Get Your Art on at the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts

How to Get Your Art on at the Palo Alto Arts Fest Tips from a local on getting the most out of the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts by Caitlin Wolf It’s the end of August in Palo Alto, and that can only mean one thing: time for the annual Festival of the Arts! Having grown up here, I remember being dragged along University Avenue as a child waiting impatiently as my mother and grandmother ...

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Grill Like A Butcher

Don’t panic, but this month we’ll lose about 2 minutes of daylight each day. So make your grill time count! These Peninsula butchers shared their favorite new cuts of meat, and some old stand-bys, for a summer wind-down like no other. Brad Bain breaks down a lamb at Gambrel & Co. Photo by Veronica Weber. Gambrel & Co. This friendly new-school butcher shop in Redwood City has a cult following, and it’s easy to see why. ...

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6 Silicon Valley spots for upping your Insta game

Instagram has given us so many gifts: planking, food porn, and slime-making documentaries to name a few. Among these gifts is the rise of professional Instagrammers who have a seemingly never-ending budget to travel around the world taking aesthetically-pleasing shots for a living. As an average young Instagram user, I can’t help but want to populate my feed with artsy photos as well, albeit on a human-scale budget. I’ve compiled ...

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My own private Peninsula: permit-only hikes in the Santa Cruz Mountains

You know those people who always come back from fabulous vacations bragging about how they “had the whole place” to themselves? Next time, summon a smirk of your own and direct them to your Instagram feed, where they’ll see you cavorting in a beautiful park right here at home with NO CROWDS AT ALL, because you got a permit or arranged a special tour to get there. “We could have ...

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5 Silicon Valley Beer Week events you don’t want to miss

SV Beer Week will be in full swing starting July 21, with tap takeovers happening all over the Peninsula. It’s an exciting time for Silicon Valley craft brewers: Our nano-breweries are growing in reputation, mainstays like Freewheel Brewing are expanding their repertoire and the whole brewing community is exchanging ideas, recipes and marketing know-how. The brewers we talked to about Beer Week were most excited for the (sold out, sorry) San ...

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Peninsula by the pint: Summer beer highlights in Silicon Valley

Peninsula by the pint: Summer 2017 craft beer highlights in Silicon Valley On the eve of Silicon Valley Beer Week, we checked in with a few of our favorite local breweries to see what’s in store for the second half of summer 2017. Hang on to your pint glasses! These brewers have big plans. Freewheel Brewing This Redwood City brew company was established in 2012 to brew top-notch traditional English cask-conditioned ales (read our profile ...

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Stanford’s most-overlooked spaces for learning or lounging

Whatever you want to say about the traffic Stanford causes or the tuition it charges, it’s the mid-Peninsula’s central park: free, open to all and full of little surprises. You’ve done the Rodin Garden, the Cantor and Anderson, Memorial Church and Hoover Tower. So here are five spots to learn, lunch, think and chill we bet you haven’t discovered yet. And, yep, free and open to all. Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion Sitting in ...

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Parties and patriotism on the Peninsula

Every Independence Day brings innumerable prospects for capturing that artsy Insta posts — and many Peninsula netizens haven’t failed to deliver. We scoured Instagram, sifting through countless long-exposure firework shots, pics of flags flapping in the wind, and endearing family iPhone snaps. Redwood City’s parade was a clear favorite destination, as was Palo Alto’s Chili Cook-Off and Shoreline’s annual SF Symphony performance. Here are some of our favorite shots from various festivities. No ...

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Four easy ways to feed your kids’ railroad addiction on the SF Peninsula

It’s the train’s time again in Silicon Valley. Caltrain electrification. High speed rail. Renewed interest in the dormant Dumbarton rail corridor. Railroads are more than transportation: they’re a visceral, ground-shaking, ear-splitting, whoop-whooping link to what brought people out West in the first place. All you need to see is the look on a kid’s face when one whooshes by to know why railroads still inspire bold ideas and big hopes in all ...

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Finding new meaning in the negroni at Peninsula bars

Negroni Week is a real holiday or, if not, at least it raises real money for charitable causes. It started Monday and runs through this Sunday (June 5–11) so you have ample time to join the fun. Luckily, with the SF Peninsula’s craft cocktail scene flaring up, plenty of local bars and restaurants are joining in. While the classic drink has but three ingredients (Campari, gin, vermouth), we found a few that ...

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