Food

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Learn about the fresh, delicious flavors of Fiji’s Indian food — and even better, have a taste at the Menlo Park Library on Saturday, June 17 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Chef Saras Rao will talk about the delicious Indian-influenced cuisine of Fiji, and will demonstrate how to make a pair of curries and a chutney.

The free cooking program is for adults and teens, and is being donated by Chef Saras. No preregistration is necessary to attend, but seating is limited.

Saras Rao grew up on the Fijian island of Viti Levu, and moved to the U.S. in 1987. In 2000, she opened her own restaurant in Hayward, Curry Corner. Today, Saras shares her techniques during cooking classes.

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Spotted: Whole lotta cherries at Menlo Park farmers market

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Cherries were abundantly on display today at the Menlo Park farmers market. Multiple vendors were selling both the more expensive Rainer variety as well as pretty red Bings.

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U-pick berry season at Webb Ranch opens

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Blackberries (Prime Ark/Obsidian/Navajo), Marionberries, Olallieberries, Boysenberries, Loganberries and Raspberries will be ripening and ready for picking during Webb Ranch’s annual U-pick season. The Ranch, located off Alpine Road, is open Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 8:00 am to1:00 pm. Closed days only are available for groups or large parties; email atlee@webbranchinc.com to reserve. All U-Pick items are subject to supply. Come […]

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Facebook hosts first Festival of the summer – Chili, Cars and Everyday Stars

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The first of five Facebook Festivals was held today on the company’s Menlo Park campus. The theme was Chili, Cars and Everyday Stars and featured classic cars and trucks along with the chili cook of competition. For $10, people could taste and the vote for their favorite chili. Proceeds benefited the local non-profit, Ecumenical Hunger Program. […]

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First school-based Charlie Cart mobile kitchen classroom on the Peninsula makes its debut

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The new Charlie Cart mobile kitchen classroom made its debut last week at Encinal School’s Science Night and proved to be the most popular part of the evening. “Kids were pressing flour into tortillas and chopping fruit and veggies for salsa, reading cooking/nutrition books, and of course sampling what they cooked,” observed Encinal parent Gina Hart. Following […]

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Malaysian cuisine comes to Menlo Park with opening of Black Pepper

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A funny thing happened to chef Kay Tan on her journey to open a second Malaysian restaurant. At her new Menlo Park location, she’s now more frequently in the front of the house while her husband, David Yim, does the chef duties. Their new Black Pepper restaurant, in the former and completely remodeled Menlo Hub space, […]

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Mr. & Mrs. Chocolate coming to Menlo Park Library to discuss the “food of the Gods”

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“Mr. & Mrs. Chocolate,” chemists Howard and  Sally Peters, are coming to the Menlo Park Library (800 Alma St.) on Tuesday, April 11 at 7:00 pm, for a talk for teens and adults titled, “Chocolate: The Food of the Gods,” discussing the science, history, composition and health effects of chocolate. Chemists Howard and Sally Peters are known as […]

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Jason Kwan is Menlo Park’s unofficial “Mr. Restaurant”

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You can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at restaurants Jason Kwan owns in Menlo Park, and you can actually walk from one place to another. That’s what Jason does daily as he looks in at each of his businesses. Three of his restaurants bear his namesake, at least partially — J & J Hawaiian BBQ, […]

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Posh Bagel’s Anthony Lao shares his refugee story – Part 2

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Editor’s note: Here is the second part of a story about a downtown Menlo Park merchant, Anthony On Lao. It was reported and written by Menlo-Atherton High School students Megan McDonnell and Jackson Confer with photos by Erica Miner. The first part can be found here. Finally, in 1985, Lao and his sister’s family arrived in Los […]

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Posh Bagel’s Anthony Lao shares his refugee story – Part 1

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Editor’s note: From time to time, we’re pleased to spotlight the good work being done by Menlo-Atherton High School journalism students. This story about a downtown Menlo Park merchant, Anthony On Lao, seems particularly timely. It was reported and written by Megan McDonnell and Jackson Confer with photos by Erica Miner. Due to it’s length, we […]

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Snacks to eat while watching the Academy Awards on TV this Sunday

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Editor’s note: We’ve come to count on Menlo Park resident Alexis Murphy for showing us how to make celebrations and holidays special. Here she takes on the Academy Awards, which will take place this Sunday night (2/26). Oscar Night has always been one of my favorites. The stars, the fashion, the movies and most importantly, festive […]

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