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Artisan Foods

We offer a variety of socially-responsible, local, and organic specialties for your daily needs.

Gluten-free wafer cookies

kes : June 19, 2014 3:22 pm : Artisan Foods, Highlights
Ruger chocolate or vanilla GF wafer cookies
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Deliciously powerful drink

kes : June 19, 2014 2:33 pm : Artisan Foods, Highlights
JinJa drinkJIN+JA

New to OA: JIN+JA contains veritable swirling pieces of ground cayenne, fresh ginger root, mint leaves, and lemon in a calming green tea…

Warming & balancing, this is the kind of drink – in the near future – you’ll want as you sit at our new parklet - contemplating the Outer Sunset seascape.

 

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What’s on your plate?

kes : April 14, 2014 11:14 am : Artisan Foods, Highlights
happy girl 1Happy Girl Kitchen Co.

 

We’re happy to tell you that Happy Girl food is back at OA!

Happy Girl, located on the Central Coast,  is deeply involved in the art of food preservation.

And they love food in a very real way.

Who wouldn’t be happy about that?

You can find local honey, zucchini bread ‘n butter pickles, honeyed pears & a few more delicious, seasonal foods on our grocery shelves…

 

 

 

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Eat glorious beans

kes : April 4, 2014 7:05 pm : Artisan Foods, Highlights
Rancho Gordo Heirloom Beans / Prepared Hominy (Posole)

The story is this: Steve Sando opened his heirloom bean shop in Napa Valley  after being fed up with using produce from thousands of miles away, or even overseas. So on the subject of beans – instead of general dried beans, what about connecting with the farmers in Mexico and  importing heirloom beans, paying the farmers a fair wage to support their living? And that’s what Steve did.

What’s the big deal – beans in a bag? I could get dried pinto beans from the bin for far less money, you’re thinking. Oh, you could. But the taste would be inferior to Rancho Gordo’s New World beans! Once you eat heirloom beans, your life will have turned upside-down. You’ll eat these beans for the rest of your life.

And we haven’t even gotten to hominy (posole) yet! Posole – a staple in many Mexican stews, sides & main dishes. If you’re thinking that this is tasteless, mushy hominy from the 1950s that your mother had to eat at the dinner table, well – don’t think that. It’s glorious, delicious, tasty dried corn!

You can visit the store in Napa. You can go to the Ferry Building in the city. Or you can stop at Other Avenues – where we have a small selection in our grocery aisle. Ask us – we’ll trot you over to the Rancho Gordo subsection.

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Hot Ginger Caramel Sauce Holiday Time

kes : December 5, 2013 3:54 pm : Artisan Foods
Robert Lambert Hot Ginger Caramel Sauce 2Robert Lambert Hot Ginger Caramel Sauce

Robert Lambert‘s Hot Ginger Caramel Sauce is utterly decadent & scrumptious to the T. (Or is it S?)

We discovered, in our OA kitchen lab this afternoon, that this sauce works amazingly well hot or cold. We tried it over ice cream, but this sauce works well over so many foodstuffs.

You can find this on our Holiday shelf, across from our cheese!

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New sweets for the holidays

kes : December 5, 2013 1:43 pm : Artisan Foods
clairesquares plum pudding and brandy butterClairesquares Plum Pudding & Brandy Butter

We just can’t get enough of artisan shortbread/caramel Clairesquares, which makes us doubly excited to offer her brand new sweets just in time for the holidays.

Authentic Irish luxury plum pudding wrapped in satin and rich, decadent brandy butter to serve on the side.

Your taste buds will thank you.

Your waistline? Well, it’s the holidays, after all.

Find these & other seasonal treats on our Holiday shelf across from the cheese cooler!

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Cherries for all times

kes : November 25, 2013 9:55 pm : Artisan Foods
Robert Lambert Dark CherriesRobert Lambert Dark Cherries in Merlot Syrup

What do you really need? Why, Dark Cherries in Merlot  from Robert Lambert, of course!

Lambert sez: “Everyone’s favorite, dark cherries are paired with fruity merlot wine and ambrosial hints of raspberry, scented geranium, galangal root, bergamot, black pepper, cinnamon, vanilla and bay. For sheer complexity of flavors this is my most interesting product.”

We’ve tried this with vanilla ice cream – uh – we meant to cook a sauce with the cherries (as Lambert suggests), but the ice cream possibility, as Lambert also suggests, seemed truer to our heart.  This is a new worker favorite!

See how Robert Lambert and friends make this exciting deliciousness here.

(We do sell a few more Robert Lambert products, including the Hot Ginger Caramel Sauce. Stay tuned for pics.)

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It’s time to rock the stollen and make that gift

kes : November 7, 2013 10:14 pm : Artisan Foods
Marzipan!Marzipan

Er, German fruitcake, everyone! Donna Deane (formerly Kitchen Dir. of the LA Times) has an interesting recipe for a gift of Weihnachtsstollen. Dried fruit, yeast, water…and..marzipan!  And we totally have that marzipan.

It’s going to be dense. Because that’s stollen. But who needs something light during the darker months? Save the sorbet for summer. This is the season of stollen.

We suggest to experiment with other kinds of dried fruit – since we have such a wild bulk dried fruit section that will just knock your Maggie’s socks right off.  (Oh yeah, we sell those Maggie’s socks, too.)

But please don’t substitute the candied citrus peel!

 

Holiday Marzipan Stollen Recipe

 

Donna Deane stollen with marzipan

 

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Tiny snacks, big taste

kes : May 8, 2013 9:25 pm : Artisan Foods
Pocket Snacks Lavender MoonWild Mountain Raw Pocket Snacks: Lavender Moon / Moon Beet
Raw Crackers: Sea Biscuit / Dandelion Detox

Delightful treats.

Chewy & full of flavor!

The Lavender Moon and Moon Beet snacks are excellent for the tricycle crowd.

Also try Wild Mountain’s tasty raw crackers: Sea Biscuit (with spirulina) and Dandelion Detox.

Look for these on our Raw Foods shelves, facing the tomatoes in Produce.

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Pour l’amour du chocolat

kes : April 8, 2013 10:58 am : Artisan Foods
Maison Bouche chocolate barsMaison Bouche chocolate bars

Luscious, sweet, creamy, tasteful chocolate – made across the Bay, in Oakland!

We think that this is the dreamiest chocolate we’ve tasted in years.

Not to mention the lovely packaging, including their Spring “Botanicals” collection of mini-bars, with effortless tastes of tulip, raspberry, tropical fruits, rose and violet. Maison Bouche Spring Botanicals Mini Chocolate Bars

We devoured the “Peach Bellini” bar, with subtle & delightful hints of peach married with milk chocolate.

 

(Baby not included.)

 

 

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