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Café Gibraltar is a restaurant that celebrates the variety of Mediterranean cooking. Using local ingredients, Chef Jose Luis Ugalde adds his own deft touch to dishes originating from Lebanon to Lisbon, serving them in a Moroccan-inspired environment designed by partner Liam Durkee. For information, 650-560-9039 or www.cafegibraltar.com.
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 cup flour
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups apple juice
1⁄2 cup heavy cream
Blend the milk, eggs, butter and salt for 30 seconds. Add the flour, blend 30 seconds more, scrape down the sides, and mix for another half minute to make the batter. Refrigerate for two hours or more. Heat a skillet to medium and grill the pancakes for about 10 seconds each side. Stack on parchment paper to prevent sticking.
Saute the apple slices in butter with the brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla until the sugar melts. To make the sauce, reduce the apple juice to 1⁄2 cup, add the heavy cream and reduce further to 3⁄4 cup. Fold each crepe over some filling, top with sauce and dust with powdered sugar.
La Honda Creations Craft Gallery opened in November of 1989 with Gwen O’Neill, then with Graphic Connections, moving in next door just a few months later. I helped her with some data input for a large graphic job she had, during the slow times at the gallery. Often my partner, Nancy Hewitt and I, would brainstorm about ways to get the word out about our little Gallery. After all, La Honda is more than a little out of the way. When Nancy and Gwen came up with the idea of a local paper we were very excited.
Gwen’s ability to put words on paper helped us to get our name out. Articles about local events and people made the paper more interesting. We started a monthly “meet the artist event” and Gwen would run an interview and article in Views From The Coast. Highlights of school events, music festivals and the people that live in the south coast area were the first topics. Opinion pieces started to come later. As the paper evolved, so did the name, to its current incarnation, CoastViews Magazine. La Honda Creations closed in 1999, but I’m glad to see that CoastViews has continued to serve the coast.
The San Mateo coast is now home to an authentic Italian patisserie with the opening of Caffè Mezza Luna in Harbor Village at 240 Capistrano Road, Princeton by the Sea. “My father opened up a patisserie in my home town in Italy and I always said I’d open up one here. We also wanted to bring the Italian culture to the Coastside,” said Roberto Pugliese.
Caffè Mezza Luna Tartufo Chocolate Hazelnut Rum Balls
Yield: 36 individual chocolate balls
Formed into the shape of a dome, this sweet confection is a popular Italian food item. Tartufo is “truffle” in Italian.
9 ounces Nutella
10 ounces cocoa
1 ½ ounces powdered sugar
3 ½ ounces toasted hazelnuts, finely chopped
5 ounces rum
Thoroughly blend above ingredients.
Divide into individual balls by rolling about a teaspoonful of the mixture in the palm of the hand.
Roll balls in cocoa or melted chocolate and refrigerate until the shell hardens.
Johnston House is open to visitors the 3rd Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free tours. Call 650-726-0329 for information. The house is located just south of Half Moon Bay on the east side of Highway 1 at Higgins-Purisima Road.
Sanchez Art Center: Exhibitions on view through Dec. 5 are the “2009 Bay Area Annual Juried Exhibition,” juried by JoAnne Northrup of San Jose Museum of Art, and “Angels: Artists Imagine the Invisible,” presented by Arts of the Covenant. Sanchez Art Center is located at the Pacifica Center for the Arts, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., 1.5 miles east from Highway 1. Gallery is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information about Sanchez Art Center programs, call 650-355-1894 or visit www.sanchezartcenter.org.
Coastside Farmer’s Market 650-726-4895
In Half Moon Bay at Shoreline Station at Kelly Avenue on Highway 1
Every Saturday, May through the third Saturday in December from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In Pacifica at Rockaway Beach every Wednesday, May through the third Wednesday in December from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Half Moon Bay Coastal Flower Market 650-712-9439
Main Street and Kelly Avenue (May through September) and indoors at La Piazza at 604 Main Street (November through April) Third Saturday of every month, except October — 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Harbor Nights Car Show Event at the Pillar Point Harbor
Every first Thursday, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Johnson Pier
Motorheads far and wide are coming to the free Coastal Car and Motorcycle Show, 4 p.m. to sunset at Pillar Point Harbor every first Thursday. See some really amazing restored and customized vehicles. Free family fun!
Sanchez Art Center: Art opening and reception Friday, Oct. 30, 7-9 p.m., for “2009 Bay Area Annual Juried Exhibition,” juried by JoAnne Northrup of San Jose Museum of Art, and “Angels: Artists Imagine the Invisible” presented by Arts of the Covenant.
Both shows will extend through Dec. 5. Reception includes harp music by Shawn Spiteri and Portia Diwa of Triskela, and a trumpet fanfare and flugelhorns by Gabriel’s Trio. Juror JoAnne Northrup will give a Juror’s Talk on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m. Sanchez Art Center is located at the Pacifica Center for the Arts, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., about 1.5 miles east from Highway 1. Galleries are open 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (except Oct. 30). For more information about Sanchez Art Center programs, call 650.355.1894 or visit www.sanchezartcenter.org.
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Does anyone remember the bilingual articles CoastViews did in the early 90s? They were really popular. Project Read in Half Moon Bay used them to help teach people to read — people who were bilingual, or Spanish-speaking people who were beginning to read English.
The first issue with bilingual articles came out in January 1993, and the articles continued for several years. The bilingual feature, Bridging the Cultural Gap, included articles covering a wide range of interests, from health and education to personality profiles. Salvador Navarro, owner of Montara Nursery in Montara, was one of the early pillars of the Hispanic community. Pescadero resident Miguel Santana at the time was working for Flora Farms and shared Navarro’s love of nature and working the land.
Project Read is still helping people to improve their skills. According to the Peninsula Library Web site, more than 4.5 million adults in California are functionally illiterate; their reading, writing and mathematics skills are so low that they cannot read a newspaper, complete a job application, read directions on a medicine bottle, read to their children or help them with their school work.