Dinner can be a hectic affair, and some families find that getting a filling, nutritious meal onto the table every night is sometimes exhausting. Knowing that dining out every night can quickly break the budget, entrepreneur Jay Cornwall decided to bridge the gap between takeout and at-home meals with a menu of freshly prepared pasta, ravioli, sauce, and entrees that can be fashioned into a full meal in less than 10 minutes. Every day, his chefs create a selection of 24 pastas, 15 sauces, and a signature entree, as well as mac 'n' cheese and lasagna. Chefs also curate a range of sides, bread, and wine, and even offer pairing advice on complementary flavors.
Although Crystal Springs is small by grocery-store standards, the flat white storefront, set with a royal-blue arched entranceway and windows, appears somehow palatial, beckoning passersby into its den of delicious delectables. A wide selection of local and organic produce is available for plucking. Navel oranges start from the bellybutton at $0.49 per pound, and small Fuji apples start at $1.09 per pound. Keep it savory with russet potatoes ($0.49 per pound), or move on to not-so-naturally occurring breads and cheeses. A variety of fine cheeses and olives are ready and waiting for munching from the hand. The olive bar starts at $3.99, Bulgarian feta cheese begins at $4.79 per pound, and Turkish goat cheese starts at $7.99 per pound. Fresh-baked bread is delivered every morning, with warm, steaming loaves beginning at $3.29.
Next to heading to the beach or holding a funeral for your space heater, hanging out at a county fair is a bona fide sign that summer has arrived. At San Mateo County Fair, visitors ring in the season in multiple ways. As they stroll the sprawling grounds, they can snack on various classic fair cuisines including BBQ, pizza, corn dogs, and funnel cakes. They can peruse a petting zoo, get dazzled by the Chinese Acrobats of Hebei, and witness a balloon artist twist his chosen medium into animals. Visitors can also catch concerts by renowned acts including Air Supply, Brian McKnight, and The Marshall Tucker Band.
The expert protein wranglers at Carroll's Meats delight patrons with lovingly sliced deli meats and a history that stretches back nearly a century. This Groupon can be redeemed at the deli counter for half a dozen delectable cold cuts, including blackened tri-tip beef, barbecue roast beef, lemon-garlic turkey, peppered turkey, roast turkey, or sausages, allowing patrons to stock up on materials for making sandwiches at home or sewing duvet covers out of meat slices (prices vary by availability and season).
Since 1955, the family behind Save More Meat Market has been filling their display cases with quality cuts of USDA Choice meat, now sourced from the local Harris Ranch. They stock everything from meatloaf to short ribs and shrimp meat, all of which stand to be transformed into hearty dinners in the comforts of home. Handy animal diagrams hang behind the counter, informing patrons where certain cuts of meat are found on the animal, such as chuck beef—located near the cow's neck—and rib meat—located on the cow's hind legs.
The Half Moon Bay Wine & Cheese Company plies adventurous wine hobbyists of all levels with unexpected selections of world-class wines and cheeses. Visitors can sip, swish, and study the bouquets of some of the store's 60 wines available to taste every day, just a fraction of the more than 800 boutique and specialty wines the store stocks from all over the world, including varietals such as Ca'Rossa nebbiolo ($20) from Italy or Morgan pinot gris ($18) from the Santa Lucia highlands in California. Newly galvanized sippers can pair the more than 120 California and Oregon pinot noirs with the company's selection of artisanal cheeses and gift baskets delectable enough to make a cow weep with joy, or can bring home rare Santa Cruz Mountain wines, including the Clos de la Tech 2006 pinot noir.