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panda dumplings, grilled cheese and easter brunch


happy easter weekend. depending on your family traditions, you may be spending the weekend furiously coloring eggs or tempering chocolate, or cooking a brunch spread. however you observe the holiday, it’s a splendid time to visit your local farmers market. artichokes are in season, and we have recipes for kuku sabzi, which is a lovely thing to serve for breakfast or brunch.then there’s dinner, which could be in the form of a sichuan tasting menu. it was for jonathan gold, whose new review is of chengdu impression in arcadia, where he found not only a pretty good house-special pork belly, but panda dumplings. in other news, we have stories on the wines from georgia, a $60,000 bottle of whiskey, a gorgeous citrus salad recipe from lucques and how they celebrate grilled cheese month at clemen






byington vineyard wine tasting room opens


los altos is finally getting its first winery tasting room. los gatos’ byington vineyard & winery is pulling the wraps off its silicon valley satellite tasting room with a grand opening celebration from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. this weekend, june 17-18.byington winery owner and los altos resident benny madsen’s hopes this becomes more than a tasting bar. “we’re hoping people use the place as alternative to a coffee shop in the afternoon,” he says. “people can have casual meetings, discuss some business or have a casual drink.”the grand opening party will feature half-price tastings (five pours for $6 instead of $12), and the band vintage noise will perform on saturday from 2-4 p.m. look for the tasting menu to offer the los gatos winery’s biggest hits, including the estate-grown pinot noir.details:






tasting menus and tiki time


as the summer heats up, the pleasures of southern california farmers markets intensify, especially if you head out early in the morning when the farmers — and your neighbors — are in a conversational mood. so we have our weekly market report, in which we consider the joys of zucchini and summer squash. we also have recipes for brownies, because you might have kids at home (or need something for them to do), and 13 grilled chicken recipes and a catalog of grilled vegetable recipes, maybe for dinner on the patio.after all that shopping and cooking: restaurants. so this week, jonathan gold reviews kato, the much-lauded taiwanese-japanese, seafood-focused tasting menu restaurant in sawtelle. in other stories, we talk to a southern food expert (“it is a good time to be eating southern food in s






america's dog, with new menu and name, sets sights on expansion


brothers george and manolis alpogianis opened their first america's dog restaurant in 1996 on navy pier, with a menu based on a cross-country road trip they spent tasting hot dogs outside of the celery salt-sport pepper-no ketchup world of chicago.now with four chicago locations, the brothers are in the midst of their biggest transformation yet. there's a new slimmed-down menu with a focus on higher-end ingredients, a new name to reflect a bigger focus on burgers and a plan to expand across the u.s.the restaurant officially unveiled its new name, america's dog & burger, last week — a nod to the increased presence of hamburgers on the menu. customers tend to view hamburgers as more of a dinner option than hot dogs, the brothers said.america's dog & burgerphil velasquez / chicago tribunea ho






imagine an instagram photo that serves a tasting menu. that is kato. this is jon


is there a restaurant more of 2017 than kato? could such a thing exist? because from the moment you find your way to the tiny place, hidden at the back of a mini-mall, it feels as if you have wandered into a living instagram photo, where the walls are pale, the food is bright and the people in the background all look as if they have been accepted to ucla law. jonathan yao, the san gabriel valley-raised young chef, seems to have stumbled into kato after short stages at alma and coi, but gq still named it one of the best new restaurants of the year.the restaurant has a mandatory tasting menu. you are never far from sesame seeds or fresh herbs. the occasional dish may be inflected with butter or cream, but you will probably never detect it. some chefs would call this style of cooking “modern






san juan bautista's newest tasting room: 18th barrel


you may know san juan bautista for its beautiful mission and its association with alfred hitchcock’s “vertigo.” now there’s another reason to visit. the town’s 18th barrel, a wine and craft beer tasting room, will open this sunday.founder monica lopez ramirez is a passionate wine lover, who most recently worked at gilroy’s fortino winery. a trip to tuscany inspired this project, a tasting room where ramirez will curate the offerings and hold “region of the month” tastings.the new drinks destination is decorated in soothing grays, wooden wine bins line one wall and the barrel fountain in the courtyard was fashioned by ramirez’s parents. for noshes, look for food trucks parked at the tasting room.as for the tasting room name, the number 18 holds special meaning for ramirez. her birthday fall






