The fittest man in Silicon Valley wants you to try the pesto pizza

Triathlete (and coffee entrepreneur) Max Fennell chats Peninsula lifestyle in-between workouts and hustle groups By Charles Russo California Dreaming: Max Fennell talks local lifestyle on the Peninsula. (Photo courtesy of Max Fennell) Menlo Park resident Max Fennell is on the move, and in more ways than one. As metaphors about triathletes go, that’s a bit of a gimme, but Max makes it work in ways that go above and beyond. At 29, he was recently the subject of ...

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Trail run the Peninsula like a pro

Dos and don’ts of Silicon Valley trail running from the experts at ZombieRunner and Fleet Feet (including where to park for free) Scenic trails abound in the Edgewood Preserve. Lace up and go! (Photo by Veronica Weber) If you run, jog or shlog (shuffle-jog) on the Peninsula, you’re probably used to charting routes through neighborhoods that do creepy things like plant enormous hedges in front of mansions and refuse to install sidewalks and streetlights. ...

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How Vinyl Solution is feeding Silicon Valley’s record store addiction

Vinyl Solution in San Mateo is one of the Peninsula’s last vintage music holdouts. And yes, they have cassettes. by Jennifer Christgau-Aquino Vinyl Solution stocks all manner of analog doohickeys, like this turntable. Photo by Jody Troxel. On a Tuesday morning, in the middle of a quiet street in San Mateo dotted with nail salons and Asian restaurants, Vinyl Solution Records is buzzing. Twentysomething employees rack records, customers stream in and out picking through ...

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Passion meets fruit: How a biologist with an MBA created Palo Alto’s Essentique

Mandana Navi likes to cook. Like many a chef she started out in her own kitchen, testing out recipes and sharing her results with friends, before taking the plunge and going into business. But her recipes are a little different than yours. Shampoo. Conditioner. Skin cream. All of it made from natural ingredients. All of it formulated by Navi herself in the lab she designed in the back of her shop. Navi ...

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The pigs of summer: Roasting artisanal pork with Delfina’s Craig Stoll

Pizzaria Delfina owner, Caig Stoll (right), carefully carving away. For Delfina owner Craig Stoll cooking outdoors on warm summer nights brings him back to his childhood, growing up in New Rochelle just above New York City’s northern border. That’s why, come late May, he escapes the “freezing and miserable” climate of San Francisco and barbecues on the patio of his Palo Alto pizzeria. His meat of choice? Swine. “Roasted pig and beers on the ...

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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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Geek out and improve your cooking today with Bold Food’s owner, Muffie Fulton

Bold Food founder Muffie Fulton sears her steak with a blowtorch (Photo by Michelle Le) Muffie Fulton isn’t your average chef. A neuroscience student who went on to work at Deloitte, Genentech and 23andMe, she founded Bold Food in Los Altos in 2015 with a mission to give home cooks who are on the adventurous side a fundamental education in the kind of molecular gastronomy techniques typically reserved for A-list chefs operating ...

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Can Floating Naked Inside a Redwood City Strip Mall Simplify Your Life? We Found Out.

Illustration by Shannon Corey “What if there’s a fire?” my girlfriend asked. “Would anyone come and get you?” Not the positive re-enforcement I was hoping for before stepping into my first float in a sensory deprivation chamber, the latest wellness fad to come to the Peninsula. I had psyched myself out all weekend, watching the 1980 movie Altered States and a Vice News documentary, both about bad trips in sensory deprivation chambers. Now structure ...

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Craft caffeine: The inspiration behind Voyager Coffee’s unusual brews

Mixing it up at Voyager Craft Coffee: @amadeu_cruz We’ve all had “third wave coffee” (trust us, you have) but how do you build on a cappuccino with grass-fed cream-top milk and heart-shaped foam art? The owners of Voyager Craft Coffee in Santa Clara, Sam Shah and Lauren Burns, think they have an answer: unusual flavor pairings and homemade ingredients on a base of top-notch beans. These are not your average cups ...

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A temple to Bay Area craft brews rises at Santa Clara’s Taplands

Tapland’s owner, Matt Hartenstein (photo by Dale Swanson) Taplands Bottle Shop and Neighborhood Brewery in Santa Clara, open just under a year, is quickly becoming a favorite destination for beer tasters and tinkerers across Silicon Valley. The tap room’s founder and head keg tapper, Matt Hartenstein, is a self-proclaimed “beer geek” and homebrewer since 1991 (which he describes as the “Craft Beer 1.0” days). I sat down with Matt to talk about current trends ...

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