'Palo Alto' on Serious Eats

Have You Ever Heard of Swissies?

Light and thin, they're a little more on the savory side than most cookies; if they were British I'd call them biscuits. They're somewhat sweet, of course, but barely so, more buttery and salty and super-crumbly in texture. Almost like teeny pecan sandies, but much thinner and smaller. More

Sandwich a Day: BLTA at Sprout Cafe in Palo Alto, CA

The premise of Sprout Cafe in Palo Alto is typical of many of its California comrades: fresh, quality ingredients, and local whenever possible. And it's for this reason that the relatively simple BLTA sandwich ($8.95) is such a success. The lettuce is incredibly fresh and actually provided flavor, not just texture. The "A" is the avocado, which adds a creaminess that's heightened by a little mayonnaise. The "B" is crisp, meaty applewood smoked bacon. More

The 'Veggie Reeltor,' a Broker for Vegetarians in the Bay Area

In looking for a real estate broker, I'd want to know his experience, his commission, his accreditation. But his vegetarian tendencies? As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, broker Daniel Berman, working from Palo Alto, California, sells himself as a "vegetarian reeltor." (And no, that's not a typo; due to trademark concerns with the National Association of Realtors, he's using the term "reeltor" in lieu of the normal spelling.) Believing that a customer and a broker should share fundamental values, he actively seeks out a veggie clientele. "Why should the real estate profession be the exclusive domain of meat-eating right-wing conservatives?" he asks. (Is it really?) He also offers to take a lower commission, if some portion of the savings are... More

California Eatin': Dutch Crunch in the Bay Area

Growing up in the Bay Area, there was a single bread of choice for sandwiches. No, not San Francisco sourdough--lunches came on Dutch Crunch, a dense, doughy bread with a moist crumb. But what sets it apart from other breads? The crackly top, with crunchy little bits growing from the paler crust underneath. More

More Posts