650 Restaurant Roundup: Afuri Ramen heads to Mountain View & Silicon Valley loses it’s $50 burger (for now)

Plus, the local effort to save Red Berry Coffee, the Basuku Cheesecakes pop-up (via Vina Enoteca) and more! Selby’s $50 Black Label burger with Époisses and Australian black truffles, served with fries. The high end Redwood City restaurant hit pause late last month.(Photo by Sammy Dallal) Lots happening in the world of 6–5–0 eats these days. And this edition of our monthly round-up sees openings AND closures of local ramen outlets, plus ...

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Steve Rasmussen of Milk Pail Market on how to help our small businesses and their employees

Longtime Mountain View market owner offers six ideas for how to help small businesses during COVID-19 Guest opinion by Steve Rasmussen Steve Rasmussen, owner of the Milk Pail Market, poses for a portrait in the grocery store with his daughters Erika and Kai on June 4, 2019. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) Small businesses add pizzazz and vibrancy to our lives. Keeping restaurants, nail salons, day care centers and other small local businesses alive through ...

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Remembering Silicon Valley’s trailblazing “Troublemakers”

Stanford historian Leslie Berlin discusses her new book on the forgotten figures of tech history By Emily Olson Bunch of troublemakers: early Silicon Valley engineers responding to a reporter’s question—“What do you think of Texas Instruments?” (Images Courtesy of the Computer History Museum) It’s possible to explain the history of Silicon Valley using only two types of characters — and no, we’re not talking binary. There’s the “innovators … the typical heroes in our story of technological process,” as Atlantic Senior ...

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Fear and yodeling at the Mountain View Oktoberfest

Who accidentally enters a yodeling contest—and wins? Someone who understands that in yodeling, as in life, you gotta commit. Eva Glasrud, left, and Becca. Will the friendship survive Becca’s last-minute decision not to join the yodeling contest? We think so. Photo by Justin Smith. Editor’s Note: On Oct. 1, while you and I were shopping for the week or doing laundry or wrapping up a hike, Eva Glasrud was at the Mountain View Oktoberfest ...

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Pear Theatre’s “Slices” is Silicon Valley art with bite

Memorial Day is upon us. Don’t already have every moment booked up? Then go get tickets to Pear Slices at Mountain View’s Pear Theatre and see this challenging and insightful show before it closes with Sunday night’s final performance. Even if you’re not into theater, you’ll be glad you did. Sorry for the late notice, of course. But hear us out. Pear Slices is a series of short skits showcasing local playwrights and with ...

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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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Improv your life: getting on stage at Silicon Valley’s top improv schools

Photo courtesy of Clara Morgan. “Don’t worry about my pet martian,” I said. “It’s potty-trained.” “From the looks of it, you certainly aren’t,” my scene partner responded. If standing on stage to deliver jokes like this off the cuff sounds like a horrifying experience, then consider improv. Get outside your comfort zone, say whatever comes to mind and meet new friends in the process. You’re guaranteed to make a fool of yourself and remember ...

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Fancy noodles, un-fancy style at Mountain View’s Kumino

Words and photos by Nicole Ruiz Hudson Garlic noodles and chasiu. When is a noodle more than just boiled grain? For Haochen Liu, the chef behind Mountain View’s Kumino Noodle & Rice, noodles are the common thread in a life spent eating and cooking across multiple cultures and cuisines. “Seventy percent of my whole life’s meals is about noodles,” says Liu, a northern China native who opened Kumino in late 2015. “Almost nothing is super ...

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