We offer a variety of socially-responsible, local, and organic specialties for your daily needs.
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 just love food in a very real way.
And 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…
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.
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!
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!
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.)
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!
Wild Mountain Raw Pocket Snacks: Lavender Moon / Moon Beet
Raw Crackers: Sea Biscuit / Dandelion Detox
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.
Maison 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.
We devoured the “Peach Bellini” bar, with subtle & delightful hints of peach married with milk chocolate.
(Baby not included.)
This is a seriously brewed drink with large chunks of ginger in each bottle.
No oils. No extracts.
How cool is that?
This Fresh Ginger, Ginger Ale drink is actually a refreshing medicinal drink.
Bruce Cost has been living and breathing ginger for years – and this new ginger ale is a culmination of his, well, ginger studies.
Hey, but that’s not all – take a tour inside Bruce Cost’s Brooklyn factory.
TCHO! This is some serious chocolate.
Warm caramel-y milk chocolate combines with local, roasted Blue Bottle coffee — to create the one true love above all:
the delicious, nutty and fabumochalicious result of chocolate and coffee.
Not easy to share. Just a warning.