Thursday, May 31, 2012

Healthy Spirits: New Arrivals

1. Knee Deep Citra

2. Knee Deep Hoptologist

3.Marin Preservation Pale Ale

4. Victory Saison Du Buff (Stone/Dogfish Head Collaboration)

5. Ballast Point Sculpin

6. Dogfish Head Burton Baton

7.New Belgium Lips of Faith Tart Lychee

8. Lagunitas Lucky 13

9. Flying Dog In Heat Wheat


dave hauslein
beer manager

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Healthy Spirits: High Water Campfire Stout

High Water Campfire Stout is back in stock!

Healthy Spirits; Collage

Deschutes Conflux #1: Collage (collaboration w/Hair of the Dog) now in stock. Limited quantities.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Beyond Broccoli: The Artichoke

I have been dragging my feet on starting a new series about all of the amazing and delicious varieties of vegetables available across the globe and am finally doing so. I started this blog to try my best to share simple and healthy meals and snacks with all of you and thought it would be worth focusing on all types of produce so that maybe you can discover a new favorite of your own. I suppose the idea stemmed from being quizzically asked over and over again by grocery store cashiers what the name of the vegetable was that I was buying and what on Earth I did with it. 

We all get in the habit of cooking what we know, what we find familiar and the easiest to prepare. Especially when the days are long and our lives are hectic. We all know that vegetables are essential to a healthy diet but most people don't get a wide variety of produce simply because they don't know what to do with the stuff.  I am guilty myself of grabbing a bunch of broccoli and some carrots at the store when I am short on time because quite simply, they are easy to prepare and my kids will eat them.

I am a serious veggie lover from way back and will buy up sacks of vegetables simply because they are in season and more importantly because they look pretty, interesting and because I love to try new things. That's how I discovered I loved Bok Choy. I never had the vegetable in my child hood so it was unfamiliar to me but one day, many many moons ago I warily picked a bright and crisp looking bunch of Bok Choy up at the grocery and it has since been my very favorite vegetable.

Artichokes are another one of my favorite veggies and I thought I'd start out the "Beyond Broccoli"  series with these gems. I was introduced to them many years ago and only had them steamed and then dipped in a cayenne-mayonnaise concoction or in melted garlic butter for a long time. I have since discovered that are freaking  amazing roasted or grilled and that there are healthier options for condiments and toppings to go with them. One of the very first recipes I posted here on Simply Healthy Family was for   'Lemon @rtichoke Chicken over Brown Rice'    I tell you that it was one of my first posts as a disclaimer because while the recipe is wonderful, the picture and post..... not so much.     Live and learn.    I recommend you give this recipe a go.

Le Artichoke
isn't she beautiful?

Artichokes are available all year on the West Coast, but they peak from March to May and again in October. Originating in the Mediterranean, an overwhelming majority of artichokes grown in the United States are from California. The plants are actually the buds of thistles, which are in the sunflower family.

Here are some artichoke recipes worth trying.

Grilled Artichokes with Garlic and Cheese

recipe source

Italian Stuffed Artichoke

recipe source

Healthy Artichoke Marsala

recipe source

In the future, I will be posting my own recipes but I hope you visit these lovely sites for now and most especially, Give A New Veggie A Try!

Have you tried a new vegetable recently 
or prepared an old favorite a new way?

Please do share!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Healthy Spirits: New Arrivals

Divine Brewing's new beer "Engelen Tarwe" just went on the shelf. It's also going to be in beer club for June (which will be released tomorrow). Very interesting stuff. It's a tripel brewed with oats and wheat, rather than pilsner malt. A bit sour from wine yeast, and spicy from the addition of grains of paradise. Very unique.

Healthy Spirits: New Arrivals

1.Omission Lager(Widmer Gluten Free beer)
2. Widmer Kill Devil Brown
3. Goose Island Sofie
4. Goose Island Sofie
5. Goose Island Pepe Nero
6. Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin'
7. Mikkeller Ten
8. Mikkeller Black Stout
9. To/Ol Sleep Over Imperial Coffee IPA
10. Cuvee Des Jonquilles
11. De Molen Op & Top
12. De Molen Mooi & Meedogenloos
13. Haandbryggeriet Sour Bitch
14. New glassware from Cuvee Des Jonquilles, Struise and Kulmbacher
dave hauslein
beer manager

Healthy Spirits: Cantillon

Hey Everybody,
So we got a VERY small shipment from Cantillon. The following beers are available.

-Cantillon Kriek 750ml-$26.99
-Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze 750ml-$29.99
-Cantillon Vigneronne 750ml-$24.99

Bottles are limited to 1 per person. Just to clarify, not one of each, one bottle Wish we could do more, but want to give everyone a shot at this. No shipping.

Beer of the Month Club members may call in reservations at 415-255-0610. Please do not place reservations by e-mail.


Dave Hauslein
Beer Manager

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Healthy Spirits: New Arrivals

1. New Belgium Lips of Faith Tart Lychee
2. Heretic Worry (chardonnay barrel aged sour blond ale)
3. Drake's Alpha Sessions
4. Oakland Brewing Company Sticky Zipper IPA
5. To/Ol Goliat Coffee Stout
6. Coniston Bluebird Bitter
dave hauslein
beer manager

Friday, May 18, 2012

Healthy Spirits: Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

Just got three great new beers from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales in Oregon.

