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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Bywater, from Manresa's David Kinch, Opens Jan. 12 in Los Gatos

Posted By on Tue, Dec 29, 2015 at 12:45 PM

Red snapper court bouillon - THE BYWATER/INSTAGRAM
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  • Red snapper court bouillon

Considering how anything even remotely New Orleans-related stops traffic, this is big news.

David Kinch, the chef-owner of Los Gatos' Manresa (which won its third Michelin star this fall), will open a comparatively casual bar and restaurant half a mile away from his flagship and named for the gorgeous neighborhood of the city Kinch grew up in. The Bywater, opening Jan. 12, will be cocktail-heavy, as its bar team comes from some top-notch places 50 miles or so to the north, like Trick Dog, Kin Khao, ABV, and Rickhouse, and divide its menu in thirds: Crescent City Classics (think Sazeracs and other Vieux Carré favorites), Exotic Delights (odes to the city's historical association with the tropics), and a slightly more mysterious Creole Goods. If that sounds a little highfalutin for your taste, fear not, because there will be a frozen daiquiri machine.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Peninsula Dispatch For December, Christmas and New Year's

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2015 at 11:00 AM

A Bûche de Noël Transamerica Pyramid at Bay223. - COURTESY OF BAY223 AT SOFITEL SAN FRANCISCO BAY
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  • A Bûche de Noël Transamerica Pyramid at Bay223.

Yes, yes, we know South San Francisco as both the Industrial City (according to that iconic hill sign) and the city before SFO that taxis blindly sprint through to get you to your flight on time. What you maybe didn’t know is that “South City” has a pretty happening dining scene going on right now.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Peninsula Dispatch For November and Thanksgiving

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 1:00 PM

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  • Raspberry Mille-Feuille at Mademoiselle Colette

Happy Week Before Thanksgiving! But, before we get to the Turkey Day themed activity, let’s take the SF Weekly (or Google or Apple or Facebook, or fill in the blank tech company) bus down the Peninsula for some dining news south of San Francisco.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Hot Dogs Get Crazy At Bradley's Funky Franks

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2015 at 1:30 PM

The Kali Dog at Menlo Park's Bradley's Funky Franks - TREVOR FELCH
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  • The Kali Dog at Menlo Park's Bradley's Funky Franks

A hot dog should stick with ketchup and mustard, relish being the absolute maximum topping, right? That is what most of the hot dog eating world seems to believe, being as staunch traditionalist about the simplicity of hot dogs, as ardent baseball traditionalists (often the same people) believe the sport has no right to be played at night.

Oh, but times are changing. We don’t do a double-take at magma lava explosion sushi rolls or peanut butter, jelly, and sardine-topped elk burgers. And come on, the Mets are in the World Series. Obviously we are in funky times.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Halloween Peninsula Dispatch

Posted By on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Mac n' Cheese...and PUMPKIN in Half Moon Bay - TREVOR FELCH
  • Trevor Felch
  • Mac n' Cheese...and PUMPKIN in Half Moon Bay

Happy mid-October from the Peninsula! The lights might be brighter downtown but the pumpkins certainly are brighter (and way bigger) down here.

Unless you’ve been spending October under a rock or a giant pumpkin, chances are you’re aware that Half Moon Bay is the World Pumpkin Capital, which essentially means the secluded coastal town is to Halloween what the North Pole is to Christmas. It's the place to be this time of year.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Labor Day Peninsula Dispatch

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 2015 at 2:00 PM

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  • Calave Wine Bar in Palo Alto

Greetings from the Peninsula!

Yes, it's a region of the Bay Area that barely gets any attention for its eating and drinking options. But we eat chocolate and potato chips as we work on computer chips! These dispatches from the land south of The City will try to highlight some of the interesting openings, noteworthy bites and fun events for your dining satisfaction. The ‘burbs don’t have to be dull. Remember, unless you’re on the San Mateo County coast, it’s (literally) always sunny here.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

BBQ with the Niners at Bourbon Steak's One Year Anniversary on Tuesday

Posted By on Fri, Aug 7, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Bourbon Steak Backyard BBQ - LEVI'S STADIUM
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  • Bourbon Steak Backyard BBQ

The middle of August signals the approach of yet another exciting season of NFL football. This year, it also marks the first anniversary of chef Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak at Levi's Stadium. To celebrate the occasion, the restaurant — located at the epicenter of Niners football — is hosting a Backyard BBQ this Tuesday, Aug. 11. Granted, for many S.F. residents, trekking an hour south to Santa Clara outside of game day might be a hard sell. Here's why this event might make them consider the commute. (Hint: it involves pulled pork, professional athletes, and unlimited beer). 

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

How Blue Bottle Revitalized a Beautiful Palo Alto Theater

Posted By on Wed, Aug 5, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Gibraltar Ready To Take A Dip Outside Palo Alto's Blue Bottle - TREVOR FELCH
  • Trevor Felch
  • Gibraltar Ready To Take A Dip Outside Palo Alto's Blue Bottle

News that a third-wave coffee roaster is opening in San Francisco, Oakland, or Berkeley feels like describing new restaurants as "neighborhood bistros focused on seasonal, organic, local ingredients." Captivating and innovative stuff, right?

Old hat for city folks, but not so for Palo Alto. We’re still waiting for that game-changing chef who can make us start to compete with that other university town in the East Bay. Fortunately, legitimate, top-tier coffee arrived with Blue Bottle Coffee’s opening in Downtown Palo Alto around St. Patrick’s Day. It was the seventh Blue Bottle café locally (there are now nine altogether), but remains the only Bay Area Blue Bottle not in San Francisco or Oakland. Peninsula Pride!

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Best Bites at BITE

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Steak Tartare from Bourbon Steak - ALICE DISHES
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  • Steak Tartare from Bourbon Steak

Luminary chefs and winemakers gathered in Silicon Valley over the weekend, at the inaugural BITE Silicon Valley conference, giving attendees the opportunity to sample their best "bite" and sip. A real crowd-pleaser was the steak tartare from the Mina Group's Bourbon Steak. Beautifully presented with homemade potato chips, it was the perfect bite.

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Top Chef and Environmentalist Call On Silicon Valley For Clean Cooking Solutions

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Mushroom tacos made by Chef José Andrés' team on a solar powered stove. - ALICE DISHES
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  • Mushroom tacos made by Chef José Andrés' team on a solar powered stove.

Chef José Andrés
and Kirk Smith MPH, PhD, want Silicon Valley to turn its attention to solving a food-related problem that has nothing to do with plant-based proteins and everything to do with reducing the pollution and health problems caused by cooking over an open fire.

According to Dr. Smith’s statistics, at least 40 percent of the world’s population still cooks using solid fuel and an open flame. This leads to environmental pollution and individual health and respiratory issues for those who cook — often women — and even their infants, who are often strapped to them as they work in the kitchen.

The duo were speaking on a panel at Bite Silicon Valley over the weekend – a new conference which explores where our food will come from as populations increase, looks at the innovations that will change the way people consume and prepare food, and brings chefs and winemakers together to show off their wares.

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