feeling the love in San Francisco and doing a food rescue with Food Runners SF

Posted by on Sep 30, 2017 in Elsewhere | 14 Comments

Life has been hectic this year so it was time to get the hell out of the country. California here I come! It had been years since we last visited the States and although we’ve been to Cali before, we hadn’t done San Fran. It also happened to be the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love so you gotta love that! We just wanted a quiet break so it was nice to chill and do wine tours through Napa Valley and Sonoma County (as long as you stay away from the red wines) and eat lots of local seafood (Dungeness crab and clam chowder) with sourdough. God bless American clam chowder. Chowder there was as good as New England Chowder. We also ate many a super burrito (in Mission District) and ate our way through Chinatown (where fortune cookies were invented-they have chocolate ones!). Holidays always carefully incorporate my hobby of eating. Not Quite Nigella has recently put up some fab posts about eating in SF.

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The food is so good but not everyone gets to eat it. The highlight of my trip was connecting with Food Runners SF, an organisation similar to OzHarvest. Food runners is a grassroots organisation with over 200 volunteers that pick up around 16 tons of perishable and prepared food each week that would otherwise go to waste. They deliver it to more than 300 agencies that help San Franciscans in need. I did a half day food rescue in the city with Andrew, a semi-retired political reporter. You could imagine some of our conversations given the current political climate in the US and how a forward thinking city like SF is coping. Some of Food Runners donors are from various commercial outlets including the corporate cafeterias of Twitter, Adobe, Uber, Google and LinkedIn. Food Runners were just so lovely and treated me as their ‘international guest.’ It was so wonderful to connect with a like minded organisation that is about waste prevention, alleviating hunger and creating community.

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14 Comments

  1. sherry MacKay
    October 1, 2017

    What a marvellous trip you must have had Jem. We visited SF many years ago and really liked it. Loved the streetcars/trolleybuses whatever they’re called:) It must have been great to meet up with like minded people as you say. Such a lot of food waste is appalling isn’t it? I try to be much more careful these days and throw things in the freezer etc when we are going away for instance. Hasn’t the heat been too much the past few days? Glad it is cooler today tho still a bit humid. Have a great week
    cheers
    sherry x

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    • lostinutensils
      October 1, 2017

      It was great Sherry, very reassuring that there are many people around the globe who want to make change happen. We all want the same outcomes. Yep, the freezer is your best friend in terms of preventing waste, I’ve gotten better at that throughout the years. I am SO happy it has cooled down again…just about to go out and do some gardening x

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  2. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    October 2, 2017

    Jem, I wish we had an organisation like that here. We have so many food insecure people in this country. Looks and sounds like your entire trip was a great getaway.

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    • lostinutensils
      October 2, 2017

      Thanks Tandy, it was a really good break. I wish you had a similar organisation where you are as well!

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  3. Sam Rutherford
    October 6, 2017

    What an amazing experience for you Jem. Doing good things! San Francisco looks unreal.

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    • lostinutensils
      October 6, 2017

      Thanks Sam! It is a great place to go for a chill out holiday šŸ˜„

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  4. Function 9
    October 9, 2017

    It was so awesome that you did this x

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    • lostinutensils
      October 9, 2017

      I just think the volunteers who do this all the time are awesome šŸ™‚

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  5. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    October 13, 2017

    Jem I was so excited to read that you went to San Francisco and how wonderful to share time with Food Runners! I’m so glad that my stories were helpful too! I love the food scene there so much and I can see you had some of my favourite items! YAYYY for great chowder!

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    • lostinutensils
      October 14, 2017

      Your eating posts were so helpful Lorraine-they always are! Yep, God bless chowder!

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  6. Ruby & Cake
    October 18, 2017

    I love San fran! How good is clam chowder in sourdough bowls?! Now all i am craving is one. This looks like such a great initiative and looks like you had a fab time! I really njoyed reading this post – you make me want to go back there so bad!

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    • lostinutensils
      October 18, 2017

      I loved your street art of SF post a while back Ruby. Really got me in the mood! Although Iā€™m always in the mood for clam chowder!

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  7. Cathy @ Cathy's Corner
    November 10, 2017

    It has been years since we’ve been to San Francisco but we just really enjoyed it. One regret is not getting to Alcatraz, we thought we could buy tickets on that day. Congratulations for doing with work Food Runners. What a fantastic initiative.

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    • lostinutensils
      November 10, 2017

      Thanks Cathy. I’m so sorry that you missed out on Alcatraz, it was one of the best tour experiences. Probably because we have had it on our list for a while and have always been fascinated by its history. We booked 6 weeks ahead (I had been warned by people) and it was still too late to get the exact tour we wanted. We did another one which was excellent though.

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