May 2014

We are so thrilled to be serving Berkeley’s own Acme bread, a local favorite and originator of the artisan bread revolution. You can get their authentic chewy Sweet Baguette, Ciabatta, Herb Slab, Pain au Levain or Walnut Levain. Buy a  loaf to take home, or enjoy the first three on sandwiches.

ACME breads

In the coming weeks we’ll be serving Special Sandwiches, which will feature the Levain and Walnut Levain. We can’t wait!


Mama will appreciate a gift basket filled with sweets, savory treats, a bottle of wine, a quick gourmet snack, a whimsical card, or even a pair of earrings . Come browse and select; Elena can wrap it up and make it look pretty for you.

Shelf Items

Cotes du Rhone


Our lovely French wine merchant Francois is back from vacation and ready to pour everyone’s new favorite French wines at lunchtime today. Have a taste while awaiting your sandwich. Pick up a bottle or a few for Mother’s Day!


DSC_0036On this lovely spring morning, what comes to mind? Going to the market. Lavender fields in Provence. Enjoying a delicious beverage after work tonight. Pick up a few ounces of lavender buds and make this delicious, versatile syrup:

Bring one cup of water and one cup of sugar to a boil. Add a handful of dried lavender buds (available in Ratto’s bulk section). Stir and let simmer on low for 10 minutes. Strain into a mason jar and use to flavor iced tea, lemonade, soda water, or add to bourbon & lemon juice for a “California Bubble Bath”.