenticeship program gives apprentices the skills needed to become the next generation of successful farmers.

Pie Ranch is an education farm whose mission it is to inspire and connect people to know the source of their food, and to work together to bring greater health to the food system from seed to table.

pieranch.org/​

Thanks to Nancy, Jered, Amy and all the apprentices and interns!

Mission Pie  

2901 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 282-1500

Hours:

Mon-Thu 7 am – 9 pm

Fri 7 am – 10 pm

Sat 8 am – 10 pm

Sun 9 am – 9 pm


dessert landscapes series: croissant, by Tartine

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the croissant, Tartine Bakery, San Francisco

Tartine Bakery
600 Guerrero St
(between 18th St & 19th St)
San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
(415) 487-2600
www.tartinebakery.com


dessert landscapes series: the jalousie by thorough bread & pastry

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the 'jalousie', by Thorough Bread & Pastry, Church St, SF

 

Thorough Bread and Pastry
248 Church St (between Market St & 15th St)
San Francisco, CA 94114

Neighborhood: Castro


Snap Good Photos in Restaurants

link to norecipes.com post

link to norecipes.com post

Here’s a great article from one of our favorite food blogs, [No Recipes]. Marc Matsumoto is not only a photographer but an artist when it comes to preparing food. You can’t ask for food photography tips from a more knowledgeable source! LOVE the tip about balancing your point and shoot camera on a water glass in low light conditions. Check it out:

Snap Good Photos in Restaurants.

(disclaimer: it’s unabashedly a commercial for Sony products too, and we make no endorsement of them here…never used them. Delfina Restaurant on the other hand, we LOVE. You should go there;-)

Marc also happens to be a gifted writer. He cooks improvisationally, hence the name of the blog, and the narrative of his posts is as much about his day, his inspiration and his process as it is about the food. We love the way he weaves food, socializing and a moment in time together, reminding us why we love to cook and . . .  celebrate food.

Check out the blog.

But darn, he shot this video mere blocks from MUS•e•YUM H.Q. So bummed to have missed out on meeting him in person. Marc, come back! We’ll take you to Starstream on the company expense account!


dessert landscapes series, blueberry muffin by Thorough Bread and Pastry

Blueberry Muffin, by Thorough Bread and Pastry

Blueberry Muffin, by Thorough Bread and Pastry

Blueberry Muffin, Thorough Bread, SF

Blueberry Muffin, Thorough Bread, SF

Thorough Bread and Pastry
248 Church St (between Market St & 15th St)
San Francisco, CA 94114

Neighborhood: Castro


dessert landscapes series: coffee cake at Thorough Bread and Pastry

 

coffee cake, by Thorough Bread and Pastry

coffee cake, by Thorough Bread and Pastry, Church Street, SF

 

 

Thorough Bread and Pastry

248 Church St (between Market St & 15th St)

San Francisco, CA 94114

Neighborhood: Castro


dessert landscapes series: dynamo donut

 

the lemon/pistachio doughnut @ Dynamo Donuts, San Francisco

the lemon/pistachio doughnut @ Dynamo Donuts, San Francisco

 

 


dessert landscape series: croissant @ Tartine

 

croissant, Tartine Bakery, the Mission, San Francisco

croissant, Tartine Bakery, the Mission, San Francisco