The Peninsula food scene gets its own newsletter

Hungry much? Journalist Elena Kadvany chronicles the area's diverse culinary culture in her new biweekly Peninsula Foodist email

Elena Kadvany tries the ramen from Daly City's Noodle in a Haystack, one of several notable Peninsula pop-ups that made their mark in 2018. Photo by Michelle Le.

From parking-lot food stands to hole-in-the-wall noodle shops, from newly minted Michelin-starred restaurants to some of the Bay's most impeccable baked goods, the once-sleepy Peninsula food scene has become a hotbed of culinary innovation and good eats.

Now, to keep residents up-to-date on all of the latest restaurant happenings, Palo Alto Online food blogger Elena Kadvany is debuting Wednesday, July 17, the biweekly e-newsletter Peninsula Foodist.

Kadvany, the Palo Alto Weekly's education reporter who has also been covering restaurant news since 2013, will write about the latest openings and closings, what she's eating that she's excited about, interviews with chefs, and her observations and insights about the trends and issues affecting local restaurants.

Peninsula Foodist will report on diverse eateries in a historically under-covered area, from Santa Clara to Daly City and out to the coast.

"I spend a lot of time 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," Kadvany said.

"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," she added.

In her first newsletter, Kadvany will dive into the Peninsula's spiciest foods and tell people where to find homemade zongzi (Chinese sticky rice "tamales").

"For years, Elena's reporting through her Peninsula Foodist blog has chronicled the burgeoning dining scene in the area, becoming a go-to source for reliable restaurant news," said Bill Johnson, president and CEO of Embarcadero Media, the Weekly's parent company. "Between that and her award-winning articles about local chefs and restaurants for the Palo Alto Weekly and Mountain View Voice, she's not only kept readers informed about what's up and coming, she's really dug deep into the rich culture of food in Silicon Valley and what it represents in our busy lives."

Peninsula Foodist is a free, emailed newsletter that is distributed every other Wednesday afternoon. Readers can sign up to receive it by going to Also, follow the Peninsula Foodist on Instagram (@peninsulafoodist) and Twitter (@ekadvany) or contact her at


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Posted by Gale Johnson
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 17, 2019 at 12:10 pm

Gale Johnson is a registered user.

I'm looking forward to her Foodlist. I have complained before about her reviews of restaurants whose prices are way out of line for me, in my price range, and many others as well, I'm sure, but I realize she is writing for all of us, the rich as well as middle class citizens like me. I have yet to dine in a Michelin rated restaurant, but my lady friend and I have been on a mission for several go out to dinner once a month and try a new restaurant every time and ones that offer foods from different countries and ethnicities from around the world. It's been a fun venture/adventure and experiment. We've got 21 of them under our belts (pun intended) so far, and there are still many left. I haven't found a Swedish (my heritage) restaurant locally...gotta got to SF for one, or maybe buy a plane ticket to Minnesota. I have a hunch I could find one, maybe two, or maybe many more, there.

I've lived in PA since 1961 and I've seen a big change in the restaurant scene in my town. Sakura Gardens (Japanese) in Mt. View, Mings (Chinese) in PA on El Camino Real back then, are long gone. There were many German restaurants in PA and Los Altos back then. All gone. The closest one I found recently was in Sunnyvale.

I love to cook and I love to experiment by making dishes from all those countries and ethnicities that my friend and I have experienced in restaurants. My hot kimchi soup would knock your socks off. Better have ice cubes available and ready to suck on.

I'd be happy to share my email address with Elena or any others who might be interested in the restaurants that my friend and I have tried.

Many people think we just eat to live, but in our modern day society, eating together has become a social event. Families do it on holidays, at weddings, on birthdays, and other special events, including memorial services. Sadly, many of these are the only times and events where we all get together.

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Posted by Dick Dworak
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 27, 2019 at 3:46 pm

Sounds great; looking forward

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a resident of Crescent Park
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