Max Fennell’s biggest run: Menlo Park triathlete and coffee CEO to run for City Council

Focused on affordable housing, the 32-year-old says he’ll speak the truth, be loud and give it 110% Max Fennell on the current moment: ‘If anything, this continues to wake something up inside of myself.’ (Photo by Charles Russo) Max Fennell has made a name for himself as a triathlete and entrepreneur living in Menlo Park. Now he’s planning to run for the City Council’s District 3 seat on a platform aimed at ...

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Menlo Park almost lost Cafe Borrone to the shutdown. Then the community stepped in to save it.

Menlo Park almost lost its beloved Cafe Borrone to the shutdown. Then the community stepped in to save it. Marina Borrone’s GoFundMe strategy yields a much-needed lifeline while on the brink of closure. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) The coronavirus shutdown nearly claimed one of the Peninsula’s most beloved eating establishments, Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park. After temporarily shuttering the longtime cafe in March, Marina Borrone, whose parents opened the first Cafe Borrone in Redwood City in 1979, ...

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What? The Shuck: The Six Fifty’s guide to getting your oyster fix on the SF Peninsula

From seafood shacks to high-end hangouts, our list for eating bivalves by the Bay By Charles Russo A double dozen at Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay. (Photo courtesy of Julie Shenkman) Human beings have been eating oysters since forever. In modern times, these fleshy morsels of the sea have gone from a poor man’s staple to a pricey culinary delicacy, farmed to odd deliciousness and shipped live all over the world for consumption. Here ...

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Photos: Awesome aerial imagery from a (20 year-old) Silicon Valley stunt pilot

Photos: Awesome aerial imagery from a (20-year-old) Silicon Valley stunt pilot Menlo Park native Michael Mainiero shoots—literally—at a higher level Michael Mainiero’s first “air-to-air” shoot (at the age of 17) capturing a Hawker Mk.20 Sea Fury aircraft over the Golden Gate Bridge. (Courtesy of Michael Mainiero) It’s not exactly a hidden secret that the San Francisco Bay Area is a field day for photographers. Between the landscapes and the landmarks, the region is profoundly photogenic ...

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How a local nonprofit builds community between tech giants and students one email at a time

How a Silicon Valley non-profit builds community between tech giants and local students one email at a time Dialog to Learn has pioneered a literacy program linking elementary school students to Peninsula professionals. A Dialog to Learn student next to a handwritten letter my “digital buddy” gave me when we finally got to meet in person. (Photo by Caitlin Wolf) I stare at my computer screen wondering where to start. “My favorite color is aqua blue. I ...

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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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Five reasons to spend Memorial Day weekend at SF Peninsula wineries—2017

Five reasons to spend Memorial Day weekend at SF Peninsula wineries Photo by Constanza Brunner Halpern Still looking for that perfect way to combine outdoors, food, drink and family for the holiday weekend? Thankfully the Peninsula and the Santa Cruz mountains are stocked with excellent wineries that boast awesome views, top chefs and ambience galore. And they’re all right here. All-you-can-eat-and-drink BBQ at Domenico’s (San Carlos) Celebrate Domenico’s 16th annual Memorial Day with a roast pig and ...

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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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Hunting down the last great five dollar lunch in Silicon Valley

Al pastor tacos and a cheese quesadilla from El Charrito in San Carlos. Lunch on the Peninsula can sometimes feel like a negotiation in which you hold no leverage. You’re pressed for time, looking for parking near downtown and when you find it you’re often treated to the kind of meal that prompts a discussion about how high the rents must be. Well, cheap, good food does exist in Silicon Valley and ...

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