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Pie Destinations in February

It's the winter here in the Bay Area, so the seasonal local ingredients are wrapped up in something tasty that is also most likely, delicious. If you love food and art the way we do and love to mix them up (with a little bit of community thrown in for good measure) there are several destinations to taste and do for a little slice of divinity and something gorgeous to behold:

Mission Pie:  San Francisco's haven for pie that sells pies made from locally grown ingredients from Pie Ranch down in Pescadero.

The Pie Extremist's Celebratory Pie Event:  I covered this last year in the blog. It's the St. Valentine's Sweetie Pie and Art Fest. This year hosted at 111 Minna in the City (San Francisco). The event features the work and sweet gifts of local artists as well as a potluck pie gathering. Whip up your best and bring it on down on February 12th! See the Facebook group here.

Pie Ranch:  Crisp and sunny winter days here in the Bay Area mean it's a nice time to take a ride down the coast to Pescadero. Find it raw and from Mother Nature right there in the field or at the farm stand.

Duarte's:  While in Pescadero, you can also sample the famous ollalieberry pie and artichoke soup.

Not much enthusiasm for sweet pies? The best deep dish pizza pies in the East Bay can be found on one of Zachary's Pizza locations scattered around Oakland, Berkeley and San Ramon.

I have a particular love for the coconut cream pie at Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe in Emeryville. If you like vintage, avant garde Barbie and Ken dolls, this destination is a fun place where the locals form a line out the door.

Lastly, I love the quiche and little savory pies (best to call ahead and order if you want a full size quiche) from Ladyfingers Bakery in Oakland. Egglishcious!

A little known secret I had to add in after the fact; savory galettes with baked crusts to die for (just that hint of sweet and yeah, probably duck fat they are so good):  Remedy Coffee in Oakland's Temescal district.

Photo:  Pie Ranch sent out its recipe for pumpkin which I tweaked with adding some of our meyer lemons, honey and Straus Creamery Organic Whole Maple Yogurt. A gift for my sister-in-law. Awesome!

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