Food

Not being a big cranberry fan myself, the Apple & Cranberry Chopped Salad on the menu at Oak + Violet restaurant in Menlo Park would not have been my first choice. Thank goodness my companion insisted!

Made up of broccoli, chickpeas, carrots, smoked provolone, cucumber, along with its namesakes, and topped with a light yoghurt dressing, it was absolutely delicious, not to mention eye-pleasing to look at.

It’s just one item of the seasonal winter menu created by Executive Chef Simona Oliveri, who we plan to hear more from in an upcoming interview.

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2020

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Five military veterans devotion to Spam leads to initiative to establish “honor tables” in restaurants

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The saga of Alpine Inn aka Zott’s over the years

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Spotted: A winterized Zott’s

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Lin Howery hones her jam making skills offering customers eight distinct flavors

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Lesson about persimmons thanks to Logan at Camper

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LuLu’s on the Alameda offers new healthy breakfast menu available daily

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19th annual Pancake Breakfast takes place on Oct. 12

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Park James Hotel hosts “Taste of the Tropics” on Sept. 28

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Sad news that Woodside Deli is closing

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Camper in Menlo Park celebrates 1st anniversary and adds happy hour

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