From uni to wagyu: Get restaurant-quality Japanese ingredients from this San Mateo wholesale company

Turn your home kitchen into a sushi bar via Kiyoi. Fresh fish such as tuna (left), shishamo (a type of smelt native to Japan, center) and ingredients for tamago onigirazu are among the many items now available from Kiyoi in San Mateo. (Images via Kiyoi Facebook page) Thanks to a pandemic pivot, you can now buy the same high-quality tuna, Hokkaido uni and wagyu beef served at some of the Bay Area’s ...

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Meet the furry, feral cats of Silicon Valley

Two volunteers gave us an inside look at a decades-long quest to humanely rein in (and care for) the Bay’s homeless felines OJ peers up at an elevated feeding platform at Coyote Point. He is one of 13 feral cats that calls the San Mateo park home. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) The Baylands of the Peninsula used to have a cat problem. That’s how Dave George — a longtime volunteer with the Homeless ...

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Indoor dining has returned to San Mateo County, but restaurant owners are split on reopening

Some dining rooms are thrown open while others stay dark. Customers dine outside at Bistro Vida in downtown Menlo Park on June 9. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) Within hours of San Mateo County’s announcement that restaurants could resume indoor dining on Wednesday, Bistro Vida was serving diners inside the Menlo Park French restaurant for the first time in three months. Owner Ali Elsafy said about 20 people dined inside on Wednesday night, some ...

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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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How Vinyl Solution is feeding Silicon Valley’s record store addiction

Vinyl Solution in San Mateo is one of the Peninsula’s last vintage music holdouts. And yes, they have cassettes. by Jennifer Christgau-Aquino Vinyl Solution stocks all manner of analog doohickeys, like this turntable. Photo by Jody Troxel. On a Tuesday morning, in the middle of a quiet street in San Mateo dotted with nail salons and Asian restaurants, Vinyl Solution Records is buzzing. Twentysomething employees rack records, customers stream in and out picking through ...

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Flavor over funding: How San Mateo’s KitchenTown is remaking the food industry

By Monica Hruby What’s the vibe like when you cram 36 food startups into a warehouse off the 101 in San Mateo? A bit like the floor of the stock exchange: loud, busy, a little messy, but with a wall of ovens to add some literal heat to the shouting and crashing of dishes. This is KitchenTown, the Peninsula’s food industry incubator that in three years has grown to include a cafe ...

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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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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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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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