Cafe Tibet: In grad school we regularly ate at the local Tibetan restaurant run by a cousin of the Dali Lama. Somehow we haven’t found a local Tibetan restaurant, so it was nice to try some again. The food was all good and a little later in the evening it was packed.
CREAM: Holy cow this place is a good idea. An ice cream sandwich hand made with freshly baked cookies. For $2!!! Wait in the line, it is worth it.
Shattuck Cinemas: I have been looking for a local movie theater that serves food and drink while you watch a movie and this is pretty close. We were in the 21+ theater which has super comfy loveseats. The Yelp reviews agree-cozy seating and some independent films make this a find.
The next day we visit the Ardenwood Historic Farm with our friend Bunny. Where I grew up, the idea that school kids would take a field trip to a farm is laughable. Enough families still farm that even if you aren’t on the farm, your relatives or friends are, so why would that be a field trip? But in a population dense area like Silicon Valley, very few kids live or work on farms so a historic farm is a regional park. On the visit we see a few farm animals (peacocks are farm animals?), old buildings, historic tractors, the main house (nice stained glass), and the train station.
Best story about the place is that the railroad company wanted to run their tracks through the property, but the owner didn't want that and hired guards to keep it from happening. One night when he was away from from the farm the railroad company bribed all the guards with whiskey and laid the tracks in one night!