Best East Bay Product: Crunchiest way to see the light
When the dot-com boom forced Linda Romine's granola business out of Menlo Park in the late '90s, the East Bay was in for a divine intervention. (What could be more East Bay than granola?) Romine set up shop in San Leandro and Alameda, and never looked back. There are four varieties to choose from: original, cranberry, oil-free, and ginger pecan. Oat Cuisine's exquisite flavor comes from using whole ingredients whole seeds, grains, nuts, and fruits and from making this crunchy product in small batches. It's not just for breakfast: Romine has posted her Original Granola Cookie recipe on the Web site for granolaphiles who want to snack on the stuff all day long. The site also has ingredients lists and nutritional information for all products. You can find Oat Cuisine granola in the bulk bins at Alameda Natural Grocery, Andronico's, Berkeley Bowl, Piedmont Grocery, and Whole Foods.