The next morning after having chai we walked to the Ferry Building Farmer's Market. This place is like foodie heaven. It's amazing how comforting cooking is and how food in general provides a great way to explore a new city through local ingredients and influences. When I was deciding between job offers, my dad teased me that one of my criteria must be the foodie-ness of the city!
We ate my absolutely favorite chilaquiles on a bench over looking the Bay Bridge. It is quite possible that these chilaquiles may have influenced my decision to move to SF when I visited in June.
After we ate, we browsed the stands at the farmers market and decided on the menu for dinner: butternut squash, brussels sprouts panzanella, roasted beets with fresh chevre from Cowgirl Creamery and pistachios, and pomegranate and persimmon arugula salad- seriously this salad has become such a popular request! Not only are the colors gorgeous but it is one of those salads that I just can't stop eating. It is a good thing that people keep asking me to make it for them!
Our morning was spent wandering the stalls of the farmer's market, an absolutely perfect way to spend a Saturday morning in SF. Have you ever seen Buddha's hand citron? It sort of looks like a cross between a lemon and a squid.
We cooked up a feast for dinner and invited over another friend from college who also recently moved to SF. We reminisced about college, while sharing cooking tips for busy work schedules. It was interesting to hear two incredibly smart, successful and driven women talk about their experiences balancing ridiculously impressive careers, Indian cultural values, and married life as they start to think about building a family. I took a different path than both of them by going to graduate school essentially right after college so I am only now starting my career. I admire and respect both of them and can only hope to be able to be half as amazing as them at figuring it all out.
It's amazing what a weekend with a good friend can do for you. Thank you MS, I mean MR, for a lovely visit, miss you already. ♥