Eat and Drink

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

First Look: Pacific Catch opens safe harbor for Walnut Creek seafood lovers

<i>CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing these photos on a mobile device</i><p>There’s a new home for seafood lovers in the Walnut Creek area.<p>Pacific …

Seafood

Grape stomps, barrel tastings and Paso Robles Harvest Wine Weekend

<i>CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device</i><p>The aroma of ripe grapes wafts through Paso Robles’ Opolo winery and its …

Paso Robles

Bacon fest, bacon camp — it’s a bacon extravaganza

It’s the B in your BLT. The streaky rashers of brunch. The raison d’être of breakfast. Now bacon has moved beyond the morning realm and sandwich …

Festivals

Gilroy Garlic Festival: 40 years of fragrant fun

<b>CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device</b><p>Forty years ago, no one had ever heard of garlic-flavored ice …

Ice Cream

India’s famed chef Kapoor wows them in Silicon Valley

<i>(Click here, if you are unable to view this photo gallery or video on your mobile device.)</i><p>It was a red-carpet welcome for the Yellow Chilli …

Red Carpet

The Bay Area’s only Georgian restaurant – and it has the BEST hot cheesy bread

Open since April in downtown Palo Alto, Bevri may well be the only Georgian-focused restaurant in Northern California — and we’re not talking …

Northern California

First Look: Tokyo’s Ramen Nagi opens in Palo Alto

<i>CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing these photos on a mobile device</i><p>There’s a new ramen master in town.<p>Tokyo-based Ramen Nagi’s first U.S. …

Silicon Valley

Artificial trans fats, widely linked to heart disease, officially banned

By <b>Caitlin Dewey</b> | The Washington Post<p>Once ubiquitous in everything from frozen pizza to coffee creamer to popcorn, artificial trans fats are — as of …

Nutrition

Rita’s Ice now scooping in Alameda; next up: Santa Clara

Rita’s Ice, a sweet institution since 1984, has expanded to Alameda with a shop at the South Shore Center. Coming soon is a Santa Clara location at …

New Jersey

NorCal’s first Hello Kitty Mini Cafe coming to San Jose

Sanrio has taken note of all you folks waiting in line in San Jose to buy treats when the Hello Kitty cafe truck has made twice-yearly visits.<p>The …

San Jose

Tacolicious Guest Chef Tacos Series Returns to Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

It’s that time again. Now in its ninth year, Tacolicious’ Guest Chef Series at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is one of the most delightful ways to …

Farmers Market

Get these gorgeous Hawaiian bento boxes for lunch in San Francisco before they’re gone

Lunch just got a lot more interesting if you live or work in San Francisco. Aina, the Hawaiian farm-to-table restaurant in the Dogpatch known for …

San Francisco

Glitz, glamour and Festival Napa Valley

<i>CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device</i><p>Strains of Brahms waft over the courtyard of the Castello di Amorosa in …

Napa Valley

Home Plates: The kuchen quest

There are as many types of kuchen recipes as there are German cooks, says reader Judi Sayler. “My kuchen recipes are handed down from my grandmother, …

Pie

Home Plates Recipe: Kuchen

Serves 10 to 12<p><b>Ingredients:</b><p>1 cup flour<p>¼ cup powdered sugar<p>¼ teaspoon salt<p>½ cup melted butter<p><b>Filling:</b><p>2 large eggs<p>1 cup granulated sugar<p>1 cup sour cream<p>…

Dessert

Silicon Valley BBQ smackdown returns to Santa Clara

Mmmmm, can you smell the brisket and ribs?<p>The West Coast’s second-largest barbecue competition — the Rotary Club-sponsored Silicon Valley Barbeque …

Silicon Valley

What to eat to get a probiotic boost

You know how your mom always told you to go with your gut? She was on to something. Science is now learning that one of the most crucial parts of our …

Wellness

Vote now: Best Bay Area pizza? Here’s the Sizzling 16

Whether you’re a San Jose thin-crust fan or a Berkeley deep-dish devotee, there’s no question that the Bay Area’s pizza scene is primo. But which one …

San Jose

California moves to clear coffee of cancer-risk stigma

<b>By BRIAN MELLEY | The Associated Press</b><p>LOS ANGELES — California officials, having concluded coffee drinking is not a risky pastime, are proposing a …

Los Angeles

5 must-try food carts at Outside Lands

<i>CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device</i><p>The Outside Lands experience offers not only an eclectic array of musical …

Food Trucks

Quick Cook: This green bean-pistachio salad dazzles

Green beans are readily available at your local farmers market at this time of year. So here’s the perfect party side dish: a Green Beans with …

Recipes

A Disney pastry chef and blue-ribbon judge dishes on state fair food

<i>CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device</i><p>What is it about county fairs that brings out the daft glutton in all of …

Deep Frying

California’s State Fair, a century and a half of history, no butter cows

<i>CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device</i><p>Let the Iowa State Fair have its butter cow.<p>The annual celebration of all …

Heatstroke

How to use all four sides of your cheese grater

<b>By Becky Krystal | Washington Post</b><p>If you own the most typical type of box graters, it has four sides. You probably routinely use only one of them – …

Recipes

Oren’s Hummus heading to San Francisco

Light the chandeliers.<p>Oren’s Hummus, the Peninsula’s popular purveyor of hummus and other Middle Eastern savories, will open its fourth location, …

San Francisco

Monkey Thai adds a second Alameda restaurant

Five years after opening their Monkey Thai in downtown Alameda, the owners have branched out with a second location, also in Alameda.<p>Prapaporn Yuin …

Alameda

Pickle Juice Slush has arrived at Sonic Drive In

There’s a big difference between drinking the liquid out of a jar of dill pickles and drinking Sonic Drive In’s new Pickle Juice Slush.<p>The slush can …

Juice

Father’s Day restaurant freebies: Steak, wings, pasta, chocolate

Want to treat Dad to a nice meal and get a freebie for him at the same time? Check out these Father’s Day offerings from Bay Area restaurants:<p>Fogo de …

Freebies

Naglee Park Garage reopens; here’s the new menu

The neighborhood joint is again welcoming the neighbors.<p>After a soft opening, the Naglee Park Garage will reopen today, June 14, thanks to the …

Sea Salt