Just Add Blogger: A Girl on the Go’s Guide to San Francisco, The Ferry Building


The life of a food blogger is exactly how you picture it. It is a fast-paced thrill ride filled with meet ‘n greets & things to eat. Sometimes, one does not even have the time to chew. But the food blogger doesn’t sweat it. After all, she is a professional and remains cool as a cucumber. The food blogger has dining down to a T; she knows to keep her horizons widened, to be open to experiencing everything from spaghetti to sea urchin, to inquire about the chef’s favorite dish, and most importantly the cocktail best paired with it.

What is it that keeps the food blogger so calm and collected? Some call it instinct, some say it is a certain je ne sais quoi, and others call it hunger. Whichever sixth sense the food blogger holds, it is up to her to know that there are times she must throw it out the window and just chow down.

I spent last weekend on assignment in San Francisco. My first stop was the Ferry Building Marketplace. A collection of local shops, cafés, and eateries of all kinds, the Marketplace remains a forum to buy local foods in all forms. Vegan donuts, New World beans and spices, and fresh oysters are just a few of the unique treats within reach. The Ferry Building is the perfect home to the Marketplace; the food and fun of a traditional bazaar meets the busy bustle of Grand Central Station, all while keeping the California cool of the West Coast.

A crowd gathered around the Cowgirl Creamery Sidekick Cafe & Milk Bar for mouthwatering grilled cheese sandwiches, made with artisan cheese and bread sourced all the way from a neighboring Marketplace resident, Acme Bread Company. I noticed a long line forming from the San Francisco Fish Company, so naturally I joined in to try what would be my very first oysters. Next I stopped at Rancho Gordo New World Specialty Foods, whose non-GMO heirloom beans have reached familiarity in restaurants across the country.

If you’ve only got an afternoon in the city, my advice is to spend it at the Marketplace, where there’s plenty to see and taste. Grab a snack and head outside for waterfront dining, or get your coffee to go and see where your feet take you. In a city with so much to offer, the Marketplace in the Ferry Building does a perfect job of gathering the best of the best into a food blogger’s paradise.