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THE FOOD PARTY!

Tahini is HOT

Tahini is hot. This cousin to peanut butter has a similar consistency, but because it’s made from seeds and not nuts, it's a perfect alternative for folks...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Feb. 9, 2019
Last comment by sequoiadean, on Feb 15, 2019 at 8:35 am | 2 comments | 1847 Views

PENINSULA FOODIST

Los Altos's Honcho Bar to close Feb. 14

After three years of serving beer, wine and low-proof cocktails at 235 1st St. in Los Altos, Honcho Bar will close its doors this Thursday, Feb. 14. "It's...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Feb. 11, 2019
Last comment by Wait...the cost comment, on Feb 14, 2019 at 5:42 am | 1 comment | 2883 Views

PENINSULA FOODIST

Tacos and avocado toast: Palo Alto's Backyard Brew adds food menu

Tacos, waffles and avocado toast with za'atar now on the menu at Backyard Brew in Palo Alto. The 444 California Ave. cafe started serving food on Jan. 1, said...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Jan. 23, 2019
Last comment by Starbucks Closures, on Feb 13, 2019 at 11:26 pm | 7 comments | 6373 Views

STORIES OF HOPE

Eyes and the End of Life: Why Spend Time With the Dying?

You notice strange things, staring into the eyes of another human being for minutes at a time. First your heart beats faster, you grip your hands into empty...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Feb. 11, 2019
Last comment by JLN, on Feb 13, 2019 at 12:25 pm | 2 comments | 3804 Views

PENINSULA FOODIST

Superhot Hot Pot & Korean BBQ opens in Mountain View

The menu at Superhot Hot Pot & Korean BBQ is extensive, to say the least. Udon, ramen and biang biang noodles. Beef tripe, popcorn chicken and spicy lamb....

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Feb. 6, 2019
Last comment by You're not supposed to, on Feb 13, 2019 at 6:09 am | 7 comments | 5709 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Average Palo Alto

One of the things I find very encouraging about climate is that there is a small set of things that we can all do to have a big positive impact on climate change....

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 4, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Feb 12, 2019 at 10:45 am | 22 comments | 3675 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Downtown Commercial Cap: Once more into the breach

Remember when City Council was opposing the conversion of the President Hotel building from affordable housing to a hotel? Seems like just yesterday, but it was...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Feb. 10, 2019
Last comment by Deception by Statistics, on Feb 11, 2019 at 2:56 pm | 4 comments | 1933 Views

PENINSULA FOODIST

Menlo Park: Mountain Mike's Pizza takes over former Applewood space

The space that was for decades home to Applewood Pizza in Menlo Park will...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Feb. 8, 2019
Last comment by Ramone, on Feb 10, 2019 at 8:14 pm | 8 comments | 2225 Views

SENIOR FOCUS

How to Choose the Right In-Home Caregiver

As a Senior Living Advisor I have been asked by older seniors who would like to age in place in their own homes how to find the right in-home care provider if the...

Original post made by Max Greenberg on Feb. 8, 2019
Last comment by babyboomer1, on Feb 10, 2019 at 7:33 am | 1 comment | 1318 Views

STORIES OF HOPE

Trials of My Grandmother

There was no single change which confirmed, to my mind, that my grandmother had suffered a stroke. She had, of course, but I had been trying to see things...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Nov. 12, 2018
Last comment by Aaron, on Feb 9, 2019 at 3:56 pm | 3 comments | 3976 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

My Palo Alto pet peeves – yours too?

In my high school yearbook, we were each asked to list our “pet peeves” and the “peak positive points” about our senior year. It was a fun experience that...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 2, 2019
Last comment by Peter poper, on Feb 9, 2019 at 7:58 am | 23 comments | 3443 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Why I wasn’t walking in the Women’s Marches

I have been a feminist for years – not the bra-burning type – but a strong advocate for women’s rights, equality in the workplace and in our country, and have...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 24, 2019
Last comment by Pietro sc, on Feb 7, 2019 at 5:31 pm | 28 comments | 2281 Views

PENINSULA FOODIST

Jesse Cool brings in new partner at Flea St. Cafe in Menlo Park

Four years ago, Michael Biesemeyer stood outside Flea St. Cafe in Menlo Park and told a server, "Some day, I'm going to own this place." And now, owner...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Dec. 17, 2018
Last comment by Gerry, on Feb 5, 2019 at 4:18 pm | 2 comments | 4263 Views

THE FOOD PARTY!

Food Party! 2019 - Here We Go Again

Well hello again. Happy Not-So-New Year. We took a little Food Party! break after holidays to regroup and clean out. I like the Dry January idea, but didn’t...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Feb. 1, 2019
Last comment by Reader XYZ, on Feb 4, 2019 at 4:09 pm | 5 comments | 2412 Views

PENINSULA FOODIST

Babka bakery to open Thursday in Palo Alto

Come Thursday, Dec. 13, Palo Alto will get its very own babkery: a dedicated babka bakery. Owner-namesake Ayelet Nuchi is opening Babka by Ayelet at Town &...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Dec. 11, 2018
Last comment by Flip, on Feb 4, 2019 at 1:50 pm | 13 comments | 9882 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

How to Train your City Manager?

Like a dragon, the City Manager is very powerful and sits atop substantial assets, both capital and monetary. As seen in the movie, training a dragon is not about...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jan. 29, 2019
Last comment by Sunshine, on Feb 4, 2019 at 10:04 am | 5 comments | 1894 Views

PENINSULA FOODIST

Longtime Indian restaurant Janta to close in Palo Alto

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct conflicting information about what prompted Janta's closure. Longtime family-run Indian restaurant...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Dec. 21, 2018
Last comment by Cat C, on Feb 3, 2019 at 9:50 pm | 22 comments | 7656 Views

PENINSULA FOODIST

Boba Guys arrives in Palo Alto

If you build the boba shop, they will come. San Francisco-born Boba Guys soft opened its 15th location at Town & County Village in Palo Alto on Tuesday,...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Jan. 8, 2019
Last comment by Lactose Intolerant Asian, on Feb 3, 2019 at 9:40 pm | 8 comments | 7772 Views

TODDLING THROUGH THE SILICON VALLEY

Old and new memories

When I was pregnant with our first baby, I was very excited to scrapbook all of his milestones. As he grew up I enjoyed writing down activities we did during the...

Original post made by Cheryl Bac on Jan. 29, 2019
Last comment by Cheryl Bac, on Jan 30, 2019 at 5:57 pm | 2 comments | 1215 Views

TODDLING THROUGH THE SILICON VALLEY

It’s not the memory I had planned, but a memory was made

Our family recently took a trip to the San Diego Safari Park. I was excited to take our kids to feed the lorikeets. During our previous trip to the Safari Park,...

Original post made by Cheryl Bac on Jan. 23, 2019
Last comment by Cheryl Bac, on Jan 28, 2019 at 1:30 pm | 2 comments | 1410 Views
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Short story writers wanted!

The 33rd Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult (15-17) and Teen (12-14) categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 29. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

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