No money? No problem: 5 hands-on ways to help those in need on the Peninsula

Penniless heroes, unite! Walk a dog, make masks or write letters to fight the lonelies. Dianne Jenett, 72, smiles at Sunita de Tourreil after she brought her a bag of groceries from Whole Foods Market in downtown Palo Alto on March 18, 2020. When de Tourreil drops off the groceries, the two friends chat while keep a safe amount of space between them. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) Stuck sheltering in place but ...

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Virtual pizza making? Insta cocktail hour? During COVID-19, local businesses turn to online classes

Virtual pizza making? Instagram live cocktail hour? During COVID-19, local businesses turn to online classes For local bars, bakers and breweries, virtual classes provide connection — and maybe even survival. Tian Mayimin of Little Sky Bakery in Menlo Park demonstrates how to make pizza at home during a free Zoom class on Friday, April 10. I’ve never met Tian Mayimin of Little Sky Bakery, but on a recent afternoon I watched her make pizza from scratch in ...

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Steve Rasmussen of Milk Pail Market on how to help our small businesses and their employees

Longtime Mountain View market owner offers six ideas for how to help small businesses during COVID-19 Guest opinion by Steve Rasmussen Steve Rasmussen, owner of the Milk Pail Market, poses for a portrait in the grocery store with his daughters Erika and Kai on June 4, 2019. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) Small businesses add pizzazz and vibrancy to our lives. Keeping restaurants, nail salons, day care centers and other small local businesses alive through ...

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“We’re up against it.” Images of the 1906 quake — the Peninsula’s most famous forgotten catastrophe

Front of Stanford Quad — Louis Agassiz statue fallen in front of Zoology Building; 1906. (Image via the Stanford Historical Photograph Collection) “We’re up against it.” Images of the 1906 earthquake — the Peninsula’s most famous forgotten catastrophe On the anniversary of the Bay Area’s worst disaster, take a visual tour as a reminder of what we’ve overcome in the past. It is widely remembered as “the San Francisco Earthquake.” And rightfully so, since the 7.9 magnitude quake ...

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Singapore’s oldest cafe was one day from opening in Palo Alto. Then coronavirus hit.

Killiney Kopitiam’s opening in downtown Palo Alto was stalled due to the coronavirus shutdown. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) Singapore’s oldest cafe was about to open in Palo Alto. Then, the coronavirus hit. ‘We were pretty much ready to go.’ Killiney Kopitiam falls into Covid-19 limbo on the Peninsula. When six Bay Area counties first ordered all residents to shelter at home for three weeks in mid-March, Killiney Kopitiam—a Singaporean cafe in downtown Palo ...

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What will it take for local restaurants to recover? Dan Gordon sounds the alarm after closing in PA

What will it take for local restaurants to recover? Famed Peninsula brewer Dan Gordon sounds the alarm after closing in Palo Alto In Q&A, Gordon Biersch co-founder on why he decided to close, the Catch-22 of federal loans and the fate of Bay Area restaurants Owner Dan Gordon (left), formerly of Gordon Biersch, extensively revamped the old brewery-restaurant space in downtown Palo Alto to open Dan Gordon’s in March of 2016. (Photo by ...

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What we’re eating now: 15 local dishes to order for takeout during the coronavirus shutdown

We got hungry while sheltering in place. Here’s what we’ve been eating. The crispy tonkatsu at Curry Hyuga in Burlingame, which opened as a takeout-only operation in late March — in the midst of the Bay Area’s shelter-in-place order. (Photo by Elena Kadvany) Eating during the coronavirus is like entering a parallel universe, where masked people deliver meals curbside, we pay for groceries from behind plexiglass barriers and phrases like “no-contact delivery” have become the norm. But it’s ...

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Scenes from Silicon Valley: take a visual tour of the Peninsula’s Covid-19 response

The line of hundreds of customers starts to move as Costco opens in Mountain View on the morning of March 15, 2020. The line serpentined through much of the parking lot. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) Six Fifty/Palo Alto Weekly photographer Magali Gauthier puts on a corona-sweater to get the shot Toss that day’s used masks and gloves in the garbage. Sanitize hands. Wipe down camera, laptop and car with disinfecting wipes. Remove sweater. ...

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‘We’re the ones everyone’s counting on.’ Here’s how local grocery stores are responding to Covid-19

Karen Himmaugh, wearing a mask and gloves, rings up Barbara Bunker’s groceries from behind a plexiglass barrier at Piazza’s Fine Foods in Palo Alto on April 9, 2020. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) ‘We’re the ones everyone’s counting on.’ Here’s how local grocery stores are responding to the coronavirus Eggs are sold out. Hand sanitizer is on backorder. Strained staff are working overtime, on the front lines as grocery stores quickly adapt. Running a local ...

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Fungus Photography: Mushroom hunting in Northern California (through a macro lens)

From Candy Caps to Witch’s Butter, the San Francisco Peninsula can be a field day for foraging—and photographing—fungi. Photos/Intro by Charles Russo. Reporting by Laura Ness A golden chanterelle mushroom, one of the most sought-after species for fungus hunters. Chanterelle mushrooms fetch a high price at grocery stores and are known to be very meaty, with a great flavor that is both nutty and fragrant. They are often found in the vicinity of ...

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