Food & Wine

Classic with a twist: Caramelized cookie completes pavlova

Photos courtesy of the Garden Court 
Chef Clive Berkman of the Garden Court Hotel reimagines the pavlova, left, a delicate dessert with a sugary meringue base. Berkman recently launched a monthly five-course “Chef’s Table,” below.

As summer fruit sweetens this month and apricots across Los Altos start reaching their furry, golden peak, consider the pavlova an antipodean showcase for your local harvest. The dessert, beloved across the British Commonwealth, has become something of a national dish in New Zealand and Australia.


Back to basics: How old ways of farming are revolutionary

Courtesy of Christine Moore
Sustainable farming practices can result in better wines.

Without meaning to, I wrote a love letter to the farming practices of yesteryear. Here’s what happened.


Sweets lovers and vegetarians celebrate banner year in Los Altos

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Boardwalk served its final batch of burgers and fries last week, one of many changes in the local food landscape.

The same week the hallowed hangout The Boardwalk closed in Los Altos, news spread of a new restaurant coming to Main Street – Turn, a venture in the early stages of development set to take over the corner previously occupied by Jamba Juice and A.G. Ferrari Foods.

Following is a roundup of the latest food-related comings and goings in and around Los Altos.


Savor sessionable styles suited for summer sips

FOOD sessionbeerIn summertime, the beer drinker’s thoughts turn to refreshing, low-alcohol brews that can be enjoyed on hot days.

The session beer culture has been present in the United Kingdom for decades but has only recently caught on in the U.S., perhaps as a pendulum swing away from the bigger-is-better, 100+ IBU, over-10-percent-ABV craft beer trend of the past few years.


Mother's Day: Breakfast in bed made easy

Celebrate Mother’s Day with an easy menu. Children can help prepare Breakfast-in-Bed Berries, and Sweet & Savory Twisties, recipes included below. Christine Moore/ Special to the Town Crier

Combining two bits of information – breakfast is the most important meal of the day and Mother’s Day is the only day of the year designated to spoiling mom from the moment she wakes – I can make a compelling argument that Mother’s Day breakfast is the most important meal of the entire year.

Is that too much pressure to put on a breakfast?


Food as art: Local photographer recasts recipes in full color

FOOD watermelon salad fmt
Recipe, photo and illustration by Erin Gleeson for “The Forest Feast”

When creating the cookbook “The Forest Feast: Simple Vegetarian Recipes from My Cabin in the Woods” (Abrams/Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 2014), local photographer Erin Gleeson reimagined her blog as a photo book of sprawling sunlit pages, featuring local produce and watercolor annotations.

Using Bay Area ingredients and shooting exclusively in and around her cabin near Skyline Drive, Gleeson has built a tiny vegetarian empire out of her love, as a photography student, for the fruits and vegetables of the farmers’ market.


Steins Beer Garden celebrates a year of craft brews in Mtn. View

Courtesy of Derek Wolfgram
Ted Kim of Steins Beer Garden says that business has “surpassed all expectations.”

When Steins Beer Garden opened at 895 Villa St. in downtown Mountain View in March 2013, it quickly became a destination for craft beer and elevated comfort food. With the recent celebration of its first anniversary, I spoke with owner Ted Kim about the experience so far, and what comes next for Steins.


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