It has been a very busy several months. After making the decision to move to America for Joel’s work it has been non-stop with finishing up the house, moving, organising visas and children’s passports as well as the everyday stuff of having a big family. I was looking forward to getting on the plane and sleeping and amazingly I did, because the kids did!
We arrived in beautiful San Francisco on Tuesday and have spent the last couple of days learning how to drive on the other side of the road, sight see, shop for essentials and get acquainted with our neighbourhood and the local school.
Yesterday we visited Tartine, one of the places high up on my ‘to visit’ list, and had a very late lunch – croque monsieur with a few pickled carrots on the side (surprisingly amazing and I need to pickle some carrots), croissants and coffee. I have noted that the coffee culture is vastly different to that in Australia but I thought I would take a chance and order one at Tartine. The very patient waitress talked me through the coffee options and I went for a cappuccino, which ended up being what I know as a flat white. It was a fine cup of coffee but really we are onto a good thing back in Australia. Why are we a nation obsessed with our lattes and flat whites? Because they are so darn good back home.
I can say, hands down, that the bread at Tartine was indeed sublime. Crunchy on the outside, chewy yet moist on the inside and the flavour was bread perfection. Half the loaf has been stashed in the freezer for breakfast toast as I cannot do the 1.5 hour round trip to Tartine everyday. If I can find a decent loaf of bread in the south bay area, and a good coffee, I could make this place my home. But the couple of breads we have tried are sweet so today I purchased a big bag of unbleached flour and yeast so I can get baking. Maybe I should scrap the yeast and do the Tartine sourdough … hmmm. Will keep you up to date.