Author Kyla Zhao on battling imposter syndrome, championing Asian representation and maintaining a passion for fashion
Getting your Trinity Audio player ready... When fashion columnist Zoe Zeng finds herself unexpectedly fleeing New York City to head up marketing for a fledgling Silicon Valley fashion app startup, she soon worries she’s in way over her head. In some ways, the move makes sense. Her dream job...
Meet the new executive chef at Michelin-starred Chez TJ in Mountain View
Getting your Trinity Audio player ready... Chez TJ’s new executive chef bikes 45 miles to work and then works 10 to 14 hours “because it’s fun.” When asked if he bikes back home after work, Stanley Michalski laughed. “I take the train back,” he said. “I’m...
Six San Mateo markets specializing in groceries from around the world
The city of San Mateo is home to an eclectic ethnic community with residents originating from places near and far. So it’s no surprise that San Mateo is home to many international markets representing a broad swath of culinary finds from around the world. Whether you’re looking for hard-to-find...
On the rise: How a Redwood City teen’s baking business propelled him to Food Network’s ‘Kids Baking Championship’
Redwood City resident Andy Coyle is a busy 13-year-old juggling school and extracurriculars. But unlike most kids his age, he has to find time to shop for specialty baking ingredients, prepare and decorate layered cakes and budget extra time for laminated pastries. The budding baker and owner of Andy’s Big...
From an oceanside Filipino eatery to a mobile kitchen, here are 5 new northern San Mateo County restaurants
Looking for your next dining destination in San Mateo County? From made-to-order bodega-style breakfast sandwiches in Half Moon Bay to revitalizing smoothies and nonalcoholic craft beverages in Pacifica or rich and flavorful bún bò huế Vietnamese noodle soups in San Bruno, these recently opened restaurants on the upper Peninsula have something for everyone. Check out our roundup of five noteworthy spots to visit next.
Super Bowl watch parties: Scouting out spots with multiple screens, discounts and reserved seating
After a monumental comeback victory against the Detroit Lions in the NFC Championship game, the San Francisco 49ers have landed in the Super Bowl for a 2020 rematch against the Kansas City Chiefs. Whether you’re a Swiftie waiting for cutaways of Taylor, a diehard Niners fan or most excited for...
Where to celebrate Lunar New Year on the Peninsula
Peninsula cities, libraries and community groups are celebrating the arrival of Lunar New Year. From music and dance performances and martial arts demonstrations to special meals and hands-on crafts, here’s a sampling of a variety of ways to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. San Mateo County Libraries, ongoing.
Meet the couples behind 3 vibrant Peninsula businesses
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’re catching up with couples running three local businesses: Timothy Adams Chocolates in Palo Alto, Nudie Records in Half Moon Bay and Groovy Goose Coffee in San Carlos. Read on for their insights into being successful partners at work and home — as well as a few of their sweetest eating, drinking and listening recommendations.
Tap takeovers and new releases: How to spend SF Beer Week in Silicon Valley
San Francisco Beer Week is back with a bang. The celebrations, which run from Feb. 9-18, will see tap takeovers, special releases and more taking place all across the Bay Area. After a prolonged pandemic-induced hiatus, SF Beer Week’s massive kickoff gala returns to San Francisco this year, taking place...
You don’t need a yacht to eat at this waterfront restaurant
A waterfront restaurant with a floor-to-ceiling jellyfish aquarium, custom 6-foot hearth, glass kitchen and second-floor clubhouse is now open at Westpoint Harbor in Redwood City. For a restaurant boasting all the bells and whistles, Hurrica Restaurant & Bar is not trying to be an exclusive dining experience – it aims...
From a chocolate stroll to a Bollywood dance party, here are 10 Valentine’s Day events around the Peninsula
For couples who want to celebrate Valentine’s Day in an unconventional way to singles who want to meet other singles, here are 10 events happening around the Peninsula. (Looking for a guide to Valentine’s Day dining? Check out Adrienne Mitchel’s story featuring 10 restaurants serving special menus.)
Love bites: A guide to Valentine’s Day dining along the Peninsula
It’s that time of year again where everything turns pink and red and it’s socially acceptable to eat an entire box of chocolates (at least I think it is). It’s that time when elementary schoolers cut out colored paper and write “Hapy Valintynes Dey” (I was never good at spelling), high schoolers awkwardly give each other teddy bears and adults figure out where they’re going to eat dinner on Feb. 14.
Peninsula sci-fi author Mike Chen discusses time loops, writing strategies and his new novel, ‘A Quantum Love Story’
Imagine you were trapped in a time loop, living the same few days over and over with no end in sight. How would you react? What would you do? And what would it mean to you if you could connect with the one other person who might be going through the same thing?
Recent food and drink closures along the Peninsula, from a 35-year-old deli to a bar under a year old
A mix of longtime and newer Peninsula eateries closed as 2023 ended and the new year began. From a deli that served lunchtime crowds since 1995 to a craft beer store offering a variety of brews since 2012, here are 12 spots that will soon close or recently closed (including two that are reopening in new locations).
Guild Theatre’s new series spotlighting Bay Area musicians features Miko Marks and Frank Thibeaux on Jan. 18
Organizers hope the Local Sound Series will ‘try something from each and every scene.’. Menlo Park’s Guild Theatre has been livening up the Peninsula performing arts scene since opening as a concert venue in 2022. With its new Local Sound Series, the nonprofit will be shining its spotlight on Bay Area musicians in particular. The hope is that the community will be inspired to come out and support local musicians, even if they’re not yet familiar with them.
Bryant Street Gallery presents Tony Huynh’s painted homage to the Bay Area
During a drive from the East Bay into San Francisco, novelist John Steinbeck observed, “…this gold and white acropolis rising wave on wave against the blue of the Pacific sky was a stunning thing.” Decades later, San Francisco (and its environs) is still a breathtakingly beautiful place, as the paintings of Tony Huynh remind us. “Bay Vistas,” Huynh’s first solo show at Bryant Street Gallery, features the artist’s personal reflections on landmarks as varied as Angel Island, the Presidio and the Great Highway. It is a colorful and upbeat tribute to the unique and varied geography of the Bay Area at the time of year when the notion of “home” is celebrated and cherished.
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