Readers Cafe @ Fort Mason

Fort Mason just keeps drawing us back and is becoming an increasingly fun destination in San Francisco for families.  First the Sunday Farmer’s Market, then Off the Grid and also the Fort Mason Adventure we had there last spring break and now the Readers Cafe right by the Fort Mason Book Bay run by Friends of the SF Public Library.

Stacie and I recently met up there for a little catch-up and playdate.  While Luca and Ria busied themselves with the kids’ books, Stacie and I enjoyed some Blue Bottle Coffee and a delicious, chewy and moist granola bar.  I am not a fan of granola bars (usually too try for my liking) but this one is pretty awesome and almost chewy cookie-like.  Readers Cafe features a rotating menu with dishes from La Cocina businesses including our favorite alfajores.  They will soon be adding empanadas to their list of goodies.

The cafe is compact and if you sit at one of the tables closer to the bookstore side you can relax and check your emails (free wireless!) while the kids look over the books in the kids’ section.   Great stop after school for a snack and a quick activity.  You may end up having to buy the kids a book but it is for a good cause.  There is ample parking and once you are done with the cafe and bookstore you can run around outside and wear the little kiddos out.

Summer Food Festivals Coming Your Way

Hungry and looking for something to do? You’re in luck. This weekend is the San Francisco Street Food Festival, Next weekend is Eat Real in Oakland, and you can catch Off the Grid every Friday night at Fort Mason. Check out our earlier post for more details about these yummy events. See you there!

See You at These Summer Street Food Festivals!

There are so many tasty events coming up that we just had to mention a few that are already on our calendars. This barely scratches the surface since there always interesting things (tastings, classes, and other food happenings) going on over at places like CUESA (Center for Urban Education on Sustainable Agriculture/Ferry Building Farmers’ Market), 18 Reasons, and Omnivore Books. Check out their event calendars.

This is the best time of year to take a trip to a farmers’ market to grab some of that gorgeous summer fruit, luscious tomatoes are on their way, too! During this peak season, you can hit a market pretty much any day of the week, so here’s a nice, comprehensive list of Bay Area Famers’ markets from SF Gate.

Happy summer eating! Love, Simran and Stacie

SF Street Food Festival

August 21st 11am to 7pm (Folsom between 25th and 26th Streets)

San Francisco’s Street Food Festival is back and bigger than ever. Come with an empty tummy so you can eat your way through the deliciousness from 4505 Meats, Beretta, Curry Up Now, Slanted Door, Kasa, Flour and Water, Kung Fu Tacos , Delfina, Creme Brulee Cart, and more!!! It’s good for the soul too! The event is hosted by La Cocina, a great nonprofit business incubator that’s helping to nurture low-income food entrepreneurs.


Eat Real Festival

August 27th, 28th, 29th, Jack London Square (Oakland)

A celebration of delicious, affordable and sustainable food. Music, food craft demonstrations (think pizza tossers, noodle pullers, butchers), “urban homesteading” (if you’re curious about canning, jamming, fermenting, pickling — this is for you!), and of course great eats. Some of the Bay Area’s best street food and restaurant vendors will be cooking up amazing (and affordable!) dishes: tacos a hundred different ways, BBQ, flat-bread, noodles, curry, falafel, ice cream and more! We’re excited to try Pizza Politana, Adobo Hobo, Sam’s Chowder Van, and Ici Ice Cream just to name a few. Find the whole list of who’ll be there right here.


Off the Grid

Fridays, 5-9pm, Fort Mason Parking Lot

We love this evening street food market for a fun alternative to Friday “pizza night” for the family. For more flavor on this event, check out the guest post from our friend Liz Farrell. Bring a jacket and a bunch of cash because you’ll want to taste a little of everything. Get there early to make sure you get your pick of menu items.