Fred’s Place in Mountain View is where truck drivers and tech CEOs share a barstool

Follow the neon lights to Fred’s Place (photo by @jthepirate) Pauli Partti doesn’t serve fancy, craft cocktails. The owner of Fred’s Place on Old Middlefield Way in Mountain View has intentionally kept his place old school: sports memorabilia covering the walls, pinball machine up front, billiards in the back, and a spirits list that’s not trying to impress anyone. Martinis and Manhattans are about as fancy as they’ll get. “We don’t ...

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We weighed, then ate, three of Silicon Valley’s biggest burritos. Here’s who won.

Surf n’ Turf burrito from Sancho’s. We wanted to find the biggest burrito in Silicon Valley because, well, we’re a curious bunch. But we also have New Year’s Resolutions (that we’re barely holding on to), so instead of devouring every burritos across the peninsula, we decided to try only the biggest ones at the best places around. “Best” is totally arbitrary, but we had to start somewhere and Yelp seemed like the least-bad option. Searching ...

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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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5 Silicon Valley Running Trails So You Can Earn That Thanksgiving Meal

Dan’s Loop via IG: ovyvo Seeing that golden-brown turkey finally come out of the oven after hours of baking is a wondrous sight to behold. But while it induces tears of joy, it also provides many unwanted calories. This Thanksgiving, treat yourself to the Peninsula’s otherworldly displays of natural beauty while burning calories. Yes, we mean running, but running in the most scenic routes. The beautiful, breathtaking views of the Bay Area, ...

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Leave Work Early for These Mountain View Happy Hours

Cocktails at Scratch via IG: jaclyncatania Mountain View happy hour is looking less and less like a quiet glass of wine and more like a shot pounded on a Friday night in the Mission. Castro Street wants to be Silicon Valley’s buzziest downtown: a host of restaurants and bars have opened, apartments are going up and the city fathers are considering closing off the east end of downtown to limit traffic. ...

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Silicon Valley African Film Festival: 10 films to catch in October

Photo by: Elley Photography Every year, the Silicon Valley African Film Festival (Oct 14–16) provides a unique lens into the real Africa. For their seventh show, the SVAFF will showcase African vitality and shine a light into society’s most stigmatized issues. This year’s films raise issues pertaining to everyone and is the first step towards creating an equal society. Below are our list of SVAFF’s must-see’s this year. ARTHUR In this short documentary, Jordan Braise ...

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Aloe vera and red bean in bubble tea? We tried it all so you don’t have to.

I went on a tasting extravaganza with two of my favorite boba connoisseurs who pretty much introduced me to the drink four years ago at Teaspoon on Castro Street in Mountain View. Teaspoon, the newest addition to the Castro Quintuplets, is known for having pricier but higher quality drinks without using powders or syrup. We purchased 5 different drinks, each with a different combination of toppings to see if some can beat ...

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6 unique places for a date on the Peninsula

Castro Theatre via IG: Timfederle Who says you have to go to San Francisco for a great date? Here are six places on the Peninsula for a fun and special first (or fiftieth) date. For the old soul The Stanford Theatre in downtown Palo Alto has been a blast from the past since 1925. Tickets are under $10 and a huge popcorn is only $3, so load up on snacks and cuddle up to watch some ...

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The (un)official ranking of Castro Street boba tea

Tea Era via Allyna Mellville I am the first to say that I have a boba tea obsession. At one point in high school, I regularly had boba four times a week. Luckily, just down El Camino from my work is the bubble tea mecca: Castro Street. I went to each one and tried their jasmine milk tea 50% sweetness with pearls (my go-to order) to give you all an idea of the best boba ...

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Let your inner star shine: 4 open mics south of SF

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from living in Palo Alto for 19 years, it’s that there’s no shortage of talent. Engineers are also jazz singers, programmers play the electric bass, law students moonlight as standup comedians. Here are four open mics south of San Francisco that cater to the casual performer.

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