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TGIP(izza)F(usion)!

Whether you like your pizza piled high with meat or covered in veggies, sprinkled with vegan soy cheese or smothered with mozzarella and feta, Pizza Fusion has a pie that will please even the pickiest of palates. Located in Hillcrest on 5th avenue, Pizza Fusion has been serving up deliciousness in San Diego since Summer 2008. You can choose one of their specialty pizzas such as the scrumptious Seattle Pizza topped with tomatoes, red onion, basil and garlic, drizzled with balsamic and olive oil, and sprinkled with mozzarella and parmesan. Or you can opt to design your own choosing from their wide selection of tasty toppings. They also offer three different options crust wise for piling these scrumptious toppings upon, white, multi grain and my favorite, gluten free. All of their crusts including the gluten free are served up thin style, which personally I feel is perfect for pizzas with fresh and flavorful ingredients like theirs. The gluten free crust at Pizza Fusion was spot on flavor wise, had a nice bready texture and was not gummy or dense like many gluten free baked goods tend to be. It also came as a full size pizza, which is a rare find in the gluten free pizza world.

 

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In addition to pizzas they also have an array of tasty beverages to choose from, yerba matte teas, natural sodas, organic wines and beers (there’s even gluten free beer too!). They also have a selection of scrumptious salads such as the delicious Roasted Beet and Feta Salad with roasted beets, arugula, candied pecans, roasted red onions and feta cheese.

 

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Be sure to save room for dessert as they offer chocolate chip cookies or rich, chocolaty, vegan and gluten free brownies.

 

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Not only does Pizza Fusion take care of their customers by using only fresh organic, hormone free ingredients but they always have the best interest of the planet in mind too through business practices such as use of corn containers for take out instead of plastic, offsetting their energy use with the purchase of wind energy certificates, building restaurants to meet LEED certification standards, and by use of hybrid vehicles for delivery service. 

Delicious, nutritious and planet friendly, Pizza Fusion is the perfect solution for a pizza night that will fit the tastes and dietary needs of almost everyone and a most delicious addition to the growing selection of eco-conscious and special diet friendly eateries in San Diego.

AMBER WAVES OF GRAIN

FARMERS’ MARKET REPORT: WEEK OF JUNE 14, 2009

AMBER WAVES OF GRAIN

AMBER WAVES OF GRAIN

PERENNIAL WAVES OF GRAIN:

Some serious sustainable food for thought…

From Gourmet Magazine:

By Barry Estabrook

Wes Jackson’s now-grown children used to call him Dr. Doom. Kids will be kids, but that seems to be a particularly inappropriate moniker for a man with a keen mind and an impish sense of humor, who is putting the final touches on a once-far-fetched mission to radically improve the way our most important food crops are grown.

Jackson, a plant geneticist, is president of The Land Institute, a Kansas-based research organization dedicated to improving the sustainability of farming by mimicking natural models. In an address at the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Cooking for Solutions Sustainable Foods Institute earlier this month he said that he was within a decade of introducing a commercially viable variety of perennial wheat(meaning that one year’s crop will spring from the previous year’s root system without being replanted) to the market.

And to prove that perennial wheat is no longer a theoretical entity, he brought several small bags of flour made from his experimental plantings.

Jackson tends to think across a broader time horizon than most environmentalists (he promised not to go all the way back to the Big Bang during his 30-minute talk but did start at a point 3.5 billion years ago; he has also espoused 50-year Federal Farm Bills, as opposed to the current five-year legislation). Jackson said that about 10,000 years ago, when the first grains were domesticated, early farmers (“the greatest revolutionaries who have ever lived”) took a wrong turn by cultivating annual crops that die after one growing season and have to be replanted from seed. They gave plenty of grain, but at a tremendous cost to the soil—a problem that continues today on the American plains, where topsoil has been depleted and crops depend on massive inputs of chemicals and irrigation water.

That’s because annual crops have tiny root systems that grow for one season and then die along with the rest of the plant. Perennials, on the other hand, invest in huge root systems that last for years and burrow deep into the ground to secure water and nutrients. They produce more living matter over a much longer growing season than their annual relatives, and perennials prevent soil erosion because the land they grow on doesn’t have to be cultivated every spring.

Jackson brought two striking visual aids to the conference to show the difference in root structure. Annual wheat had a few spindly tendrils of rootlets, not much more impressive than some of the plants I weed out of my garden. Its perennial relative had developed a massive snarl of roots that stretched for several feet across the back of the auditorium. By crossbreeding annual wheat, corn, sunflowers and sorghum with their wild, perennial counterparts, Jackson and the Land Institute have developed crops that combine the yield of annuals with the sustainability of perennials. “Conservation becomes a consequence of, not an alternative to, food production,” he said.

