From KQED’s Silicon Valley Bureau in San Jose, Rachael Myrow covers arts and culture in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties. This follows more than seven years hosting KQED's California Report, broadcast on NPR affiliates throughout the state. She still guest hosts for The California Report and Forum, and files for NPR and PRI’s The World. Before KQED, she worked in Los Angeles for Marketplace and KPCC. Follow @rachaelmyrow
In the 40 years since Vietnamese came to California in great numbers, they've given us three culinary blockbusters: pho, banh mi and sriracha sauce. "What once belonged to you, now belongs to the world," says author Andrew Lam.
Farmers at the annual fundraiser for The Center for Land-Based Learning say they’re doing OK this year, with a bit of strategic tinkering and water-wise practices. But if the drought drags on into another year, they except to hurt, a lot.
AB 1871 raises the daily stall fee for each vendor at a certified farmers' market in California. Those fees would pay for county inspections to help insure produce labeled organic is, actually, organic.
Meskel is one of the biggest holidays on the Ethiopian Orthodox calendar. As with many religious congregations, the numbers of “casual” visitors swell on days like these, and the Medhani Alem Ethiopian Orthodox Church is ready to throw a big welcoming party.
"As the world shaped itself in different ways, people made their way to California, which became the safe haven of Armenians from around the world.” Western and Eastern Armenians speak different dialects, use different names for the same dishes -- and make those dishes differently. What they all share in common is the challenge of keeping their language alive in America. That’s where food is at least the start of the conversation.
Livermore's Shiva-Vishnu Temple is a major touchstone for the Bay Area's growing Indian American community. Vegetarian meals are prepared weekly and offered up for free to the gods and the public. Rachael Myrow visited the temple in September, during the 10-day celebration of Lord Ganesha.
Most of us are familiar with two kinds of persimmon: the apple-sized, crunchy Fuyu and the bulbous Hachiya, best enjoyed when it’s so ripe, it’s gooey. I'm going to go out on a limb here and argue there's an even BETTER persimmon, the Maru, or chocolate persimmon.