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Blake Sharp

Salt and Straw brings tasty scoops to Palo Alto

Salt and Straw’s newest location is exactly 4,217 steps from my dorm room or an 11-minute ride by bike (if I forgo any traffic rules). The 17th scoop shop on the West Coast and the fourth in Bay Area opened on Nov. 23, and there were, unsurprisingly, lines curling around the block on University Avenue.…

Is ‘Garden Fresh’ the new vegan favorite in town?

Before I start, I want to preface this article with the fact that I love ribs dripping in barbeque sauce, crispy bacon with runny egg yolks, greasy carnitas burritos and prosciutto (with pineapples, but that’s another debate) draped across a flatbread pizza. That being said, the environmental impact of my diet has compelled me into…

Exploring Ben and Jerry’s ice cream

The advent of lighter calorie ice cream has instilled in me an idea that eating an entire pint in one sitting is not the worst thing I could do on a Friday night… or Monday night, or Sunday morning. Brands like Halo Top, Breyer’s Delight and Enlightened are pioneers in the movement towards ice cream…
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Rafael Velazquez: serving up kindness in Branner dining

Rafael Velazquez has been a chef at the Branner dining hall for 12 years and at Stanford for over 20. This year, he was nominated by the women’s soccer team and won the Amy J. Blue Award, an award given to Stanford employees who show exemplary service to the Stanford community.

Taverna opens its doors in downtown Palo Alto

Tucked a few blocks off of University Avenue, across the street from Whole Foods in Palo Alto, a new Greek restaurant just opened with founders and chefs from Evvia, Kokkari, the Michelin-starred Village Pub and Mayfield Bakery. Taverna is named for the Greek word for tavern and intended to be a place to eat and…

Finally, a definitive ranking of Lemonade’s lemonades

This week on Killa Bites, I headed off campus to answer a question that had been pressing on my conscience for a while: what is the best lemonade to order from the Southern California-based chain, Lemonade? I have always wondered how their signature drink stacks up to other traditional lemonades and the other flavors available…

Where to spend your meal plan dollars during Week 10

If the stress of final exams, papers, and presentations aren’t enough, there is the possibility that you are dealing with the crippling stress of figuring out how to make the most of your unspent Meal Plan Dollars. Although easing test anxiety may prove difficult, alleviating part of the burden of optimizing every penny from your…

Campus gem: The Market at Munger

Tucked into Jacobson-Sorensen Hall, the Market at Munger is easy to miss even when you’re looking for it, but that makes the find so much more worth it. Right off the Rehnquist courtyard and shaded by palm trees behind the Law School, the Market resides on the first floor of the graduate student residence. The…
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