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Eating Out - October 31, 2014

Classic comfort food — minus the meat

Tempeh, soy and seitan: Veggie Grill brings vegan twist to Mountain View

by Ruth Schechter

If the idea of veggie proteins gets your mouth watering, have I got the place for you. Tempeh, soy and seitan may not usually elicit cries of "Give me more!," but Veggie Grill is using these ingredients in fresh and creative ways that may change your mind about a vegan diet.

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Posted by Barnum
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Nov 2, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Doug, you know I think you are right. One of the most astonishing things about this race is the belief on the part of the establishment that they can basically hand-pick people to run for city offices based almost solely on their social network ties and neighborhood proximity to Liz Kniss. In many ways this election is almost a perfect test of the extent to which the bulk of Palo Alto is willing to have its elected officials hand-selected from a very small group of highly-networked insiders. Will voters pass over highly qualified candidates such as Tom DuBois, Ken Dauber, Eric Filseth and Lydia Kou in favor of less-qualified but establishment selected nobodies like AC Johnston, Catherine Foster, and Cory Wolbach? It is interesting that both Johnston and Foster have the same story for how they came to be running: Liz Kniss asked them.

Yes, there is an "establishment" or a "400" or whatever you want to name it, centered in the Duveneck area. It is an insular group with social network ties within that group that rarely extend south of Oregon. It has resulted in south Palo Alto, including Gunn High School, receiving the super short straw for many years.

This group thinks that Palo Alto voters are dum-dums who will just keep voting for whomever Liz and Joe pick out for them, irrespective of whether their neighborhoods are filling up with condos while north Palo Alto stays "special" and irrespective of the thinness of the resume of whomever Liz sets up as a candidate. In this race, we have a guy who has never actually lived here endorsed by the entirety of the elite, along with a guy who lives with his mom and is 27, along with a woman who basically has never been involved in school board issues who is being run for school board. All seem nice. None seem qualified.

So is there one born every minute? Liz and Joe think so. I guess we'll find out on Tuesday.

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