saratoga's m4 wine closing; replacement on tap


after 45 years of winemaking, michael martella is ready for a break. he and fellow winemaker michael michaud have had a successful run with their joint m4 wine tasting room in saratoga. but the team is shutting the doors after the last pour on may 28.“closing our tasting room is certainly bittersweet,” says martella, who was head winemaker at woodside’s thomas fogarty winery & vineyards from the late 1970s until 2013, when he stepped down to focus on his namesake wine label.michaud already had a second solo wine tasting room in the works at his chalone american viticultural area (ava) vineyard with views of pinnacles national park. michaud is best known for chardonnay and pinot noir, but he’s recently planted barbera, cabernet franc, grenache and tempranillo. so when martella decided to si






rodrigue molyneaux, cedar mountain wineries


in livermore valley, most wineries are clustered along, or just off tesla and vasco roads. but if you drive just a little farther, you’ll discover two wineries off the beaten path. so pack a picnic, or pick up sandwiches on the way, and spend the day enjoying the local wine country. rodrigue molyneaux estate winery & vineyardsa long gravel drive past horse pastures and grapevines leads to a private residence, but walk around back and you’ll enter one of the most delightful garden settings we’ve found in the valley. the shaded landscape invites exploration, where you come upon seating areas tucked away under trees, or along the lush garden full of blooming flowers and vegetables. get here early and grab your table, though. we arrived just as the tasting room opened and had our choice, but a






bay area wine, spirits and beer events: april 23 and beyond


calavera agave festival: oakland’s second annual agave fest includes a grand tasting, with light snacks, dj malachi on the patio and a mezcal tasting that includes quiquiriqui, tosba, benesin, rey campero/real minero and wahaka. 3-8 p.m. april 23. calavera, 2337 broadway, oakland. $20. www.calaveraoakland.comsuisun valley passport sunday: tour the suisun valley wine country for wine tasting, food pairings and live music. wineries and venues include backroad vines, il fiorello olive oil, jelly belly candy company, suisun valley wine cooperative and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. april 23. $20-$50. www.suisunvalley.comwine tasting for singles: single professionals of all ages are invited to a wine tasting party co-sponsored by the society of single professionals. tickets are $10 at the door and includ






napa valley's arts in april, wine in carmel


arts in april: spring in napa valley means arts in april is in full bloom with more than 40 pop-up galleries, exhibits and performances showcasing napa county culture and community. for the festival’s seventh year, the cities of american canyon, napa, st. helena and yountville are holding celebrations this month that reflect the local arts (and wine) scene. the fifth annual yountville art festival on april 22, for example, features more than 40 artists and 12 wine-tasting stops ($20 for a wine tasting wristband/ticket, with proceeds going to yountville arts) on washington street from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. find all the details at www.artscouncilnapavalley.org.drink wine, plant a tree: pop the cork on sonoma county’s kenwood vineyards wines, and you can help keep america’s forests green. for eve






how to easily customise android’s share menu


the sharing function in android is a very useful feature that makes sharing files and content a breeze. however, the stock share menu in android is pretty basic and doesn’t come with any customization option. in this article we will show you how you can customize android’s share menu and personalize it to your liking. personalize the android share menu with andmade the key to changing and cleaning up the share menu on your android device is an app called andmare share. when you first install the app, it will ask you if you want to go through the tutorial. if you decide to follow... read more






taste-tasting craziest ballpark food item — mariners' toasted grasshoppers


the most curious item in ballpark cuisine is packed into small, clear plastic containers, like those used for salsa at a takeout restaurant, and stacked under lamps at a small stand on the safeco field outfield concourse.when i walk up to take a peek as the mariners game against the white sox begins, the young man behind me tells his friend that buying the $4 container will be "an experience."it's only a couple of minutes before my turn for that experience, so i tell the woman at the counter i'll have the chicken tacos — and the grasshoppers.yes, the mariners are selling edible, chili-lime-seasoned, toasted grasshoppers, and they have been a huge hit.the idea started when mariners staff members were doing a concessions tasting with seattle mexican restaurant poquitos, and among the offerin






