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Marin Farmers Market

Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium

10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, CA 94903

San Rafael

Farmers Market

Find | Bread

On Thursday, I go to the Marin Farmers Market and we usually we get here around 8 o’clock. It’s beautiful and almost the same size as the Ferry building. It’s got some different vendors, some people who don’t come on Saturdays go here.

Tartine Bakery

600 Guerrero Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

T: 415.487.2600



Chad Robertson's bread at Tartine is really great. It has a beautiful texture and the crust is amazing. He searches out the best grains and flours to make the bread, so he has a really fantastic product. The sesame loaf is my favorite. There’s a lot of stuff that’s great on the menu that I really like, but it’s the sesame loaf overall.



Chef Joshua Skenes is the co-owner and chef of the recently re-opened and re-located Michelin two-starred restaurant Saison. He has been named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs. Raised in Jacksonville, FL, he worked with chef Michael Mina before joining forces with sommelier Mark Bright to open Saison.

Recommended By:

- Chef Traci Des Jardins of Jardiniere, Public House and Mijita in San Francisco, CA

Chef Joshua Skenes | Recommendations

February 13, 2013

Photographs courtesy of Saison

Saison - San Francisco, CA

Find | Farmers Markets

Find | Ice Cream

Bi-Rite Creamery

3692 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

T: 415.626.5600


Ice Cream / Bakery

I love ice cream and Bi-Rite has really good ice cream. I love something that’s kind of a lighter texture, but very creamy. But not because it has a ton of cream in it, it’s because of the way it’s made. They just emulsify it correctly, they do their bases really well. They whip a lot of air into it, so it’s kind of light. The flavors are always good. Their salted caramel is always good. But really, go here and try anything.

Chez Panisse

1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

T: 510.548.5525

Gourmet Ghetto

Farmers Market

The birthplace of simple Californian food and it’s still delicious as ever. It’s food that you want to eat all the time.

Eat | Restaurants


1332 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

T: 415.826.0825

Noe Valley

Japanese / Sushi

I really like Hamano, it's somewhere I go all the time. It’s really good and you form a relationship with the sushi chef which is just so nice. Ironically, the sushi chef’s name is Jiro.

My Canh

626 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

T: 415.397.8888

Russian Hill


They have a great rare beef salad and a Dungeness crab noodle soup, really good. They shave their beef really thin and top it with a dressing that is basically water, fish sauce, vinegar, sugar, chili, garlic and sometimes lime. They serve it with lettuce and topped with little crispy shallots and garlic and a lot of different herbs, delicious.

Z & Y Restaurant

655 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

T: 415.981.8988

Gourmet Ghetto

Farmers Market

It’s Schezuan food and it’s really good. I have a lot of favorite dishes here. There is a pickled cabbage and fish soup which is delicious. It’s a pickled mustard green that adds really nice acidity to the soup. There’s a beef tendon dish which is made with a mala sauce. It’s the base in a lot of spicy dishes for Schezuan food and it has hot, sour, salty and sweet. A really good mala sauce is a very addicting thing. They put it on pig ears, on beef tendon and on dumplings. All four of these dishes are really good. They also have a drunken chicken dish that’s delicious.

Imperial Tea Court

San Francisco | Embarcadero

San Francisco Ferry Building, 1 Embarcadero , San Francisco, CA 94111

T: 415.544.9830

Berkeley | Gourmet Ghetto

1511 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

T: 510.540.8888

Multiple Locations

Tea Store / Tea Room

They have the best commercial tea available. I go here all the time and all the teas are really good. Really phenomenal tea only exists in private collections, but this is good as it gets commercially. Start with the basics, like Green Oolong. It’s a lighter shade of oolong tea and has a very grassy buttery kind of smooth finish and body. It has a nice texture to it. This one is in the Ferry Building and it's kind of traditional tea house. They also have one in Berkeley that I like a lot too.

Drink | Tea