Put me in a shopping mall and I assure you, within half an hour, I’ll be bored. I can’t afford the glitz and glamor — that lifestyle just isn’t for me. Jewelry, clothes and handbags are all dead products to me. They’re useless weight. As if I need more clutter in my life.
Stuff me inside an artisanal food market and I will be occupied for hours. I love the permutations of jams, chocolates, and cheeses. I love the texture of mushrooms and taste of expensive olive oils, infused with citrus notes. I like reading the names of teas I can never pronounce and tasting the deep briny flavor of oysters — freshly shucked and paired with cocktail sauce.
This is why I gravitate towards food. Unlike clothes, you never get a chance to get sick of it. It’s alive and ever-changing. It has an expiration date, which makes it worth all the while.
San Francisco’s Ferry Building reminded me of New York City’s Chelsea Market. The feel is similar, but fresh breeze of the Bay and the waters outside made all the difference.
1 Sausalito – San Francisco Ferry Bldg, San Francisco, CA 94111