Out and About and Gluten-Free in Northern California
- By Katie Nelson
- Published 04/9/2008
I was diagnosed with Celiac disease on November 1, 2006. Funny how easily I remember the exact day I went gluten-free. The date is as easy to remember as Christmas or my birthday. At first, I assumed I would be consuming nothing but grass and nuts for the rest of my life. But through trial and error, and with the love and support of my family and friends, I have been living gluten-free for nearly two years. I couldn't be happier or healthier. I am gladly gluten-free!
Firstly, the Mariposa Bakehouse and Cafe is a must-see. This quaint little establishment located on the Berkeley/Oakland border is impeccably clean, and better yet, is entirely gluten-free. The food is near-gourmet and is fairly priced. No matter what you order, you will always be more than pleased. The pizza is always fresh, the muffins are near-perfection, and the bagels are sinfully delicious. The cafe is kid-friendly, and the service is nothing short of spectacular! A five-star in my book.
The second place I would recommend is Cafe Solstice in San Mateo. Located next to the Equinox gym, everything on the menu is gluten-free and vegan. It is technically a "raw" restaurant, an eatery where the philosophy is that by cooking food you deprive an individual of obtaining all the nutrients in the meal. Thus, everything is fresh and delicious. The employees are all very knowledgeable about a Celiac's needs and are more than willing to answer any questions you may have.
So, whether you are just stopping by or staying for a while, these two dining establishments are amazing places for Celiacs!
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