Sunday, October 17, 2010

GLUTEN-FREE VEGETARIAN IN SAN FRANCISCO: JAPANTOWN

BLOGHER FOOD '10
PEACE PLAZA MALL, JAPANTOWN


In town for BlogherFood '10, the original goal for the side trips to Japantown and Inner Richmond was to find tools for gluten-free vegetarian cooking, specifically bento box accessories made of silicone which could be used for baking to temperatures as high as 450 fahrenheit. But, as often happens, best laid plans....

See the pink and lime cupcake-shaped cups with the tiny bows at the edges? Technically, the goal was met with these items, but as you can see the bulk of the purchases were not made of silicone. But are they ever useful, not to mention well-priced! Here are some great shops we visited:

INNER RICHMOND:

SUPER TOKIO
251 Chestnut
KAWAII
5406 Geary
KAMEI
507 Clement

JAPANTOWN:

KINOKUNIYA MALL
1581 Webster
ASAKICHI
1730 Geary, Kinokuniya Mall

NIYAKO MALL
1625 Post
ICHIBANKAN
Niyako Mall,22 Peace Plaza #540
DAISO
22 Peace Plaza #400

Some of the most useful items for a gluten-free diner would be the tiny bottles, usually used for soy sauce in bento boxes. Fill them with tamari, order wisely, and you've made your local Asian restaurant gluten-free! Many of the gadgets you see in the slide show were purchased for no more than $1.50 each. Shops ranged in size from that of a small corner store to a small supermarket, each with varied selections of fascinating items for anyone who loves to cook. I'll be back!

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