Summer doesn't mean the end of the grill season at 3 Pigs BBQ 

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  • San Carlos’ 3 Pigs BBQ’s delightful fare includes a full rack of ribs, fried chicken, a kale watermelon feta salad and sides such as a coleslaw.
Life is sweeter again in Palo Alto. Replacing the closed Monique’s Chocolate, Timothy Adams Chocolate has opened in the same space and is covering the city’s drinking chocolate and truffle needs. This is the first shop for Timothy Woods and Adams Hollands (note the two first names) after several years of making their chocolates at home in Sausalito. The truffles, called “bonbons” on the menu, are offered individually for $2.25 or in half-dozen and dozen bonbon boxes. Presentations and flavors are quite unique, from absinthe to white chocolate apricot. Chocolate can also be enjoyed as hot or cold drinking chocolates, where customers select the percentage of chocolate intensity (light to dark) and type of milk. There is a café element with a few tables, chocolate-free tea and individually brewed coffee roasted in Hawaii or by the local roaster, Chromatic. Of course, chocolate and espresso are offered combined as mocha for both worlds.

539 Bryant St., Palo Alto; (650) 323- 8282.

San Carlos

Even though summer is coming to an end, that doesn’t mean the same is happening for the barbecue season. 3 Pigs BBQ in San Carlos has started its grill courtesy of the owners of San Carlos’ The Office Bar & Grill, offering the trio of barbecue, fried chicken and craft beer. The concept is based on Southern barbecue and California sides. Start with some deviled eggs or “pig candy” before making the challenging decision of fried chicken or one of the grilled meats (ribs, tri-tip, bbq chicken, pulled chicken, chopped brisket or pulled pork). Most meats are offered as trays, that include sandwiches, tacos, chili or a “locked and loaded” mac & cheese, with two sides. Lighten up the meal with one of the salads such as one with kale, watermelon and feta cheese. Sides range from traditional baked beans and collard greens to black bean salad with mango. Can’t decide? Grab all your friends and order the “Pig’s Trough:” a sampler of all bbq meats, fried chicken and sides for $99. 3 Pigs features a classic casual barbecue-style interior and a covered patio for enjoying your feast.

1754 Laurel St., San Carlos; (650) 592-4227.

San Mateo

Comebuy, a Taiwan based milk tea shop opened its first West Coast location in the Hillsdale Shopping Center’s Nordstrom Center Court. Several tea styles and brewing techniques are offered, from the signature bubble milk tea to the “teapresso” method. Teas can be enjoyed hot or cold, with or without tapioca-like pearls and with an assortment of tropical fruit flavors.

60 31st Ave., San Mateo; (650) 377-1917.


After months of detours and barricades from the Burlingame Streetscape Project, Pizzeria Delfina will celebrate the end of construction next Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with The West End Avenue Opening Party and Family Connections Fundraiser. Enjoy a pig roast, Northern California beers and wine and, perfect for a summer afternoon, home-made gelato. Proceeds from the $20 tickets (beer and wine are extra) go to Family Connections, a nonprofit providing education for Peninsula low-income families.

1444 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame; (650) 288-1041.

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