Specialty food stores?
I'm looking for great specialty food stores, candy, cheese and the like, in Northern CA, so I can put together a shopping tour for myself. Coastal, inland, mountains, all are fair game. Thanks in advance for your advice.
You should post on the California board for places outside of the Bay Area.
Boccalone Salumeria - 1 Ferry Building # 21 San Francisco, CA
Cheeseboard Collective - 1504 Shattuck Ave Berkeley, CA
Farmstead Cheeses and Wines - 6218 La Salle Ave Oakland, CA
Fatted Calf - 644-C First Street Napa, CA
Koreana Plaza - 2328 Telegraph Ave Oakland, CA
Lehr's German Specialties - 1581 Church St San Francisco, CA
Mitsuwa - 675 Saratoga Ave San Jose, CA - Japanese supermarket
Nordic House - 3421 Telegraph Ave Oakland, CA
Oasis Market - 3045 Telegraph Ave Oakland, CA - Middle Eastern
Pasta Shop - 5655 College Ave Oakland, CA - wide selection of stuff
Sousa's Discount Food & Liquor - 1584 Washington Blvd Fremont, CA - Portuguese
Spanish Table - 1814 San Pablo Ave Berkeley, CA
The Gourmet Corner - 873 N San Mateo Drive San Mateo, CA - French
Tokyo Fish Market - 1220 San Pablo Ave Albany, CA - Japanese grocery
Zand Market - 1401 Solano Ave Albany, CA - Persian
re: Robert Lauriston
The best Portuguese market in the Bay Area is Trade Rite Market located in the Little Portugual section of Alum Rock which has some great bakeries (especially Popular), a terrific fish shop specializing in dried fish, a Portuguese cafe (Docato) and restaurant (Sousa's)
Other Portuguese stores in this list
Royal Market in SF is one of the best Eastern European marketis in the Bay Area. Other markets with addresses can be found in these lists
Favorites of mine in those lists are Crossroads World Market (prefer Palo Alto location to Hayward), Delikatesi (Concord), Dittmar's (Mountain View), Euromart (Palo Alto), Israel Kosher (SF), New World Market (SF), Polish Deli (Palo Alto), Russian Family Bakery and Deli (San Bruno), Seakor (I prefer Campbell to SF), Winmart (Sunnyvale), Gastronam (SF)
Raymond & Co, Glen Ellen
Whole Spice, Oxbow Market Napa
Raymond & Co
388 Devlin Road, Napa, CA 94558
Miette Confiserie for a good (albeit overpriced) selection of specialty candies and chocolates, both imported and domestic.
Paulette Macarons- pretty decent macarons. Can't find truly outstanding ones in the city that I know of, and certainly nothing comparable to Paris. With that said, these are still quite lovely and worth checking out. They also sell Mariage Freres tea.
Humphrey Slocombe- crazy ice cream maker churning out flavors like Olive Oil, salt and pepper, foie gras, candied jalapeno-strawberry, coca-cola/red wine sorbet...flavors change all the time.
Wandering through the Ferry Building is always fun. Same for the Alemany Market.
If you head down the coast you can hit the Trifecta of Phipps Store in Pescadero, house of many, many dried legumes and specialty vinegars, then very nearby is Harley Goat Farm with many fine chevre interpretations. The ricotta is fantastic. Don't miss a look at the hayloft turned dining room. North of there in El Granada is Creekside Smokehouse, where even butter isn't safe from the smoke treatment.
I feel like this follows up on this thread - would everyone mind sharing where they buy their salt? I am putting together a salt sampler as a Christmas gift (seems to be the 'thing' this year). I usually do my tea/salt/jam/cheese shopping at Country Cheese on Hopkins in Berkeley. They have about 6 types of salt behind the counter: Fleur de Sel, gray sea salt, smoked salt, Balinese sea salt, and Himalayan pink salt. They also have lavender salt, but I'm not so sure I'd include that. I saw they also have packaged Flor de Sal right now.
Where do you buy your salt?
1578 Hopkins St, Berkeley, CA
Seems like an overly broad request. I'm surprised this hasn't turned into a gusher of links. But here are a few more to stir the pot. I'll hold off on the bakeries and butchers and the larger markets unless those are fair game too?
1100 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
373 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
24th Street Cheese Company
3893 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
La Palma Mexicatessen
2884 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
1585 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94706