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Wine cocktails prove an acquired taste for some


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Wine cocktails offer a refreshing respite from the summer heat.

Wine cocktails can be polarizing. Some people adore them, while others can hardly stomach the idea of using wine in a cocktail.


Los Altos native adds culinary flourish to customization


Photos Courtesy of PlateJoy
Chorizo stew is one of PlateJoy’s vegan recipes. The company customizes meal plans for busy customers – and shops for and delivers ingredients to their doorsteps.

In Silicon Valley, the Internet of Things has grown to encompass an internet of pantries, mashing up cookbooks, cooking shows, grocery lists and nutritional consultations. PlateJoy, a San Francisco startup with a Los Altos connection, aims to plan and shop for local eaters but leave the cooking up to them.

The startup has new customers take a personalization quiz, describing what and how they like to cook and eat. If you’re a vegan, for example, define your preferred milk – almond? hemp? soy? coconut? How long do you have to cook – 15 minutes, or 45?

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Teaspoon, the milk tea shop at Village Court in Los Altos, above, serves a range of bubble teas and snow ice drinks, right.

Los Altos made it onto the milk tea map this spring with the opening of Teaspoon, a new bubble tea and snow ice shop in Village Court Shopping Center at 4546 El Camino Real.

Its tea makers use an espresso machine to brew each cup individually, aiming to reduce bitter aftertaste and prioritize freshness. The method uses tea leaves ground like coffee beans so that the high temperature and pressure can extract tea flavor like a (long) shot of espresso.

White wine: Sniffing out the unusual suspects for summer


ChriStine Moore/Special to the Town Crier Credit
White wines offer the perfect antidote to summer heat.

Some sounds make me long for white wine: the crack of a bat against its intended canvas-covered target, the swell and subsequent crash of an ocean wave repeated again and again and the wooshing of blossom-heavy branches swaying in the wind.

Saison strain produces uniquely flavorful beers


Derek Wolfgram/Special to the Town Crier
The Bruery’s Saison Rue, a Belgian-style, bottle-conditioned ale, features a complex flavor with subtle but distinctive hints of earthy barnyard funk from the wild Brettanomyces yeast.

Saison is a refreshing beer style for warmer weather, with origins in the farmhouses of Belgium, where it was brewed during the winter and stored until summer as part of the provisions for farmworkers.


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