Monterey brewery offers reason to roam

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Alvarado Street Brewing’s sour ales offer a gentle introduction to a funky style. Their cherry, plum and black currant fruit elements provide acidic tartness without too much complexity.

Alvarado Street Brewery in Monterey opened in May 2014 and quickly caught the attention of craft beer aficionados in the Bay Area and across the country.

My first experience with its brews came at the February 2015 Meet the Brewers event at Hermitage Brewing during SF Beer Week, where Alvarado Street’s Citraveza hoppy Mexican lager was my favorite beer of the day.

Molecular gastronomy gets cooking in Los Altos

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Muffie Fulton leads a class, on the modern burger and fries.

The mysterious vapor and sizzling sounds wafting from Muffie Fulton’s garage suggest many plausible startups that would call for a blow torch and a background in the sciences.

But this Los Altos resident’s new enterprise celebrates the science of what she dubs the “obsessive foodie.” Fulton teaches classes on modernist cuisine from her kitted-out garage for those who want to bring the complex techniques of molecular gastronomy to their own kitchens.

Food Brief: Seaweed and salmon at museum

Foods to forage around California take center stage in the Los Altos History Museum’s latest exhibition, “Seaweed, Salmon and Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast,” which runs through April 16.

In addition to displays on the history of food gathering and preparation among tribes stretching across much of the state, the exhibition offers recipes and profiles of local ingredients, including rabbit liver, watercress, pine nuts and salmon.

An avocado walked into a mousse: 'Avochocolado'

Photos Courtesy of Blanche Shaheen
“Avochocolado” is on the menu of food blogger Blanche Shaheen, who demonstrates how to make it in a YouTube video shot in her Los Altos kitchen.

Once upon a time, I was in the 5 percent minority of Californians who do not like avocados.

Friends and family thought something was seriously wrong with me as they tried to ply me with guacamole and chips, to no avail. From birth, I always thought the texture was too mushy and the flavor too bland. Then one day I had an avocado awakening, which started with the simple concept of avocado toast.

King cakes search out Epiphany

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A traditional French galette des rois.

After the trees come down and New Year’s Eve goes out with a bang, the story of the Nativity stretches on with a galette des rois, or king cake. Bakeries around the world stock a special cake starting this week that pays tribute to the Three Kings you’ve heard of in Christmas carols.

Alpha Acid Brewing delivers intense flavors

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A visit to Alpha Acid’s Belmont taproom reveals that the young brewery has expanded beyond its initial speciality in India Pale Ales to craft farmhouse, stout and seasonal brews worth seeking out.

Kyle Bozicevic, co-owner of the Ale Arsenal craft beer bar in San Carlos, founded Alpha Acid Brewing Co. in late 2014.

For about a year, Alpha Acid’s beers were only available at a select group of craft beer bars in the Bay Area, but the owners opened their own taproom in early 2016 in a small space in a nondescript building in Belmont. Named after the compounds in hops that provide bitterness in beers, Alpha Acid unsurprisingly developed its initial reputation with hoppy beers, as well as some excellent stouts, but it has expanded its lineup to include a wide variety of styles.

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