Channel your inner gourd-mand with these Peninsula pumpkin dishes and drinks

When the calendar turns to October, I’m one of those people who eagerly puts up my Halloween decorations, peruses pumpkin patches and scopes out the aisles of Trader Joe’s for new and returning pumpkin-flavored foods. For those of you in a similar state of mind, we bring you a running roundup of Peninsula pumpkin dishes and drinks both sweet and savory to stoke that fall feeling.

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How an ‘Almost Famous’ fried chicken sandwich is inspiring a Peninsula pizzeria’s expansion

When Lars Smith and his family opened the first State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria, the restaurant quickly became busier than the Peninsula family that founded it had expected. So when they realized they didn't have enough room in their fryers to keep up with demand, one of the menu items they'd carefully developed was written off the menu. The "Almost Famous" fried chicken sandwich became just that – ...

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Baker’s dozen: 13 doughnut destinations around the Peninsula

For those who crave a more down-to-earth delicacy, or a better indulgence-to-dollar ratio, there’s nothing like the humble doughnut to satisfy that urge for carbs, oil and instant gratification. I went in search of where people can go to get their deep-fried dessert fixes, mapping out many of the Peninsula’s doughnut spots and sampling some of the best doughnuts in the region in the process.

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