7 hidden gems at Stanford that are totally open to the public

Papua New Guinea Garden (Photo by urbanorganism) Just because you didn’t go to Stanford doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the campus. Plenty of the private school’s beauty is open to the public — you just need to know where to look. Bypass the crowds at Hoover Tower and obligatory photo in front of the Main Quad. Instead, explore the-not-so-obvious, hidden gems that we compiled for you: Arizona Cactus Garden Photo by megsnaps_ The Arizona Cactus Garden, home to over 500 ...

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Peninsula Running Clubs: The Six Fifty Guide To Finding Your Group

Photo by West Valley Track Club Just moved to the area? Or just need a fresh way to get your butt out of bed in the mornings? Run clubs will help you meet new people and exercise regularly. Good news is there are a bunch on the Peninsula. The issue — knowing where to start. No sweat. We spoke with the top six clubs on the Peninsula to help you decide. Because a running club is ...

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The 650’s ultimate St. Paddy’s Day planner

Killer deals, one-of-a-kind brews, and garlic cheese fries that’ll make you be like — whoa. Photo by @irenesearlesphotography Start playing some Dropkick Murphy’s and make sure that green shirt is clean, for St. Patrick’s Day is upon us. We scoured the 650 to find you THE places to be on this festive occasion (that just so happens to fall on a Friday!). Get those drinking shoes on and cozy up to the 650’s ultimate St. ...

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Craft caffeine: The inspiration behind Voyager Coffee’s unusual brews

Mixing it up at Voyager Craft Coffee: @amadeu_cruz We’ve all had “third wave coffee” (trust us, you have) but how do you build on a cappuccino with grass-fed cream-top milk and heart-shaped foam art? The owners of Voyager Craft Coffee in Santa Clara, Sam Shah and Lauren Burns, think they have an answer: unusual flavor pairings and homemade ingredients on a base of top-notch beans. These are not your average cups ...

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Santa Clara’s Korean scene heats up with BOB BBQ and Paik’s Noodle shop

Noodles so long, you gotta bring out the scissors. There are already enough Korean restaurants on Santa Clara’s stretch of El Camino to please any wagyu wonk. You’d think piling two cheap eateries on top of that smorgasbord might feel a little like sprinkling Hot Cheetos on your bibimbap. You’d be wrong (but your imaginative use of snack foods impresses us). BOB Korean BBQ and Paik’s Noodle Shop couldn’t be more ...

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10 Twitter accounts everyone in the 650 should follow

Used to get your local news from Twitter, but having trouble dodging Trump? We got you covered. We’ve compiled the top 10 accounts you should be following on Twitter to stay in the 650-know and have a few laughs along the way. In no particular order… @MountainViewPD Recent crimes and traffic alerts in Mountain View, with ridiculous public service videos sprinkled in. The Mountain View PD seems to be having way too much fun with this! body[data-twttr-rendered="true"] {background-color: ...

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A kinder, gentler microbrew at Redwood City’s Freewheel Brewing

Cask lineup at Freewheel (Photo by Devin Roberts) On the border of Menlo Park and Redwood city, in a shopping center best known for its Sunday brunch spot, Squeeze In, lies a little brewery and public house made to transport you back to the English countryside, with beer that’s much smoother and slightly warmer than you’re used to drinking. Freewheel Brewery and Pub was the vision of four friends (Malcolm, Pete, Gary, ...

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Fred’s Place in Mountain View is where truck drivers and tech CEOs share a barstool

Follow the neon lights to Fred’s Place (photo by @jthepirate) Pauli Partti doesn’t serve fancy, craft cocktails. The owner of Fred’s Place on Old Middlefield Way in Mountain View has intentionally kept his place old school: sports memorabilia covering the walls, pinball machine up front, billiards in the back, and a spirits list that’s not trying to impress anyone. Martinis and Manhattans are about as fancy as they’ll get. “We don’t ...

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A temple to Bay Area craft brews rises at Santa Clara’s Taplands

Tapland’s owner, Matt Hartenstein (photo by Dale Swanson) Taplands Bottle Shop and Neighborhood Brewery in Santa Clara, open just under a year, is quickly becoming a favorite destination for beer tasters and tinkerers across Silicon Valley. The tap room’s founder and head keg tapper, Matt Hartenstein, is a self-proclaimed “beer geek” and homebrewer since 1991 (which he describes as the “Craft Beer 1.0” days). I sat down with Matt to talk about current trends ...

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We weighed, then ate, three of Silicon Valley’s biggest burritos. Here’s who won.

Surf n’ Turf burrito from Sancho’s. We wanted to find the biggest burrito in Silicon Valley because, well, we’re a curious bunch. But we also have New Year’s Resolutions (that we’re barely holding on to), so instead of devouring every burritos across the peninsula, we decided to try only the biggest ones at the best places around. “Best” is totally arbitrary, but we had to start somewhere and Yelp seemed like the least-bad option. Searching ...

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