Plaid Friday
There are many indie retailers throughout Oakland with wonderfully unique gifts that are open for business on what has been coined “Plaid Friday”. Show your love of “local”, by supporting the Old Oakland business district on Friday, November 27. You’ll find some pretty amazing gifts, many of which are made right here in Oakland by talented artisans & artists. Ratto’s will be open from 10-2, and in addition to serving wonderful sandwiches and steaming bowls of soup, we have a festive selection of gourmet gifts from the U.S. and beyond. Come in and peruse our shelves and sample some panettone, cheese and olive oil. Wishing everyone a Thanksgiving weekend filled with love and gratitude!

Pantry Staples

Weeknights sometimes beg for an quick and easy dinner solution. We’ve got our shelves stocked with 30-minute meal pantry staples like pasta, roasted peppers, anchovies, white beans, capers, grilled artichokes, and of course our famously fruity and delicious Extra Virgin olive oil.

Boil plenty of well-salted water in a pot with a dash of oil, pour yourself a drink, then improvise a few toppings while the pasta is cooking, perfectly al dente, of course. Toss in some fresh greens or some leftover chicken if you feel like it. By golly you can even get away without dirtying a knife or a pan with some of these toppings. Add a few scrapings of Parmesan and Voila: Dinner is served.

Look no further: what could be a more necessary ingredient? SALT! It makes a great hostess gift, stocking stuffer, or gift basket theme. We just got a fabulous batch of exotic salts in, as well as fresh jars of spices and can’t wait to share them with you:

Marlborough Flaky Salt (New Zealand), Fleur de Sel Guérande (France),  Red Alder Smoked Salt (Washington), Fleur de Hell™ (DID YOU SAY MARGARITAS?), Bitterman’s Sel Gris (Guatemala) (ERIC’S GO-TO SALT), Lemon Flake Salt (Cypress), Halen Môn Gold Smoked Salt, (Wales) (THIS STUFF IS SPECIAL!)

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