Scoop SF: Bebebar
Impossibly, it feels like summer in San Francisco now that the fog has disappeared for a short few weeks. Suddenly, everyone is wearing sandals, skirts, shorts and jorts. Little do most tourists know, but summer weather here in the Bay Area is really either from late April to early June or from late August to early October. Tourists who come to SF in July, inevitably end up buying overpriced fleece jackets with the Golden Gate Bridge embroidered on them. For those of us who live here, we have to enjoy these fog-free days for as long as they stay. On one of those balmy afternoons, I went over to Dolores Park in the Mission District to meet up with a friend. The park is now under construction but luckily the south half is still open. We planned on getting a quick bite to eat but neither of us wanted a meal. He suggested we go to Bebebar, a new Brazilian juice and snack bar at Church and 18th. Bebebar is family owned and everything from the art on the walls to the fruit in the food is sourced on a small scale. The shop is set up like a cafe, with seating. Outside, a sign with bright colors advertises the name.
Upon the recommendation of the proprietor, I tried an acai bowl. She suggested the Lucia, which is listed as “Brazilian style”. An acai bowl is a blend of fruit and ice, topped with granola and bananas. It’s somewhere between a smoothie and a sorbet in terms of consistency. The flavor is sweet and creamy from the bananas and fruity from the berries.The purple blend of fruit in the Lucia was a combination of acai (a superfruit berry which comes from a palm tree and is native to Central and South America), banana and guarana (a berry which is high in caffeine). The bowl was delicious and very cool and refreshing. The granola and banana slices added good crunch and texture. My friend had the Xander, a drink that was a blended mixtures of lemon, mint, and brown sugar with ice. It was bright green from the generous serving of mint. He compared it to a “mint lemonade”.
The menu at Bebebar highlights fresh ingredients. Everything on the menu is organic and made to order. The acai bowls are authentically Brazilian and I don’t know of many places in the area where you can get them aside from Bebebar. If you’ve got a hankering for something cold, grab an acai bowl for a wonderful treat. The fact that it’s right next to Dolores Park doesn’t hurt either.