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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A new restaurant model? This SF eatery now delivers food out of a 20-year-old Singaporean restaurant in Menlo Park

Shiok + Proposition Chicken=new business paradigm? The kitchen staff at Shiok in downtown Menlo Park are now also cooking Proposition Chicken delivery orders. (Photo by Elena Kadvany) Proposition Chicken, a popular fast-casual chicken eatery in San Francisco and Oakland, has no physical presence on the Peninsula. But thanks to an unlikely partnership born of COVID-19, the restaurant is now delivering its food locally. Through a new startup called Local Food Group, Proposition Chicken ...

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650 Restaurant Roundup: SF udon hotspot brings its noodles to Mountain View

…plus more local eats from the Peninsula: Woodside’s Mountain House (temporarily) shutters, two notable Taiwanese boba shops are coming to town & Chez TJ reopens in Mountain View. Kobe Shabu Shabu Udon at SF’s Udon Mugizo. The popular noodle house is poised to open in Palo Alto soon. (Image via Yelp) As we move into autumn, it continues to be eventful times for the Peninsula’s restaurant scene, as openings, closings, re-openings and ...

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“30% is not acceptable”: Santa Clara imposes cap on third-party delivery fees

To help struggling restaurants, a local emergency ordinance is aimed at adjusting rates for a COVID-ravaged economy. With delivery rates as high as 30% per order, DoorDash and other restaurant delivery services have been subjected to fee caps by local governments as a way to alleviate the present economic decline during the COVID pandemic. San Francisco and Santa Clara counties have imposed caps, whereas San Mateo County has not. (Above: the ...

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Evacuation zone aid: A restaurant owner’s quest to feed left-behind locals

Andy Kerr of Alice’s Restaurant in Woodside makes daily deliveries to firefighters and holdouts in the wildfire zone Andy Kerr, co-owner of Alice’s Restaurant, drives behind a San Mateo County Sheriff vehicle through the CZU August Lightning Complex fires evacuation zone on August 25th. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) Andy Kerr of Alice’s Restaurant in Woodside makes daily deliveries to firefighters and holdouts in the wildfire zone With wildfire smoke blanketing the Santa Cruz ...

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Six locally made desserts to eat right now on the Peninsula

Lemon chess pie, Indian-inspired ice cream & bombolini for the win. Mini lemon chess and pecan pies from Shampa’s Pies in Pacifica. (Photo by Elena Kadvany) We all need things to look forward to these days, and in my world, that is very often dessert. Here are six local sweets I’ve enjoyed of late, from Indian-inspired ice cream to the chocolate chip toffee cookie dough that’s taken up residency in my fridge, and ...

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COVID Closures: MacArthur Park is among the latest crop of notable restaurants to shutter on the Peninsula

Nam Vietnamese Brasserie, Red Berry Coffee Bar and the Ghostwood Brewing taproom close shop in the wake of a prolonged downturn (Image via MacArthur Park’s FB page) This Saturday, Aug. 8, will be MacArthur Park’s last day of service until 2021. The owners of MacArthur Park, which has occupied a historic, 11,000-square-foot building on the edge of downtown Palo Alto for nearly 40 years, have decided to close the restaurant temporarily. “The safety of ...

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Palo Alto’s Mayfield Bakery & Cafe permanently closes after 11-year run

Local favorite closes, citing fallout from COVID shutdown After more than a decade operating out of Town & Country Village, Mayfield Bakery & Cafe shuttered this past week, citing the impact of COVID measures and local rent costs. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) The owners of Mayfield Bakery & Cafe in Palo Alto, unable to sustain the business due to the coronavirus shutdown, have closed the Town & Country Village restaurant for good. “Like many ...

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Virtual pizza making? Insta cocktail hour? During COVID-19, local businesses turn to online classes

Virtual pizza making? Instagram live cocktail hour? During COVID-19, local businesses turn to online classes For local bars, bakers and breweries, virtual classes provide connection — and maybe even survival. Tian Mayimin of Little Sky Bakery in Menlo Park demonstrates how to make pizza at home during a free Zoom class on Friday, April 10. I’ve never met Tian Mayimin of Little Sky Bakery, but on a recent afternoon I watched her make pizza from scratch in ...

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Meet Silicon Valley’s French Master Chef

Talking bouillon, black truffles and Bay Area cuisine with Executive Chef Xavier Salomon of the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay Executive Chef Xavier Salomon pictured in the kitchen at Navio, in the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. (Photo by Charles Russo) It’s not every day that you get to meet an esteemed French Master Chef, but a day when you can meet half a dozen of them stands out like a civet of duck leg with ...

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