Food on the front lines: Restaurants, hospital workers benefit from temporary partnership

Courtesy of Zareen Khan
Local hospital staff pose in appreciation for a photo with their meals from Zareen's.

 Los Altos and Mountain View restaurants are joining forces with their customers to feed health-care workers on the front lines in the battle against the coronavirus.

Chef Chu’s and The Post in Los Altos and Blue Line Pizza in Mountain View are among the local eateries involved in serving the health-care providers that serve the community. Zareen’s and Hobee’s restaurants are collaborating with the nonprofit Frontline Foods to provide meals to doctors and nurses.

Prepare pantry-friendly meals from the refuge of the kitchen

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Courtesy of Christine Moore
A comforting Italian-inspired stew draws on interchangeable pantry staples.

Thank you for reading this article – we are connected through the conversation that takes place on the pages, both web and paper, of the Los Altos Town Crier.

Should you choose to make any of the recipes I share here, we’ll be connected through our cooking, too. These dishes are on repeat in my home. Odds are good that your family and mine might sit down to the same meal one evening. That’s a relationship I’m very grateful for as we all test how we can connect in a time of isolation.

Food memories travel from Town Crier column to cookbook

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Courtesy of Blanche Shaheen
Los Altos resident Blanche Shaheen recently published her “Feast in the Middle East” cookbook, which features recipes including Samak bi Tahini, above.

My “Feast in the Middle East” journey began 10 years ago when I wanted to re-create one of my favorite dishes from childhood, the dramatic Palestinian dish of Maqlouba. This Middle Eastern specialty is a massive rice “cake” flipped upside down to reveal steaming roasted chicken, fragrant rice, fried cauliflower, caramelized onions and roasted chicken inside.

Food, drinks and cozy home tweaks help celebrate the joy of staying in this winter

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Photos by Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Lighting can create tranquility and set the perfect mood for an intimate night. A candlelit dinner or conversations around a glowing fire are two cozy lighting options for Valentine’s Day.

Hygge (pronounced hue-ga) is a Nordic notion of cherishing the comfort of home and togetherness through the cold, dark months of winter. By nesting indoors and taking time to enjoy the simple things in life, the Danes use stormy weather as an opportunity to grow in closeness with loved ones and friends.

Travel the world with beers from California’s breweries

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Courtesy of Derek Wolfgram
Australian sparkling ale can be hard to come by in the U.S., but Beachwood and Alesmith teamed up to put their California spin on the style.

While IPAs, especially hazy New England-style brews, continue to dominate tap lists, California breweries are also seeking inspiration from various clean (and clear), light, refreshing beer styles from around the globe.

Crepes draw multitudes: Lady M cakeshop opens in Los Altos

Photos Courtesy of Lady M
Crepes (a few dozen, not a thousand) layered with a whipped-cream pastry cream make up the signature Mille Crepes Cake at Lady M, a pop-up shop new to Los Altos.

Los Altos is playing host to the Bay Area’s first Lady M, a 40-location cake boutique subject to international enthusiasm, particularly since its expansion in China.

Lady M hosted several pop-ups in Los Altos over the past year and opened a longer-term temporary location next to Chef Chu’s just before Christmas, taking over the site previously filled by a Peet’s Coffee & Tea.

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