7 new bay area wine tasting rooms — plus cocktail terroir


now open: say hello to watsonville’s craftbar, a new wine tasting and hands-on craft workshop at the annieglass factory. on saturdays, glass artist annie morhauser opens her atelier for classes ($45-$90) on everything from terra cotta pinch pots to glass plates and art shoes — accompanied by local sips. details: www.annieglass.comin livermore valley, mckahn family cellars and wood family vineyards have opened tasting rooms on vasco road, where longevity, nottingham cellars, occasio and vasco urbano also preside. winemaker charles mckahn (chappellet, william harrison) is pouring his family label wine in the new digs. and rhonda wood’s new spot — which is next to her winemaking facility — offers a lounge vibe. details: www.mckhanfamilycellars.com, www.woodfamilyvineyards.comlivermore’s chris






swirl and sip wine in a paso robles tasting room


why: the rolling hills around paso robles, once known for cattle, grain and almonds, are all about assiduously pampered grapes now, and the reputation of these vineyards and wineries keeps growing. what: more than 200 wineries dot those hills, so you could spend days tasting . (preferably not august days, which often approach 100 degrees.) the paso robles viticultural area is known for bordeaux, rhone and zinfandel varietals. if you do a weekend, two good tasting-room bets are halter ranch vineyard (20 minutes from downtown with a sleek, spacious tasting room that opened in 2016); and derby wine estates , which opened in 2014 in downtown's historic and long-idle almond growers warehouse building (a.k.a. the farmers' alliance building ), built in 1922. if history is your bent, you can add a






how to use the new show app list in start menu feature in windows 10 creators up


image: istockphoto.com/psphotographif you have been reading my articles for awhile, you know that ever since windows 8 first came on the scene, i have been tweaking the start menu in hopes of finding a better way to organize and launch my applications. well, in the creators update, microsoft has put forth a new way to display and use the start menu with a feature called show app list in start menu. when microsoft first showed this feature last fall in a windows 10 insider preview, it was actually named just the opposite: hide app list in start menu. of course, the previous name was more appropriate. regardless of what it's now called, the feature offers tremendous flexibility in how you display and use the start menu.show app list in start menu is enabled by default. so to take advantage o






how to use the new show app list in start menu feature in windows 10 creators up


image: istockphoto.com/psphotographif you have been reading my articles for awhile, you know that ever since windows 8 first came on the scene, i have been tweaking the start menu in hopes of finding a better way to organize and launch my applications. well, in the creators update, microsoft has put forth a new way to display and use the start menu with a feature called show app list in start menu. when microsoft first showed this feature last fall in a windows 10 insider preview, it was actually named just the opposite: hide app list in start menu. of course, the previous name was more appropriate. regardless of what it's now called, the feature offers tremendous flexibility in how you display and use the start menu.show app list in start menu is enabled by default. so to take advantage o






how to easily customise android's share menu


the sharing function in android is a very useful feature that makes sharing files and content a breeze. however, the stock share menu in android is pretty basic and doesn’t come with any customization option. in this article we will show you how you can customize android’s share menu and personalize it to your liking.personalize the android share menu with andmadethe key to changing and cleaning up the share menu on your android device is an app called andmare share. when you first install the app, it will ask you if you want to go through the tutorial. if you decide to follow along, it won’t take too long, and it’s quite useful.once you have the app installed, try sharing something, and your phone will ask you if you want to use the original share menu or the app’s version. tap on the app






switchresx download


download download switchres x helps you manage the resolution of all your monitors. you can access to the resolutions of all your displays in a simple, customizable menu. switchres x incorporates features relative to the monitor resolution, monitor bitdepth, and video mirroring into one single utility. you can use its menu in the menu bar or click on the finder desktop with its contextual menu plugin to gain access to all these settings from within every application. it even allows you to create new custom resolutions.






