Jalfrezi stir-fries fish with a twist

Jalfrezi is one of the most popular dishes ordered in Britain’s restaurants, but it has not yet caught up in the U.S.

A stir-fry dish made with fresh or leftover meats, jalfrezi usually includes green chiles, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes and spices. A Bengali word, “jal” means “pungently spicy” and “frezi” means “stir-fry.”

New breweries are thriving on the Peninsula

Courtesy of Derek Wolfgram
San Carlos’s Blue Oak Brewing Co. is the newest brewery to join San Mateo County’s festival circuit.

My favorite offerings from a recent Beer Week festival all represent new, local breweries that opened taprooms within the last two years.

The San Mateo County Deputy Sheriff’s Association hosted the fourth annual San Mateo County Brewery Festival in Redwood City this summer. Among the 11 breweries and two cideries they featured, the following are my top picks for local offerings to sip for yourself.


Decoy, 47 Hills Brewing Co., South San Francisco, 5.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV)

Mountain View's annual Wine Walk set for Thursday on Castro Street

These shoppers, armed with their wine glasses and “goodie bags” filled with merchant coupons, get set to participate in Mountain View’s Wine Walk.

Downtown Mountain View’s fifth annual Wine Walk is scheduled 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday along Castro Street.

The event, sponsored by the Mountain View Central Business Association, will feature an array of wines from local vintners and food samples from area restaurants.

Brewers take inspiration from cocktails and other beverages

Courtesy of Derek Wolfgram
G&T Gose, brewed by Anderson Valley Brewing Co. in Boonville, pays homage to the refreshing summertime gin and tonic cocktail.

Given the popularity of barrel-aged beers that reflect the character of spirits originally aged in barrels, the progression to fermented beverages that taste like cocktails or other beverages seems natural.

Chef Chu's achieves national ranking in restaurant roundup

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Lawrence Chu, longtime owner of the Los Altos landmark Chef Chu’s, prepares award-winning specialties in the kitchen.

Widely considered the best Chinese restaurant in Los Altos, Chef Chu’s recently received national recognition for its food.

Lawrence Chu’s restaurant appeared on CNN’s list of the 50 best Chinese restaurants in the U.S., released last month.

Pineapple upside-down cake travels country to tutor Los Altos eaters

Courtesy of Mark Wagner
When Los Altos resident Grace Libby pined for a slice of her son-in-law Mark Wagner’s signature pineapple upside-down cake, he went to great lengths to accommodate her.

The Town Crier’s Food & Wine section solicits stories of local food experiments and traditions. Reader Mark Wagner took the bait last spring and shared the story of introducing Californians to a strange cuisine from a strange land: the good old-fashioned pineapple upside-down cake.

His in-laws, Grace and Lester Libby, lived on Miranda Way in Los Altos for nearly 50 years before moving to a condo at Parc Regent. Grace pined for a slice of Wagner’s traditional birthday treat – the aforementioned pineapple cake – but Wagner was in Cincinnati and she was in Los Altos. He started calling around to Safeway, Draeger’s Market and local bakeries to see who could provide a local slice.

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