Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco – Review

The lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco
The lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco


No Nonsense Luxury Hotel in San Francisco


Enjoying a convenient SoMa location just blocks from Union Square, the Four Seasons San Francisco offers a retreat for both business and leisure travelers. Guests enter from Market Street or a quiet cul-de-sac, then check in with the personable staff at the fifth-floor lobby, granting them access to all the hotel’s impressive features, such as the luxurious accommodations, 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space located on the floor just below and 127,000 square feet dedicated to fitness and wellness on the second and third floors. The 277 guest rooms and suites provide guests with creature comforts such as down duvets and pillows, thick terry bathrobes, twice daily housekeeping, an iHome alarm clock, multi-line phone with voicemail, in-room safe, refrigerated private bar, Wi-Fi and floor-to-ceiling windows. On-site amenities include a 75-foot junior Olympic pool, a 24-hour business center, a private art collection of 90+ works and MKT Restaurant – Bar. The menu features a local, California-inspired cuisine of steaks and small plates, as well as artisanal cocktails, craft beers and California wines.

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The 25 Best San Francisco Restaurants for Summer 2014

 

Mason Pacific | Nob Hill
Mason Pacific restaurant in Nob Hill


Every summer, San Francisco comes alive with culinary possibilities, both new and old. There are the neighborhood standbys, of course, but the refreshing summer season tends to call for something a bit more exciting. So dive into Eastern European fare deep in the Mission, carouse over bay views and New Orleans-themed plates from a Slanted Door alum, then make your way to Berkeley for some of the city’s best regional Mexican fare. Summer is here. Presented in alphabetical order, these are GAYOT’s 25 best restaurants in San Francisco to eat at, right now.

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The Winter Fancy Food Show Spotlights Culinary Trends

 

Kohler chocolates
Kohler chocolates at the Fancy Food Show (Credit: Kristan Lawson)

 

Batali, Fieri and Delmonico’s Exhibit Gourmet Foods

The Winter Fancy Food Show, which was recently held in San Francisco, featured thousands of booths representing food and drink companies. It was a great place to check out the next big culinary trends: Put your money on coconut, chia and gluten-free.


One interesting trend, visible in full-force at the Fancy Food Show, finds famous chefs branching out into retail and otherwise expanding their public platforms. Living in the era of the celebrity chef gives us easy access to their genius, even right at home.

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Oakland Coffee Roaster that Supplies San Francisco’s Top Restaurants Celebrates 35 Years

The Di Ruocco family celebrates Mr. Espresso's 35th anniversary. Image courtesy of Mr. Espresso.

 

by Anneli Rufus

 

Mr. Espresso, the family-owned-and-operated roastery that supplies coffee, beans and espresso machines to some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s best and most star-studded restaurants, just celebrated its 35th anniversary with a party at its Oakland headquarters.

 

Having grown up in Salerno, Italy, during and immediately after World War II, Carlo DiRuocco immigrated with his French wife Marie Françoise and two eldest children to Alameda, across the bay from San Francisco. Having worked during his youth at an Italian coffee roastery and having loved espresso all his life, Di Ruocco was startled at the scarcity of well-made espresso near his new home. How could the eminently diverse Bay Area, already food-savvy in the late 1970s, have so few places in which to enjoy a cup of this classic high-octane treat?

 

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Holiday Season Starts Panoramically at Top of the Mark

Holiday tea service at Top of the Mark
Holiday tea service at Top of the Mark


by Anneli Rufus


What could possibly be more inviting on a chilly day in the big city than a pot of hot tea flanking a multi-tiered tray fully stocked with French pastries and finger sandwiches, perfectly appointed with such dainty details as herb sprigs, raspberry halves and striped chocolate curls? The answer to that one is easy: all of the above, plus scones, Champagne and one of the most spectacular vistas anywhere in the known world.


Keeping up a nearly century-long tradition beloved by many generations of San Franciscans, the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins hotel has just announced a series of lavish holiday celebrations at its world-famous rooftop restaurant and bar, Top of the Mark
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