Amanda Gold, San Francisco Chronicle:

Silvia McCollow once traveled six hours to eat dinner in Guadalajara - only to turn around and head back at the end of the meal.The middle child of five, the chef/owner of Nido restaurant in Oakland remembers piling into a big van and taking frequent family road trips to her parents' native Mexico.almond mole.  "All of our adventures revolved around food," she says of her childhood, recalling that her family would sometimes trek to the beach just to catch crabs for dinner.It's the memories of these journeys - and the dishes that defined her formative years closer to home in Southern California - that fueled McCollow's desire to open Nido with her husband, Cory, 1 1/2 years ago.