The word “SINTO” comes from an old saying in Korea “SINTO BURI”. It is written “신토불이”in Korean and “身土不二” in Chinese. It literally means “Body and soil can not be separated”. This expression is widely used in Korea to emphasize the importance of local food, and where food comes from.
When I first moved to San Francisco in 2007, I was pleasantly surprised to see the big movement of local food. The philosophy of food culture is very similar to Korea. Many people drink wheat grass juice for breakfast and eat seaweed during winter to prevent them from catching a cold. These are foods I grew up with.
My husband John and I took a sabbatical vacation to Tibet in 2010. During the visit to countless monasteries, I noticed a flower painted on a red bench which is used as a table for monks to put their belonging such as tea, books, prayer necklaces, etc during meditation. I chose that flower to integrate into my company logo. Sinto Gourmet will always carry on the philosophy of the name and logo.
The company is a family owned and operated business based in San Francisco.