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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Livin’ La Vida Gluten-Free at As Quoted

Posted By on Wed, Mar 16, 2016 at 1:30 PM

The open-faced smoked salmon sandwich - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • The open-faced smoked salmon sandwich

When I walked up to As Quoted, Presidio Heights’ new all-inclusive cafe, the pole directly opposite the front door had a froofy white dog tied to a $2,000 Bianchi Intenso Ultegra bike chained to the pole.

I had to laugh. I don’t live here, I don’t know anyone who does, and I’m the opposite of gluten-, soy-, dairy-, or nut-free. But I have to say, I liked As Quoted a lot.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Enter the World of Gluten-Free Gin Cocktails

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 11:30 AM

  • Adrian Spinelli

Recently, like many other Americans — and San Franciscans, especially — I've hopped on the gluten-free train for health reasons. Without getting into the reasoning behind my decision, suffice it to say my beer intake has gone way down. I love beer, so it's sorta depressing. But on the flip side, I've discovered the beautiful vibrance and flavors of gin.

I've always been a whiskey guy, but there's a unique botanical complexity to gin that I've fallen in love with. My liquor cabinet at home has always been fairly well-stocked and lately, I've started crafting gin cocktails. Here are three drinks that are easy to make and allow the gin to be the star of the show. (You're not gonna need to make your own simple syrup for these.) Enjoy!

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Friday, June 26, 2015

How Food Delivery Service Thistle Changed The Way I Eat

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 8:00 AM

  • Adrian Spinelli
I am insanely carnivorous.

I have bacon with my breakfast at least every other day. I cook a ridiculous Ducasse method cast-iron New York steak on the regular. I eat so much pho that multiple Vietnamese restaurants in the city know me by name when I walk in.

So when I investigated the Berkeley-based Thistle's organic, primarily plant-based, and locally-sourced “healthy food and cold-pressed juice” subscription/delivery service, I had my doubts.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Big Steps Toward a Gluten-Free Future

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 3:00 PM

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While that one percent of Americans who suffer from celiac disease have learned to make do over the years with questionable muffins made from rice flour and xanthan gum, one man has been working tirelessly in a remote eastern Washington university town to develop a wheat the aforementioned afflicted can eat.

Diter von Wettstein, 87, has been working for years at Washington State University to develop a strain of wheat free of the pathogenic proteins that cause damage to the small intestines of those who suffer from celiac disease. To date, the German-born scientist has managed to produce a plant containing 76-percent less gluten than most wheat grown nowadays and is continuing his efforts to eliminate them entirely.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Does Berkeley's New Paleo Cafe Have Food for the Rest of Us?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 10:45 AM

Berkeley's Mission: Heirloom Cafe has a cozy patio in back with heat lamps. - ALIX WALL
  • Alix Wall
  • Berkeley's Mission: Heirloom Cafe has a cozy patio in back with heat lamps.
Since Mission: Heirloom Café opened its doors a few months ago, Yelpers of the Paleo persuasion rave about its healthy, clean, non-allergenic, non-inflammatory, grain and gluten-free, toxin-free food. Finally, they say, here’s a place they can go where they can eat almost anything on the menu. But the question is, does Mission: Heirloom Café serve food for the rest of us who could care less what our ancestors ate, have no particular dietary restrictions, and just want tasty food?

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Local Blogger Out to Prove "Gluten-Free Omnivore" Isn't an Oxymoron

Posted By on Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Yummy Supper: 100 Fresh, Luscious & Honest Recipes from a {Gluten-Free} Omnivore is a new book by the Berkeley-based food blogger Erin Scott – her blog shares the same name. And if the title has you wondering “Hey, isn’t a gluten-free omnivore an oxymoron?” you’re not alone.

As Scott explains in her introduction, she has always been a passionate home cook and food-lover. But when she was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, and then learned that her two kids are also gluten-intolerant, she was devastated.

“I felt a deep loss and worried that a lifelong pleasure in adventurous eating had come to an end. Our social lives, which had always revolved around food, became fraught and complicated. Travel seemed impossible," she writes.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

New Cashew Nut Ice Cream Has Surprising Origins

Posted By on Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Andrew (left) and Ari Cohen proudly tote their frozen treat for health nuts. - KATHALINA URIBE
  • Kathalina Uribe
  • Andrew (left) and Ari Cohen proudly tote their frozen treat for health nuts.

After being dubbed the “Videogate cop,” for the nearly a decade, Andrew Cohen has turned his attention toward a sweeter deal and is now one half of Mr. Dewie’s Frozen Desserts, making cashew milk ice cream in Oakland.

This alternative to ice cream is dairy, soy, gluten, and GMO-free. The concoction came about in 2010 when Cohen’s brother, Ari Cohen, was eating his cereal with a pecan and date milk combo due to gluten and lactose intolerances. Cohen tried the milk and instantly thought it’d make a great ice cream, he tells SF Weekly. Coincidentally, this was around the same time he resigned from the force after “fighting” Videogate for five years since 2005.

He says he realized that it wasn’t going to end his way. The scandal revolved around a series of videos Cohen produced that were meant to be kept as an inside joke within the department. The videos were said to have sexist, racist, and homophobic material, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

“I wasn’t going to get to tell my side of the story,” Cohen says.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Buenos Aires Alfajores Charm With Californian Sensibilities

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Gluten-free cookies by Buenos Aires Alfajores. - BUENOS AIRES ALFAJORES
  • Buenos Aires Alfajores
  • Gluten-free cookies by Buenos Aires Alfajores.

Buenos Aires Alfajores is an Oakland-based handmade cookie company by Argentinean expatriate Andrea Ozzuna. Her products are based on her grandmother's recipes, but Ozzuna has introduced some adaptations that fit right at home with the Bay Area palate.

See Also:

- Devil's Teeth Baking Company's Small but Sinful Alfajores Remix

- An Intergenerational Cookie of Success

- Meet The Chunky Pig, Berkeley's Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Only in San Francisco: Cruelty-Free Pâté

Posted By on Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Tuscan sunflower pâté by Kiki's Raw. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Tuscan sunflower pâté by Kiki's Raw.

Pâté typically turns an herbivore's tummy, but San Francisco's Kiki's Raw has turned the concept of the product on its ear with vegan and gluten-free takes on what's traditionally a meat product.

It's not exactly faux gras, but with just seven ingredients including sprouted sunflower seeds, tahini, and spices, the Tuscan Sunflower Pâté mimics that creamy texture in a cruelty-free way. It can potentially give hummus quite the run for the money as a pita bread's new best friend.

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- Pasta Gina's Vegetarian Pâté

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Ginger Snaps Super Cookies are Sprouted, Sugar Free, and Addictive

Posted By on Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Freeland Foods' Ginger Snaps Super Cookies. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Freeland Foods' Ginger Snaps Super Cookies.

Mountain View's Freeland Foods offers a number of quality raw and gluten-free snack items, including bars, chips, and chocolate, but one product is particularly addictive.

If you told Cook E. Monster that you had a cookie that was sugar-free and made with sprouted items that is difficult to stop eating, you would have received a huge side eye; health cookies aren't sexy. But Freeland's Ginger Snaps Super Cookies magically manage to deliver. They're made of coconut, sprouted sesame seeds, dates, and organic ginger powder -- that's it.

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