Culture

We All Scream for Ice Cream

It's nearly 10 p.m. on a Friday night and I’m immersed in a mob of excited people surrounding Palo Alto’s next big thing: CREAM, a newly-opened walk-in restaurant dedicated to the creation of ice cream sandwiches to satisfy our sweet tooth. Expanding to Palo Alto this past summer, CREAM, which now has three locations and counting in California, was an instant hit. Who knew a tiny specialized Berkeley-originating restaurant could attract a two-hour-long line every night since its opening? I certainly didn’t.

Back in Black and White

The tones of organ music in the Stanford Theater transport movie-goers back to the early days of film. In the darkness, it takes a minute to identify the organ player: dressed in a suit jacket with short tails, he sits on the stage, framed by red velvet curtains.
The last song finishes with a flourish and applause ensues. The movie is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m., and when the curtain rises, the analog clock icon on my iPhone tells me it’s right on time. No previews. No blaring announcements about cell phone use.

Gott’s Roadside: Palo Alto’s American Classic

On Sept. 30, Gott's Roadside, a new burger joined from the renowned chain based in St. Helena, opened in Town and Country Village. The branch started out as a burger stand in St. Helena, California, and is now making its mark on Palo Alto. The Palo Alto branch is the restaurant’s fourth opening and signifies its branching out across the Bay Area. Unadorned and clean decoration marks Gott’s dedication to the simple pleasure of a good burger. There are no gimmicks, what you see is what you get, and despite its less than humble origins in the Napa Valley, Gott’s provides a decent take on the classic American burger. It is one of those rare finds that, while bland in some spots, has the potential to be a truly great burger joint with time and patience.

THE NETFLIX ORIGINALS

Netflix has been particularly busy this past year, especially with the releases of “House of Cards,” “Arrested Developement,” and “Orange is the New Black,” a f...

Beignets

These fluffy New Orleans doughnuts are drizzled with honey and covered in powdered sugar. Photo by Subutai Ahmad. Anyone who has visited  New Orleans will tell you that the one thing that you absolutely MUST do is eat some Beignets. Beignets are ...
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What Type of Summer Are You? Quiz

In case you didn’t know, summer is a-comin’, so pull out your tanning lotion! Or would you rather not expose your precious skin to the hot summer sun? You could...

Riding in Style

Tom Kabat on the pencil bike. The eraser even erasers. Tom Kabat is used to pointed fingers and gawked mouths as he rides down the streets of Palo Alto...

When the Moon Hits Your Eye

MARGHERITA: The margherita pizza ($14) features a crust made with Caputo flour, San Marzano tomatoes, and plenty of fior di latte mozzarella. Marching to the pounding rhythm of its own tune, Terrone — a new restaurant at 448 S. California Av...
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Sugar Fix

As summer approaches, you may be tempted to reach for your standard pint of mint chocolate chip from Trader Joe’s. Instead, try one of these three variations on...