When Jess Dang started Cook Smarts in 2011, she didn't entirely realize what she was getting into. At the time, she was working a corporate desk job by day and unwinding in the kitchen by night, mastering the skills she would soon introduce to the digital world. Her culinary hobby became a blog, then a catering service, and then a supper club for her friends. Cook Smarts was a way for Dang to make cooking a full-time gig, and started as kitchen lessons for home cooks and high-school students. But one thing became clear the more lessons she gave: most Americans simply don't have a firm grip on the fundamentals of the kitchen—from knife skills to food storage to making the most of a limited budget.
That's where meal plans come in. By designing simple, delicious, and healthy meal plans in week-long increments, Dang makes it easy for even beginner cooks to earn their kitchen legs. These plans take into account such lifestyles as vegetarianism, paleo, and gluten-free diets. Even better, the plans build off of each other by reusing ingredients and incorporating leftovers to simplify grocery shopping. Supplemented by Dang's informative online lessons, meal plans demystify the kitchen from the pantry to the broiler.
With a stay at Hotel Keen, you'll be centrally located in Palo Alto, convenient to Stanford Shopping Center and Stanford University. This hotel is within close proximity of Stanford Mausoleum and Stanford Stadium.
Make yourself at home in one of the 42 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and LCD televisions. Your bed comes with cotton sheets and down comforters. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and digital programming provides entertainment. Partially open bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary continental breakfast is included.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a business center, and limo/town car service. Parking (subject to charges) is conveniently located nearby.
Casablanca Market brings its collection of leather ottomans, hand-painted tables, Berber pillows, intricate mirrors, Moroccan tea glasses and tagines as they arrive stateside straight from the hands of Moroccan artisans, many of whom learned their skills as a family tradition. Hand-painted chairs and hand-woven carpets enliven rooms with vibrant colors and boast unique designs, unlike template rugs sewn by unimaginative robots. Shoppers can further their knowledge of Moroccan culture by attending the shop's cooking classes, which feature traditional recipes and ingredients. The market follows fair-trade practices to ensure artisans receive good compensation for their work and have their pay in hand before their goods ship overseas.
For Alex Frigino, there aren't many problems that can't be solved by a good massage. At Probodywork, the professional massage therapist tackles lower-back pain, stress, and sore muscles with modalities such as sports massage, Swedish massage, and hot stones. Unlike some massages, which bestow temporary comfort while leaving underlying issues untreated, Frigino uses his extensive muscular knowledge to calibrate each session to treat both symptoms and causes. To complement these massage treatments, he also clues clients in to potential pain points created by daily lifestyle choices.
Owner William Yeo specializes in individual and family portraiture, wedding shoots, and lifestyle photography
He brings a focus on fulfilling the subjects priorities and preferences in photo shoots, during which he works to capture subjects' personality in artful compositions
Ramen House Ryowa: A User’s Guide
Traditional Ramen House | Counter Seating Only | Mountain View’s “Best Noodle Place” | Butter Corn Ramen
Ramen: Ryowa signature ramen, sesame paste broth, bean sprouts, egg, green onions, nori
Hot entree: pan-fried pork gyoza
Word on the Street:
East Bay Express raved about the original ramen, saying, “the roasted pork pulls apart easily with chopsticks, but its flavor is concentrated. Enough chiles have been added to the broth to leave a slow, glowing heat.”
The Mountain View Voice named it best noodle place in 2013: “These Japanese-style ramen noodles are dished up in flavorful broth, garnished with with cha siu barbeque pork, seaweed and a boiled egg. Butter-corn ramen is a local favorite.”
Though the noodles are the “main attraction,” the non-ramen dishes are delightful, according to SF Gate, who relished the chicken kuraage: “the crispy pieces of tender-fried chicken served with salad, could be considered a meal in itself.”
The restaurant is small with just counter seating, so if you’re with a larger party, head in during non-peak hours to ensure a shorter wait.
The buttercorn ramen is a house original and a customer favorite, so make sure at least one person in your party orders a bowl
Shoyu: a Japanese soy sauce made from both soya beans and wheat (as opposed to tamari, which is only made from soya beans)
Tonkotsu Ramen: ramen made with pork bone broth
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Eyelash extensions can enhance looks and help cool off hot soup. Get some at Face-N-Body
After: If you can find the entrance, which is hidden in the back of a Chinese restaurant on Castro, grab a drink at Mervyn’s Lounge, which many call Mountain View’s last dive bar.