We were drawn by this photo taken by Menlo Park resident Robin Tobias because of how it showed two things: wet sidewalks and blue skies above in the reflection. Such was the weather in Menlo Park on Thursday that never could figure out what it was doing, alternately between downpours and clearing skies.

Photo by Robin Tobias (c) 2020

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Spotted: Laura Hamilton at the Bean in Chicago

Writes InMenlo contributing photographer Laura Hamilton: “I had a chance to walk around my old stomping grounds Thursday morning. It was a chilly 23 degrees outside. Sunny but sooo cold. This California-based mama was cold! I can’t believe I lived here as long as I did! Chicago will always have my heart but California is […]

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Spotted: Rainbow over Trader’s Joe in Menlo Park

It’s not even noon and today has already seen lots of weather in Menlo Park. Showers at dawn — accompanied by high winds — gave way to momentary sunshine shortly after 8:00 am. The combination produced a rainbow over  Trader Joes. Photo by Robb Most (c) 2020

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Spotted: Pretty apple and cranberry chopped salad at Oak + Violet

Not being a big cranberry fan myself, the Apple & Cranberry Chopped Salad on the menu at Oak + Violet restaurant in Menlo Park would not have been my first choice. Thank goodness my companion insisted! Made up of broccoli, chickpeas, carrots, smoked provolone, cucumber, along with its namesakes, and topped with a light yoghurt […]

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Spotted: Half Moon Bay bathed in winter light

InMenlo reader Patti Yukawa responded to our call for “more winter light photos” with this lovely photo taken in nearby Half Moon Bay.

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Spotted: Lots of mice on the Christmas table and cake

We are fortunate to have Christmas dinner with family and friends each year at the home of a close friend we’ve known since grade school and her husband. There are always beautifully decorated trees but the highlight is always the dinner table decor, not to mention the cake baked by Studio Cake in Menlo Park. […]

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Spotted: Santa and reindeer ready to roll on Christmas Eve

While waiting to make the rounds tonight, Santa and his reindeer got rained out. Reports InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “An additional .05” today. That is 4.25” season to date. I know it seemed like more!”

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Spotted: Colorful holiday birdhouses awaiting occupants

We spotted a cluster of holiday decorated birdhouses on Santa Cruz Avenue near San Mateo Drive. They appeared to still be waiting occupants!

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Spotted: A winterized Zott’s

The party continues at the Alpine Inn aka Zott’s even as temperatures dip and rain falls from the sky. A good portion of the outside beer garden is now under a large transparent tent. An elevated flooring allows heat  to be pumped in. The holiday spirit is fostered by pomegranate and evergreen garlands that hang […]

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Spotted: Local Raging Grannies participating in #FacebookBlackout days

Menlo Park resident Gail Sredanovic (pictured in pink jacket) was among the Raging Grannies that joined a protest in front of the Facebook thumbs up sign on December 9 (International Anti-Corruption Day) calling for a 48-hour Facebook blackout. The campaign was spurred on by Facebook’s decision in October to amend its political advertising policy — exempting politicians […]

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Spotted: St. Nicholas making his annual visit to Trinity Church

How do you get the attention of young children when there’s a bishop in church? No problem when you’re the Bishop of Myra aka St. Nicholas. For over 30 years, St. Nicholas – as played by Woodside resident Dick Livermore – has been visiting Trinity Church on the Sunday closest to his feast day (Dec. […]

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