Ike’s Place

Gourmet Sandwiches for Everyone By Jennifer Iscol Ike’s Place ilikeikesplace.com Locations: Cupertino, Danville, Oakland, Salinas, San Francisco, San Francisco State University, Santa Clara, Santa Rosa, Stanford University. Opening soon: Foster City and Walnut Creek Ahead of the trend A month after Ike Shehadeh opened his first sandwich shop in San Francisco in 2007, a woman with celiac disease came in and requested a salad. Ike only wants to serve sandwiches, but he is a man with a big heart who wants to be able to serve everyone a sandwich, so he spent a couple of months researching gluten-free breads and quickly developed a gluten-free menu. Five and a half years later, Ike has 24 gluten-free sandwiches on his menu, and over 50 different gluten-free ingredients. Menu options for everyone Overlapping with the awe-inspiring main menu, Ike’s not only has a selection of gourmet sandwiches for those who need gluten-free, but also vegetarian, vegan and halal (foods allowed under Islamic dietary guidelines). Do you have a food allergy, too? Ike’s keeps a list of ingredients and allergens at the register to help the well-informed cashier guide your choices. The gluten-free sandwiches are made on rolls from Mariposa Baking, with Food for Life Brown Rice Bread for backup. Ike estimates that 10% of all sandwiches he sells at some locations are gluten-free. How gluten-free is it really? We LOVE this part!...

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Hot Spud in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf

By Jennifer Iscol 2640 Mason St., San Francisco 94133    (415) 399-1065 Visit this sleek oasis of gluten-free deliciousness to escape the deep-fried offerings  of the surrounding Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood. I interviewed owner Cemil Erzincanli , who explained almost everything on the menu is gluten-free (with the minor exception of three salad additions, which are kept separated: croutons, wonton strips and blue cheese). Every other item on their menu, from their loaded baked potatoes to their salads, is gloriously gluten-free. They even have gluten-free cheesecake and brownies, which they make themselves from scratch using Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free flour. They do not use wheat flour at all so the preparation is celiac-safe. If you have additional food sensitivities, pick up an allergy sheet at the counter or ask the employees for help. Judging from the glowing reviews on Yelp, this place is popular with everyone, so bring your friends and...

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Second Helping

By Jennifer Iscol The challenge of serving delicious, nutritious gluten-free food to her busy family led Jillian Taffe to draw on her business background to develop a line of high-quality frozen entrees that are also free of soy, dairy and nuts. After Jillian and her oldest child were diagnosed with celiac disease, she discovered her youngest also had celiac, and her husband and middle child were both gluten intolerant. While Jillian is putting her M.B.A. and marketing background to good use, she is also supporting the community through her dedication and generous donations to Camp Celiac, where her three...

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The Inn on Randolph in Napa

By Jennifer Iscol The hottest inn in Napa Valley just happens to be 100% gluten-free. The Inn on Randolph, a boutique bed & breakfast, rocketed to the number one spot on Trip Advisor in less than a year, after owner Karen Lynch bought the property in 2011 and closed it for nine months to gut it from the foundation to the roof. The result is a sophisticated and delightful property on one acre of gorgeous gardens. The property boasts five rooms in the historic Victorian inn, plus five rooms in three cottages built in the 1930s. The new kitchen has never known a speck of gluten. Guests are greeted at the door with wine or a choice of beverages, given a tour of the expansive property and offered fruit, cheese and crackers. Napa’s historic downtown is within walking distance, including two 100% gluten-free restaurants, Pica Pica and C Casa. Guests might also enjoy a massage treatment in the inn’s spa room, or time relaxing in the outdoor spaces in the garden. Heading out for some wine tasting? Karen will send you off with a goodie bag of gluten-free crackers for the cheese pairings at wineries. Breakfast usually includes homemade granola, yogurt and fresh fruit, in addition to a hot entree: recent entrees include a bacon wrap polenta; vanilla bean pancakes with chicken apple sausage; and a Mexican souffle with...

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The Goods – Gluten Free Treats

By Jennifer Iscol Mark Berger has two passions in his new career: making healthy, amazing-tasting gluten-free treats, and finding a way to give back to the local business community that has supported his new venture. Mark is a landscape contractor who launched a second career after he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease; friends who tasted the new gluten-free recipes he developed to satisfy his own cravings encouraged him to go into business. Mark forgoes the gluten-free staple of rice flour — too gritty, he says — and uses ingredients that have more protein and fiber. Mark uses organic ingredients...

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