Why the owner of Burlingame’s Rasa gave up a Michelin star

Twenty years ago, Ajay Walia left the lucrative worlds of finance and tech to open a restaurant and spread awareness of the diversity of Indian cuisine. He wanted guests to forget images of steam-table buffets, and winning a Michelin star at his South Indian Burlingame restaurant Rasa in 2016 should have authoritatively proven his success. So why did Walia close down Rasa to reopen it as a second location of ...

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From Illinois farm town to Bay Area Michelin restaurants: Chez TJ pastry chef Cheyenne Meyer makes edible art

A dessert with an apple basil gin soup that took inspiration from a cocktail and mignardises, all created by pastry chef Cheyenne Meyer at Chez TJ in Mountain View. (Photo courtesy of Juan Placencia of Mugenphotos) "I don't even have a sweet tooth," says pastry chef Cheyenne Meyer. "Actually I prefer savory food to eat. I just love working with desserts."  Meyer may not have a sweet tooth, but she certainly has ...

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The unlikely rise of Saltwater Bakery

How one mom’s search to help her daughter grew into a sweet new gluten-free bakery in Pacifica Coffee on the Coast: Saltwater Bakery owner Tawnya Marsh. (Photo by Charles Russo) What do sweat, tears, the ocean and a gluten-free bakery have in common? Salt and water. Tawnya Marsh, founder of Pacifica’s Saltwater Bakery, says the name is no coincidence— she’s poured a lot of sweat and tears into opening the bakery, which, on clear days, offers ...

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Short and sweet: our list of luscious (and local) dessert wines for the holiday

Silicon Valley wineries offer up some fantastic finishes to your feast By Carol Maskus Merry and bright: we found six local dessert wines to keep your holidays festive. (Photo by Charles Russo) Chocolate torte, Buche de Noel, rugelach, sweet potato pie: a big part of holiday feasting is the dessert. And while we often go all out for dessert over the holidays, we typically neglect to properly pair our sweets with appropriate drinks. This can leave ...

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For the Peninsula’s ice cream guru, life after Facebook is soft and sweet

At Tin Pot Creamery’s newest location, owner Becky Sunseri showcases flavors that have been decades in the making. By Kate Bradshaw Yes, please: Tin Pot’s newest location brings Becky Sunseri’s unique flavors to Bay Meadows in San Mateo. (Photo by Charles Russo) Mootella. Blackberry Jamble. Salted Butterscotch. The mastermind behind these clever — and goshdern delectable — flavors, Becky Sunseri, has been sweet on ice cream since her girlhood days. Back then, growing up in Bloomington, Illinois, little Becky had a habit of ...

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Salty And Sweet: 4 Food Trucks To Track Down on the Peninsula

by Monica Hruby Growing up, we’d willingly run through the street at a dead sprint for the ice cream truck and its memorable melody. Even today, seeing a food truck makes us nostalgic and super hungry. We love them because they have no constraints, they’re open late and you can bring your dog. We’ve compiled a list of food trucks making sweet things into savory entrees and vice versa. All in honor of the ...

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