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Ode to Ferry Building Part Deux

Porthos | Apr 16, 200601:42 AM     3

Despite the occasional drizzle Saturday, my newfound love-affair with The Ferry Building continued to blossom.

Started the day with iced new orleans coffee from the coffee guys and scrambled eggs, bacon, and baguette from The Hayes Street Grill. Breakfast of champions.

The Fatted Calf is amazing. I used the "Lamb Crepinettes with Red Wine and Nicoise Olives" and the "Hoffman Farm Quail stuffed with Lemon and Herb Pork Sausage" to make dinner tonight. The quail was deboned, moist, and tender. I served it on a bed of braised baby fennel from one of the many vegetable stalls. The lamb crepinettes had a richness about it that was imparted by the red wine, olives, and caul fat. No taste of lamb at all and I successfully converted a non-lamb eater as a result. I served the crepinettes on top of a bed of lightly sauteed ramps from the mushroom guys indoors. The ramps were sweet and very tender. A couple of the leaves were bruised but you just have to pick through them.

For an appetizer, I did a fennel, fuji apple, and smoked salmon salad with mustard orange vinaigrette. I got the fuji apples and navel oranges from the fruit guys out front. I'm telling ya, it's easy to make a great meal with those kinds of ingredients.

Tomorrow, I'll cook up some calabrese sausage and fennel sausage (also from The Fatted Calf of course) in a red sauce with San Marzano tomatoes, De Cecco spaghetti, and grate some old world portuguese cheese from Spring Hill Farm over it all.

Grand total for 2 lamb crepinettes, 2 stuffed quails, 1/2-lb fennel sausage, and 1/2-lb of calabrese sausage was a mere $34.

Oh, and the Wine Merchant also rocks (can't figure out if the mark-up is slightly higher there or not). Had a great 2003 Handley Pinot Noir: $24 and very drinkable.

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