Eat and Drink

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

Brooks on Beer: High time to try a not-IPA

It often feels like the craft beer world is split into two divisions: IPAs and everything else. Every year predictions are made that hop-forward …

Food

5 sensational tiki cocktail recipes, from a Zombie to a Hanalei Bay Breeze

There’s something irresistible about a great tiki bar. Whether you’re off in the tropics or here at a Bay Area tiki joint, you’re soon overcome by …

Hawaii

Chef Preeti Mistry is closing, selling Juhu Beach Club in Oakland

The good news: You still have time for many more orders of Curry Leaf Coriander Shrimp, Manchurian Cauliflower and Sticky Wings with Vindaloo …

Food

Gourmet french fry bar?! Three wineries where the food is the draw

Like wine tasting? Of course you do. But admit it: The experience is so much better when the tasting room offers really good food to soak up all …

Restaurants

Alice Waters charts rise to culinary stardom in ‘Coming to My Senses’

Artistry and first-rate writing intersect in these new releases, all by Bay Area authors. From a memoir by Chez Panisse founder Alice Waters to …

Books

Oktoberfest 2017: Your Bay Area guide to beer, brats and oompah music

The Bay Area’s ever-growing microbrew movement sure has given Oktoberfest season a kick in the lederhosen. In Germany, the world’s largest …

Beer

No, Taco Bell isn’t taking your drive-thru away (but they will add more boozy locations)

This is how rumors get started. One media outlet misreads or misinterprets another media outlet’s report, or an overzealous headline writer gets …

Taco Bell

Tin Pot Creamery now scooping in San Mateo

Baker-turned-ice cream maker Becky Sunseri has opened her fourth — and largest — Tin Pot Creamery.<p>It’s located in San Mateo at the Town Square center …

San Mateo County

What’s it like to be a Guinness World Records judge?

Attracting almost as much attention as the record-setting 241-count array of tomatoes at Sunday’s Heirloom Tomato Harvest Celebration in Los Gatos …

World Records

Tomato festival in Los Gatos breaks Guinness world record

Founders and supporters of the Los Gatos-based World Tomato Society weren’t about to let those unusually cool June nights and sweltering early …

World Records

Taste-Off: The best pineapple juice — and the tinny stuff

Lazy days at the beach — or lazy days when you wish you were at the beach — call for refreshing sips, preferably of the tropical variety. Tart, sweet …

Beverages

When will Dick’s Bakery reopen? Construction starts Monday

Will there be Burnt Almond Cake for Christmas dessert?<p>Could be, if the the contractor’s timetable is correct.<p>The owners of Dick’s Bakery, which has …

Travel

Review: Taylor Mac explodes in mind-blowing ’24-Decade History of Popular Music’

Awake and sing! The church of Taylor Mac has opened its doors. Let the rejoicing begin.<br>Get your head spun, your politics woke and your theatrical …

Pop Music

Bay Area wine, beer and spirits events: Sept. 16 and beyond

<b>Donato Enoteca 100 Autunno – Benvenuto Barolo, Barbaresco E Nebbiolo:</b> Enjoy an Enoteca 100 style tasting devoted exclusively to some of Italy’s …

San Mateo County

Quick Dinner Recipe: Salmon Dinner Tray Bake

Serves 4<p><b>Ingredients:</b><p>12 new potatoes<p>3 tablespoons olive oil, divided<p>2 teaspoons fresh or dried thyme<p>Pinch of salt and pepper<p>4 salmon fillets<p>1 bunch …

Recipes

Quick Dinner Recipe: Massaman Beef Curry

Serves 6<p><b>Ingredients:</b><p>13.5-ounce can coconut milk<p>1/3 cup chunky all-natural peanut butter<p>3 tablespoons Thai red curry paste<p>2 tablespoons fresh lime …

Beef

Quick Dinner Recipe: One-Pot Pasta With Sausage and Broccoli

Serves 6 to 8<p><b>Ingredients:</b><p>2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil<p>½ cup sliced onions<p>1 pound bulk mild Italian sausage<p>24-ounce jar of your favorite …

Recipes

Quick Dinner Recipe: Sheet Pan Honey Mustard Chicken

Serves 4<p><b>Ingredients:</b><p>2 or 3 medium carrots, sliced ¼-inch thick on the diagonal<p>4 cups cauliflower florets, cut into 1-inch pieces<p>1 leek, white and …

Chicken Recipes

5 fab dinner recipes for warp-speed weekdays

There’s something about the start of fall that makes life seem like it’s moving at warp speed. Maybe it’s the shorter days or the inevitable …

Cooking

Quick Dinner Recipe: Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Serves 8 to 10<p><b>Ingredients:</b><p>4 tablespoons brown sugar, divided<p>4 teaspoons salt<p>4 teaspoons chile powder<p>2 teaspoons dried mustard<p>1 teaspoon ground cumin<p>1 …

Pork

Michelin-star chefs make a grand meal at Adega in San Jose

San Jose’s had its share of memorable dining experiences, but it’s hard to imagine one that beats the culinary and cultural showcase this week at …

Silicon Valley

Appeals court takes foie gras off the menu in California

By BRIAN MELLEY<p>LOS ANGELES — A federal appeals court has reinstated a California ban on foie gras, the fatty duck and goose liver delicacy.<p>The 9th …

Restaurants

Can’t score Museum of Ice Cream tix? Don’t scream, go here instead

If you can’t score tickets to the wildly popular Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco, you’re not alone — it’s already sold out through October, and …

Beverages

Museum of Ice Cream comes to San Francisco: Why so crazy popular?

If you’re the type to swoon at the sight of a strawberry shake, drool over double scoops of dulce de leche and relish rivulets of rocky road, you’ll …

San Francisco

New festival aims for Guinness World Record

Sunday ushers in a new event in Los Gatos; the first-ever Heirloom Tomato Harvest Celebration takes over the Town Plaza from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.<p>Honors …

World Records

Hormone therapy may not be as risky as you think, new study shows

Millions of menopausal women will be glad to hear that hormone replacement therapy, long considered too dangerous to be of any use, may be safe after …

Health

The joy of eating outside in the South Bay

In California, especially the Bay Area, the concept of seasons has a different meaning than much of the rest of the country, where the arrival of …

Restaurants

Dunkin’ Donuts sets Fremont opening date

Alameda County’s first Dunkin’ Donuts will open Wednesday, Sept. 27, in Fremont.<p>Grand opening festivities will start at 5 a.m. — yes, a full two …

Dunkin' Donuts

Senior Center sees surge in memberships after lunch changes

Soy marinated baked salmon, roasted red pepper hummus and feta sandwich, marinated beet salad and peach arugula salad with toasted almonds may sound …

Eating