Complement drinks with cold and hot tapas at Amie Wine Bar 

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  • Red velvet salmon with cherry sauce is among the offerings at Arya Global Cuisine in Redwood City, which is serving a special Champagne brunch for Mother’s Day.
The owner of the Peninsula’s newest hot spot for wine comes from a region of the world hardly known for wine, and she worked for Microsoft back in the 1990s when the software giant’s name was still two words. Aileen Cox migrated to the U.S. from Burma at 8 years old, and after decades of work and classes from Microsoft to the California Culinary Academy, she has opened Amie Wine Bar as the latest hot spot in downtown Redwood City. The compact food menu for Amie is divided between cold and hot tapas, a cheese plate, a pate board and an antipasto plate. The selections span the globe from a duet of hummus and a caprese salad on the cold tapas side, to pulled-pork sliders with a Port wine barbecue sauce and seared scallops with macaroni and cheese under the warm tapas category. Consider a cheesecake lollipop dipped in chocolate for dessert. As a bonus, prices for food never go above the low teens. Being a wine bar, its wine program is a key component, with several impressive California labels offered and almost every wine available by the glass or the bottle. With a slogan of “Where Friends Meet,” Peninsula wine lovers should take note that Amie has started a wine club and features live music events weekly. Those certainly seem like two concepts to which to say “cheers.”

823 Hamilton St., Redwood City; (877) 745-2643 (AMIE),

Daly City

Northern Peninsula shopping has just become a lot tastier. The popular San Francisco Indian and Pakistani restaurant Naan ‘N’ Curry has expanded to Daly City’s Serramonte Center. This Peninsula location is in a food court, so there is no lunchtime buffet, but otherwise the menu is the same — even the free chai tea. Samosas, stuffed or topped naans, and biryani dishes are some of the highlights, along with the classic chicken tikka masala. You can also choose from numerous vegetarian options, some tandoori meats, and some lesser-known curries that might include clay oven-baked fish or the “nihari” with slow-cooked beef shank. There is mango lassi on hand to drink to help tame the spices before heading to the next shop.

3 Serramonte Center, Daly City;

Redwood City, Woodside

Next Sunday is Mother’s Day, and it’s time to start making reservations for Mom’s celebratory brunch or dinner. Arya Global Cuisine in Redwood City will be serving a special Champagne brunch menu during the day and a three-course dinner menu for $39.95 ($19.95 for kids), along with a live jazz performance. In Woodside, treat Mom to a special four-course, $58 brunch at The Village Pub. All mothers and kids are offered breads and jam to start, followed by classic brunch staples like lemon ricotta pancakes with maple pecan butter, or seasonal spring creations including asparagus salad with a soft-poached egg and prosciutto.

885 Middlefield Road, Redwood City; (650) 367-4939,

2967 Woodside Road, Woodside; (650) 851-9888,

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