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Sharing some of my favorite places & quirky things to do in my home region of Silicon Valley, California.
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900 High St, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
The Peninsula Creamery, which opened for business in 1923, presents such standard American cuisine as hamburgers, french fries, and Reuben sandwiches. Though the dinners, lunches, and "breakfusts" are somewhat better than your run-of-the-mill...
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1832, 429 California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA
Arguably the best coffee in Palo Alto can be found in the most unusual of places, a running store. ZombieRunner set up shop inside the old Fine Arts Theater in 2008 and has fostered a community of trail and long-distance running enthusiasts. With...
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3636 Gurdwara Avenue, San Jose, CA 95148, USA
The largest "gurdwara"(a Sikh place of worship) outside of India is located in the East San Jose foothills. This 110,000-square-foot structure sits palatial-like on 40 acres of hillside, with a sweeping view of the entire Silicon Valley. The...
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15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95033, USA
Castle Rock state park has some absolutely gorgeous hikes (and climbs), rain or shine. I recently snapped this shot on a rainy hike, the greens vibrantly shone through the fog, each tree seeming to house some new species of moss.
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588 E Alma Ave, San Jose, CA 95112, USA
While South Bay residents wait with bated breath to see if the Oakland A's will move to San Jose, the town already has a baseball team to cheer for: the San Jose Giants. For those of you who haven't gone to a minor league game, you don't know what...
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87 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA 95110, USA
The San Pedro Square Market opened in 2011 and right away, it became THE place for dining and nightlife in San Jose. This brick-clad central market space was inspired by some of my favorite urban food markets such as Seattle’s Pike Place market...
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320 N Capitol Ave, San Jose, CA 95133, USA
Looking for good Mexican food and an opportunity to practice on your Spanish? Mi Pueblo, offering a wide selection for your grocery needs, is host to one of the best "spots" for a delicious food. The burrito with fresh guacamole (carnitas highly...
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Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, USA
Montara State Beach is just north of Half Moon Bay, CA, and offers one of Northern California's cleanest and most beautiful shorelines. The views are breathtaking, and during the winter months the waves tend to get really high. When we were there...
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205 North St, Pescadero, CA 94060, USA
My day hanging with a family of goats was far more thrilling than I initially expected. The excursion was one of several during a trip through San Mateo County and Silicon Valley - the areas surrounding San Francisco. As a child I remember feeding...
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1 New Years Creek Rd, Pescadero, CA 94060, USA
Año Nuevo State Park is the site of the largest mainland breeding colony in the world for the northern elephant seal. You have to reserve a spot for the guided walking tour and it's only available from Dec. 15 through March 31st. You can learn...
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1999 Pescadero Creek Rd, Pescadero, CA 94060, USA
Mercado & Taqueria de Amigos is located an hour south of San Francisco, not far from Pescadero Beach. This unassuming taco joint is actually within a gas station convenience store. The building is burnt orange and decorated with multi-colored...
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440 California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA
Think that Whole Foods—a “progressive” corporate behemoth—is a contradiction? Would you prefer to “shop local” and also get the kind of all-natural fruits, vegetables, granola, and other environmentally friendly, socially responsible offerings...
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167 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
For a dining experience that emphasizes healthy eating from local, sustainable and organic sources, look no further than Lyfe Kitchen. Customers can often see sous-chefs running out from the kitchen to pick fresh herbs from their garden stationed...