San Rafael is located in Marin County, a mere 20 minutes over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. One of my closest friends lives there and this is her local market. I really wanted to check out the farmer's market at the ferry building in the city but time was permitting. This market however blew my mind. Its literally 3 times the size of Union Square Greenmarket which I frequent. California kinda puts us to shame, just when I thought we had a big market. But saying that, it makes sense since so much is growing just right over the hill.
They had a really nice selection of seafood and fresh oysters. Oysters the size of my hand, which they grill and drown in butter. In addition to the four rows of veggies exploding out of the stalls, you will find incredible flowers, and food vendors. Fish tacos, roasted chicken, indian food, you name it, its there. With the addition of some local craftsmen and live music I could of easily chilled here for hours.
Firstly the fruit in California and Mexico are insanely delicious. I was blown away by the fruit during our trip to Tulum, Mexico and now I know that its the entire west coast. It makes eating fruit anywhere else seem like a total utter disappointment. No exaggeration, when you pop a berry into your mouth that is total perfection. The ripe fruit that had just been basking in the sun absorbing all that sweet goodness. It pops in your mouth and you can taste the warmth and smell the terroir. Blackberries grow wild along roads, tempting you to stop at ever bush. The smell of Northern California is one I will never tire of. The slight breeze carrying the smell of pine, wild fennel and the sweet scent from flowers. Even in the city the air is clean, fresh and smells of flowers. A nice change from the trash smelling streets of NYC. I am not sure how they pulled it off but maybe we need to take after them.
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese is one company I feel I need to talk about. Their cheeses were so bloody delicious that I have been searching every shop in town trying to find it here on the East Coast. Their blue cheese is extremely well known in the area and for good reason. Its perfection and their mozzarella some of the best Ive ever had. Serious kudos, and I will be visiting them when I go back. Must have more Point Reyes Blue CHEESE! If you've had it then you know!
Sonoma, Napa and Point Reyes are serious foodie spots.Within a 20-30 minute drive from the city you are a redwood forest, a vineyard or on the beautiful coast. I really didn't have enough time! I want to spend months exploring every winery in Sonoma & Napa. I didn't make it to Marshall where all the oysters come from (bummed). There are so many things I want see. I need to spend a more time in the city eating at all of the awesome restaurants I have on my list. San Francisco I will be back! Saying that I did see a lot in the few days I was there.
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