1. Kili Wit

2. Seizoen

3. Seizoen Brett

FYI these will all be featured in June's Beer of the Month Club.


dave hauslein
beer manager

Thursday, May 17, 2012

FW Parabola has arrived. Not much of it to go around, so 1 bottle limit per customer. $15.99 each. Beer club members may reserve bottles BY PHONE ONLY. E-mail reservations will not be accepted. Bottles will be behind the counter, by request only.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Healthy Spirits: New Arrivals

1. Crispin Brownslane Cans

2. Crispin Landsdowne

3. Widmer Citra Blond

4. Firestone Wookey Jack

5. Rogue Mom's Hefeweizen

6. Flying Dog Underdog Atlantic Lager

7. Flying Dog Wildeman Farmhouse IPA

8. Green Flash+Founders Collaboration: Linchpin White IPA

9.Abbot Ale Pub Draught Cans

10.He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's Double R.I.P.A.

11.Sir Perry Pear Cider Cans

12. Russian River Salvation

***Just in case you didn't see our previous post, the distributor messed up and didn't deliver our Firestone Walker Parabola allocation today. Barring any further nonsense, we should have it by tomorrow afternoon. There will be posts here, on Facebook, and on Twitter once it arrives.


dave hauslein
beer manager

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Chocolate Hazelnut Chia Seed Pudding

I'm usually not hungry at all first thing in the morning, especially when I have to wake up at 5:00 a.m. for work. You'd think I'd be used to it after 15 years of waking up at the crack of dawn to get to work and getting up with the kids, but my body, more specifically my brain are still in snooze mode until around 10:00 a.m. 

So the last thing I want to do is add to my fragile state by trying to make breakfast for myself and 4 children.
In an effort to stay away from boxed cereal I have come up with a few breakfasts that require little or no effort.

This pudding falls into the zero effort category. It has just 3 ingredients and you simply chill it over night (or for at least 4 hours) and wake up to a chocolate pudding for breakfast! Nice huh? 

What are Chia Seeds?

Chia seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family that grows abundantly in southern Mexico. 

Chia is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than flax seeds.  And, unlike flax,  they do not have to be ground to make their nutrients available to the body.  Chia seeds also provide fiber (25 grams give you 6.9 grams of fiber) as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, niacin, and zinc just to name a few.

When added to water and allowed to sit for 30 minutes, chia forms a gel. Researchers suggest that this reaction also takes place in the stomach, slowing the process by which digestive enzymes break down carbohydrates and convert them into sugar.

You can use any liquid you like for this pudding, some suggestions are:  almond milk, rice milk,  coconut milk and hemp milk. I have been staying away from soy milk because it is a GMO and some research suggests it may have harmful effects on your body and your hormones.

To make the pudding:

Mix together 2 cups chocolate hazelnut milk with 1/2 cup chia seeds. Drizzle in about 3 tablespoons honey, preferably local, Organic honey. Let sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes then refrigerate over night.

You could probably eat this in as little as 1 hour after mixing buy I find that I like the consistency better after at least 6 hours.

You could definitely have this chocolate hazelnut pudding as a dessert but I suggest adding a bit more honey. Also, since chia seed is so high in protein I like this for a breakfast treat. The consistancy of this pudding is very similar to tapioca but without all the sugar.


Dr. Weil dot com

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Healthy Spirits: Triple Voodoo Grand Cru

Healthy Spirits is the first store in San Francisco to receive the brand new first bottling of Triple Voodoo's Grand Cru. Come and get it! Keep an eye out for our exclusive bourbon barrel aged versions of Triple Voodoo's Inception Tripel and Grand Cru in the coming months.


dave hauslein
beer manager

Healthy Spirits: Grand Teton Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse

Now in stock.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Healthy Spirits: New Arrivals

1. Tilquin Gueuze 12oz and 25oz

2. Jester King Mad Meg

3. Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam

4. Jolly Pumpkin Oro De Calabaza

5. Jolly Pumpkin ESBam

6. Pretty Things X: 1838 version

7. Pretty Things X: 1945 version

***(these two beers were a collaboration with Ron Pattinson. Pretty Things brewed two old recipes from one London brewery to show how the mild style evolved over time. The first is a recipe from 1838. The second is from 1945. The brewer reccomends trying them back to back for comparison.)

8. Hanssens Oude Gueuze 12oz

9. Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast

10. Mikkeller Black Buffalo (ABV listed on label shown above is incorrect. Actually 19.3%ABV)

11. Mikkeller/Grassroots collaboration: Wheat is the New Hop (Wheat based IPA with brettanomyces)

12. Buxton Kinder Sunset (English Ruby Mild Ale)

13. Timothy Taylor Landlord

14. 8Wired Big Smoke Porter

15. Haandbryggeriet Dark Force Reserva

16. Haandbryggeriet Sweet & Sour

17. BFM Abbaye De Saint Bon Chien vintages 2007, 2009 and 2010


dave hauslein
beer manager

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Healthy Spirits: New Arrivals

1. Dogfish Head Urkontinent
2. Anderson Valley Summer Solstice Cans
3. DAB Dortmunder Export Cans
4. Napa Smith Hopageddon Imperial IPA
5. Bruery White Oak
6. Einstok Pale Ale, Toasted Porter and Icelandic Wit 6 packs
7. Mission Dark Seas Imperial Stout
8. Erdinger Weizen
9. Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager
10 .Weihenstephaner hefe-weizen glasses
11. Erdinger hefe-weizen glasses
12. Flying Dog chalices
13. Delerium Tremens glassware
dave hauslein
beer manager