bay area wine, spirits and beer events: june 4 and beyond


farm to table wine dinner: five-course menu featuring summit to the sea wineries, including burrell school vineyards, loma prieta winery, wrights station vineyard and winery. wine and hors d’oeuvres reception 6 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m. june 9. chaminade resort, 1 chaminade lane, santa cruz. $110. reservations required. 831-475-5600.summer music series: enjoy an evening of live music, food and wine from 6:30-9 p.m. on fridays through july 28, at sarah’s vineyard, 4005 hecker pass road. admission is free. seating and space is on a first-come, no reservation basis. http://www.sarahsvineyard.com.albariño wine festival: highlights of the second annual festival of albariño include a grand tasting, a starlight winemaker dinner, and a winemaker tasting seminar, featuring leading wine makers, viticul






oakland's brooklyn west winery, urban legend


if you’re in the mood for a little urban wine tasting, head for oakland’s waterfront warehouse district near jack london square. it’s home to two of the neighborhood’s newest wine tasting rooms. here’s what you’ll find there: brooklyn west winerya four-story brick building is home to brick house lofts and oakland’s newest wine-tasting room. brooklyn west winery launched five years ago, but the tasting room has been a work-in-progress for the last year. even recently, visitors encountered folding tables and chairs — and a big gray curtain camouflaging the construction area. all that is gone now and the brand spanking new tasting bar is open for business.this century-old building was the district’s first warehouse, built for the w.p. fuller & co. paint company. the brick walls, huge picture






how to increase the transparency of the start menu in windows 10


windows 10 comes with a myriad of esoteric tools and options that make it superior to the earlier versions of windows. while there is no denying that windows 10’s appearance is incredibly beautiful, there are still some tweaks we can apply to make it look better. for instance, it gives its users limited control over the transparency of the start menu, action center, and start bar. you may now be asking why you would want to change the transparency of the start menu. while it’s not such an impactful feature, increasing the transparency of the start menu lets you read text on a document or... read more






canlis puts a (little) spin on its cocktail game


the storied seattle restaurant’s bar has new tables, lighting and glassware, plus a finger-food menu and tiki drinks. but don’t worry; it’s still your grandfather’s canlis.maybe you’ve heard: the bar at canlis got a face-lift. the bar was moved a few feet to the right to create more space. new tables and lighting. new glassware from tokyo and london with more being made in poland specifically for this bar. a finger-food menu has been added. tiki drinks, too.it’s all meant to give canlis’ bar game a more contemporary feel.but of course, not much else has changed — indeed, will never change. it still feels like a rat pack-esque lounge with a sexy ring-a-ding-ding dimness. it’s still canlis, and canlis is seattle’s restaurant for special occasions. a giggly group in a banquette cheers a birth






supercharge your wordpress menu with max mega menu


every web owner knows that traffic is the lifeblood of their site, and good content is the key to getting the flood. but getting visitors is not the only thing; retaining them is also essential. this is where web design and user interface play a significant role. if your website is intuitive and easy on the eye, your visitor will spend longer on your site, search engines will love your site more, and your site will get a higher position in the search results.one of the key elements of intuitive and easy-to-use web design is the menu. if you want to make your menu stand out among most of the other ordinary web menus out there, you can use the mega menu to include images, widgets, and virtually any interactive web element that you want within your menu. and if you are a wordpress user, there






how to use and customize the windows 10 start menu


the start menu in windows 10 combines elements of the simple menu-based lists of windows 7 and earlier with the finger-friendly design of the full-screen menu from windows 8. while this combination is effective and versatile, it can take some getting used to. there’s a lot of different customization options, much more so than any previous version of windows. this guide will tell you everything you need to know about the new start menu.resizing the start menuthe new start menu is comprised of two parts: the primary program and settings area, a vertical list on the left, and the live tiles area, the windows 8 portion of the menu on the right. neither area can be disabled (at least as of the windows 10 launch) but both can be resized.michael crider/digital trendsto resize the start menu, move






we compare windows 8 vs. windows 10, what's the difference


as it’s quickly become the new windows standard, like xp before it, windows 10 gets better and better with each major update. at its core, windows 10 combines the best features of windows 7 and 8 while ditching some of the more controversial features — like the full-screen start menu — to create a fresh and understated operating system experience. so, whether you’re leery of making the jump to windows 10 or if you’re just getting started on the creators update, let’s dig into some of the major differences between windows 8 and windows 10.the start menu is backone of the most common complaints about windows 8 was that microsoft abandoned those who loved the classic desktop and start menu, which makes up most of the windows user base. with windows 10, they wanted users from xp up through 8.1






