As we're heading into the last weekend of May, it's time for the first update on my attempt to grow food. After just about a month, my little garden is flourishing! To date everything I planted is thriving, and much to my surprise, the lettuce is overflowing the planting boxes. As a comparison, here's what … Continue reading Grow Local: How Does Your Garden Grow?
The Downtown Farmers' Market in Palo Alto is one of my favorite weekend markets in the 650. It's a small market, but with an abundant selection of local produce and hand-crafted foods. For many years it was my go-to market on Saturday mornings from spring through late fall. During the Gâteau et Ganache years, my … Continue reading Shop Local: Palo Alto Farmers’ Market
It all started with the Sexy Fries: waffle-cut sweet potato fries smothered in melted cheese, grilled onions, a spicy sauce and cubes of Indian cheese called paneer. That was my introduction to CurryUpNow's "Indian street food" at Off the Grid a couple of years ago. The weather was typical for an August evening at Fort … Continue reading Eat Local: Get Yer Sexy On
Nothing brings out San Carlos residents like a new restaurant on Laurel Street! Johnston's Saltbox, at the southern end of Laurel (cross-street: St. Francis), has been quite the draw since opening in early April. The team of Sean Johnston and Jennifer McAteer Johnston -- he handles the front of the house, while she handles the … Continue reading Eat Local: Johnston’s Saltbox in San Carlos
650Food is six months old today! If you've been following along, you know that I've been writing about food -- eating, cooking, buying, and growing -- in the 650, aka San Francisco's peninsula neighborhoods. A few weeks ago I wrote, admittedly with a smidge of garden envy, about neighborhood gardens. Well, today my garden envy … Continue reading Grow Local: In Which I Walk the Talk
Cinco de Mayo, your annual excuse to drink too many margaritas, is coming up on Monday -- although some of you over-achievers might be getting a head start this weekend (in that case: rock on witcha bad selves). You know I love my margaritas, but this year I'm celebrating by shaking things up with another … Continue reading My-my-my-my Paloma!*