New Gluten-Free Menu at The Counter, Pinkberry Goes Greek & More

Cranberry-Avocado Turkey Burger on a gluten-free bun at The Counter. (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)

Cranberry-Avocado Turkey Burger on a gluten-free bun at The Counter. (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)

The Counter Serves Up Gluten-Free Options

The Counter, with 33 locations including ones in the Bay Area, has added a new gluten-free menu.

The separate menu still allows you to build your own burger creation or to choose from pre-designed signature ones. The latter includes such offerings as the Cranberry & Avocado Turkey Burger with organic mixed greens and horseradish may on a gluten-free bun; the Spinach, Avocado & Salsa Bison Bowl with roasted corn and black bean salsa; and beef chili with Tillamook cheddar, red onion and sour cream.

Chow down on it all with a gluten-free milkshake or a gluten-free beer from Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales.

The gluten-free menu is available at all locations of The Counter, except airport ones.

Pinkberry To Serve Non-Frozen Yogurt

You already know Pinkberry for its tart fro-yo.

But now, it’s introducing a new yogurt — all natural, thick, nonfat Greek yogurt that’s fresh, not frozen.

Pinkberrygreek boasts 15g of protein per 5 ounces.

Pinkberry's new, fresh Greek yogurt. (Photo courtesy of Pinkberry)

Pinkberry’s new, fresh Greek yogurt. (Photo courtesy of Pinkberry)

As with any Pinkberry yogurt, you can customize it with your choice of an array of toppings. Or take the suggestions from Pinkberry for sweet and savory creations such as: Chocolate Berry (blueberry, raspberry, dark chocolate granola, chocolate shavings, cinnamon honey), Tomato Basil (grape tomato, fresh basil, olive oil, sea salt, balsamic glaze), and Sunflower Cucumber (cucumber, sunflower seed bites, olive oil, chile powder).

The new Greek yogurt should be available at all Pinkberry locations by April 1.

Off The Grid Returns to Fort Mason Center with New Features

San Francisco’s favorite food truck meet-up, Off the Grid, is back for its fourth season at Fort Mason Center.

Every Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., find 32 vendors such as Alicia’s Tamales, Chairman Bao, Rocko’s Chocolate Tacos and The Whole Beast.

New this year is a prix fixe dining service. A limited number of seats will be available in a heated area that also will include a specialty lounge from Derby Cocktail Co., a new mobile bar concept by Stag Dining Group, which will feature barrel-aged cocktails, tap wines and local microbrews. Vendors for the prix fixe service include Hapa SF, Californios and Azalina’s Malaysian. Price is $40 per person. For reservations, click here.

New Golden Grain Hidden Veggie pasta varieties. (Photo by Carolyn Jung)

New Golden Grain Hidden Veggie pasta varieties. (Photo by Carolyn Jung)

Winner of the Golden Grain Pasta Contest

In last week’s Food Gal contest, I asked you to tell me what you’d most want a year’s worth of if a fairy with a magic wand could make it so. Best answer wins a year’s worth of new Golden Grain Hidden Veggie pasta (or 24 coupons, each good for one free package of the new pasta varieties).

Congrats to:

Harry, who wrote, “The biggest expense of anyone’s budget is most likely their mortgage and home/flood insurance. A year’s worth of payments of these expenses would allow me to experiment more with cooking techniques and maybe even take a Boot Camp cooking class or two at the CIA.”

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  • I love Pinkberry and ate it almost everyday when I was in NYC. Its great that they are going to Greek yogurt too.

  • It’s so great that more restaurants are adding allergen friendly options. In this day and age restaurants need to be super flexible about people who are gluten free, vegan, etc.

  • That’s so cool about Azalina doing a prix fixe. Yay!

  • Cool…I am glad that these chains are adapting to the public needs.
    Thanks for the post Carolyn and enjoy your week!

  • I’ve still never eaten Pinkberry yogurt, frozen or otherwise. I’m actually surprised that they’re not in more states at this point. I do really like those flavor combinations!

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