The road less traveled: how one Bay Area chef left the kitchen and embraced #vanlife

Local chef Peter Rudolph packed up his knives and took the family on the open highway. #vanlife: scenes from the road (and the dinner table) via the Instagram accounts of the Rudolph family. (Courtesy of Kristie and Peter Rudolph) Kristie Rudolph was camping in Yosemite with her son Logan when she got a fateful call from her husband Peter. A longtime Bay Area chef, Peter Rudolph was ready to do something his wife had long been ...

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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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The heavyweight showdown of the two ton pumpkins

Half Moon Bay nearly broke the scales this year with the biggest gourd ever grown in the U.S. By Charles Russo Let’s Get Ready to Rumble: Last year’s weigh-off champ Cindy Tobeck (right) stands atop her pumpkin (“The Death Star”) after clocking in at 2002 pounds. Yet her competition was formidable — six time weigh-off champ Joel Holland showed up with the largest pumpkin ever grown in America. (Photos by Charles Russo) “It’s the biggest prize money in ...

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Escape from Silicon Valley: How to spend the perfect day in Half Moon Bay

Written by Anna Medina Half Moon Bay State Beach (photo by lily_leivers) The city of Half Moon Bay is hardly undiscovered country. That evocative name. The big-wave surfing at Maverick’s. The dramatic setting scrunched between the moody Pacific and the hills of the mid-Peninsula. It all means that the roads in and out are slammed on weekend afternoons. But for a quick getaway within the Bay Area, we’ll argue that HMB is hard ...

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From Saison to Dad’s Luncheonette: Scott Clark on leaving behind fine dining for a caboose

Half Moon Bay’s coolest new eatery operates out of a train car Written by Elena Kadvany // Photographed by Michelle Le Former Saison chef Scott Clark and Alexis Liu opened Dad’s Luncheonette together so they could spend more time together as a new family. For evidence that work-life balance is relative, look no further than Scott Clark. On a recent afternoon, the tattooed, 30-something chef was constantly moving in and out of a 100-year-old red train caboose in ...

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Peninsula Abandoned

A photo essay by Colleen Salvosa The Davenport Ditch was a catch basin turned canvas. Today it’s covered in dirt. Left. Gone. Waiting for decay. These are the structures Bay Area photographer Colleen Salvosa gravitates towards. Graffiti is almost a natural byproduct of abandonment. No rules means an open canvas for color and an outpouring of ideas. In Peninsula Abandoned, Salvosa highlights the colorful beauty of structures forgotten. Abandoned train station — Brisbane, CA Abandoned pier — Davenport, CA Abandoned farm house — Half Moon Bay, CA Abandoned ...

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