Satisfy dessert cravings at Tout Sweet in Palo Alto 

Chefs from San Francisco continue to branch off to the Peninsula, with a dessert destination being the latest: Tout Sweet in Palo Alto’s Town and Country Village. The small, sleek shop looks like a jewelry boutique, and its beautiful macarons from television’s “Top Chef: Just Desserts” winner Yigit Pura come in flavors such as exotic banana and pistachio-cinnamon. The counter also features a tidy selection of verrines, cakes, tarts — including the very Palo Alto-appropriate Tesla Tart with a passion fruit-lemon-yuzu curd — and intriguing cookies such as the Naughty Peanut Cookie with corn flakes. Packaged sweet bites and pâte de fruits are offered, and there’s also a freezer full of cookie dough for home bakers. Unlike at the flagship in Macy’s San Francisco, there is no indoor seating or full cafe menu, but visitors can enjoy coffee and fresh brulee crepe mille-feuilles at an outdoor table.

855 El Camino Real Suite 160, Palo Alto; (650) 800-7293.


The owners of Young Can Wok commuted from Burlingame to Mill Valley before closing a few years ago. Now the commute is much shorter, with Young Can Wok 2.0 on the Peninsula. The menu doesn’t stick to one region of China nor does it have a gigantic, 100-plus item list of dishes, instead aspiring to maintain a consistent high, chef-driven quality. Family-style plates range from pumpkin prawns with candied walnuts and mu shu pancakes with duck, to the more intriguing fiery Hunan chicken and sauteed Bangkok basil beef. Dumplings, potstickers and spring rolls are popular, too. Diners ins the calm, candlelit room will also find a few nods to Southeast Asia, such as Malaysian curry clay pot and Singapore street noodles.

1200 Broadway, Burlingame; (650) 343-3322.

San Mateo

San Mateo’s Redi To Go is the evolution of your elementary school lunchbox, featuring sweet and sour beef spare ribs and teriyaki chicken. Diners may choose an entree ($6 to $8), then compose their own bento box from additional Chinese and Taiwanese selections, including chicken and leeks with pork belly. There’s seating, too, for specials such as shaved ice and beef noodle soup that don’t necessarily travel well.

111 E. Fourth Ave., San Mateo; (650) 315-2843.

Beer Week

Beer lovers get ready: Feb. 6 to 15 is San Francisco Beer Week, but events cover the entire Bay Area. Tap takeovers include Almanac at Ale Arsenal in San Carlos on Feb. 8 and Kern River Brewing at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City on Feb. 9. Educational events like IPA Day at Palo Alto’s Rose & Crown on the 11th are among the Peninsula activities. Also on Feb. 11, downtown Burlingame hosts a Beer Walk ($30 if reserved online). For more information and the full calendar, visit

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