A day that was just meant to be

Have you ever had one of those days when you felt like the universe was just pulling for you to have a certain experience? That was our Saturday. We had a plan for a fun day — go to the Ferry Building market and check out goat fest, eat our favorite pizza at Tony’s, finally visit Alamo Square Park. And I thought if we had time we could check off another wishlist item: ice cream from Humphrey Slocombe.

First off, it was an absolutely gorgeous day. It felt just like summer, and I guess since summers are cool and cloudy here, spring really is our summer. I mean, I wore a tank top and flip flops all day. Unheard of!

So we headed to the market, but we just could not find a place to park. The place was teeming with tourists out enjoying the beautiful day, and we were getting so frustrated trying to find a metered spot that we just gave up and parked in a garage. Which turned out to be the totally right thing to do because it actually costs $4.50 an hour to park on the street and $7 to park in the garage all day.

Then we went to the market. But instead of waiting in the long line for Blue Bottle, we changed plans and decided to get breakfast at Il Cane Rosso (another wishlist item). Which was win #2 because there was almost no line, and the breakfast was amazing! The fried egg sandwich looks humble but it tastes so good.

And my soft scramble on Acme Bread was simple and perfect.

The goat fest was pretty pathetic, just a couple of booths, but right next to that was a stand with Humphrey Slocombe ice cream! Of course we had to try it, so we got the secret breakfast flavor, which has bourbon and Cornflakes. It doesn’t sound like it would work, but it does work. It’s not Bi-Rite good, but it’s pretty tasty.

After that we walked around north beach and checked out some of the adorable shops. I had to use a lot of restraint not to buy a bunch of stuff at Therapy. Once we’d worked up enough of an appetite we headed to Tony’s.

Incredibly, there was no line, and the hostess said what they had available was two seats at the pizza counter. We were like sure, why not?


Not Tony, but this guy was nice, too. 

Turns out the pizza counter is right in front of the wood-fired oven, where Tony himself is making pizzas and answering any questions you might have. It was too cool. Mike loves making pizza, so he got to ask about various things. I wanted to know where the honey they use comes from. The bee hives on the roof, of course!

Last time we were there I wanted to try the fries, which someone down the bar had ordered. So we got those, and they were some of the best I’ve ever had. They toss the hot fries in honey and pancetta, then sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. You wouldn’t dream of putting ketchup on these.

We also went for a classic margherita pizza out of the wood-fired oven. It was just like the one I had in Naples.


For comparison’s sake, this is the pizza Erin and I had in Naples.

I also liked the way they presented the bread at the beginning of the meal. You get three dipping options and three little pots of toppings to go with slices of focaccia that come in a San Marzano tomato can. Pretty clever packaging.

After that lunch we were pretty much floating on a cloud. We headed over to Alamo Square Park and just laid out on a blanket. About 4,000 other people had the same idea.


This couple was too cute.

It was great, though, and it just felt like the whole day was meant to be.