November 2015

There’s a changing of the guard at Angel Food Cakes, the bakery started by Menlo Park residents Debbie Humphreys (left) and Chris Rivera (right) who were first profiled on InMenlo in 2010. They’ve sold their Marsh Manor bakery to Tal Waizer (center), who will be taking over on December 1. All three will be on hand that day from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm to say goodbye to customers and introduce Tal, who moved to the Bay Area from Israel in 2007.

It was in her native country that she learned to bake, taking pastry classes from Chef Oren Giron. In 2010, the mother of three school-age children opened her pastry business, Eva Sweets, which will be the new name of the bakery.

“My plan is to keep many of the Angel Heart favorites while introducing my European-style desserts and pastries,” said Tal. These include such things as rugelach, a pecan walnut caramel tart and Basque cake.

For Debbie and Chris, it’s a whole new chapter in their lives. “I’m going to spend more time thinking about my home and spending time in the garden,” said Debbie. “Maybe I’ll offer my services to my son’s new business and also take some classes. Plus do some traveling with my husband.”

For Chris, the first two words that come to mind are “sleep” and “yoga.” “I also want to get my French back and plan to take a class. Then there’s the chance to reconnect with friends. And maybe figure out what’s the next thing I’m gong to do!”

Photo by Irene Searles (c) 2015


Spotted: Liquidambar in all its Fall glory on Cotton St.

Connie sent us this photo of liquidambar trees in their beautiful display of Fall color. Interesting to note that this tree is more commonly called sweet gum, although have only heard them referred to as liquidambar here in Menlo Park.

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Local non-profits participate in #GivingTuesday on December 1

Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving 0bserved on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely-recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many people focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Kait Sheridan, Director, Partnership & Programs at the 92nd Street Y in […]

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San Francisco Streets – An Evolution in Personal Style

My interest in photography was rekindled a number of years ago when I bought a Canon Digital SLR and a couple of lenses. That first DSLR was a Canon 30D and it served me well. As often happens with a new hobby, I went in “whole hog” – buying lots more gear along with taking […]

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Chilly start to the morning in Menlo Park

Emailed InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “My low this morning was 31.3 degrees. At 7:25 am, it was 32, plus or minus. Brrr. Maybe someone else has a lower low?” The forecast for the next few days is for daytime temperatures to remain in the high 50s. The chilly temperatures don’t diminish the pleasure of seeing […]

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A bit of Thanksgiving love springs forth in Menlo Park

Leave it to the ever clever Menlo Park resident Alexis Murphy to add just the right touch to a day of thanks, in this case a bit of Thanksgiving Love. Alexis’s website, Jac o’lyn Murphy, has creative ideas all year long.

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Menlowe Ballet’s holiday offering is “It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker”

Menlowe Ballet unveils the world premiere of Michael Lowe’s It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker December 12-20, 2015, at Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton. Inspired by Frank Capra’s classic film, It’s a Wonderful Life, Menlowe’s It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker is set in the 1940s and boasts all the magical trimmings of a traditional Nutcracker enhanced […]

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More rain falls overnight in Menlo Park

InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ recorded another .25″ in his gauge from the overnight rain. That brings the season-to-date total to 2.5″ compared to 1.5″ last year at this time. Photo of Fall color by Linda Hubbard (c) 2015

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December 6th is date of the Holbrook-Palmer Park Children’s Holiday Tea

The Friends of Holbrook-Palmer Park is holding their annual Children’s Holiday Tea on Sunday, December 6th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. This year children will enjoy a visit with Santa Claus, an enchanting holiday show by the Fratello Marionettes, and a holiday craft activity. As always, children and their parents will enjoy delicious holiday treats, […]

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Pre Turkey Day rain falls in Menlo Park

The skies opened up around 9:00 am this morning with showers occurring off and on until shortly after 11:00 am. InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ recorded .1″, bringing his season-to- date total is 2.25″. As many locals are observing, the Fall color is spectacular this year, where against gray skies or the sun that broke through […]

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Chef Marine Thomas brings French flair to Bistro Vida in downtown Menlo Park

Bistro Vida chef Marine Thomas has been at the helm of the Menlo Park restaurant for six months now, but the Parisian transplant it still getting used to her new country. “I’m still learning about how the seasons here affect the produce,” she said. “It’s different than in France.” Proprietor Ali Elsafy “discovered” Marine when she […]

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