Welcome to Wunderbar: Peek inside the underground cocktail bar inspired by Grimm’s fairy tales

Wunderbar opens at Wursthall in San Mateo The Wunderbar may have a private entrance and require reservations, but it's not a speakeasy, says general manager Xian Choy. It's a cozier, more relaxed space. (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Amberg) At Wunderbar, descend underground to feel like you're entering a different world. Take a seat in a black-lit nook or cozy banquette, and sip on a storied cocktail. The intimate cocktail bar, located in ...

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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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Chef Martin Yan talks wok hei and noodles for longevity in a climate crisis

Yan joins Bay Area food movers and shakers for Acterra Holiday reFresh event Acclaimed chef, culinary consultant and TV personality Martin Yan of San Mateo is one of the featured Bay Area food movers and shakers participating in Acterra's Holiday reFresh program, demoing favorite plant-based dishes. (Photo courtesy of Yan Can Cook) I'm waiting on a feature-length biopic movie of legendary chef Martin Yan (filmmaker friends, take note!), but until that gets ...

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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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