So many new stores recently!
The Pasta Shop (Oakland/Berkeley) :: At both their 4th Street Berkeley and Rockridge locations.
Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop (Oakland) :: The meatloaf and Swiss on Texas toast is killer here. So is the tomato soup - just a touch spicy.
Avedano’s Holly Park Market (Bernal Heights, SF) :: I love their selection of condiments and sauces - heaven! When I’m here, I always get the chicken + bacon + jalapeno jam sandwich with a touch extra jalapeno jam.
Cheese Plus (Russian Hill, SF) :: Ray, the owner, used to be the director of cheese, wine, and specialty foods at Whole Foods. In addition to cheese, Cheese Plus also caries Northern California artisan produced charcuterie, chocolate, specialty condiments, oils and vinegars, and their own house made sandwiches, salads, and spreads.
Canyon Market (Glen Park, SF) :: The cold case here is to die for. So is the chicken + gruyere sandwich. The perfect little neighborhood grocery store.
Hollow (Inner Sunset, SF) :: Part coffee shop, part boutique, this place is a tiny little gem in the Inner Sunset. They carry Tokyo Milk perfumes, dishware, fancy pocketknives. Basically everything you need in life.
Oakville Grocery (Napa, Healdsburg) :: The Napa store has started setting a grill in the back where they do sausages & buns. Amazing! I love their breakfast burrito & house made pies.
Viva Cocolat (Petaluma) :: This store has chocolates, a chocolate cafe, and chocolate classes. A one-stop shop!
Sunshine Foods Market (Saint Helena) :: The perfect place to get picnicking supplies. I especially love their freezer aisle - all-natural gelato & ice cream as far as the eye can see.
Olives & Grace (Boston, MA!) :: This place takes the prize for new store I most want to visit. They feature emerging artists, gift producers, and small batch food makers from big cities and quiet neighborhoods across the country. Doesn’t that sound like heaven?