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About this blog: I am a perpetually hungry twenty-something journalist, born and raised in Menlo Park and currently working at the Palo Alto Weekly as education and youth staff writer. I graduated from USC with a major in Spanish and a minor in jo...  (More)

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Peninsula Foodist is getting its own newsletter

Uploaded: Jul 12, 2019
Six years ago I pitched my editors at the Palo Alto Weekly on a blog that would focus on restaurant news on the Peninsula. At the time the local food scene was rarely, if ever, written about in a unique way, save the occasional opening of a trendy restaurant that would attract the attention of larger media outlets. I saw a void and stepped in to fill it.

I like to think that Peninsula Foodist, which started as a side hustle, has become one of the most reliable local sources for people who are interested in the Peninsula's ever-ascending culinary culture.

Next week, Embarcadero Media will be launching a biweekly newsletter where I will cover all of that and more.

I spend a lot of time — OK, most waking moments — thinking about what I want to eat and why food matters, seeking out the lesser-known stories that represent the full picture of this region's dining scene. Noodle shops. Parking lot food stands. Michelin-starred chefs. Impeccable baked goods. Wine bars. Some of the Bay's best farmers markets.

In the Peninsula Foodist newsletter, I'll share the latest openings and closings, what I'm eating that I'm excited about, interviews with chefs and my observations and insights about the trends and issues affecting local restaurants. I'll be covering more cities than ever before, from Santa Clara to Daly City and out to the coast.

I hope the newsletter provides something that you can't get anywhere else and that it does justice to a restaurant world that deserves a bit more respect and attention. The Peninsula's food scene is dynamic, diverse and so much damn fun to explore.

You can sign up for the newsletter here. Look out for it in your inbox starting this coming Wednesday.

I'd love to hear your feedback and ideas for the newsletter! You can reach me at
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 +   4 people like this
Posted by Kevin theMulberryGuy Lynch, a resident of Midtown,
on Jul 12, 2019 at 11:43 am

Congratulations Elena! When are you gonna come by and pick some berries with us? :-)

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Posted by Francisco, a resident of Crescent Park,
on Jul 12, 2019 at 11:58 am

Awesome! I've always enjoyed this Blog!

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Posted by Keri, a resident of Charleston Meadows,
on Jul 12, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Keri is a registered user.

Great news! I very much appreciate your focus on the peninsula!

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Posted by Walking Redwood City, a resident of another community,
on Jul 12, 2019 at 12:38 pm

Congratulations! Well deserved. I'm signing up for the newsletter right now...

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Posted by Laura Stec, a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge,
on Jul 12, 2019 at 12:45 pm

You go Elena, congrats!

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Posted by Barron Park dad, a resident of Barron Park,
on Jul 12, 2019 at 2:55 pm

Congrats! Your blog is basically the only way I know what is new and happening.

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Posted by resident, a resident of Downtown North,
on Jul 12, 2019 at 3:29 pm

Wish you could keep publishing your reports on the website instead of a separate newsletter. I know a lot of local people who are reluctant to sign up for newsletters because of spam problems and privacy problems.

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Posted by Elena Kadvany, education reporter of the Palo Alto Weekly,
on Jul 12, 2019 at 3:41 pm

Elena Kadvany is a registered user.

Hi resident: Don't worry; I'll continue publishing posts here as usual. They will just also be captured, along with additional food writing and insight, in the newsletter.

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Posted by Fellow Foodie, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown,
on Jul 12, 2019 at 3:53 pm

I am here for this blog!! I have loved reading and sharing your articles on new local restaurants over the years, and I have been to many of your recommendations. I look forward to reading up on more good Peninsula eateries! Compliments on your brilliant idea, and blog!

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Posted by charles reilly, a resident of another community,
on Jul 17, 2019 at 4:15 am

Excellent news ! Best wishes, Elena.

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Posted by Nayeli, a resident of Midtown,
on Jul 17, 2019 at 5:40 pm

Nayeli is a registered user.

This is such great news! I look forward to Elena's blog each time I log onto the Palo Alto Online. It is very deserving of its own newsletter!

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Posted by Zareen, a resident of College Terrace,
on Jul 24, 2019 at 3:03 pm

Congrats Elena. We love reading your blog!

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Posted by Lucy, a resident of Mountain View,
on Jul 24, 2019 at 4:01 pm

Hi Elena,

I'm on the same page as you as far as loving food and learning about new places to enjoy it! I look forward to reading your blog.

You and my daughter were on the same soccer team in MP a long time ago!

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Posted by Matt, a resident of Stanford,
on Jul 24, 2019 at 5:49 pm

Very excited for this!

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Posted by Michelle, a resident of East Palo Alto,
on Aug 26, 2019 at 1:24 pm

Yay!! I missed this- how can I catch-up and see the old newsletters from July?? Thanks!

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