The 12 best views on the SF Peninsula and how to see them

Boronda Lake at Foothills Nature Preserve in Palo Alto is a pristine part of the park for picnicking, boating or taking in the view. (Photo by Veronica Weber) Many people, from tourists to tech workers, decide to visit or live in the Bay Area in large part for its scenic nature. From the Golden Gate Bridge to the redwoods and the coastline, the region is home to sweeping ocean and Bay ...

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A tea house, a speakeasy, a beloved restaurant: The Van’s in Belmont has closed for good

The pandemic shutdown pushed owner Loring De Martini into retirement, ending a century of storied local history (Image via The Van’s website) The Van’s Restaurant On the Hill in Belmont, a local institution that was originally built in 1915, has permanently closed after decades of serving throwback fare from its perch above the Peninsula. Owner Loring De Martini, who took over the restaurant in 1973, shuttered The Van’s on March 14, just before the Bay ...

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Five of the best dog-friendly hikes on the Peninsula

Perfect outdoor spots entirely conducive to your canine By Juliette Spirson Like small children, bonsai trees and just about any surfer, dogs are simply happier if they get proper outside time. It’s a simple equation really, though one that can ultimately require a bit of know-now for navigating dog-friendly locations around the region. Luckily for Peninsula residents, the area contains some spectacular spots for man’s — and less face it already, woman’s — best friend. From beaches to hillsides to ...

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Meat in heaven: Silicon Valley’s biggest, baddest sandwiches

The Adam Richman from Ike’s Place, properly named after the Man vs. Food host. We admit it. After a certain amount of time in the Bay Area, our carnivorous, carb-heavy ways have receded some. We often opt for the salad bowl over the burrito, the tofu over the kalbi beef. We’ve come to think of avocado as a major food group. But there remains something visceral about a sandwich: meat and bread, ...

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The Greedy Ant in Belmont is Silicon Valley’s cheese heaven

The owner, Mark Paladini, and his cheese fridge. Mark Paladini wants you to stop overpaying for mediocre cheese and start learning what you like and why. Paladini is the proprietor of The Greedy Ant and an encyclopedia of bleus, cheddars and pecorinos. His shop, on Ralston and El Camino in the sleepy hamlet of Belmont, should be on your go-to list for your next party or big brunch. Here’s what to expect when you ...

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Too busy for some holiday spirit? We got you.

Look, we get it. You’re busy. But that doesn’t mean the holidays are going to wait around for your calendar to clear up. The Christmas lights are out, it’s getting cold (43 degrees in Palo Alto right now!), and that company holiday party is right around the corner. It’s now or never to get into the holiday spirit and we have 5 ways to get you there fast! 1) Create a Secret Santa group ...

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