Shop Local this Holiday Season – Small Business Saturday

Keplers Books, Menlo Park

Thanks to American Express for sponsoring my writing today about small businesses. American Express is presenting Small Business Saturday, a way to honor the local merchants who are the backbone of the economy, this Saturday, November 27. They’re offering statement credits to people who shop at small businesses, advertising for small-business owners, and donations to

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12 Days of Local Christmas: Happiness Within Baklava Bites

The Menlo Park Farmer’s Market on Sundays is full of lovely local food, and today I met Heba from Happiness Within, my second feature of a 12 Days of Local Christmas series, highlighting local food purveyors, perfect for a locavore-minded holiday season. Heba makes 4 different types of Baklava, which she sells packaged in boxes

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Penzeys Spices open in Menlo Park (recipe: White Turkey Chili)

SpicesYipee! Menlo Park is now home to the second California outlet of Penzeys Spices, my favorite mail-order spice company. I have been ordering from this family-owned and operated company for about 5 years now, ever since my neighbor Lisa turned me onto their Adobo Seasoning, which goes great in White Turkey Chili (see recipe below,

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