We traveled far and wide this summer – from Nicaragua, on a California roadtrip, and to the waters of Desolation Sound in BC, Canada. And out of all of our travels, our favorite GF find was the Mariposa Artisan Crafted Gluten Free Bakery in San Francisco, CA.
Our day in San Francisco was the reward at the end of a very long week of touring California colleges.
The GF Teen and I had been on the road for a week and we were light on our carbohydrate intake. We set out on a very sunny and warm Saturday morning in San Francisco hoping to find some good Gluten Free carbs for breakfast. We struck gold in San Francisco!
Mariposa Bakery was founded in Oakland, CA and has expanded to a location in San Francisco. We visited the bakery’s kiosk located in the San Francisco Ferry Building. The Ferry Building, located in the Embarcadero area of San Francisco, is a “food purveyor’s paradise” with everything from artisan cheese, to wine, olive oil and Mariposa Bakery.
I had heard of Mariposa Bakery for a while but had no idea what to expect as we entered the crowded Ferry Building, which was buzzing with activity on this beautiful Saturday. As we picked out the “Gluten Free” sign above the heads of the masses of people,
and we got our first glimpse of a plethora of GF baked goods – we literally thought we had died and gone to Gluten Free heaven.
We laid our hungry eyes on Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls,
Cherry Pie Pockets and Bear Claws.
It is all Gluten Free, and most of it is dairy free as well. Mariposa Bakery also serves Gluten Free personal pizzas, baked sandwiches and pretzels. And to top that all off, there was the pie, cookies and the cheesecake!
With so many wonderful looking baked goods it was hard to pick what we wanted for breakfast! We went with the Cinnamon Rolls. I also ordered a Bear Claw and the Gluten Free Teen went for the Cheese Blitz.
We pushed our way back through the crowds and sat on the pier in the sun watching the tourists come and go, enjoying the freshness of being on the water and sinking our teeth into the most heavenly Cinnamon Rolls that we have eaten in eight years! Perfect, to the extent you would not even know they were gluten free – moist, with the perfect cinnamon surprise that is in the middle of any good cinnamon roll. Bliss!
We saved our other treats for lunch as we headed off to Haight Ashbury to do some shopping (remember I was with my Teenager). We also took in Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli’s Chocolate – where, by the way, they were more than happy to show us which chocolates were gluten free.
We were planning on visiting another GF restaurant for dinner, but we were drawn back to Mariposa again for a toasted sandwich,
and a personal pizza.
We bought as much food as we could manage to carry home on the airplane, including GF pretzels and sandwich rolls.
If you live in San Francisco, then you are just plain lucky to have this bakery in your backyard!
The SF Ferry Building address is:
One Ferry Building, Suite 32
San Francisco, CA 94111
They also have a location in Oakland at:
5427 Telegraph Ave,
Oakland, CA 9460
If you visit San Francisco, make sure not to miss it.
If you are looking for their products in your local restaurants, click here for locations.
You also have the option to order GF baked goods online.
A little about Mariposa Baking:
Our start was simple. Patti Furey Crane, Mariposa's founder, craved high-quality sweets while pregnant with her first child. Finding few options at the time, she set to baking them herself. And so, in 2004, Mariposa was hatched. Mariposa's mission – create wholesome, handcrafted food using the finest natural ingredients.
Mariposa’s first few years were spent in a shared kitchen in West Berkeley, California. Our batches grew too big for those ovens, so in 2006 we built a new place to rest our wings – a dedicated gluten free kitchen in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland, California. This certified green bakery also houses our first retail bakeshop.
In 2009, we fluttered to a second home – a Kiosk in San Francisco's Ferry Building. Mariposa’s presence in this food purveyors’ paradise enabled us to bring daily bread and hand-crafted treats to San Francisco’s gluten-free community. T wo and a half years later, we migrated South in the Ferry Building and opened Mariposa's SF Bakeshop, est. 2012.
Thank you Mariposa Baking for the perfect ending to our long week in California!