Original Pattern Brewing Co. opened in the spring of 2018 near Jack London Square in Oakland, joining forces with several other breweries to form the Jack London Brewing District. With several other breweries in easy walking distance from Original Pattern, it’s easy to spend a full day visit…

Local cookbook author Erin Gleeson is finishing up a new “Road Trip” volume of her “Forest Feast” series, including yet more hand-drawn and -painted recipes from spots as near as Los Altos Hills and throughout California – watch the Town Crier’s food section in the spring for more on her loc…

With the opening of a new taproom by Bay Area favorite Humble Sea Brewing Co. in Pacifica in July, this coastal town of under 40,000 residents now boasts three brewery taprooms, each of which has a different personality and reflects the approach of its respective brewer. In a recent visit, I…

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Perhaps we call it Friendsgiving because saying “I’ve got too much gratitude in my heart for a single day to encompass” isn’t very catchy. Or maybe the blending of the words “friends” and “Thanksgiving” has taken on increasing popularity since its introduction circa 2012, because Thanksgivin…

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If there is a people that can turn day-old bread into a truly sumptuous feast, it would be the people of the Middle East. Resourcefulness is practically in their genes, as they turn lowly lentils into regal mujaddarah, chickpeas into silky hummus and stale bread into fatteh.

For millennia, dating back to ancient Mesopotamia, women have been the primary brewers of beer in numerous cultures. However, the American craft beer industry has been dominated by white men since its beginning, though recent years have seen incrementally more women and people of color assum…

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Chilled Broccoli Salad with Extra-Firm Tofu is the ideal, light main-dish dinner salad to wrap up summer. It’s healthy, and won’t heat up your kitchen. No oven or stovetop cooking needed – just your microwave.

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The long-awaited food stalls of State Street Market are set to open 11 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 7) for outdoor dining at 170 State St.. The market's own food counters, operated by Bon Appetit Management Company, will open first next week, followed in the weeks and months to come by the chef-drive…

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Whether it’s multicolored birthday cupcakes, gender-reveal cakes, tiered wedding cakes or elegant anniversary cakes, cake has become synonymous with celebration.

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I recently read an article that suggested our American food traditions are akin to a playlist or a mixtape. The analogy is far more satisfying than the traditional comparison to a melting pot or even a salad. In a playlist, each song by a different artist works together to tell a larger stor…

Coming Soon: Bay Area tea chain Boba Guys is readying its new Los Altos outpost at Tin Pot Creameries’ erstwhile location, 201 First Street. The ice cream shop is moving a few blocks down State Street, to reopen in the State Street Market later this summer.

In the brewpub heyday of the 1990s, virtually every brewery had a hefeweizen on tap as a “gateway beer” for people new to the intense flavors of craft beer styles. Hefeweizens then went out of style for many years, but they seem to be making a comeback, as a number of California breweries ha…