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An avocado walked into a mousse: 'Avochocolado'

Photos Courtesy of Blanche Shaheen
“Avochocolado” is on the menu of food blogger Blanche Shaheen, who demonstrates how to make it in a YouTube video shot in her Los Altos kitchen.

Once upon a time, I was in the 5 percent minority of Californians who do not like avocados.

Friends and family thought something was seriously wrong with me as they tried to ply me with guacamole and chips, to no avail. From birth, I always thought the texture was too mushy and the flavor too bland. Then one day I had an avocado awakening, which started with the simple concept of avocado toast.

King cakes search out Epiphany

Courtesy of Yuichi Sakuraba
A traditional French galette des rois.

After the trees come down and New Year’s Eve goes out with a bang, the story of the Nativity stretches on with a galette des rois, or king cake. Bakeries around the world stock a special cake starting this week that pays tribute to the Three Kings you’ve heard of in Christmas carols.

Alpha Acid Brewing delivers intense flavors

Courtesy of Derek Wolfgram
A visit to Alpha Acid’s Belmont taproom reveals that the young brewery has expanded beyond its initial speciality in India Pale Ales to craft farmhouse, stout and seasonal brews worth seeking out.

Kyle Bozicevic, co-owner of the Ale Arsenal craft beer bar in San Carlos, founded Alpha Acid Brewing Co. in late 2014.

For about a year, Alpha Acid’s beers were only available at a select group of craft beer bars in the Bay Area, but the owners opened their own taproom in early 2016 in a small space in a nondescript building in Belmont. Named after the compounds in hops that provide bitterness in beers, Alpha Acid unsurprisingly developed its initial reputation with hoppy beers, as well as some excellent stouts, but it has expanded its lineup to include a wide variety of styles.

Food Briefs

Los Altos writers share recipes

The Town Crier’s Food & Wine section only publishes once a month, but you can find recipes and inspiration from our food writers throughout the month at losaltosonline.com/food and on our columnists’ individual blogs.

• Food blogger Blanche Shaheen films gregarious YouTube cooking lessons in her Los Altos home. For her advice on cooking with a Middle Eastern twist, visit feastinthemiddleeast.com.

Sweet potato and pumpkin make a splash on the side

Photos Rita Held/ Special to the Town Crier
Spice up the simplicity of sweet potato, above, and pumpkin, below, with splashes of Marsala and bitters for an adult take on the classics.

Fast-to-cook sweet potatoes and pumpkin straight from the can inject seasonal flavor with minimal effort with the addition of a splash of liquor.

Sweet potatoes are one of my autumn favorites, and I often bring my Marsala-Whipped Sweet Potatoes to family holiday dinners.

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