A little aloha at San Mateo festival 

click to enlarge Sanguchon, which offers Peruvian food, and El Sur, which specializes in empanadas, are just some of the food trucks at SFO as part of Off the Grid. - CAMILA BERNAL/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER
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  • Sanguchon, which offers Peruvian food, and El Sur, which specializes in empanadas, are just some of the food trucks at SFO as part of Off the Grid.

Feel that tropical island breeze? Hawaii comes to San Mateo this weekend with the San Francisco Bay Area Aloha Festival, a free two-day event presented by the Pacific Islanders' Cultural Association. Delicious island cuisine favorites, from lomi lomi salmon to kalua pork (and poi, of course), will accompany the ukulele music and hula dancing. Admission is free for all.

Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,

San Mateo Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo; www.pica-org.org/alohafest

Peninsula

• It's the heart of summer, which means its prime time for peak-season produce on menus up and down the Peninsula. Heirloom tomatoes have arrived at Cetrella in Half Moon Bay, served with burrata cheese, peaches, basil and Champagne vinaigrette. A refreshing watermelon salad and lobster-stuffed squash blossoms have appeared at Menlo Park's Café Borrone. And for dessert, there's always seasonal sweet corn cookies to go with your ice cream at Palo Alto's Tin Pot Creamery.

• 845 Main St., Half Moon Bay; (650) 726-4090, Cetrella.com

• 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park; (650) 327-0830, CafeBorrone.com

• 855 El Camino Real, Town & Country Village, Suite 121, Palo Alto; TinPotCreamery.com

SFO

• Travelers have been enjoying the food at San Francisco International Airport's recently remodeled Terminal 2, but now you don't even need a plane ticket to enjoy some of the Bay Area's best food at the airport. Off the Grid is now bringing a pair of food trucks to SFO every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., parking at the Terminal 1 departures area by the old Starbucks. Seating will be available inside the terminal, and while travelers will no doubt enjoy the new lunch option, Off the Grid says the 30,000 employees at the airport are the reason the trucks will be heading down the Peninsula. Recently, Off the Grid standbys Curry Up Now and Señor Sisig parked at SFO, but the cast will rotate each week. Will lines for tacos be as long as for security? Only time will tell.

Terminal 1, San Francisco International Airport; OffTheGridSF.com.

Menlo Park

• The intensely spicy, palate-numbing sensations of Sechuan cuisine have some passionate followers in the Bay Area, always on the lookout for the next great ma po tofu and dan dan mien. In Menlo Park, the spiced-up dishes at the newest incarnation of Fey have been drawing crowds. Calmer dishes such as tea-smoked duck and dry-cooked chicken wings share hot pot-laden table space with Xinjiang fried cumin lamb and hot and spicy frog. Sparkling mini-chandeliers and flower box-filled windows lend a sophisticated, almost elegant ambiance to the peppercorn-heavy meals. Prior to the new Fey, the same ownership ran Szechuan restaurants in Millbrae and San Mateo.

1368 El Camino Real, Menlo Park; (650) 324-8888, FeyRestaurant.com

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