Wednesday, October 6, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO: GRACIAS MADRE VEGETARIAN GLUTEN FREE FOOD

BLOGHER FOOD '10

Within an hour of my arriving in San Francisco, several days before the start of Blogher Food '10, I was whisked off to Gracias Madre in the Mission District for a gluten-free lunch. We didn't mean to, but we over-ordered. In fact, we thought we were being cautious, but, no, there was almost one entire dish we could hardly begin. The servings were that generous! This is an organic, vegan restaurant, and what appears to be cheese sauce in these photos is,in fact, nut cheese, and a quite spicy nut cheese sauce at that. Perfect over the steamed red potatoes. Had them later that night with an omelette. But I digress...
The problem was the appetizer: butternut squash and caramelized onion folded into tortillas with cashew nacho cheese and pumpkin seed salsa (as delicious as it was decorative, see slide show above). Though it only cost $8, it was large enough to be an entree. And the entrees which we had ordered were so oversized that it was clear dessert or even the potatoes were out of the question as far as lunch that day. The Mole Poblano Enchiladas, which came with beans and greens and the spicy cashew cheese as well, were incredibly filling. Great beans, great sauce and I was even able to eat the kale, which wasn't bitter, and which normally I would avoid.

A siesta is recommended after a long flight and truly comforting comfort food like that! Exactly what occurred.

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