The leasing office is now open! Team NEMA has been busy greeting guests and creating community. In a 2-part series of interviews, we asked each team member a specific question to give you a behind the scenes look at the lifestyle through the eyes of Team NEMA: Andre, Hava, Nicole, Jason, Kelly, Kevin, Kristi and Jennie!
Any design driven lifestyle pioneer appreciates a fashion forward cross street well worth the walk. Once you are here, it’s easy to get lost in local jaunts. If you desire a weekend walk-about, find your fashionable self in Hayes Valley – San Francisco’s most stylish neighborhood.
NEMA is getting snappy and sharing images taken throughout San Francisco and within our own community, San Francisco’s dynamic Mid-Market neighborhood. Are you an instagram, hipstamatic or iphoneography addict? Join the visual journey with us at @rentnema. We are documenting the world around us and would love to see our neighborhood and the area we love through your eyes.
We all love a local “go-to” spot for hot comfort food which warms the soul. Low-key and unassuming, Little Griddle serves up a plate-full of deliciousness, rather than a generous helping of pretentiousness.
Located just across Market Street from NEMA, Little Griddle is known for their ample portions and creative culinary combinations. They serve up an extensive breakfast menu with omelets, scrambles, sammiches, griddlecakes and french toast. They also have an amazing assortment of burgers, all made with fresh and healthy ingredients. But be warned…bring your appetite as Little Griddle serves up some ample portions.
The flags are flying in full force on Market Street indicating Pride is here. Save the Date! The weekend of June 29-30, San Francisco gathers together for one of the largest and most anticipated events of the year – SF Pride.
A key component to the development of San Francisco’s Mid-Market is the high density of global technology firms setting up shop in our neighborhood. This vibrant district boasts high-tech neighbors which include Twitter, Yammer, Square and Dolby Labs. The list doesn’t end there; more are making the move as well. According to a recent sfchronicle.com article, NEMA will soon welcome Spotify to the Technology Epicenter, where Music for Every Moment will continue to rock-n-roll.
The lower Polk area has always been a center for great Asian food, given its proximity to Little Saigon, but the local art scene is also exploding. These are the kinds of galleries that tend to feature affordable art and new and emerging artists. The area also has an edginess and originality to it not found in many of the more established museum-like spaces around Union Square.
The first Thursday of every month is a great opportunity to explore new galleries, most of which are an easy walk from the Mid Market neighborhood.
From fortune cookie stores to banks and old theaters, curious visitors can go behind the scenes with a handful of great factory tours in San Francisco. Some of you can visit on your own, while others feature guides. Many are free and available without prior reservations.
Some food- and drink-focused excursions include tours of Anchor Brewing, which also makes great local rums and gins; the Boudin Sourdough Factory; and the Mee Mee Bakery in Chinatown, which dates to 1950. Other tours include a visit to the Federal Reserve Bank and theaters, breweries and artists’ shops in and around San Francisco.
The beloved local chef has opened a deliciously authentic Spanish restaurant on the Embarcadero. Coqueta opened in Mid April and has been a roaring success ever since. Nestled next to La Mar with stunning bay views, the restaurant is serving up classic hot and cold tapas as well as wood-grilled larger plates.
The selection of tapas and cured meats behind the glass case in the back room brought me back to San Sebastian. The restaurant is also serving Basque-style tapas called pintxos, such as chorizo, baby beets and quail eggs. Hot tapas include classics like “Tattas” Bravas, crispy potatoes with Jamón nuggets; wood-grilled octopus and duck meatballs with dried cherry and Tempranillo. Prices range from $2.50 for Pintxos to mostly $8 to $14 for tapas and $20 to $38 for larger dishes.
CUESA (which stands for Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) has been running the twice-weekly farmers markets for years. On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday they have offered everything from dry-farmed early girl tomatoes at their peak to more kinds of greens than I ever knew existed and great local foods like Tacolicious and Sweets Collection’s Tequila-fueled jello shots.
While the food in San Francisco is generally delicious, many restaurants and stores don’t deliver. A handful of apps are changing up the situation. Caviar offers home delivery from a number of classic San Francisco restaurants including Chinatown icon R&G — which offers its signature plate of Dungeness Crab — prepared with either salt and pepper, black bean sauce or steamed with wine and egg, among other options.
Seamless delivers food from all over the City, neatly organized by zip code and cuisine. The site also posts ratings as well as staff favorites. Delivery is free, while Caviar has a $9.99 fee per order.