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.
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.