Magazine article Sunset

The Real Silicon Valley

Magazine article Sunset

The Real Silicon Valley

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You didn't score sails to the Super Bowl? So what. Just think of all the extra lime you'll have local, drink, and tackle the trails in the Land of Big Ideas. We found two locals to lead the way. AS TOLD TO ERIN KLENOW

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SHOW ME THE COFFEE

Coupa Cafe $; 536 Ramona St., Palo Alto; coupacafe.com.

THOMAS BOTH All the valley stereotypes are true here. You'll see people meeting with VCs, you'll overhear investment chatter; the cafe itself prototypes start-up ideas like ways to order new menu items and give feedback to the cafe owner. There's a scene in The Social Network (in the last five minutes of the movie) with a Coupa Cafe cup in it, which I thought was cool. It's like a little Easter egg in the movie.

MORNING WALK

Los Trancos Open Space Preserve Page Mill Rd., Los Altos; openspace.org.

DRUE KATAOKA When you walk the San Andreas Fault Trail, you can see trees that were toppled in the 1906 earthquake that are now growing completely sideways. There's a fence that's been reconstructed to illustrate what happened in 1906, with one half pushed 3 feet to the northwest. You're standing right on the fault line. Not only a beautiful landscape and great hiking trail, but also something historical and distinctive about our geography.

MORE GREEN, PLEASE

Cactus Garden at Stanford Qparry Rd., Stanford; stanford.edu.

DK An otherworldly cactus garden in the middle of the Stanford campus. There are hundreds of cactus that have been collected over time, going back to when Jane and Leland Stanford hired a landscape architect in the early 1880s. There's an Eastern Hemisphere section planted with aloes and succulents from Asia and Africa; and the Western Hemisphere, with cactus native to the Americas. It's a beautiful place to stroll at dusk.

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DIVEY LUNCH SPOT

Back a Yard

$; 1189 Willow Rd., Menlo Park; backayard.net.

DK They serve the most incredible Jamaican jerk chicken you'll ever taste. I always ask for extra jerk sauce. The place is very small, located next to a laundromat in east Menlo Park. The chicken comes with red beans and rice, and fried plantains. They also make curried goat, some American soul food like collards, and combread. And such a great value! I have friends who order a ton of food and pack it up for a tailgate.

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FAVORITE HAPPY HOUR

Gourmet Haus Staudt $; 2615 Broadway, Redwood City; gourmet hausstaudt.com.

TB This is a German place with a store up front that sells all sorts of rare gummy candies, including Haribo sour frenchfry gummies. In the back is a bar with a lot of good beers on tap. …

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