48 Hours In San Francisco

By: Julie Ozlek & MaryJo  |  August 23, 2017

MaryJo always gets excited about business trips. After all, when your job is to eat at lovely restaurants and meet with super talented chefs, what’s not to like?! After deluging us with photos of gorgeous food (making us hungry and jealous!), MaryJo came back to share her delightful experiences at the wonderful restaurants and markets that use Soom. Below are the highlights of her trip. PS – if you are going to be in the San Francisco area, you won’t want to miss a single one of them!

San Francisco


4 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111  |  Mediterranean Cuisine

MaryJo’s first stop was at Sens, and she was simply blown away. It is located near The Pier of San Francisco at 4 Embarcadero Center, a space that embodies food, shopping and serene urban patios filled with flowers. “Sens invites you to experience a culinary adventure through the sun-drenched Mediterranean. Executive Chef Michael Adams infuses the exotic spices, lush flavors and traditional techniques indigenous to these lands with a modern sensibility and the freshest local ingredients.” (Aren’t you enthralled by that description?) This elegant restaurant offers numerous Mediterranean spreads, like baba ghanoush, and the elements that make up each dish are truly native to their homelands. They also have a dark chocolate halva cake… Crying from how amazing that must taste!

Sens also has a sister restaurant Barcha, a “Mediterranean bistro with Parisian influences offers delicious fare and a chic, yet welcoming ‘smart casual’ ambiance.”

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Zuni Café

1658 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102  |  Modern European Cuisine

Zuni Café is a “bustling bi-level bistro” that seats approximately 175 people (just to give you an idea for how big this location is). The atmosphere was second to none with its very airy, light, sunny and cheerful vibe.  Located in San Fran Proper, this cafe not only has its first-level dining area, but also seats people upstairs and outside. According to MaryJo, it is such a wonderful place to enjoy a glass of Lillet. Its doors have been open since 1979 and keeps people on their toes with its daily changing menu. With a talented chef, gracious staff, and exquisite menu full of wood-fired food, what’s not to love?

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Bi-Rite Market, Divisadero

550 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117  |  Grocery Store

If you are staying in San Francisco for more than a day or two, or are looking to bring a house gift to someone, we highly recommend visiting this upscale neighborhood market. It lives up to its integrity claim and hones on responsible shopping with some items like grass-fed beef, organic products, and many natural foods. At an affordable price, you can shop for items from beautiful olive oils to delicious wines, with of course, California produce, and receive assistance from the most helpful staff. This market is also heavily-involved in the community!

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Beauty’s Bagel Shop

3838 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609  |  Bagel Shop, Retail

Put simply, you need to go to Beauty’s Bagel Shop. It is a small, local bagel shop with indoor and outdoor seating– a place MaryJo claims is  “The Neighborhood Mecca.” The lines are outrageously long, but TOTALLY worth the fairly short wait considering service is extremely quick. Not only does this shop sell homemade Montreal-inspired, wood-fired artisan bagels that can be finished off with over 15 toppings and tons of veggie options; but it also has a full menu of bagel sandwiches, free range egg dishes, and loads of side dishes.  If you’re curious, they use Soom in their hummus AND sell both of our retail sized products to their customers. MaryJo, who lived in Manhattan for years, says, “Who knew West Coast bagels could be so darn good?!”

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3917 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610  |  New American Cuisine

Camino has this rustic appeal with food cooked on an open-fire. Its menu that changes on the daily always offers a piece of meat, fish, and vegetarian option to keep all members of the family happy.  The day MaryJo visited, she consumed pork three ways: slices of pork roast, homemade pork sausage, and pork belly over black eyed peas and  long green beans in a very light and flavorful sauce. Easily, she said these dishes were “YUM.” (I am not surprised since MaryJo always loves meat on a menu!) The owners are so down to earth and super friendly. They even opened up a new place called the Kebabery, and a disappointed MaryJo wishes she could have gone, but added this dining option to her list for her next trip out there!

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Market Hall

5655 College Ave #201, Oakland, CA 94618  |  Specialty Grocer

Rockridge Market Hall, with a tagline “Everything you need under one roof” is home to Market Hall Foods and Market Hall Produce.  Market Hall Foods is a beautiful and upscale specialty grocer with items you can’t find just anywhere, especially international products.  They claim, “Our buyers, chefs and cheesemongers are always working to ensure we’re sharing nothing but the best with our customers. If we have to travel to the groves of an olive oil producer, the fields of a chicken farmer or the pastures of a cheesemaker, we will do it to be sure you know where our products come from.” And if you are looking to get your hands on some fresh pasta, Market Hall Foods is your go-to. Next door to them is Market Hall Produce, where you can pick up some fresh produce on your way out, as well as some other specialty items. Both stores sell Soom (just in case you were curious) ;). Market Hall really allows for really special shopping experience where you can get your hands on high-end items at accessible prices.

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All my love,


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