Deciphering the Forest from the Feast with Silicon Valley’s breakout food blogger

Local author and blogger Erin Gleeson talks Peninsula lifestyle, from bakeries to back-to-school-night booze. By Charles Russo Erin Gleeson, author of The Forest Feast, pictured in the garden at her Redwood City home. (Photo by Charles Russo) Erin Gleeson recently approved the Korean-language edition of her children’s cookbook — The Forest Feast for Kids. It was a bit of a peculiar process, but she just rolled with it. “They asked me how it looked,” Gleeson explains, “and ...

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Fear and yodeling at the Mountain View Oktoberfest

Who accidentally enters a yodeling contest—and wins? Someone who understands that in yodeling, as in life, you gotta commit. Eva Glasrud, left, and Becca. Will the friendship survive Becca’s last-minute decision not to join the yodeling contest? We think so. Photo by Justin Smith. Editor’s Note: On Oct. 1, while you and I were shopping for the week or doing laundry or wrapping up a hike, Eva Glasrud was at the Mountain View Oktoberfest ...

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The alchemist of Belmont bottles the world

Davorin Kuchan updates traditional Croatian recipes with California ingredients in Old World Spirits’ high-octane elixirs by Kasia Grobelny Davorin Kuchan at his Old World Spirits distillery in Belmont. (Photo by Charles Russo) Growing up in Croatia around his family’s vineyard just north of Zagreb, Davorin Kuchan found himself drawn to the incendiary end of the family business: high-octane spirits distilled from grapes, plums, walnuts and pears. “I liked winemaking, but I loved distilling,” says the ...

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Crushing it with the winery world underdogs of Russian Ridge

How a San Carlos nurse won top wine awards (and developed purple hands in the process) Nicole Ruiz Hudson Russian Ridge Winery owner Scott Townsend (imbibing at left) and his son Spencer at their tasting room in San Carlos. (Photo by Charles Russo) The inside of Russian Ridge Winery is comfortably cool compared to the midday heat broiling the industrial San Carlos neighborhood just outside the roll-up doors. A huge skylight illuminates the winery’s interior workspace ...

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Lagers ’n’ Lederhosen: Your guide to Oktoberfest in Silicon Valley

Geek out, drink up and flex those Chicken Dancing muscles—it’s time for Oktoberfest on the SF Peninsula. Ein, zwei, trinken, baby. First up is the Redwood City Oktoberfest, Sept. 21–24. Photo by Joel Wade Photography. News flash: Oktoberfest is not always in October! In fact, the big Oktoberfest in Munich started last weekend, and Peninsula revelers are following suit. Don’t be caught unawares. It’s bad luck to go all fall without at ...

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5 great CSAs in the 650

5 fresh farm boxes for Silicon Valley foodies For the Peninsula, CSA’s worth committing to…. Gone are the days when people signed up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box out of grim determination to do what was right, suffering through too many of the wrong kinds of vegetables or just too many vegetables, period. Farms today are wising up and offering biweekly boxes with high-quality extras like pastured eggs, grass-fed meat, and ...

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Love for the Locavores at Pescadero’s Fifth Crow Farm

Love for the locavores at Pescadero’s Fifth Crow Farm How UCSC classmates became converts to sustainability and purveyors of delicious farm boxes for the SF Peninsula. Words and photos by Molly Cornfield Fifth Crow Farm produce is grown on 80 sun-and fog-kissed acres outside of Pescadero. It’s 8am on a Friday morning, and I’ve managed to get myself out of my Mountain View apartment, over the foothills, and to Fifth Crow Farm in Pescadero. The farm ...

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The Impossible Burger explained: Peninsula chefs on cooking Silicon Valley’s most controversial…

The Impossible Burger explained: Peninsula chefs on cooking Silicon Valley’s most controversial food By Elena Kadvany Vina Enoteca owner Rocco Scordella grew up on an olive farm in Bologna, Italy, in a region known for its meat culture. It seems almost sacrilegious that in 2017, he might serve a scientifically engineered hamburger made from plant-based ingredients at his Italian restaurant in Palo Alto. Vina Enoteca leaped into the fray in March, serving the Valley’s first ...

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Hatch chiles are back on the Peninsula.

Trust us, you want in on this. Where to find the fabled green chile of New Mexico while supplies last. If you’ve ever lived in New Mexico, or visited in fall, you know the smell of roasting Hatch chiles. When I was growing up in Albuquerque, semis full of freshly harvested green chiles from the southern half of the state would pull onto dirt lots, set up a mesh barrel roaster over ...

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Apple rustling and pie wrangling: Family fun on the San Mateo coast

This Labor Day, keep it low-stress with an outing to the farm country south of Half Moon Bay. The slice of bucolic heaven that lies on the other side of the Santa Cruz Mountains is one of the best things about Silicon Valley. Goat farms, produce stands and quaint towns turn a trip down Highway 1 into an odyssey to another time. And then there’s the scenery: miles of blue Pacific Ocean ...

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