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Seasonal spotlight: Reap the harvest

Photo courtesy of Cetrella
Tomatoes from local growers are inspiring dishes like Cetrella’s gazpacho.

Local tomatoes have kicked into high gear by this week, and beans and peppers are reaching their peak.

A Thursday afternoon tour of downtown Los Altos can take local residents from farm to table, with growers selling at the State Street Farmers’ Market from 4-8 p.m. and new restaurant Cetrella, 400 Main St., buying from some of those same growers for its September menu.

Trips with sips: Enjoy a winery getaway, picnic included

Courtesy of Christine Moore For those who enjoy wine tasting Livermore wineries offer nearby picnicking potential.

With vacation season upon us, wine-loving citizens from around the world make summer pilgrimages to California for our glorious weather and wine. Whether you’re entertaining a couch-camping second cousin, hosting a college roommate reunion or helping the in-laws explore, I’ve got some thoughts on how you can make this the best wine vacation they’ve ever had.

A wine welcome

Kick off your guests’ visit with a casual wine-tasting evening at your home. Road-weary visitors might not want a big feast. Serve instead a Tuscan-style meal of cured meats, cheeses, breads and salads for a tasty welcome dinner.

Grandma's meatballs help net $70,000

Photos Courtesy of “Food Fighters”
Los Altos resident Amber MacDonald’s spaghetti earned praise – and prize money – on the reality TV show “Food Fighters.”

Los Altos newcomer Amber MacDonald netted a total of $70,000 last month competing on NBC’s cooking reality TV show “Food Fighters.” She shared one of the family recipes that helped earn her the win – spaghetti and meatballs, à la her Sicilian grandmother.

“I know that my grandmother’s traditional recipes are going to knock the socks off them,” she said before facing off against British “bad boy chef” Brendan Collins.

Tips for dining out with dogs

Sana Khader/Town Crier
Heeding a few words of advice, dogs and their owners can ease into a more formal outdoor dining experience by first visiting a coffee shop or cafe.

Pets still can’t eat inside restaurants under California health code, but many local spots welcome four-legged companions at outdoor seating.

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.

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