Back to Earth’s retreats couple outdoor adventure with relaxation, letting nature lovers and city slickers alike flee urban landscapes in favor of mind-body rebuilding. Escape the ironic graffiti of urban-transit systems and explore California's undeveloped stretch of coastline, beginning in Shelter Cove, on the self-centering qigong retreat. Participants spend four days and three nights hiking, camping on the beach, and practicing qigong, honing forms and meditations to boost inner wellness. In between activities, the staff prepares organic meals to elevate body and mind and refuel energy stores depleted from asking the mountains hypothetical questions.
Souley Vegan's proprietor Tamearra Dyson uses techniques she learned from her family in Louisiana to subvert that idea that healthy, vegan eating lacks flavor. She dredges tofu in a southern-style batter that mimics fried catfish and fashions a menu that appeals to meat-eaters and vegans alike. Tofu also gets dressed in BBQ sauce in burgers and tossed in sweet and sour and green peppers. Tamearra and her kitchen staff put a vegan spin on a roster of Southern classics, such as potato salad with black olives following a family recipe three generations old, as well as mashed potatoes drenched in vegan gravy made like her mom did. The eatery's mac and cheese made with yeast-based, non-dairy cheese earned it accolades from the East Bay Express, which said that it "is so perfect a substitute to its dairy-based kin that it leaves the eater convinced it?s the real thing," while also bestowing Souley Vegan with "Best of East Bay" awards for the past five years. USA Today has also recognized the eatery as among ten great places for soul food in the country.
Brightly painted walls and block-style prints of blues musicians lend a cozy Southern atmosphere to the restaurant, where diners gather around color-splashed tables or cluster on picnic style benches as they share family-style meals or play License Plate Bingo for the last piece of fried okra.
Survey the huge, meaty menu to discover bold new tubular foods or reacquaint your stomach with old favorites. Have a Nuerenberger bratwurst, porkily grilled and served, like all of Rosamunde's sausages, on a French roll with your choice of two toppings––sauerkraut, grilled onions, sweet or hot peppers, or beef chili ($6). Chomp on exclusive house selections such as the wild boar with apples and spice or a Mission Street all-beef sausage wrapped in bacon ($6.50 each). Or check the board to see if specials—such as the Basque pork sausage with red pepper or the pheasant with pork, wine, and cranberries—are currently in stock to embolden your inner Teddy Roosevelt ($6.50 each). Grab a sausage plate to sate your appetite's deepest desires, with your choice of two sausages, baked beans, and a salad ($12.75).
In the past, Brendan Eliason's oenophilia has landed him gigs at David Coffaro Winery in Dry Creek and Va de Vi Bistro & Wine Bar in Walnut Creek. These days, he mans Periscope Cellars, which stocks an impressive selection of Californian wines. Available by the bottle or from up to 10 taps, the tasting room showcases everything from pinot noirs and zinfandels to mulled wine in winter.
Pours pair perfectly with gourmet bites from the surrounding Swan’s Market; Rosamunde Sausage Grill, for instance, is just steps away. Of course, Periscope's libations are also available to go in refillable 500ml bottles or unlimited handfuls.
For La Strada's owners, Martino and Adriano, food lies at the heart of their business and their friendship. They first met while working various Italian restaurants in North Beach and immediately hit it off. Through the years, they'd daydream about opening their own restaurant, until one day a vacant restaurant space changed everything. After taking a look inside, they decided to take the plunge?and the first La Strada location was on its way to opening.
Their first restaurant flourished and soon they opened a second location right next to City Hall. This time, they outfitted the new dining room with fireplace seating, Italian archways, and murals of rolling Tuscan countryside. But they didn't change the one thing that made their first restaurant successful: the food. At both locations, they continue to serve their classic Italian eats, such as skewers of salmon, scallops, and veggies in a white wine garlic sauce and tender veal stuffed with prosciutto, sage, olives, and mozzarella.
As the latest venture of San Francisco Soup Company, Ladle and Leaf boasts a new name, look, and menu items. However, the core commitment of the restaurant remains the same?to make great, healthy food. Every day, Ladle and Leaf?s chefs hand-craft custom-tossed salads, made-to-order sandwiches, and approximately 12 healthy soups from scratch within their kitchen, keeping an eye on sustainability and seasonality. The restaurant's innovative dishes showcase globally-inspired flavors by using organic and locally sourced fresh ingredients, such as cage-free eggs from Glaum Egg Ranch and organic milk from Clover Stornetta. Ladle and Leaf's commitment to conscious dining extends to the nutritional realms: each nutrient-packed recipe comes with nutrition stats, and the menu even designates which soups are gluten-, meat- and dairy-free, and which soup spoons best shield noses from affectionate pinches.