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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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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From Saison to Dad’s Luncheonette: Scott Clark on leaving behind fine dining for a caboose

Half Moon Bay’s coolest new eatery operates out of a train car Written by Elena Kadvany // Photographed by Michelle Le Former Saison chef Scott Clark and Alexis Liu opened Dad’s Luncheonette together so they could spend more time together as a new family. For evidence that work-life balance is relative, look no further than Scott Clark. On a recent afternoon, the tattooed, 30-something chef was constantly moving in and out of a 100-year-old red train caboose in ...

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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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Craft caffeine: The inspiration behind Voyager Coffee’s unusual brews

Mixing it up at Voyager Craft Coffee: @amadeu_cruz We’ve all had “third wave coffee” (trust us, you have) but how do you build on a cappuccino with grass-fed cream-top milk and heart-shaped foam art? The owners of Voyager Craft Coffee in Santa Clara, Sam Shah and Lauren Burns, think they have an answer: unusual flavor pairings and homemade ingredients on a base of top-notch beans. These are not your average cups ...

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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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Why Sunnyvale’s WeirdStuff Warehouse May Be The Heart of Silicon Valley

Rows and rows of weird stuff. Where to begin? When Chuck Schuetz started his own business reselling corporations’ unwanted electronics in 1986 he had no idea that his Sunnyvale shop, the WeirdStuff Warehouse, would become a destination not just for tinkerers, but for visitors searching for the “real” Silicon Valley. A former engineer at floppy disk drive maker Shugart Associates, Schuetz recognized a business opportunity unfolding in front of him in the ...

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Dio Deka: Silicon Valley’s Last Jacket-and-tie restaurant wants you to feel relaxed

Dio Deka via IG: sloams If you long for the good ol’ days where people dressed up to eat out, Dio Deka is calling your name. The last restaurant (we think) in Silicon Valley that still requires formal dress, Dio Deka in Los Gatos looks intimidating with a business-like atmosphere. The staff dresses impeccably, with men sporting wearing suits, ties, and golden rings, and women in elegant black dresses. Dio Deka’s owners don’t want the formal ...

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The thoughts you have while sitting in traffic on 101 North

101 Traffic via IG: feo83 Why did I think it would be better today? Let’s play count the Priuses. Or maybe Teslas. Or Google Buses. I bet I could run faster than this. I need to start running again. I wonder what Usain Bolt’s training regimen is. Also, how cool is it that his last name is Bolt like seriously??? Oh good, we’ve moved an inch. We need a new plague. Where are those models of the cars wiTHOUT A TURN SIGNAL I should start taking 280. At least ...

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