Ice Cream, Paletas and Mochi — The Peninsula’s Best Frozen Treats

Words and photos by Monica Hruby Three scoop sundae from Scoop Microcreamery in Palo Alto. With warm weather approaching, it’s time to start scoping our go-to spots for cool, summer treats. While we like an ice cream sundae or milkshake as much as the next nostalgic kid-at-heart, we also knew the Peninsula has more flavors to offer: Japanese mochi, Latin paletas and Korean soft serve to name a few. We did some digging — and lots of indulging — to ...

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7 hidden gems at Stanford that are totally open to the public

Papua New Guinea Garden (Photo by urbanorganism) Just because you didn’t go to Stanford doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the campus. Plenty of the private school’s beauty is open to the public — you just need to know where to look. Bypass the crowds at Hoover Tower and obligatory photo in front of the Main Quad. Instead, explore the-not-so-obvious, hidden gems that we compiled for you: Arizona Cactus Garden Photo by megsnaps_ The Arizona Cactus Garden, home to over 500 ...

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5 easy, kid-friendly hikes in Silicon Valley

Palo Alto Baylands (Photo by @diaryofatravelgeek) Now that Spring Break is just around the corner, every family needs a plan to keep occupied. What better way than to go hiking with your kids to burn off all that energy and take in California’s natural beauty? With shorter distances, more ubiquitous shade, and the all-important accessible bathrooms, these paths will pry the little ones off the couch and introduce them to the great outdoors. Bluff ...

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Love the Barron Park donkeys? Now you can help care for them.

Jenny and Perry grazing in their pasture behind Barron Park. The Barron Park donkeys have returned and fans of these favorite Palo Alto animals can now join up to care for them. You may remember that after Niner’s passing earlier this year, his companion Perry left town for a while. Perry has returned after a six-week stay with a Salinas veterinarian and has a new partner: Jenny, a gray-brown Jerusalem donkey (which ...

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10 Holiday Events to take your children to in Silicon Valley

Night before Christmas via IG: jared_franco_art Winter break is just around the corner, which means the kids are home for a whole two weeks! That can feel like a lifetime when you’re the ones watching them. But have no fear, we have holiday events to keep them happy and entertained (for a few hours at least!). Due to a recent influx of younger families, Silicon Valley has expanded its list of ...

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Rivalries and Rio stars: Six Stanford athletic events (not football) worth attending this season

Stanford football may garner the attention, and crowds, for Silicon Valley sports lovers and the 2016 season will be no different: the Cardinals are ranked seventh in the nation and won their first two games by double digits each. But if tailgating isn’t your thing or you just want to see world-class athletic prowess up close and on the cheap, consider checking out our shortlist of upcoming Stanford athletic events. Stanford sent ...

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Palo Alto’s Surprisingly Affordable Fancy Brunch Spots

Ditch the soggy pancakes, lines of strollers and strained service for fancy, affordable, fare. Joya on University Ave, Palo Alto. Like whiskey cocktails and artisan breads, brunch has been having its moment for a while now. Couple that with the fact that there are few traditional breakfast spots in the mid-Peninsula that accommodate groups and children and you have the recipe for overcrowded diners serving lukewarm coffee and eggs while dropping hints that ...

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