LIFE AT LYFE ... One street over from University Avenue, the Lyfe restaurant (its title refers to "love your food every day") has opened at 167 Hamilton Ave. in downtown Palo Alto. Chefs Art Smith (a former Oprah personal chef) and Tal Ronnen (who penned the book "The Conscious Cook") have created an uber-health-conscious menu that lists the calorie and sodium counts right up there with the prices. For example, $11.99 gets you 303 calories worth of grilled barramundi in a spicy vegetable broth with edamame, cabbage, spinach, roasted mushrooms and salmon (763 milligrams of sodium). If you're still hungry, you might opt for 187 calories worth of Brussels sprouts and squash (207 mg sodium) for $2.49. Other menu items include breakfasts, flatbreads, soups, sandwiches, cakes, smoothies and several dishes incorporating "gardein," a meat substitute made from plant-based foods. Go to lyfekitchen.com or call 650-325-5933.
— Rebecca Wallace
STARRY-EYED ... The latest issue of the Michelin Guide for restaurants in the Bay Area and wine country singled out four local restaurants. Baume in Palo Alto, which serves "French cuisine moderne," won the coveted two stars ("Excellent cuisine, worth a detour"), while Chez TJ in Mountain View, Madera in Menlo Park and The Village Pub in Woodside got one star ("A very good restaurant in its category"). Details are at michelintravel.com.
— Rebecca Wallace
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