SO excited to tell you about my new find. I’ve heard about this gal from another street vendor. Already missed her twice. I’ll be headed up north and then East for the next 4 months so this was my last chance. Getting into San Francisco on a Friday night is never easy. But I made it before the heavy fog showed up. Next hurdle, find parking in the Mission District. Bingo, a 30 minute spot with my name all over it. So far so good, until I get to her corner at 19th St. and Valencia. What, NO pie ladyLLL Then sure enough there she is rolling this red cart up the street. Awwh she was just running a little late. What a site. It’s not a simple task lugging a pie cart and she has a cooler in tow as well. Trying not to pounce, giving her time to get situated, I get to see the goods. After all the trouble getting here I felt as though I’d won the lotto.
First in line thank you. Two seconds later there were people stacked up around the block waiting. You might be asking yourself does she have a food permit? Highly doubt it. Who cares!
These were picture perfect pies and the smells intoxicating. Wish I had a scratch and sniff on this blog. (Could be the next great invention) Please don’t hate me for this, I’m not a giant pie person. I like pie but I gravitate more towards cake. But today was different.
Now that the line was backing up I had to choose quickly. I would have bought a slice of all four flavors but then again I would have eaten all four pieces too. The choices are Apple Crumble, Apricot Mixed Berry, Key Lime, Chocolate Maple Pecan. They all look wonderful but Key Lime is a tough flavor to work with I know that and anything with Chocolate, done. She will add fresh whipped cream if you so desire (of course). After tonight I have truly been converted. I love pie, good pies. The Key Lime has a handmade gram cracker crust that had some sugar crystals sprinkled on the rim. The filling was on the tart side but not puckering tart, velvety smooth with lot’s of lime flavor. She told me her secret was that she didn’t use key limes!
The Chocolate Maple Pecan was to die for. The handmade flaky crust looks like it had a little cocoa powder in it, but it wasn’t overly chocolate. Dark rich chocolate filling creamy with a tick layer of maple carmelized pecans on top. You could taste the top-notch ingredients. My plan was to eat half and save the rest for later, but I couldn’t help myself. All gone.J
Going to run up 30 flights of stairs tomorrow, promise.
The whole scene was magical. The mission area is a delight to walk around and to see this women selling handmade pies from a darling little red cart on a street corner is enchanting. Not sure how long she’ll last if you are in the area don’t delay the visit. $6.00 per big slice and $3.00 per half slice, which is what I got. She said she brings out about 14 pies. So you do the math $36.00 per pie and very little overhead! Not a bad gig.
Pie Fridays, 19th and Valencia St., San Francisco
Remember Eat Something Sweet Everyday!