Eat and Drink

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

Quick Dinner: Sensational Pineapple-Soy Braised Chicken

Who needs bottled teriyaki sauce? This recipe, which hails from Simran’s cousin, is a favorite of ours. Its simple two-ingredient braising sauce is a …

Recipes

Bay Area wine, spirits and beer events: Sept. 23 and beyond

<b>Rossmoor Art & Wine:</b> Sample California wines and enjoy art by members of the Rossmoor Art Association at this festive event. 5-7:30 p.m. Sept. 25, …

Sonoma County

Wente Vineyards’ new Great Pumpkin cocktail

We’re not sure how old Linus van Pelt is by now. (Do fictional characters age?) But we’d like to think that Charles Schulz’ famous blanket-toting …

Food

Hawaiian Poke Recipe: Shoyu Ahi

Serves 4<p><b>Note:</b> This is the classic poke. It showcases the evolution of the dish over the decades, with the more prized ahi tuna replacing bony reef …

Recipes

Hawaiian Poke Recipe: Beet and Macadamia

Serves 4<p><b>Note:</b> This poke was inspired by the dish at Mud Hen Water in Honolulu, a restaurant that has done a fantastic job melding modern influences …

Recipes

Hawaiian recipe: Kalua Pig

Serves 6 to 8<p><b>Note:</b> It wouldn’t be a luau without kalua pig! Traditional kalua pig is the whole animal, cooked in an imu, an underground oven. The pit …

Pork

Google alum and Hawaii poke expert dishes on how to make it at home

So how does a Silicon Valley ex-pat — a Google alum, yet — wind up in Hawaii as a food writer, former Honolulu Magazine food editor and author of the …

Hawaii

5 fab Bay Area food fests: BBQ, tamales, street food, gourmet bites, more

It’s a good weekend for Bay Area foodies, no matter where you live.<p><b>OAKLAND:</b> The Food Craft Institute’s Eat Real Festival takes over Jack London …

Los Angeles

Bay Area restaurants holding Mexico quake relief fundraisers

Want to dine out for a good cause?<p>Bay Area chefs and restaurants are scheduling fundraising meals to benefit Mexico’s earthquake victims.<p>Here’s a …

San Francisco

Ghirardelli golf: Alameda’s Subpar expands to San Francisco

If you’ve ever golfed down Lombard Street’s curves or across the Golden Gate Bridge with all its loop-di-loop thrills, chances are good that you know …

San Francisco

Diet news: Do cheat days work?

Are those french fries flirting with you? Does the donut demand to be eaten? A new study says you should just relax and dig in.<p>Cheat days are every …

Weight Loss

‘Eat Drink Los Gatos’ celebrates local eateries, wine and beer

There will be dancing in the street on Saturday, when the annual Fall Wine Walk expands to “Eat Drink Los Gatos” on North Santa Cruz Avenue from 1 to …

Los Angeles

Tanya Holland bringing Brown Sugar Kitchen to San Francisco

Tanya Holland is bringing a taste of her new-style Oakland soul food to San Francisco.<p>The noted chef-owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen and cookbook author …

San Francisco

Palo Alto chef Lin of The Sea takes top awards at ‘Star Chefs’

It’s not often that judges and people’s choice voters agree at a culinary event, but a lobster ceviche won the palates of both groups at this week’s …

Restaurants

Ayesha Curry lands another big TV gig — this time with ABC

Ayesha Curry continues to expand her multimedia empire.<p>One day after being introduced as the newest face of “CoverGirl,” the bestselling cookbook …

TV

Review: Campbell’s Flights is more fun than foodie

Since it opened in June, Flights in Campbell has been packing in 300-plus customers a night with its triple-the-fun food and drink concept. They …

Restaurants

Dining review: Does new Limon Rotisserie in Walnut Creek live up to its SF success?

When an already-lauded and successful restaurant opens a new shop in a different city, the most pressing question is simple: Are they replicating the …

Restaurants

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