How a Polish immigrant built a vodka brand that’s supporting relief efforts in Ukraine

Dariusz Paczuski’s early memories of vodka at the dining table are a throughline to his Polish heritage, with shots of vodka serving as the de facto beverage pairing and perfect foil for the salty, rich and meat-laden cuisine he grew up around. Decades later, Paczuski and his business partner, Ukrainian immigrant Dmitry Lipkin, are channeling their memories of Eastern Europe as they lead fundraising efforts for Ukrainian relief organizations through ...

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Not for tourists: 10 Silicon Valley hotel restaurants locals love

Madera's foie gras terrine with rhubarb jam, strawberry, walnut and espresso financier; Dinah’s Poolside Restaurant serves up locally inspired fare and an assortment of cocktails; The Emerald Hour Bar’s crema catalana is infused with orange and cinnamon. (Photos by Michelle Le, Natalia Nazarova and Magali Gauthier) Looking for a staycation? Whether you're staying overnight or popping in for a drink or a meal, there are plenty of delicious hotel restaurant ...

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Bubbles on the rise: Silicon Valley vintners open up to sparkling wine

Peninsula wineries are tapping into California’s forgotten knack for producing quality bubbly By Carol Maskus “Sparkling wines are pretty versatile with food, are great aperitifs and generally make people happy — what’s not to like?” (Image courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons) Most of us need a little nudge to open up a bottle of sparkling wine—celebratory occasions like a birthday or anniversary—but otherwise tend to dismiss it the rest of the year. In this regard, Valentine’s Day not ...

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“An island of sobriety”: getting to the bottom of Palo Alto’s non-alcoholic history

On Leland Stanford’s orders, PA was dry for a really, really long time. Oh man…if Leland knew: Stanford students drinking up (presumably on a remote section of campus) in 1938. (Courtesy of the Stanford Photo Archive) A few months back I was chatting with my father-in-law, who grew up in Palo Alto back in the 1950s. It’s funny talking with him about the area back then, because he doesn’t so much tell me stories ...

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The unknown varietals and exquisite oddities produced by Silicon Valley wineries

Moving beyond the obvious with the obscure offerings of Peninsula vintners By Carol Maskus Rows of grapes ready for harvest at Ridge Winery’s Monto Bello vineyard. (Courtesy of Ridge Winery) Wine tastings can often be a case study in the usual suspects: list after list of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay — typical varietals that have long-thrived throughout California. In the highly competitive world of wine, it can be a risk for vineyards to invest in more unusual varietals. ...

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