The 2020 vintage: How Peninsula wineries are struggling—and innovating — during the pandemic

Zoom tastings, DoorDash delivery and vineyard yoga are all on the table as local wineries navigate a year of Covid and wildfires Guests attending a fundraising wine tasting event in November at Kings Mountain Vineyards in Woodside sit at distanced tables. (Photo by Federica Armstrong) Zoom tastings, DoorDash delivery and vineyard yoga are all on the table as local wineries navigate a year of Covid and wildfires Testarossa Winery started 2020 on a ...

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Feel the burn: The Peninsula gets a new Nashville hot chicken joint

Get the hottest of the hot at Love Burn Chicken in South San Francisco. “It is the hottest chicken sandwich… a bold statement that we’re really confident [to stand] behind.” (Image via Yelp) Jason Angeles boldly claims Love Burn Chicken makes the spiciest, largest and crispiest hot chicken sandwich out there. The new restaurant, opened two weeks ago inside a South San Francisco bowling alley, is inspired by the hot chicken trend made ...

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Why cook — it’s 2020: Our guide to ordering Thanksgiving meals on the Peninsula

Where to get smoked turkey, a prime rib feast, Meyer lemon pie and more for a socially-distanced Thanksgiving… Camper in Menlo Park is offering a to-go Thanksgiving spread, including sides, stuffing, fresh bread and desserts. (Image courtesy of Camper) We all know this Thanksgiving isn’t going to feel normal. Many of us are staying home and scaling down instead of spending much-needed time with extended family and friends. Consider taking the glass-half-full approach ...

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The results are in: South San Francisco pop-up wins best fried chicken sandwich

Meet the local chef determined to upstage Popeyes — from his backyard Mel Canares’ hefty, delicious fried chicken sandwich. (Photo by Elena Kadvany) After the Popeyes chicken sandwich craze swept the internet last year, Mel Canares was left feeling a little dumbfounded. For all the mania — the long lines, the impassioned Twitter wars, the out-of-stock shock — Canares just knew he could make a superior fried chicken sandwich. So he set out to ...

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Unlikely openings: 14 new restaurants launch locally despite Covid downturn

What’s driving the recent openings boom on the Peninsula? Get some 20-hour tonkotsu in your life at Marufuku Ramen’s new Redwood City location. (Image via the Marufuku Ramen Facebook page) Something surprising and wonderful started happening in the last few weeks: There were more restaurants opening than I could keep up with. Establishments of all stripes, from boba shops, a food truck and a ghost kitchen to sit-down restaurants, are opening up shop ...

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Desperately seeking soft serve: chasing down Mister Softee on the Peninsula

How one Redwood City resident brought sweet nostalgia to the Bay Area (and compelled us to stalk an ice cream truck) Mister Softee’s Bay Area migration is a sweet surprise for East Coast transplants. (Photo by Elena Kadvany) It wasn’t easy finding Mister Softee. For someone used to food trucks with fixed locations, chasing one down was new to me. Sure, you can use the iconic East Coast soft serve company’s smartphone app ...

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Can pop-ups help restaurants ride out the COVID wave?

Wine shop to host socially distanced, outdoor dinners; San Carlos restaurant spotlights local chefs; SF’s Wise Sons brings bagels to Peninsula JCCs. Ox & Tiger will serve its chicken karaage at an outdoor, socially distanced pop-up at Vineyard Gate in Millbrae. (Photo courtesy Ox & Tiger) Six months into the coronavirus shutdown, more local establishments are turning to pop-ups as a way to invigorate their businesses. Vineyard Gate, a natural wine shop in downtown ...

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Five new Peninsula restaurants to try right now

Where to get squid ink dumplings, enormous tacos and kaya toast. Mirchi bajji (fried jalapeños filled with red onion and spices) and chicken dum biryani from Bandi Biryani in Sunnyvale. (Photo by Elena Kadvany) It takes enormous effort and commitment to open a restaurant during “normal” times, let alone during a pandemic. Amid the sad news of closures and the dire state of the restaurant industry, there are also optimistic openings worth ...

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Community catering: How one SF Malaysian restaurant is delivering food to Peninsula neighborhoods

How to bring hand-pulled turmeric noodles and duck curry to your doorstep Azalina Eusope started during the pandemic delivering her Malaysian fare to neighborhoods throughout the Bay Area, including on the Peninsula. (Images via the Azalina’s FB page) Before the coronavirus, Azalina Eusope’s “bread and butter” was catering gigs. The owner of the eponymous Azalina’s in San Francisco would bring her Malaysian food to companies and events throughout the Bay Area. While that ...

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How Misfits Bakehouse became the source of the Bay Area’s best gluten-free goods

Owner Mina Makram talks croissants, social media and going all-in on a long shot career in alternative baking Mina Makram, the owner of Misfits Bakehouse, and Fabiola Hernandez hand-shape bagels in the Palo Alto bakery’s kitchen on Sept. 1, 2020. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) Three years ago, Mina Makram had surgery on both of his hands. Carpal tunnel, the doctor told him, the result of baking too much. It didn’t slow Makram down. ...

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