Eat and Drink

By The Mercury News | Food and libations features from The Mercury News staff and columnists.

Suds ‘n’ Savasana: Brentwood yoga students sip beer while stretching

(Click here if you are unable to view this video or photo gallery on your mobile device)<p>BRENTWOOD — Students trickled into the Brentwood business, …

Yoga

Pokeatery opens in downtown Walnut Creek

Pokeatery, a customized poke concept with restaurants in San Mateo and Castro Valley, has opened its newest location — in downtown Walnut Creek.<p>It’s …

San Mateo

Chefs open ‘revolutionary’ LocoL eatery inside Whole Foods

Can selling a good burger at a good price lead to societal change?<p>That’s the hope of noted chefs Daniel Patterson (Coi) and Roy Choi (Kogi). Two …

Restaurants

First look inside Treasure Island’s edgy new Mersea restaurant

We don’t usually visit a restaurant when it first opens. Critiquing a brand new anything, when it’s still working out its jitters, strikes us as …

Restaurants

Bay Area’s first Shake Shack will be built in Palo Alto

Shake Shack, the cult-favorite burger restaurant that started out as a hot dog cart in New York’s Madison Square Park, is finally coming to the Bay …

Restaurants

Four of the Bay Area’s best clam chowder spots

You don’t have to be a Bostonian to revel in chowdah. Clam chowder is every bit as beloved on the West Coast, where chefs at waterside restaurants — …

Restaurants

More Dungeness: NorCal commercial crab season starts

After a robust start to the Bay Area’s commercial Dungeness crab season last November, supplies became strained around New Year’s.<p>The reason?<p>Crabs …

California

Recipe: Roasted Vegetable Medley from ‘The Chew’

Serves 4 to 6<p><b>Ingredients:</b><p>1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced<p>6 tablespoons olive oil, divided<p>Kosher salt and freshly ground black …

Vegetables

Home Plates: The secret to Pinterest-perfect roasted veggies

Somewhere in Geralynn’s kitchen, there’s a root veggie waiting for its closeup.<p>Home Plates reader Geralynn says her roasted vegetables don’t live up …

Vegetables

Recipe: Kale Salad with Roasted Vegetables

Serves 4 as an entree<p><b>Ingredients:</b><p>1 pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces<p>1 large unpeeled sweet potato, cut into 1-inch …

Vegetables

Boxed: Costco for millennials adds booze to its bulk delivery options in California

Boxed, a grocery delivery website that bills itself as “Costco for millennials,” is now bringing the liquor store to your doorstep.<p>The New York-based …

eCommerce

Michelin star boosts chef at outdoor Thai kitchen to stardom

<i>(Click here to view if you’re having trouble viewing this video or photo gallery on a mobile device.)</i><p><b>By Kaweewit Kaewjinda | Associated Press</b><p>BANGKOK …

Thailand

Quick Cook: Javanese Chicken Curry

This simple, vibrant curry, which originates from the Indonesian island of Java, makes a splendid “introductory” curry. It’s mild enough for …

Recipes

Sonoma Day Trip: Explore the gardens and wineries of Cornerstone Sonoma

There’s no shortage of things to do, taste or sip in Sonoma, where wineries line the lanes and cute boutiques and bistros crowd town squares. It’s …

Wine

Another country has banned boiling live lobsters; some scientists wonder why

<b>By Lindsey Bever | Washington Post</b><p>Poached, grilled, or baked with brie.<p>Served on a roll, or in mac ‘n cheese.<p>Lobsters may be one of the most popular …

College of William & Mary

Rolling Stone photographer’s glossy Sonoma vineyard book

Photographer George Rose’s new “Vineyard Sonoma County” ($80, www.georgerose.com) is a love letter to the wineries and grapevine-covered hills of …

Sonoma

Bay Area wine, spirits and beer events: Jan. 13 and beyond

<b>Sonoma Valley Delicious:</b> Sonoma Valley and Vista California have teamed up to celebrate all things epicurean. Through Jan. 31, visitors can enjoy …

Enjoy

7 temptations in a tea-spot: From secret doors and gardens to tea sommeliers and choco-chais

In much of the world, tea is an everyday beverage, whether you’re slurping boba on the go or settling into a steaming cup of chai. And if the growing …

Restaurants

Wenzhou noodle restaurant closes; what’s next for historic Japantown building?

The year started off on a disappointing note for fans of Wenzhou Fish, Noodles & More who learned that the restaurant in San Jose’s Japantown closed …

Restaurants

Bill’s Cafe expands to San Jose’s Berryessa area

The Zafiris family has brought its “benedictions” — that’s Bill’s Cafe lingo for eggs Benedict — to San Jose’s Berryessa neighborhood.<p>And more Bill’s …

San Francisco

Here’s why ‘Top Chef’ contestant Joe Sasto put fish bones in his broth

“Top Chef” contestant Joe Sasto doesn’t like ingredients to go to waste.<p>You might have gotten that idea from watching last week’s camping challenge …

Recipes

Forget pumpkin spice — Peet’s is doing golden lattes

Step away from the pumpkin spice and unicorn sprinkles, people.<p>This week, Peet’s Coffee rolled out a trio of turmeric-spiced drinks, including a …

Coffee

China’s popular hot pot restaurant, Hai Di Lao, opens in Silicon Valley

Ready for a “numbing spicy” culinary experience? A famous Szechuan hot pot chain has finally made its Silicon Valley debut.<p>Hai Di Lao, in the …

Restaurants

Here are 20 offensive, ugly or just plain weird wine labels you might have run across

What were they thinking?<p>You stare at the bottle and blink. Then you look again to make sure your eyes aren’t deceiving you. Yowza, it’s real – one of …

Arrogant

Beware, romaine is still a risk

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced seven new cases of E. coli infections, all of which seem to linked to leafy greens, in …

Which foods can help you fight the flu?

The flu has hit hard this year with a particularly nasty strain of the virus that has slammed into California without mercy. As the Los Angeles Times …

Healthy Eating

Korean fried chicken chain chooses Concord for U.S. debut

CONCORD — Mom’s Touch, a South Korean fried chicken and burger chain, has opened its first U.S. outlet in downtown Concord.<p>The restaurant took over …

Chicken Recipes

Berkeley to get a Halal Guys of its own

Back in 2016, it was merely a “coming soon” promise to Berkeley denizens and Cal students (Go Bears!) that they too might someday sate their Halal …

Restaurants

Treasure Island’s new Mersea restaurant set to open Friday

Chef Parke Ulrich’s newest restaurant venture, an island oasis in the middle of San Francisco Bay, is set to open on Jan. 12 — and it’s all kinds of …

Restaurants