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Oakland Bites: Google Sauce

on April 27, 2009

On Friday, I headed to Palo Alto to meet up with Charlie Ayers, restaurateur and former head chef at Google, for a story I was working on. I ended up sticking around for breakfast at his newly open Calafia Cafe and Market-a-Go-Go, and it was a good move. With a motto of “slow food fast” and a menu stocked with comfort foods, there are plenty of options, even for the committed vegetarian. My smoked salmon scramble with hash browns and toast was a traditional take on a breakfast classic, but the thing that blew me away was the “Google” sauce. Instead of Tabasco, the cafe serves its own hot sauce that has some delightful heat. It’s not zingy or tangy or tomatoey like other hot sauces–almost hard to describe, but I LOVED it. If the man would bottle it, I would buy it. If you’re a hot sauce lover, head over to the South Bay and give it a try.

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