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AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Wait, wait – we’re working on it

The wheels of local government often turn very slowly – projects seem to take years, rather than months to complete. This week I came across a lengthy city...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 18, 2020
Last comment by Online Name, 23 minutes ago | 10 comments | 1414 Views

PENINSULA FOODIST

Portland's Thai food darling Pok Pok will be popping up on the Peninsula this spring

Pok Pok, the nationally renowned Thai restaurant from Portland, Oregon, will be hosting a monthslong pop-up at the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley in East Palo...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Feb. 20, 2020
There are no comments yet. 403 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Flying: How much is enough? It's personal.

I expect many of you don’t want to read more about how flying hurts our climate. Our list of “things that are bad” is already long enough. And...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 16, 2020
Last comment by MACA, 4 hours ago | 9 comments | 2176 Views

PENINSULA FOODIST

After six decades, Palo Alto sandwich standby Village Cheese House closes

Village Cheese House, which has been serving deli sandwiches at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto since 1959, suddenly closed this week. A PR company announced...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Dec. 31, 2019
Last comment by raksha, 8 hours ago | 12 comments | 3313 Views

THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

My Pet Peeves

Written by John Raftrey Well juniors, it’s time to start getting serious about applying to college. To get started, here are my pet peeves that are designed...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Feb. 17, 2020
Last comment by U-M grad, 11 hours ago | 7 comments | 1231 Views

TODDLING THROUGH THE SILICON VALLEY

Goodbye toy stores

Over the weekend we were planning to take our kids to Talbots Toyland. Sadly we discovered that the store recently closed. We...

Original post made by Cheryl Bac on Feb. 19, 2020
There are no comments yet. 471 Views

PENINSULA FOODIST

Los Altos's State of Mind opening NYC-inspired pizza shop in Palo Alto

Inspired by the many slice shops of New York City, the owners of State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria in Los Altos are opening their own take in Palo Alto. State...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Feb. 18, 2020
Last comment by sequoiadean, on Feb 19, 2020 at 10:28 am | 8 comments | 7245 Views

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 | 9271 Views

THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

Please Apply So We Can Reject You!

This is the time of year when juniors are hit with all kinds of college marketing propaganda. Some of it makes it sound like the school is ready to admit the student....

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Feb. 10, 2020
Last comment by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick, on Feb 17, 2020 at 11:12 pm | 7 comments | 2926 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 | 1382 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 | 1579 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 | 8258 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 | 3133 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 | 5280 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 | 1997 Views

PENINSULA FOODIST

Ippudo ramen to arrive in Cupertino this Friday

Ramen chain Ippudo's first Peninsula location is officially opening this Friday, Feb. 14, in Cupertino. It reflects the Japanese company's "heavy focus"...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Feb. 11, 2020
Last comment by Food Lover, on Feb 14, 2020 at 11:39 am | 9 comments | 5424 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. 945 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 | 2863 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 | 9 comments | 1258 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Super Bowl LIV viewers: Am I a prude?

You can call me a prude, or out-of-fashion, but I was appalled at the half-time show at yesterday’s (Feb. 2) Super Bowl LIV half-time show. And those 89 commercials...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 3, 2020
Last comment by Chip, on Feb 11, 2020 at 10:15 am | 41 comments | 2057 Views
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Umami Burger calls it quits in downtown Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 15 comments | 9,271 views

Couples and Premarital : "Who we are . . . depends in part . . . on who we love."
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 2,634 views

Flying: How much is enough? It's personal.
By Sherry Listgarten | 9 comments | 2,176 views

Wait, wait – we’re working on it
By Diana Diamond | 10 comments | 1,414 views

My Pet Peeves
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 7 comments | 1,231 views

 

Short story writers wanted!

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 March 27, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

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