Coffee Bar in Truckee, CA might just be Tahoe’s best spot for gluten free foodies. The italian inspired coffee shop is known for its high grade organic coffee and skilled latte art, but they also serve a number of fresh gluten free baked goods. Quiches, big fresh muffins, and a variety of cupcakes are all made for Coffee Bar daily at a local gluten free bakery. You’ll also find fresh squeezed organic juices, smoothies, teas, and salads on the menu, most made with locally sourced ingredients. A less healthy but truly fantastic treat is the Marochinno, a cup of organic espresso lined in nutella with a scoop of gelato and a swirl of whipped cream.

10120 Jibboom St # 101  Truckee, CA 96161

 

Wild Goat Bistro is a charming cafe located just steps from the riverfront in downtown Petaluma. Serving up gluten free options galore, Wild Goat Bistro offers the lunch items you’re used to drooling over before having to order a salad without croutons. Gourmet pizzas, inspired sandwiches, and even pasta is all available sans gluten. Their in-season pizzas are topped with mouthwatering combinations like fig & goat cheese or grapes & gorgonzola with a pinot noir reduction sauce. Craving a traditional pizza, I opted for their margherita and loved it. I was also delighted to find that a few of their beautiful cakes on display were gluten free. The carrot cake was utterly fantastic.

*Wild Goat Bistro offers Still Riding Pizza crusts for all of their pizzas (aside from the one with meatballs) and local artisan gluten free bread for sandwiches.

Address: 6 Petaluma Blvd N # A5, Petaluma, CA

 

 

Mariposa’s brand new bakery in the Ferry Building opened just over a month ago. The 100% gluten free cafe expanded from a small kiosk offering a limited selection of their Oakland bakery’s treats into a full fledged gourmet gluten free bakery. With a wide variety of baked goods ranging from bagels and baguettes to apple tarts and donuts, Mariposa has every single craving covered. After oogling at their gorgeous spread and then selecting some fresh treats, pick up one of their classic frozen pizza crusts, ravioli, or gnocchi from the freezer.

Mariposa’s Ferry Building Cafe serves both breakfast and lunch items like fresh sandwiches (egg salad, tuna, or veggie) and personal sized quiches. It’s rare to be able to grab a gluten free sandwich on the go, much less eat it looking over the beautiful bay and then finish it off with a fresh baked cookie. Mariposa’s new cafe is a real asset to the gluten free community of San Francisco.

 

An endless search for gluten free friendly restaurants often results in dining at some pretty eclectic eateries. Places like Lydia’s Kitchen, for example, might make you feel like part of a modern hippie movement. Her food is organic, amazingly healthy, and 100% gluten free. The quirky atmosphere in her restaurant is just part of the experience.

Last weekend, I sat down for lunch at a cafe inside of a buddhist bookstore in San Rafael. The room was adorned with ornate sculptures, a small stage for enlightened guests, and ceiling high bookshelves. Patrons spoke in hushed tones, and the cafe’s speakers streamed the notes of traditional Indian instruments playing assorted Christmas tunes. At Radiance Cafe, customers order their organic gluten free vegetarian lunch at the counter. A small but well rounded menu features items like warm lentil soup, brown rice with a homemade cashew and vegetable curry, and a spring salad covered in delicious raw dressing. This seemingly sacred yet slightly kitschy space might just serve up the tastiest and healthiest meal you’ve had all week.
 

Table Cafe is a great little spot tucked away in Larkspur, a town just 10 or 20 minutes north of the Golden Gate bridge. A perfect place for lunch, Table Cafe offers gluten free dosas with a number of tasty fillings along with fresh salads, soups and homemade spritzers. All of their produce is local or organic, and their meats come from sustainable farms like Niman Ranch, Marin Sun Farms, and Prather Ranch. The cafe’s seasonal menu includes more than 10 different dosas, and an enticing lineup of daily specials. We ordered up two dosas, one stuffed with fresh asparagus and gruyere cheese, the other filled with curried cauliflower, pickled veggies, and wilted greens. I’m pleased to say, both were fantastic.

Most of the menu is gluten free, however there are some items that do have wheat (brownies, lamb meatballs). Be sure to have their friendly waitstaff confirm that your order is safe.

1167 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, CA

(415) 461-6787

 


One of the initial concerns I had after being diagnosed with Celiac disease over 5 years ago (while in the midst of my college career) was where I would find the snack food and easy meals that are almost synonymous with being a busy student. Boxed mac n’ cheese, cookies, graham crackers, fruit snacks even some salad dressings were all items that for better or worse, I thought I had lost forever. Focusing on cooking with whole foods and reading every ingredient label ultimately made me a more seasoned and experienced cook, but sometimes I still yearned for the “convenient comfort food” as they call it at Annie’s.

Being familiar with the brand as a gluten eater, I quickly noticed the growing variety of gluten free products Annie’s sold at my local grocery store and her label soon became a common sight in my pantry and fridge. I’ve selected several products to share with you below, there will be more to come in the future!

Annie’s Gluten Free Creamy Deluxe Macaroni dinner is by far the best boxed mac ‘n cheese, gluten or no gluten.  I grew up eating Kraft mac ‘n cheese, and the Annie’s gf version not only boasts all natural ingredients that you can actually pronounce, it tastes better. You don’t have to add any extra ingredients like milk or butter. The gooey cheese you squeeze out of the package is all you’ll need!

Annie’s Homegrown Gluten Free Coacoa & Vanilla Bunny Cookies are made with rice and corn flour and contain no artificial preservatives or ingredients or GMO’s. The crunchy bunnies are something akin to teddy grahams, they’re a perfect snack for grown-ups, and the cute bunny shapes make them even more ideal for gluten free kids.

Annie’s Organic Orchard Cherry Fruit Bites are some of the better fruit snacks I’ve tried. Unlike the gummy snacks I ate when I was a kid, there are no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. When I read the ingredients I was pleasantly surprised that they’re organic and vegan.

*Annie’s Homegrown organic and natural products are readily available at grocery stores nationwide.

 

Downtown San Francisco’s Millennium Restaurant has a flawless vegan menu centered around local, seasonal ingredients. With entrees that could satisfy any carnivore’s appetite, each dish incorporates rich sauces and dynamic flavors made solely from whole foods. Last month Millennium hosted a five course winemaker dinner featuring an entirely gluten free menu paired with locally made wines from Urban Legend Cellars of Oakland. Executive chef Eric Tucker skillfully designed each course to compliment the accompanying wine, wowing diners with his aptitude for exquisite pairing.  Highlights of the evening included a crisp polenta cake served with toasted cashew cheese, black chanterelle mushrooms, and smoked tempeh sausage. Another dish was a teff crepe with black lentils, caramelized onions, grilled Enoki mushrooms and braised collards. An incredible vanilla meyer lemon torte made with  almond crust wrapped up the evening, leaving guests marveling at Millennium Restaurant’s ability create spectacular food without harming a fly.  Several gluten free options are available nightly.

580 Geary Street
San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 345-3900