SFO Produce…


On our quick stopover in San Francisco a few months ago, we stayed with good friends in their incredibly charming home with a beautiful view of the downtown San Francisco skyline. More on their home (and particularly kitchen) in follow-up posts, but here is a glimpse of some of the produce I purchased for a dinner which I had the honor of preparing in their fabulous kitchen with a spectacular stove… Above, a simply gorgeous head of treviso, a type of radicchio lettuce. It has the same bite and slight bitterness to it, but the leaves are a more elegant elongated shape. I love treviso in a salad with young arugula, endive and a simple olive oil and balsamic dressing but that’s another story…


Probably the last week or two of heirloom tomatoes were still on offer in abundance in local markets, and I went a bit crazy, finding it hard to resist not putting every single type of them in my market basket.


More uniformly deep tomato red specimens were displayed nearby, beside those incredibly consistent and rather delicious small avocados…


Finally, really small artichokes, say just two inches wide also caught our eye at the market and I added a dozen or so to the cart, not even really sure what to do with them, and never having cooked them this small in size before… Up next, the meal we made that evening… :)

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6 Responses

  1. I love treviso lettuce! Apart from salads, they can be grilled nicely (cut in half lengthwise first) then drizzled with olive oil. They’re milder (and sweeter) than the chioggia radicchio which can’t really be grilled.

  2. I want to reach through my screen and grab a few of those avocadoes. They’re like gold here! Approximately $10 US per half a kilo. My guacomole and avocado shakes are few and far between these days.

  3. Mila, I live here in Sugarland Texas, and we have alot of those avocados you mentioned. Groceries sells them 2 or 3 for a dollar. Having a huge population of mexican/hispanics, this fruit is well consumed. Wow, knowing how expensive it is in your area, makes me realize how the demand really jumps the price up. Just like some of the tropical fruit that I crave for here, they are pretty expensive, i.e. “atis” and langka. But in the Philippines, they are just in my cousins backyard. Same with veggies abundant here, back in Pinas, they are pretty tight to find. Oh.. well…we crave for what we don’t see or what we don’t have..

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