Yesterday I ventured over to Cafe Gratitude, for a mid-afternoon slice of "cheesecake." For those not in the know, Cafe Gratitude is the Bay Area's own raw, vegan, 90% gluten-free* restaurant. The cheesecake was pretty tasty, as always... Creamy if not flavorful. The pumpkin pie my companion ordered was excellent. The highlight of the meal was the ginger-beet-kale (etc, etc) juice which delicately combined a number of flavors into a refreshing and tangy beverage. I could have gulped down a gallon, but at $4 for a small glass I made my 6 ounces last as long as possible. I stuck to my promise to only eat desserts and juices at Cafe Gratitude, since my experience of their savory foods was that they are like Drano to my sensitive digestive tract, and a little too mucilaginous for my tastes (must be all the flax seeds).
While there, I purchased a chocolate bar from the Cafe's gift shop area. The "xocolatl" bar from Dagoba is a dark, gluten-free organic chocolate with cocoa nibs and chilies. You can read a review of it here from someone who is more of a chocolate conoisseur than myself, but suffice it to say it is quite a lovely experience, balancing smooth and crunchy textures, and sweet and spicy flavors I'm finishing it off today at work, and it's inspiring me to look up recipes for chicken mole, my favorite combination of chocolate and hot peppers. Chocolate has far more satisfying applications than mass-marketed candy bars, friends.
*Though the staff is sometimes misinformed about this, the restaurant uses gluten-containing soy sauce in some of their dishes... So be sure to ask the ingredients of anything you order if you are gluten sensitive!