'Unofficial' moms in our lives deserve celebration, too

Courtesy of Christine Moore
Varied blooms in a unified color easily make up multiple bouquets in honor of the “other mothers” in your family’s life this Sunday.

Some years ago, when many of my working-professional friends became moms in rapid succession, I sent Mother’s Day cards by the stack.

We were all new to the mommy gig, and I watched as ultra-confident women questioned their every decision. Should they wake the baby or let him sleep? If the pacifier calms her, is it worth risking “nipple confusion” for the peace achieved? Never before had anything been so important to us, and nothing could have prepared us for how much we wanted to get it right.

Devil's Canyon hosts kid-friendly Friday nights

Derek Wolfgram/Special to the Town Crier
Devil’s Canyon Brewing Co. opens to visitors every Friday, but the last Friday of every month includes food trucks and live music in addition to the brewery’s standard, family-friendly fare.

Although a number of Bay Area brewery tasting rooms and beer bars/restaurants allow children to visit, readers have asked about places with activities or spaces that make them especially kid-friendly. The best local example I have come across is Devil’s Canyon Brewing Co. in San Carlos.

Founded in 2001 by husband-and-wife team Chris and Kristiann Garrett, Devil’s Canyon expanded into its large San Carlos facility in 2013. With large indoor and outdoor spaces, Devil’s Canyon is a popular event space for parties, musical performances and fundraising events. It is only open to the general public on Fridays starting at 4 p.m., but the Friday gatherings are packed with families, and leashed dogs are welcome inside and outside the brewery building as well.

Like moms, vintners bend and bottle time

Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Try pairing a vibrant New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with a picnic for Mom on Sunday.

Time and moms have an extraordinary relationship – we seem capable of bending time when needed.

I know moms who, on any given Thursday, will accomplish a to-do list seemingly three days deep between 3-7 p.m. Other times, moms feel utterly at time’s mercy. I’ve begged for time to speed up, and pleaded with it to stop altogether, depending on what was happening in my children’s lives.

Humble shortbread cookie appears around the world, but with local twists

Blanche Shaheen/Special to the Town Crier
Ghraybeh shortbread cookies use sweet-tasting ghee in lieu of butter.


When Americans think of the shortbread cookie, they often imagine the traditional Scottish cookies, shaped like oblong rectangles and served at teatime.

Noah's pudding: Sweet dish shows a shared story

Photos special to the Town Crier, above, and by Eliza Ridgeway, below.
Los Altos cooks spent 6 hours chopping, simmering and arranging traditional ingredients for a personalized pudding.

Turkish residents of Los Altos gathered for a cook-off Saturday, celebrating a dessert that manages to capture both the childhood flavors of Turkey and a gustatory vision of inter-community diversity.

Hives to wines: Bees benefit local vineyards

Christine Moore/Special To The Town Crier
Honeybee-friendly vineyards benefit from pest control and a mineral-rich aromatic boost.

You’d have to be wearing some pretty serious sound-canceling headphones to miss the increasing buzz about how farmers, biologists, beekeepers, entomologists and environmental groups the globe over are encouraging bee population growth.

Promoting bee health is critical to ensuring human food supplies. Bees can take credit for pollinating approximately one-third of everything we eat and play a big role in what we drink, too, both directly and indirectly.

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