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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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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