“In reality, we are grass seed eaters,” Jackson added, pointing out that 70 percent of our calories come from grains and legumes. Thanks to his work, over the next couple of decades we might become perennial grass eaters.

~imagine that!!!!!!!!  I’ve always been a bigger fan of perennial crops myself.  To learn more about this potential perennial revolution check out these sites:

AGAINST THE GRAIN

Perennials on the Horizon, a capital campaign

Thanks to the 13 chefs who woke up before the roosters and made the trip to one of the greatest farmers markets in the country and participated in the truest of commerce, the exchange of food goods from hard-working farmers for a few Abe Lincolns:  that is, at its heart and roots, American.

~melissa

MARKET REVIEW:

Entering: White Corn from Gloria Tamai Farms, Heirloom Cherokee Tomatoes from Tutti Frutti, Zephyr Squash from McGrath Family Farms,  Summer Baby Squash Mix from Coastal Organics (awesome!!!), Meyer Lemons and Encore Oranges (taste like a tangerine!) from Garcia Organics, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes (50/50% chance), Micro French Breakfast Radishes and Spanish Radishes from Jaime Farms, Tiny Tiny Apricots (Elgian Marbles), Yellow Nectarines, WHITE Nectarines (candy!) and Yellow Peaches from Fitzgerald Farms, Green Onion Chives and Miners Lettuce from Yasutomi Farm, Pink Variegated Lemons from J.J.’s Lone Daughter Ranch (look for some uber-unique kumquats and kaffir limes!!),  Rustic Arugula and Round Baby Carrots from Windrose Farm, and Ron Burgundy Fingerling Potatoes from Weiser Famly Farms.

Back on track: Fiesole (Baby Purple) Artichokes from Life’s A Choke

Gapping: Bloomsdale Spinach from Weiser Family Farms and most Radish varieties from Jaime Farms (two more weeks..)

Exiting: Bing Cherries :( , Murcott Tangerines, French Leeks, Green Garlic, Meiwa Kumquats, Paige Tangerines, Tom’s Terrific Tangerines and Gold Nuggets from Garcia Organics, Black Kale, Baby Turnips (Coastal Organics) and Watermelon Radishes from Mcgrath Farms

MARKET TOUR:

White Corn from Gloria Tamai Farms: tender pale white kernels so sweet you’ll forget another color of corn exists…

Zephyr Squash - from McGrath Family Farms, limited quantities, sold out last week before we even hit the market*

Miners Lettuce – from Yasutomi Farms.  Hydroponically grown European Heirloom seed with mild and sweet flavors.  Nobody else is growing this and it is amazing!

Baby Heirloom Eggplants - from Jaime farms:  hybrid mix of baby varieties such as Japanese, Italian, Varieagted, Thai, White, Finger – amazing presentation and flavor!

Heirloom Tomato Variety – from Tutti Frutti Farms

Baby Green Artichokes – round, meaty and mild, more heart than other varieties, as it is simply a tinier version of its larger counterparts that get more sun. 100% edible!

Baby Green Zucchini with Flower – Life’s A Choke Farms inject water into each squash blossom’s stem to ensure their freshness and livelihood. A wonderful and glamorous spring and summer menu accoutrement!!

Yellow Peaches – from Fitzgerald Farms. Sugar and acid strike the perfect balance making this the perfect peach!

Baby Summer Squash Mix- from Coastal Organics: a variety of Ronde Nice, 8-Ball, Green & Gold Zucchini, Sunburst (a.k.a gold patty pan) and Middle Eastern.

Jerry’s Berries Strawberries (Galante variety) from Rutiz Farm – sweeter than candy!!  Jerry is one of 2 growers in the US producing this amazing strawberry variety.  Get them while you still can!

Jerry's Berries Strawberries from Rutiz Farm

Persian Watercress – Rutiz Farms, a hot peppery leaf that has been an equally hot seller at the market. Very unique shape and taste!

Torpedo Onions – from Windrose farms – these really ARE torpedos!! I don’t often put succulent and onion in the same sentence…but I just did..for a reason!

Japanese Tomatoes – I am still in love with this hefty. Great pre-heirloom season variety nicknamed the “Tough Boy” for its heat-resilient texture and succulence!

Pencil California Asparagus – Skinny, tender, tasty purple-tipped and LOCAL! So thin it cooks in a flash!

Baby Celery – from Yasutomi Farm, more leaves than stalk, hydroponically grown, slender and almost herbaceously tasty stalks. The best baby celery available. Period.


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