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Pie firming serving up the upper crust this Christmas Pie Firming Serving Up The Upper Crust This Christmas
 

Congratulations, you're now registered! Let us know what news and updates you want to hear about and we'll send them straight to your inbox. For the town's family-run bakery, The Topping Pie Company, has secured a deal with a leading regional food and drink retailer to supply festive premium pies across its 30-strong store base.


Social media - the hostage that eluded Sydney siege gunman Social Media - The Hostage That Eluded Sydney Siege Gunman
 

After traditional media refused to air or print details of phone calls his hostages made, Man Haron Monis turned to Facebook and YouTube, forcing his captives to use their personal accounts to issue his demands to speak to the prime minister and spread claims that he'd planted bombs around the city. Those messages never went viral.


Your Christmas card, on a 100-foot wall in SF Your Christmas Card, On A 100-foot Wall In SF
 

I've learned a new word: humblebrag. Seems it's been around for a bit, and in the Urban Dictionary it means, "Subtly letting others know how fantastic your life is while undercutting it with a bit of self-effacing humor."


Scandinavian food is for sale across from Spanish food Scandinavian Food Is For Sale Across From Spanish Food
 

Every Tuesday, Xochitl Aguilar arrives at Taqueria Los Hermanos at 6 a.m. to prepare more than 400 tamales. She learned this time-consuming method from her Mexican mother-in-law, Merced Ballesteros, passed down from Ballesteros' grandmother and the generations who preceded her.


Review: Palo Alto's Zola creates memorable dishes Review: Palo Alto's Zola Creates Memorable Dishes
 

For several months, I lurked on Guillaume Bienamie's Twitter and Instagram feeds, vicariously watching him bring his new Palo Alto restaurant to life. I witnessed his frustration with the permit process, the sheer work that went into sandblasting and painting the premises, and his excitement when things like the custom-made tables arrived.


Menus Will Soon List Calories for Alcoholic Drinks Menus Will Soon List Calories For Alcoholic Drinks
 

Don't want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? Then avoid the menu and order at the bar. New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks, along with other foods, on menus by next November.


Feast of Seven Fishes goes all Dungeness Feast Of Seven Fishes Goes All Dungeness
 

The Feast of the Seven Fishes, a beloved Christmas Eve tradition in Southern Italian and Italian-American homes, has always been a seafood extravaganza -- a dazzling pescetorian display that pays homage, some say, to the seven sacraments . Now this seafood-centric holiday feast is getting an update from Bay Area chefs who indulge those piscean fancies in great culinary sprees.


Police told Australian prime minister Tony Abbott not to speak to the Sydney gunman Police Told Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Not To Speak To The Sydney Gunman
 

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has revealed he did not speak to the gunman in the Sydney cafe siege on police advice, as he announced an urgent review into the self-styled cleric's handling by security services. In a press conference this morning, Mr Abbott told reporters he wanted answers to why hostage-taker Man Horan Monis had been released on bail, had dropped off a terrorism watch list five years ago and had a gun licence.


Foodie holiday traditions in the Inland Empire Foodie Holiday Traditions In The Inland Empire
 

There are many holiday traditions here in the Inland Empire, but there are a couple I look forward to every year including the Gingerbread Shop during the Riverside Festival of Lights. The annnual pop-up shop is an Inland Empire institution, with roots at Santa's Village in Skyforest as well as Inland Center in San Bernardino.


Obama withdraws Alaska's Bristol Bay from drilling Obama Withdraws Alaska's Bristol Bay From Drilling
 

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he's removing more than 52,000 square miles of waters off Alaska's coast from consideration for oil and gas exploration or drilling. The president said in a video announcement that Bristol Bay and nearby waters, covering an area roughly the size of Florida, would be withdrawn from consideration for petroleum leases.


Kate struggles with sweet treat Kate Struggles With Sweet Treat
 

The Duchess of Cambridge spent a fun evening with a group of Beaver Scouts - and learnt to eat a chocolate bar while wearing a boxing glove. Kate, who is an occasional volunteer with the Scout Association, was reduced to giggles as she joined the youngsters who were having a practical lesson in living with a disability.


California Lottery's new prize: Michelin-starred meal at French Laundry California Lottery's New Prize: Michelin-starred Meal At French Laundry
 

Most people who play the California Lottery buy their tickets at convenience stores -- just a few feet away from displays of beef jerky, doughnuts and potato chips. But the winner of the lottery's newest promotion will soon be dining on Michelin-starred cuisine -- 18 courses' worth of extravagant ingredients, plus paired wines -- at The French Laundry, the Wine Country restaurant owned by acclaimed chef Thomas Keller.


Holy cow! Vatican to open pope's farm to public Holy Cow! Vatican To Open Pope's Farm To Public
 

Pope Francis is opening the doors to an earthly paradise: the working farm at the papal summer residence here that produces the dairy, meat and vegetables for the pope and his staff. The Vatican is planning to open the farm at Castel Gandolfo to the public next year, after finding success with its guided tours of the surrounding gardens, fountains and Roma-era archaeological treasures on the sprawling estate 25 kilometers south of Rome.


Holiday foray to San Francisco's Pier 39 Holiday Foray To San Francisco's Pier 39
 

Some people may think Pier 39 is a tourist trap, but going there has become my family's favorite holiday tradition. We always go in the mid- to late afternoon, just before the sun goes down over the Golden Gate, so we can watch the city light up like very few cities can.


This is the McDonald's Quarter Pounder, 410 calories, This Is The McDonald's Quarter Pounder, 410 Calories,
 

McDonald's upcoming menu cuts will hit three entree icons hardest: Quarter Pounder, Premium Chicken Sandwich and Snack Wrap. The fast food giant will pare back on its Quarter Pounder with Cheese offerings from 3 Quarter Pounders on McDonald's menu chopping block McDonald's upcoming menu cuts will hit three entree icons hardest: Quarter Pounder, Premium Chicken Sandwich and Snack Wrap.


10 ways to change your spending habits to save big 10 Ways To Change Your Spending Habits To Save Big
 

As the year ends, many people are making resolutions. Some, perhaps, regret opportunities missed this year.


Miley Cyrus Shares Graphic Photos of Surgery to Remove Cyst Miley Cyrus Shares Graphic Photos Of Surgery To Remove Cyst
 

Miley Cyrus underwent surgery this past Friday to remove a cyst on her wrist, and she even shared explicit pictures of the procedure with her fans. It's unclear what kind of cyst Cyrus had removed, but the operation was an outpatient procedure, according to a source who tells E! Online the "Wrecking Ball" singer "is doing fine."


 
 
   
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