‘We’re not trying to disrupt the industry’: How a Y Combinator-backed food hall startup is bringing a ghost kitchen alternative to the Peninsula  

When COVID-19 hit and restaurants began closing down left and right, Mountain View resident Divyang Arora and his startup co-founders saw it as a call to action. Two years and a trip through the famous Y-Combinator startup accelerator later, he's now CEO of Byte Kitchen, a startup helping independent restaurants scale up and get their dishes offered in other communities. 

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How an ‘Almost Famous’ fried chicken sandwich is inspiring a Peninsula pizzeria’s expansion

When Lars Smith and his family opened the first State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria, the restaurant quickly became busier than the Peninsula family that founded it had expected. So when they realized they didn't have enough room in their fryers to keep up with demand, one of the menu items they'd carefully developed was written off the menu. The "Almost Famous" fried chicken sandwich became just that – ...

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Baker’s dozen: 13 doughnut destinations around the Peninsula

For those who crave a more down-to-earth delicacy, or a better indulgence-to-dollar ratio, there’s nothing like the humble doughnut to satisfy that urge for carbs, oil and instant gratification. I went in search of where people can go to get their deep-fried dessert fixes, mapping out many of the Peninsula’s doughnut spots and sampling some of the best doughnuts in the region in the process.

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Outdoors experts reveal their favorite Peninsula hikes

With schools out for summer and the longest day of the year approaching with the official start of summer next week, it’s an ideal time to explore Peninsula parks and open spaces. Searching for new spots to check out? We asked local outdoors and environmental experts to tell us their all-time favorite hikes in the area. Here’s what they shared. 

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‘I don’t feel like I need to prove myself to anyone’: New film shares Foster City woman’s experience as a queer Asian American skateboarder 

Foster City resident Kat Sy's experiences as a queer Asian Amerian female skateboarder are being highlighted in a short film being shown at the Center for Asian American Media’s 40th CAAMFest now through May 22. “Crashing Wheels on Concrete” follows the ups and downs of Sy’s life through her love of skateboarding as she graduates from college and takes on the challenges of adulthood. 

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