2010

Sylvia Mruk: Guiding customers’ contemporary clothing decisions

By Sylvia Mruk’s account, almost all her waking hours are spent in Menlo Park. “I sleep in Woodside, but this is my baby,” she says of  contemporary clothing store Graciana located in downtown Menlo Park, which she manages. Sylvia met owner Diana Ferrari five years ago. Ferrari first sold just Amber jewelry, which she imported […]

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Blue skies after Christmas Day rain

I found .45″ of rain in my gauge this morning. This makes my season to date total, 7.85″. A rain pal, Marsha, who lives up in Sharon Heights has 9″. My  total compares to 5.75″ a year ago when the full season topped 20″. We seem on track for an abundant year.

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Big, dazzling ornaments that taste as good as they look!

When your Christmas dinner theme is ornaments – carried out on the table top with multi-layered surprise balls and paper balls filled with delicious Poco Dolce chocolates – why not continue the theme into dessert? No problem if you utilize the magical services of  Menlo Park’s Studio Cake. For this holiday festivity, designer/baker BethAnn Goldberg […]

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Plant oaks on Big Dish land this Christmas Day from 10-1.

Plant oaks on Big Dish land this Christmas Day from 10-1.

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Merry Christmas to all!

The Christmas pageant  – as performed by Sunday school children –  is a staple of churches throughout the country – and also here in Menlo Park. It was important for this group of angels to “be heard on high” – hence the outstretched hands. They had gathered around Mary and Joseph with a real baby […]

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Holiday movie lowdown from a teenage POV

Editor’s note: There are tons of lists of holiday movie fare the whole family can watch but none struck as irreverently right on as these picks by Menlo-Atherton senior Henry Mouat, writing for M-A Bear News. Henry cites his interests as acting, drawing and film making, so remember his selections when he takes Hollywood by […]

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Spotted: Waiting for holiday seafood at Cook’s

As predictable as Santa’s reindeer-pulled sleigh on Christmas Eve is the line at Cook’s Seafood. It stretched well out the door this morning with people waiting to get their cracked crab or other seafood treats from Menlo’s long time purveyor of fish and shell fish. Hint – if you still need to get there – […]

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Kids can play in an igloo on Menlo’s brightest holiday street

When your neighbors – those folks over on Sherwood Drive (pictured below) have been doing it big for years – as far as holiday lights are concerned – the gauntlet is drawn. When you’re just a block away, you just need to do it bigger. So until someone alerts us otherwise, Linfield Drive between Laurel […]

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Wines to pair with holiday ham

Menlo Park-based Wine Market Assistant, just introduced a new mobile application, Pocket Wine Assistant, which provides up-to-date product information on wines, beers and spirits coupled with on-demand recipe and cheese pairing suggestions. The two partners, Jon Holland and Marchall Goldman, also doing some occasional blogging about wine, offering some personal picks, including a timely post […]

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M-A plans new state-of-the art Media Arts Building

Principal Matthew Zito has commissioned a glitzy new building to house Menlo-Atherton High School’s media-arts classes, construction of which will hopefully begin next year. Brent McClure and architectural firm Cody Anderson Wosney (CAW), who recently finished renovations of Pride Hall, designed and laid out the plans for this building. The designs promise ways to conserve […]

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Christmas dinner with a modern twist

Don’t have Christmas Eve/Day dinner together and not sure how you’re going to pull it off? You could opt to eat out. Peter Rudolph, the Executive Chef at Madera, which earned a Michelin star earlier this year, is offering a Christmas Eve/Christmas Day dinner that blends the traditional with the unique. Among the offerings on […]

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