california wine and beer events for feb. 26 and beyond


wine tasting: taste a selection of current wines during a winemaker-led tasting experience. noon-5 p.m. feb. 26. villa del monte winery, 23076 summit road, los gatos. $5. http://villadelmontewinery.com.wine dinner pop-up: r.t.b fillmore is teaming up with wines of germany to host a one-night only custom dinner series at izakaya kou. the five-course paired dinner will feature a selection of german wines, curated and presented by anne krebielh, mw — one of only eight german masters of wine — who is flying in from london for the event. two seatings: 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. feb. 28. r.t.b. fillmore at izakaya kou, 1560 fillmore st., san francisco. $110. http://www.rtbfillmore.com.barrel tasting: visit participating wineries in the alexander, dry creek and russian river valleys for a weekend of wine






how to increase the transparency of the start menu in windows 10


windows 10 comes with a myriad of esoteric tools and options that make it superior to the earlier versions of windows. while there is no denying that windows 10’s appearance is incredibly beautiful, there are still some tweaks we can apply to make it look better. for instance, it gives its users limited control over the transparency of the start menu, action center, and start bar.you may now be asking why you would want to change the transparency of the start menu. while it’s not such an impactful feature, increasing the transparency of the start menu lets you read text on a document or a window that is open behind the start menu. it makes the desktop visible in the background which gives it a nice look. however, if your wallpaper consists of dark colors, you might not see much difference.






lobster roll northside in riverhead closes


the lobster roll northside, the riverhead mainstay and offspring of the amagansett landmark, has closed.it will be succeeded by sound bistro, which is expected to keep lobster roll classics on the menu and make some contemporary additions.most popularfred terry sr., whose family roots on the north fork date to the puritan settlement in 1640, owned and managed lobster roll northside. it opened in 1999. terry is a principal in the original lobster roll. “it’s a personal decision,” terry said. “i’m going to be 73.” he plans to continue his gingerbread university baking company, restore an old family barn where he’ll “grow herbs, lavender, and flowers ... and sit in a rocking chair and watch the cars go by.” terry, who taught business at suny albany and hospitality at nassau community college,






your california bucket list: essential adventures and experiences in the golden


why: the rolling hills around paso robles, once known for cattle, grain and almonds, are all about assiduously pampered grapes now, and the reputation of these vineyards and wineries keeps growing.what: more than 200 wineries dot those hills, so you could spend days tasting. (preferably not august days, which often approach 100 degrees.) the paso robles viticultural area is known for bordeaux, rhone and zinfandel varietals.if you do a weekend, two good tasting-room bets are halter ranch vineyard (20 minutes from downtown with a sleek, spacious tasting room that opened in 2016); and derby wine estates, which opened in 2014 in downtown's historic and long-idle almond growers warehouse building (a.k.a. the farmers' alliance building), built in 1922.if history is your bent, you can add a littl






how to show the control panel option in windows 10's "win + x" menu


one of the best features of windows 10 is the power user menu. you can open it by pressing the keyboard shortcut “win + x” or by right-clicking on the start button. using the power user menu you can access various windows tools and options like device manager, powershell, task manager, run dialog box, system properties, power options, settings app, etc. as good as it is, in recent changes microsoft removed the control panel option from the power user menu.since microsoft is trying to slowly do away with the control panel in favor of the modern settings app, the move makes sense. however, there are still several options that can only be accessed through the good old control panel. so if you use the power user menu regularly and miss the control panel option, read on to find out how to add i






northern california wine and beer events: april 16 and beyond


bay area craft beer festival: enjoy unlimited beer tasting from more than 50 microbreweries, live music and food from local restaurants. noon-4 p.m. april 22, martinez waterfront park, north court st. must be 21 or older. $10. www.bayareacraftbeerfestival.com.suisun valley passport sunday: tour the suisun valley wine country for wine tasting, food pairings and live music. wineries and venues include backroad vines, il fiorello olive oil, jelly belly candy company, suisun valley wine cooperative and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. april 23. $20-$50. www.suisunvalley.com.amador four fires festival: wine tasting, culinary demos and live music abound at this annual wine and food fest that celebrates more than 40 wineries and the cuisine of four distinct regions, spain, italy, southern france and californ






