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Aug 21, 2014 02:14 PM

Food Souvenirs from San Francisco

Hey all,

I'll be in SF this weekend and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations on the best local food/drinks to bring back as souvenirs. I live in Houston so we have quite a melting pot of foods available, but I was looking for local products that would travel well to bring home to family and friends (any myself!)


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    1. re: wolfe

      That's what I would suggest, too. I'm still kicking myself for not doing it the last time I was in SF.

      1. re: wolfe

        Second/Third. The Ferry Building is actually filled with authetic SF food/gift items. It's one of those rare places that's set up for ease of convenience for visitors/tourists but the vendors and restaurants and farmer's market (on certain days) are absolutely authentic, local and the majority are extremely good.

        1. The Ferry Plaza truly does have a lot of great local stuff, many options to choose from.

          This is an old topic, but I think all of the recommendations are still solid:

          1. bottle of oysters, Swan Oyster Depot.

            fatted calf beef jerky.

            plum preserves, Judy (name ???0

            reichutti chocolates.

            charcuterie from molinari.

            pre-packed pints from sketch ice cream.

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            1. re: kevin

              Are you thinking of June Taylor Preserves?

              1. I truly have no time to go to the Ferry Plaza before my trip next week and am kicking myself for not thinking about it when I was there 2 weeks ago. So I will either get a box of See's Candy (the night before I travel) or a loaf of Boudin's sourdough bread at the airport...

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                1. re: alwayshungrygal

                  A quick search showed that evidently See's are available in the Houston airport. LOL. Who'd have thunk? I was almost embarrassed a few years ago when I took some friends a load of Boudin's SD. Really blah. How about some cute cable car snow globes?!?!? :)

                  1. re: c oliver

                    I'm not surprised. I was in Las Vegas about 15 years ago and there was a Ghiradelli Chocolate shop near Harrah's.

                    My niece wants something edible that her fiance hasn't had, and he hasn't had sourdough bread or See's. I guess they can't get them in Atlanta, or he just hasn't had them anywhere else he's lived...I think he's from Arkansas.

                    1. re: alwayshungrygal

                      How about chicken feet?!?!?!? Just kidding :)