Saturday, September 11, 2010

On the road again: San Francisco, day 3

For the second day in a row, I slept quite a bit more than my usual four to five hours, and it was a delicious treat. After some work, I headed out to indulge in one of my favorite San Francisco treats: the Ferry Building Farmers Market. Just walking among all the produce and cheese and meat, taking in the smells, tasting the samples, and simply viewing the amazing array of fruit is a wonderful experience.

Lunch was at 4505 Meats, where I sampled both the bacon-stuffed, all-organic hot dog (really more a sausage than a hot dog) and the deluxe cheeseburger (extra local cheese, bacon, sauce, tiny locally made bun). They were both very good; the hot dog may, via the magic of mail order, make an appearance soon on my grill.

After a little shopping to pick up a pair of black walking shoes that would also pass in dressier settings, such as restaurants, I indulged in a little work.

Evening brought the SF in SF event, at which Amelia Beamer and I read, moderator Terry Bisson ran the show, and critic Gary K. Wolfe joined the panel for the Q&A portion. Oh, yeah: Rick Kleffel interviewed first Amelia and then me for a later podcast. The discussion ranged over a broad variety of topics, all of which were interesting. The audience of almost thirty folks stayed for the whole show, and overall, it seemed to go quite well. It was great to get to meet and spend time with Amelia, Terry, and Gary.

It's entirely too much fun for most writers, including me, to talk about their work. It's nice when folks actually want you to do that. I have to thank Rina Weisman for inviting me to the SF in SF event. I'd definitely do it again in a heartbeat.

Dinner afterward was at Flour+Water, where the pancetta pizza was to die for: light crust, light cheese, small bits of pancetta and summer squash, and just a touch of lemon zest. The place deserves the accolades it has garnered for its pizza.


Rina Weisman said...

Glad you had a good time - will have to check out Flour + Water myself! You are welcome back, anytime, and thanks for being part of SF in SF!!!

Mark said...

Thanks for having me as a guest. I look forward to doing it again sometime.

Dan Campbell said...

Please let us know when and where that podcast by Rick Kleffel shows up!

Mark said...

You bet, Dan. As soon as I know, I'll post it here on the blog.


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