bay area wine, spirits and beer events: june 25 and beyond


garden party: take a tour of sinegal estate’s winery, subterranean cave and private lake, then enjoy a paella and roasted pig lunch in the victorian garden, under the palm trees that were once a landmark on the pony express trail. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. july 22, sinegal estate, 2125 inglewood ave., st. helena. $125. rsvp by july 7. http://bit.ly/2raad9h.summer wine cocktail creations: learn how to create, mix and pour wine cocktails from an expert during this interactive class. 6-8 p.m. june 29, concannon vineyard, 4590 tesla road, livermore. $55-$65. www.concannonvineyard.com.tequila and mezcal tasting: the shop with a cop foundation of silicon valley is hosting a philanthropic tequila tasting featuring blanco, anejo, extra anejo and reposado blends. tickets are $60 ($55 before july 1) and






glazed & confused getting bigger digs (and menu) inside stanley marketplace


with the larger space, glazed is planning a menu expansion that includes more partnerships, more flavors and more savory offerings.






san luis obispo winter travel deals


whether you’re visiting cal poly or hitting the wine trail, san luis obispo is offering two ways to make your adventures a bit sweeter:rainy day cash: stay at any san luis obispo el this winter for two consecutive nights, and the slo visitor center will give you a $100 visa gift card to spend as you’re checking out local breweries, boutiques, bistros and more. there’s fine print to read — presidents weekend is excluded, new bookings only and there’s paperwork involved. email your lodging confirmation to [email protected] they’ll send you a promotion confirmation email, which you’ll need to take along with your lodging confirmation and your el key to the chamber of commerce visitor center downtown to pick up the card. find the details at http://sanluisobispovacations.com/mone






5 things to eat, drink, do this weekend


1) think spring (cocktails) at scofflawnew season, new cocktails. put some spring in your step at scofflaw, where bar director and partner danny shapiro has shaken up the menu. bright, floral and herbal flavors are highlighted in cocktails such as the first of four, with gin, creme de violette, honey and aveze gentian liqueur, or the sundial, another gin drink with white vermouth, fernet branca and grapefruit bitters. cocktails $8-$11.scofflaw, 3201 w. armitage ave., 773-252-9700, www.scofflawchicago.com 2) savor a coffee tastingwant to learn more about coffee? head to local coffee pioneer intelligentsia’s monthly coffee tasting. this month, try an offering from the brewing giant’s single origin release menu, plus learn about different brewing methods to try at home. free; rsvp required. 2






how smooth is the sipping tequila from casa dragones in san miguel de allende? s


inside a bar that sparkled like a delicate jewel box, new york mixologist rael petit whisked together a charcoal-colored cocktail that practically glowed against the backdrop of the 4,000 obsidian tiles that cover the walls.i was in casa dragones’ reservations-only tasting room, a six-seat space in an unassuming corner of a hybrid retail/dining spot in this city northwest of mexico city, at a celebration of the fall opening of the independent, small-batch tequila distiller’s newest venture.if the thought of tequila makes you scrunch up your face at the thought of sugary mixes and limes, time to unscrunch. this spirit experience rivals the finest single-malt scotch or the smoothest whiskey.casa dragones’ commitment to innovation and craftsmanship — from the details etched into each bottle t






melissa mccarthy hilariously tries to save the world in kia super bowl commercia


closeskip in skipxembedxshare with the help of the new hybrid kia niro, actress melissa mccarthy saves the world. kiamelissa mccarthy humorously takes on environmental causes in kia's new super bowl ad.(p o: ap) 82 connectlinkedinemailmoremelissa mccarthy is down with the cause in kia's new super bowl commercial pushing its eco-friendly 2017 niro crossover.the spot finds the emmy-winning actress, known for roles on the sitcom mike & molly and hilarious movie hits ghostbusters and bridesmaids, driving through a snow-covered forest when a voice comes over the car speaker."the whales need your help," the voice says."i love whales," exclaims a sympathetic mccarthy, who soon finds herself battling big waves to save her beloved sea creatures.ad meter: vote for the super bowl's best commercia