My first chowder ever was eaten sitting on Pier 39 in San Francisco after listening to a pod of seals making a tremendous racket on the rocks by the pier. I remember that day as clear as if it were yesterday. (June 2006)
Funnily enough I hadn’t expected grey skies and cold, damp days in San Francisco. I had imagined it to be one ray of sunshine after another, however the town didn’t disappoint and when we spotted the clam chowder sold on the pier we had to have one.
The thing that caught my eye was that it was served in a sourdough bread bowl! It looked amazing and a bit of searching online I have found the restaurant Pier Market and totally nabbed a photo of theirs to show you. Isn’t it amazing?
My taste for chowder was born and since then I have tried quite a few, New England chowder, Smoked haddock chowder, I even made one for a starter for our New Year’s Eve dinner party many moons ago. Chuffed to pieces with myself at having been so clever only to discover at least three of my guests didn’t like seafood!
I have made it a few times since then and perfected my fish chowder recipe as I go and as I can’t see us returning to San Francisco in the near future I’m left with second best option of making it myself…. I must try that sourdough bread bowl too sometime.