Chef Greg Johnson transfigures time-tested favorites into creative dishes at the award-winning Zinsvalley Restaurant. Diners can steal away for an exotic midday lunch of coconut yellow curry, which bathes baby bok choy, yams, shitake mushrooms, snow peas, and jasmine rice together in a bath of yellow coconut milk curry ($14), or field imaginary fly balls while noshing on the Wagyu beef hot dog with a piquant kick of jalapeño jam and pico de gallo ($11). At dinner, gourmands can sip local small-production vintages while elegantly slurping shrimp linguini ($16) or the chef's signature steak frittes, which pairs grilled Kobe Bavette with chili-rubbed fries and watercress ($24).
“My love of chocolate making came from my mother, who is from Newfoundland,” says Vintage Sweet Shoppe owner Debbie Dever. To stave off boredom during the region’s harsh winters, Debbie’s grandmother taught her children to craft candy and treats. Her mother passed the skills she learned on winter days down to Debbie, who channels her passion into her handmade truffles, flavored fudges, and chocolate-drenched nut clusters. Her signature wine-infused truffles pair sips of champagne, port wine, and Napa Valley vinos with complementary chocolates chosen based on cocoa content and willingness to tell embarrassing stories about their compatriots. Dever’s team of innovative chocolatiers has been making chocolates for more than 30 years and also hand-mold chocolate-covered wine bottles—featured on the Food Network—by shrink-wrapping full bottles of wine before coating their surfaces in dark or milk chocolate, leaving each label framed by an edible exterior. The shop also serves espresso coffee drinks, frozen yogurt, and ice cream.
At Bay Area Window Tinting, auto experts coat glass in carbon film to screen out glare, helping to keep car interiors cool and private. They can also protect paint with Clear Bra applications or give car parts slate-gray sleekness by wrapping them in carbon fiber.
Boardgarden stocks its shelves with equipment and apparel for those looking to board both snow and cement in effortless style. Skateboarders and empty-pool activists alike can dress the part thanks to a righteous reserve of name-brand tees from Nike, Adidas, Vans, and Nor Cal ($20+). Ensembles feel complete when branded belts and wallets ($15–$32), Skull Candy headphones ($20+), and board decals ($1–$10) allow skaters to show off their individual style without handing out prom photos to passersby. When in-store, perusal takes place beneath a rainbow canopy of retired, grip-tape-swathed skateboards donated by the shop's loyal customer base and the local community of talon-filing phoenixes.