Palo Alto’s Surprisingly Affordable Fancy Brunch Spots

Ditch the soggy pancakes, lines of strollers and strained service for fancy, affordable, fare. Joya on University Ave, Palo Alto. Like whiskey cocktails and artisan breads, brunch has been having its moment for a while now. Couple that with the fact that there are few traditional breakfast spots in the mid-Peninsula that accommodate groups and children and you have the recipe for overcrowded diners serving lukewarm coffee and eggs while dropping hints that ...

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Silicon Valley Triathletes Want To Pump Up Your Workout

Max Fennell is a professional triathlete. Winter is the season we all declare we’ll get fit but many of us don’t actually hit the gym until summer arrives…or later. We spoke with three current and former Silicon Valley triathletes about how they keep their workouts fresh and fun and what specific exercises they recommend for getting back into shape. Bench V-crunches Max Fennell, a professional triathlete since 2014, recommends starting a new exercise routine by ...

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The thoughts you have while sitting in traffic on 101 North

101 Traffic via IG: feo83 Why did I think it would be better today? Let’s play count the Priuses. Or maybe Teslas. Or Google Buses. I bet I could run faster than this. I need to start running again. I wonder what Usain Bolt’s training regimen is. Also, how cool is it that his last name is Bolt like seriously??? Oh good, we’ve moved an inch. We need a new plague. Where are those models of the cars wiTHOUT A TURN SIGNAL I should start taking 280. At least ...

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Aloe vera and red bean in bubble tea? We tried it all so you don’t have to.

I went on a tasting extravaganza with two of my favorite boba connoisseurs who pretty much introduced me to the drink four years ago at Teaspoon on Castro Street in Mountain View. Teaspoon, the newest addition to the Castro Quintuplets, is known for having pricier but higher quality drinks without using powders or syrup. We purchased 5 different drinks, each with a different combination of toppings to see if some can beat ...

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Poke and parenting: the crazy true story behind San Mateo’s Pokeatery

Poke bowl via IG: Pokeatery Pokeatery, located on South B Street in downtown San Mateo, was one of the first poke places to open up on the Peninsula, back in October of 2015. Now, they lead the pack as the trend covers the Bay Area with their California-style poke and Dole Whip floats. Joann Chung, chef and owner of Pokeatery quit her job in finance to take care of her son — and opened a ...

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6 unique places for a date on the Peninsula

Castro Theatre via IG: Timfederle Who says you have to go to San Francisco for a great date? Here are six places on the Peninsula for a fun and special first (or fiftieth) date. For the old soul The Stanford Theatre in downtown Palo Alto has been a blast from the past since 1925. Tickets are under $10 and a huge popcorn is only $3, so load up on snacks and cuddle up to watch some ...

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The (un)official ranking of Castro Street boba tea

Tea Era via Allyna Mellville I am the first to say that I have a boba tea obsession. At one point in high school, I regularly had boba four times a week. Luckily, just down El Camino from my work is the bubble tea mecca: Castro Street. I went to each one and tried their jasmine milk tea 50% sweetness with pearls (my go-to order) to give you all an idea of the best boba ...

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Three great panoramas anyone in Silicon Valley can get to

The Dish via IG/wonderin_world. What sets the Bay Area apart other than its proximity to huge urban centers, perfect weather, and brilliant residents is its topography.Silicon Valley is named that for a reason — we can get the best views of the entire Bay just by driving or hiking 20 minutes from our quaint suburbia. Here are some spots for the perfect panorama: The Classic:The Dish, Stanford Ok, ok. If you have lived in the Peninsula ...

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Let your inner star shine: 4 open mics south of SF

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from living in Palo Alto for 19 years, it’s that there’s no shortage of talent. Engineers are also jazz singers, programmers play the electric bass, law students moonlight as standup comedians. Here are four open mics south of San Francisco that cater to the casual performer.

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