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PENINSULA FOODIST

Umami Burger calls it quits in downtown Palo Alto

Umami Burger has closed after nearly seven years on University Avenue in Palo Alto. The 452 University Ave. burger eatery "closed due lease expiration,"...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Feb. 13, 2020
Last comment by Mark Weiss, on Feb 18, 2020 at 11:54 am | 15 comments | 10862 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Flying: A letter from a reader

I am beginning a series of blog posts on flying starting this Sunday. To tee it up, I thought I’d share a portion of an email I got from a reader about a year...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 14, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Feb 17, 2020 at 4:12 pm | 8 comments | 2435 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

City’s “priorities” have become meaningless – and a waste of time

Once upon a time, but not too long ago, I used appreciate when city councils decided on priorities for the upcoming year – usually three or four problem areas...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 10, 2020
Last comment by neighbor, on Feb 17, 2020 at 11:23 am | 12 comments | 2211 Views

PENINSULA FOODIST

Facing rising competition and costs, Ramen House Ryowa to close after two decades in Mountain View

When Ramen House Ryowa opened in downtown Mountain View in 1997, it was reportedly the sole ramen shop in the area. Now, there are at least four in the surrounding...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Jan. 29, 2020
Last comment by Chuck H., on Feb 16, 2020 at 9:52 am | 20 comments | 10212 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Clouds of Uncertainty

Clouds have a cooling effect on the planet. “Yes, and the sky is blue”, you may be thinking. “Isn’t that obvious, and why should we care?”...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 9, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Feb 15, 2020 at 7:16 pm | 13 comments | 4234 Views

PENINSULA FOODIST

This new Chinese restaurant in Millbrae specializes in live seafood and porridge

Porridge & Things, downtown Millbrae's newest restaurant, specializes in live seafood porridge from Chaozhou, a city in the eastern Guangdong province of China. Also...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Jan. 21, 2020
Last comment by PChang, on Feb 15, 2020 at 6:44 pm | 11 comments | 6251 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Is Palo Alto prepared for a Coronavirus outbreak?

No. I can confidently say this based upon earlier outbreaks -- they have repeatedly demonstrated that various failures by decision-makers and others are part of...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jan. 30, 2020
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Feb 14, 2020 at 7:33 pm | 19 comments | 4500 Views

THE FOOD PARTY!

Chocolate – I Love Thee. Let Me Count The Ways.

We are fans of waxing love, or the lack thereof, and Valentines Day at The Food Party! In 2014, we bemused on the ways

Original post made by Laura Stec on Feb. 10, 2020
Last comment by Laura Stec, on Feb 14, 2020 at 5:35 pm |
3 comments | 2822 Views

TODDLING THROUGH THE SILICON VALLEY

Simple Valentine’s Day Traditions

Unlike Christmas, our family doesn’t have many Valentine’s Day traditions. We usually make and decorate heart-shaped cookies. We make valentines for friends...

Original post made by Cheryl Bac on Feb. 13, 2020
There are no comments yet. 1350 Views

THE FOOD PARTY!

Free Pizza and Recipes!

FREE RECIPES! I had a few folks contact me this week about recipes from last weeks post about plant-forward eating. Here’s one I taught just today...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Feb. 6, 2020
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Feb 13, 2020 at 5:39 am | 12 comments | 3797 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Palo Alto needs a new auditor NOW

Palo Alto has been without a permanent auditor for 11 months. Why should we care? Why even bother with an auditor? Our city is doing a reasonably good job, many...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 27, 2020
Last comment by Sharon E., on Feb 11, 2020 at 10:25 am | 8 comments | 1796 Views

PENINSULA FOODIST

Palo Alto bakery Babka by Ayelet closes

Babka by Ayelet closed on Monday at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto, but owner-namesake Ayélet Nuchi hopes to reopen the Jewish bakery soon in...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Feb. 7, 2020
Last comment by Nancy, on Feb 10, 2020 at 3:41 pm | 12 comments | 5532 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

No person is above the law, including police officers.

No man is above the law. We’ve heard that phrase repeatedly in recent weeks applied to Pres. Donald Trump as the Congressional House hearings on his impeachment...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 25, 2019
Last comment by Slap Em Down n Person, on Feb 10, 2020 at 2:19 pm | 26 comments | 5115 Views

THE FOOD PARTY!

What's the Hottest Trend in Eating?

Are you a “foodie;” someone who stays up on new food and restaurant trends? Or are you just interested in good health and flavor? Either way, here’s...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Feb. 2, 2020
Last comment by musical, on Feb 9, 2020 at 6:23 pm | 5 comments | 4031 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Hey Palo Altans, how is that plastics ban going?

As of January 1, plastic straws, utensils, and stirrers are no longer allowed in Palo...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 2, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Feb 9, 2020 at 8:49 am | 25 comments | 8713 Views

COUPLE'S NET

"Don't Compare Your Insides with Someone Else's Outside"

Doesn't everyone look together? The happy couple? Doing their job well? Driving their nice car? Getting schoolwork done? Christmas or Hanukkah shopping? Cooking...

Original post made by Chandrama Anderson on Feb. 7, 2020
There are no comments yet. 3755 Views

PENINSULA FOODIST

Canada chocolate shop headed to Palo Alto's Town & Country Village

Cacao 70, a Montreal-born chocolate company, is opening its second U.S. location at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto this spring. Cacao 70 has taken over...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Feb. 3, 2020
Last comment by Julie armitano, on Feb 6, 2020 at 9:49 am | 7 comments | 6656 Views

THE FOOD PARTY!

Truth Matters (and so does good beer)

I’ve finally decided what I want to be when I grow up. Inspired. And hopefully, on a good day, inspiring. Moving forward in life, I want to be energized...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Jan. 23, 2020
Last comment by Laura Stec, on Feb 2, 2020 at 2:13 pm | 9 comments | 3448 Views

TODDLING THROUGH THE SILICON VALLEY

Patience vs nighttime parenting

When our kids were babies, I expected to be sleep deprived. As our kids grew up and learned to sleep for longer stretches of time, I expected to get more and more...

Original post made by Cheryl Bac on Jan. 30, 2020
Last comment by Cheryl Bac, on Feb 2, 2020 at 12:03 pm | 4 comments | 1340 Views

THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

Opposites Attract (Students) in New Mexico

Written by John Raftrey I was in New Mexico a few weeks ago and came back with some interesting ideas after visiting two schools on the opposite ends of the higher...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Jan. 30, 2020
Last comment by yup, on Feb 2, 2020 at 12:01 pm | 3 comments | 4959 Views
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DEADLINE EXTENDED

The 34th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by April 10, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category. Sponsored by Kepler's Books, Linden Tree Books and Bell's Books.

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