Industry: Travel / Tech
Location: Palo Alto, CA
About Me: I've lived in Palo Alto for most of my life aside from going to New York for college. I've seen this place change from a small suburban town that no one really knows about, to the tech capital of the world. The nightlife and food scene have exploded making Palo Alto a pretty cool spot to not only live, but to visit. I'm a huge foodie who loves the outdoors (although, I wouldn't say I'm "outdoorsy"), I travel as much as I can and I'm always on the hunt for a good cocktail bar or hidden beach. Here's a weekend in Silicon Valley - if you find yourself visiting, check out a few of these local spots.
9:00AM - I failed to go grocery shopping this week (#adulting) so I get dressed and head over to Cafe Borrone, in Menlo Park. I order a Frosted Mocha, I don't even drink coffee but this mocha is so good, I end up getting it every time anyway. I get an egg white scramble (I figure this balances out the calories in my mocha) and snag a table outside. As I eat, I catch up on the news (and by news, I mean what everyone did on Friday night via Instagram). $16
10:30AM - As soon as Stanford Shopping Center opens, I head over there to return an item. This mall is so nice because it's all outdoors so, I can't help but spend an unnecessary hour walking around. +$40
11:30AM - One of my friends texts me and invites me to go on a hike with her. Good thing, I have workout clothes in my car! We head over to Arastradero Preserve. We always take the East side loop because it's longer, less crowded and just a little more peaceful. This has to be one of my favorite hikes in the Bay. $0
1:30PM - My friend packed a picnic (bless her soul) so we find a little shady spot and eat a light lunch. $0
3:00PM - I head home from the hike to rest and get ready for dinner with a few friends.
5:00PM - We get to Palo Alto Sol right at 5PM because they don't take reservations and ever since Mark Zuckerburg announced that this is his favorite restaurant, getting a table is SUCH hassle. The food though is phenomenal! I order the Camarones al Mulata and forgot that calories even exist. I think this is by far the best Mexican restaurant, I have ever eaten at. $20
7:00PM - After dinner, we head across the street to grab a drink at La Bodegita Del Medio. We change our flare from Mexican to Cuban and order some mojitos and listen to some Cuban jams. $12
8:30PM - After a day of adventures, I head home, stopping at Trader Joe's on the way to grab breakfast for tomorrow (I learn from my mistakes, people).
DAILY TOTAL: $48
9:00AM - Wake up and eat breakfast at home. $0
10:00AM - It's such a nice day so, I head to Wunderlich Park in Woodside to do a nice long hike. Since there are so many different trails you can take, I just choose one at random. Fun Fact: Wunderlich Park contains what was once the Folger Family ranch and their horse stables are still there. And yes, Folger's as in, "The best part of waking up is Folger's in your cup." $0
1:00PM - Since I'm already in Woodside, I decide to meet up with one of my friends who lives this side of town and grab lunch at Alice's. This place is LEGIT. It's located on top of the mountain and is completely surrounded by beautiful redwoods. I order the bison burger and side of french fries. $14
2:00PM - My friend tells me about a very Trulo winery, Thomas Fogarty, that's just down the road and we decide to head down there, you know, for the 'gram. $0
4:30PM - The Stanford Movie theater in Palo Alto is playing, Some Like It Hot (my favorite old movie) so I decide to head to downtown and grab dinner at STEAM before it starts. STEAM has really great dumplings so I order a few and a wonton soup. $16
7:00PM - I head over to Stanford Movie Theater. I don't know what I'm more excited about, to see the movie or the fact that my ticket only cost me $7.
8:30PM - After the movie, I head home and call it a weekend!
DAILY TOTAL: $38
WEEKEND IN SILICON VALLEY: $86