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Required stops in SF for a foodie?

Taking a trip to San Francisco next weekend and know my first stop will be the Ferry Building Farmers Market. I hear that there are usually chef demonstrations there on Saturday mornings. So what else would you recommend to someone who's VERY into food? Not looking for restaurant recommendations, just looking for anything else food-related that this foodie-oriented city might have to offer.

P.S. - Also trying to do a side trip to Napa so open to recommendations in Napa and on the way there.

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  1. The hot must-visit restaurant near the Ferry Building is La Mar Cebicheria Peruana which is in the historic Pier 1 1/2 next door. Even if you just stroll over there for a pisco sour, it's worth a visit.

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    1. re: sfwork

      La Mar is certainly hot, but I wouldn't recommend a visit. Big corporate-feeling place, mediocre/uneven food. A pisco sour there would be pretty nice, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

      1. re: 99paa

        Well, 7x7 magazine has them on their 100 things to try before you die list:
        http://www.7x7.com/content/eat-drink/...

        1. re: sfwork

          Have you eaten there? What do you like? I haven't been in any rush to give it a try. While the majority of the 7x7 list is old reliables, there are some clunkers on it like the cheeseburger at Taylors or the spiced chocolate donut at Dynamo.

          Anyway, the website for the farmers market has a weekly email that says what is doing that week. You can sign up to get it delivered on Friday, or check their website. Here's last week's email
          http://www.cuesa.org/cuesa/e-letter/a...

          From that link for Saturday, April 4

          10:15 am - Seasonal cooking demonstration and book signing
          Stephanie Rosenbaum, author of author of The Astrology Cookbook: A Cosmic Guide to Feasts of Love

          11:00 am - Seasonal cooking demonstration
          Bibby Gignilliat, Parties that Cook

          Oxbow Public Market is a good suggestion for Napa.

          What day are you planning to go to Napa? There are some different options based on the day of the week such as farmers markets or restaurant specials.

    2. Liguria Bakery (Stockton Street@Washington Square) specializes in focaccia. It is a very old-school place. When they sell out of what they have made for the day, they close. Get there before noon.

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      1. re: DavidT

        Stop in at XOX Truffles after foccacia at Liguria. It's just a couple of blocks away.

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        XOX Truffles
        754 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

        Liguria Bakery
        1700 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

      2. You may want to check out Le Sanctuaire. It's a great place for information on unusual spices, high end food magazines and books, and molecular gastronomy. I have not come across a store like this anywhere else.

        T: 415.986.4216
        F: 415.986.4217
        Hours: Mon-Fri: 10:30 am - 4:30 pm BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

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        Le Sanctuaire
        315 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94108

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        1. re: baybritta

          The Le Sanctuaire hours above are misleading. They are open M-F 10:30 am - 4:30 pm and on Saturday by appointment only

          1. re: Paul H

            Re Le Sanctuaire, it is by appointment only now (as of March 1, 2009). I found this out the hard way on Monday...

          1. You could stop at the Oxbow Market in Napa. Its kind of like Ferry Building lite. The food gardens next door at Copia are really cool too.

              1. I did just find out that the CIA at Greystone is in St. Helena, not far away from Napa. Maybe worth a visit?

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                1. re: italyvespa

                  I don't know if there's a whole lot to see/do at CIA -- it's mostly a school, not a tourist destination. St. Helena is about half an hour drive north of the city of Napa, which is at the mouth of the Napa Valley. Most of the wineries are north of the city of Napa on either Hwy 29 or the Silverado Trail, so if you're at all interested in visiting wineries, you might as well head up that way. There are other foodie things to do/see in and around St. Helena, including Woodhouse Chocolate.

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                  Woodhouse Chocolate
                  1367 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574