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What was happening on the rest of Santa Cruz Avenue on Saturday, July 14, we are not sure. Because the place to celebrate Bastille Day was at the almost next-door neighbor restaurants, Left Bank and Vida.

The star-spangled, winged woman on stilts paraded around both restaurants, going up the sidewalk and then walking down SCA itself. And both restaurants were packed (at least outside) early in the evening, e.g. well before 6:00 pm.

Left Bank just happens to be celebrating its 20th anniversary, along with its French roots. A special touch was making Pablo (pictured below), who has been at the restaurant since the beginning, today’s Grand Marshall. That’s a wise move, according to this reporter, because he always has a warm greeting for long-time customers.

Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2018

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Menlo Summer Fest returns to Santa Cruz Avenue on July 21-22

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Menlo Summer Fest, “Hot Fun In The Summertime,” returns to downtown Menlo Park the weekend of July 21-22. Hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm both days. Admission is free. There will be an end of day concert featuring Foreverland, a 14-piece tribute band to the music of Michael Jackson, on Saturday, July 21, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm […]

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Menlo Park startup, Dropwater, introduces new way to distribute and sell bottled drinks

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Four Cal Poly San Luis Obispo grads are currently ensconced in a Menlo Park garage working on a solution to up-end the plastic bottled water industry. Scott Edwards, CEO (pictured top in the garage) of the startup Dropwater, cites some sobering statistics about the need to replace plastic water bottles with sustainable, eco-friendly alternative: “In […]

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Sunday Suppers are attractive offering at Left Bank Menlo Park this summer

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Editor’s note: This is one in an occasional series spotlighting special features of local restaurants that may not be obvious or well-known. As part of Left Bank Menlo Park’s 20th anniversary celebration, the restaurant is serving Sunday Suppers now through the end of September. The suppers are particularly attractive when dining outdoors on warm summer evenings. […]

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Ceramic sculptor Jo Killen’s works will be on display at ACGA Clay & Glass Festival

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Early in her artistic career, Menlo Park resident Jo Killen was a sculptor. Today, she describes herself as “a sculptor who works in ceramics.” The figures she was working on when we visited attest to that intersection. You can see her figure work (pictured in background)  as well some vessels (below right) she’s done at […]

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Ten local students travel to Menlo Park sister city, Bizen, in Japan

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Last Sunday morning, a group of 10 students and five adults embarked on a short but event-filled trip to Menlo Park’s Japanese friendship city, Bizen, located in Okayama Prefecture west of Osaka. The 10 students were chosen to participate following an essay contest organized by Menlo Park’s Sister City Committee this past spring. They attend […]

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Jim and Jeff Pollock are developers behind the Park James Hotel in Menlo Park

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Partners in a financial services firm as well as real estate developers, father Jim and son Jeff Pollock can also make beautiful music together. Banjo-playing Jim has performed for six Presidents, and serious piano player Jeff is the founder of Hearts of Silicon Valley, whose mission is to engage people with a passion for worthy […]

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Linda Salter’s flower paintings are featured in July at Portola Art Galley

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A Summer Bouquet, a collection of flower paintings in pastel and oil by Linda Salter, is the featured exhibit at the Portola Art Gallery through July 31. A reception for the artist will take place on Saturday, July 21 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. This exhibit features a new style of painting for the artist. […]

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Big Dish will be closed for two weeks starting July 21

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Locals used to getting a daily or weekly Big Dish fix will need to find other hills to walk or jog up and down when the Big Dish area on the Stanford campus closes for two weeks starting July 21. After undergoing maintenance, it is scheduled to re-open on August 4. “The Dish area has […]

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Left Bank Menlo Park is celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer

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If you were in the area in the late ’90s, you’ll remember what an instant hit Left Bank was when it opened in downtown Menlo Park. Chef Roland Passot, who grew up in the culinary capital of France — the city of Lyon — opened the restaurant in the summer of 1998. Ten years earlier — […]

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Parking improvements underway in downtown Menlo Park

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Parking improvements are now underway in downtown Menlo Park, including upgraded parking meters, restriping of lots and accessible ramp additions. The first round of parking meter upgrades has already started. Plaza 1 now has four parking meters, including three upgraded parking meters. Plaza 5 has two parking meters, including one upgraded meter. The upgraded parking […]

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