Duende in Oakland
Last night we went with some friends to Duende in Oakland for a lovely adult night out. Duende is Spanish/Basque and headed by Paul Canales. It’s a great spot and we thoroughly enjoyed the food, wine, & company.
I think, too, that I FINALLY figured out what to say to servers to explain my dining restrictions to them: “I cannot eat any gluten – it is not a diet thing, but a severe medical condition”. This simple sentence avoids the words celiac, gluten-intolerant, and allergy and was very effective and to the point. Try it sometime.
Sorry I forgot to photograph the rabbit/dungeness crab sausage I had. It was served over sliced heirloom tomatoes, steamed romano beans, and a subtle mustard sauce. My husband had goat meatballs that looked amazing, but were not GF.
Anyway, Duende has a great cocktail program. I had a variation on a Pimm’s cup. It was a little sweet for me, but delicious nonetheless: