Come on in.
We are open!
Come on in.
We are open!
Drink Beer, Do Good? That’s their mission at Ex Novo Brewing. And we can definitely get behind that!
Come taste with us and learn about this Non-Profit brewery from Portland!
When: Thursday, August 17, 2017; 4 pm to 5 pm. Join us!
We carry these fine brews:
Most Interesting Lager
Dynamic Duo DIPA
Photos borrowed from Ex Novo to promote their beer and cause.
At The Natural Grocery Company, we are proud to sell 100% organic produce.
Some may question why this matters. After all, most grocery stores (even big box ones) carry organic options at this point.
A short story about my recent neighborhood (in East Oakland) shopping trip may help illustrate what can happen when a store sells both conventional and organic produce.
A couple days ago, I had to make a quick run to a market near our house for ginger root. The place we go has both organic and conventional options. I selected the organic ginger. When I got home and looked at my receipt, I realized the price I paid was low and the line item read: ginger (not organic ginger). Perhaps I picked up a piece of conventional ginger from the organic ginger bin. But how could that happen? It’s possible some other shopper ditched their conventional ginger in the organic bin. Or perhaps the piece was improperly labeled. Mistakes happen. I understand that. But I did not want conventional ginger. It made me wonder how many times this kind of thing happens. On this occasion I paid for the lower priced ginger. But what if conventional items are mislabeled as organic and you pay the premium without getting the product?
This is all to say, that I am grateful to work (and shop for most of our groceries) in a place with 100% organic produce. There is no chance for conventional fruits, veggies or roots to accidentally end up in my cooking!
I love entertaining at home. Compared to dining out, it’s more personal, relaxed, and affordable.
As a former restaurant manager and sommelier, I have a few tips to help you pull it off effortlessly at a moment’s notice.
I find it helpful to stock up (12 or so bottles) and have diverse inventory on hand. At Annex Wine & Beer, we offer a 10% discount if you buy a case or more. Couple that with some bargain items like our Closerie des Lys Blanc for $8.99, and you get great savings. That makes racing through bottles a little easier to swallow!
Wine Shopping list:
Our wine specialists at the Annex can help you curate a terrific summer drinking list with both familiar favorites and new varietals!
Food Prep and Shopping Suggestions:
These finger friendly bread based snacks are great for noshing at formal and informal gatherings.
Step 1: Slice 1 to 2 loaves of French bread (try an Acme baguette) into 1/4-inch-thick rounds.
Step 2: Brush each slice with olive oil (Burroughs Family Farms Bulk Olive Oil is on sale right now. And it’s delicious!) or melted butter (I love how affordable and tasty the Cadia butter is)
Step 3: Place the rounds on baking sheets and bake at 350 degrees until crisp throughout and lightly golden around the edges, about 15 minutes.
1. Spread with Coeur Chevre organic fresh goat cheese, orange marmalade (try one from Frog Hollow or Full Belly Farms, both are located right across from the cheese section) and fresh mint.
2. Spread with fig jam (Inna just delivered their black mission fig jam!), top with blue cheese (Farmstead Original Blue) and prosciutto (try La Quercia) or ham (I love True Story).
3. Spread with fig jam, top with goat cheese and chopped walnuts (grab a bunch from our bulk bins).
4. Spread with butter, top with thinly sliced bread-and-butter pickles (Woodstock or Cadia are both great choices).
5. Spread with hummus (grab our Annex made pre-packed Hummus), top with olive tapenade (try the Divina Kalamata olive spread).
These toppings are all items that are fairly easy to either keep in stock or grab quickly from one of our stores.
Here’s to happy, memory-making gatherings!
Little super seeds like chia and flax are mightier than they look: while they may be tiny, they’re actually full of essential nutrients. The chia seed contains three times more calcium than skim milk, and is a great source of both omega-3 essential fatty acids and dietary fiber. Ground flaxseed is also a great source of fiber, as well as omega-3 alpha-linoleic acid, which supports normal cardiovascular function and helps maintain healthy hair, skin and nails.
Super Seed Tips:
Add chia or ground flax seeds to almost anything
Sprinkle over hot or cold cereal
Stir into yogurt or applesauce
Add to smoothies and beverages
Add to baked goods
Stir into nut butter or sprinkle inside a PB & J
Sprinkle over toast
Add to homemade nut/seed butter bars
Super Easy Recipe with Chia:
Makes 3 Servings
In a bowl, mix all ingredients. Stir until well-blended. Cover bowl and place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours. Once pudding has set, sprinkle with your favorite toppings and enjoy! The result is thick and luxurious, with loads of healthy side effects.
Here are a few reasons to add chia to your daily routine:
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Chia seeds can interact with the medication warfarin/coumadin. Patients on blood pressure medication should take chia seeds cautiously. Patients on blood thinners should not take chia seeds. – From the Cleveland Clinic http://www.clevelandclinicwellness.com/Features/Pages/Chia-Seeds.aspx
If you have a stash of Revive Kombucha bottles, be sure to return them by September 1, 2017 for your $2 refund. If you have questions about their decision to sunset the bottle exchange program please email them directly or contact us via the contact form. Thank you!