Saturday was a bright, beautiful day in San Francisco. Vendors lined up at the Ferry building, their stalls lined with squashes, greens, and the first Dungeness crabs of the season. And Mariposa bakery opened their San Francisco location, inside the spectacular Ferry building plaza, right across from Sur La Table.
The space is light and fresh, with a small table featuring sweets like chocolate chip cookies and the to-die-for brownies. A large wire rack holds breads, bagels, and spiced loaves of pumpkin bread and coffee cakes. The freezer wasn't working yet, but they expect to have it up and running this week. There, the legendary frozen goods like pizza crusts and rosemary rolls will make their SF debut. I ran into the owner, Patti, outside at the farmer's market, purchasing some rainbow chard and she is ecstatic about their SF location. Almost as ecstatic as me! Look at those smiling faces, manning the SF gluten free shop.
I practiced some gluten free restraint and only purchased perfect foccacia bread, a triple truffle brownie, and a 4 pack of cinnamon rolls. I'll be back later this week to pick up my rosemary rolls for Thanksgiving dinner and the long awaited leftover turkey sandwich on Friday afternoon. Though the SF location is so, so sweet, I have to admit I'll still make the occasional trek to Oakland, just to take in the rich smells of freshly baking bread. Nothing can replace that gluten free experience.