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DIY shawarma wraps up a street-side classic

Photos by Blanche Shaheen/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Blanche Shaheen and her brother Issa Araj, above, cook up a summery shawarma, right. To see them in action, visit this article online for a how-to video that covers shawarma step-by-step.

My most epic sandwich moment occurred years ago near Petra in Jordan.

I was determined to hike around the ancient city with my tour group in the 100-degree heat. A friend on the trip, John, was perpetually hungry, regardless of the blistering-hot weather.

California pale ales showcase America's homegrown hops

Derek Wolfgram/Special to the Town Crier
The rooftop beer garden at Whole Foods Market on The Alameda in San Jose is a great place to enjoy hoppy beers from Mission Creek Brewing Co., including the Solely Citra Pale Ale.

American pale ale was among the first truly American craft beer styles, with California breweries like Anchor Brewing Co. and New Albion Brewing Co. putting a distinctive American spin on traditional British bitters in the mid-1970s by using basic two-row malt and citrusy Pacific Northwest hops.

The defining example of the style is Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, first brewed in 1980, which has served as the introductory craft beer for many beer enthusiasts. Showcasing a simple malt bill and Cascade hops, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is hop-forward without the intense bitterness of an India pale ale (IPA).

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.

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