Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Restaurants to visit during Christmas in San Mateo

There are hundreds of things happening near San Mateo to keep everyone’s holiday belly full and happy. If you’re searching for a nice restaurant for Christmas Eve or want to try out the specials over the holidays, here's a list of a few restaurants that you can try:

Astaria

Start your holiday celebrations with a scrumptious buffet at Astaria, located at 50 East Third Avenue. The Christmas Eve feast at this place begins at 5pm and includes a champagne fountain and five different "stations".
You can start off by visiting the "The Cheese Shop" that offers a variety of imported and domestic cheeses, gruyere fondue and cured meats. After this, move along to mussels, prawn cocktail, steamed clams, and fresh Dungeness crab. Savor filet of beef, potatoes au gratin, slow roasted pork, and seasonal vegetables, followed by garlic bread and butternut squash ravioli at "The Pasta Shop". Once done, finish it all off with a range of desserts at "The Bakery".

Swiftwater Café

Swiftwater Café offers Christmas buffet that can be enjoyed as early dinner or lunch from 12pm - 5pm.

Spiedo

If you're planning to avoid cooking on Christmas, head to Spiedo for a well catered Christmas dinner or lunch that does not require even a fleeting look at your home stove. Spiedo is located at 223 Fourth Avenue and offers authentic Italian cuisine. They also have a special holiday menu that features their most popular grilled and rotisserie items and specialty pasta and pizza dishes.

Siam Orchid

If you feel like changing your holiday routine this Christmas then instead of cooking the same old turkey, take a trip to Siam Orchid, located in Palo Alto (at 496 Hamilton Avenue). The place offers Thai cuisine made out of organic ingredients. Also, for those who don’t want to leave the comfort of their home, the restaurant offers online ordering facility. You can order online from their menu to enjoy the exotic tastes in your own dining room.

Junnoon

Junnoon is located at 150 University Avenue (Palo Alto). The place boasts of a holiday menu that can spice up anybody’s month: a 3-course menu for just $58.00 that includes options like goan lobster, warm shrimp and arugula salad, chicken musallam, pumpkin eischeri, roasted eggplant crush, ginger gelato and chocolate cake, and more. A complimentary passion fruit lassi or an alcoholic drink is also offered. This menu runs the whole December, apart from their regular menu offerings.

B Street and Vine

If you’re looking for Italian then this place is certainly one of the best in San Mateo. Its yummy bruschetta on toasted acme bread is sure to tantalize your senses. Apart from this, the extensive wine list and scrumptious salads add to the attractiveness of the menu.

Attic

Attic (234 S B St) is a restaurant that offers Filipino and Asian fusion. Apart from the impressive list of dishes the drink menu is also pretty attractive. This place is sure to fascinate those who like to experiment with their food.
San Mateo is full of different restaurants that offer a variety of cuisines from across the globe. There is no dearth of Asian, Indian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern eateries, spread across the county. So when planning your dinner/lunch this Christmas you can get as experimental as you want! San Mateo will cater to all your needs. In fact the county also takes exceptional care of the transportation. For instance, people with disabilities can get non-medical transportation vans especially designed to keep them safe and comfortable during their journey from their residence to restaurant and back. These vans are available twenty four hours a day. 

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Vacationing In San Mateo during Christmas

In the United States, December is one of the most traveled months of the year. According to a survey, millions of people hit the road during the holidays. While some travel to see their family and friends others are drawn to specific destinations. One of the best places to visit during the holidays is San Mateo County in California. This place offers a wide variety of activities and events to take part in.

The Elves and the Shoemaker- play

On December 19, College of San Mateo Theatre will be showcasing a play called The Elves and the Shoemaker. This CTC classic is adored by both adults and children across the world. The play will make you laugh and will certainly keep the children entertained. Tickets for the show are reasonably priced at $8.75 per person.

Nutcracker by The Peninsula Youth Ballet

The Peninsula Youth Ballet will perform the holiday favorite, the Nutcracker on December 1st, December 7th and December 8th. Ticket prices will vary from $45 to $75. Performances will be held at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center. This classic is certainly a must watch.

Holiday Festival of Dance- 41st Anniversary

On 14th and 15th December more than five hundred dancers will come together for the “Holiday Festival of Dance.” This event is co-sponsored by San Mateo Dance Association and the San Mateo Parks & Recreation Department. The gym of San Mateo High School will be transformed into a theatrical production complete with music, lighting, choreography and costumes. This year is also the 41st Anniversary of this production. Hence, it’s going to be even bigger. Ticket price is in between $10 to $11.

Home for the Holidays

These are two family-friendly concerts that help the audience fit the joy of Christmas into the busy schedule. This program includes all time favorites such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas. There is also carol singing scrumptious buffet to indulge in between the two concerts. Ticket price is approximately $45.  

Ladies Night Holiday Party

An indulgent treat for all the moms, daughters, sisters, neighbors, girlfriends and co-workers! This holiday party brings together health, wellness and beauty professionals for fun, networking, learning, and getting spoiled.

Polar Express: Movie for kids

This whimsical holiday tale talks about a boy who wants to believe in Santa Clause even when all his friends have grown out of it. The movie lasts for about 99 minutes and is a lot of fun for kids. Children can watch it for free.

Tree Treasures

The History Museum will present a special program known as “Tree Treasures”. This will feature children’s crafts such as Christmas tree ornaments. Apart from this, during the afternoon, there will be a presentation of the Handbell Choir of the San Francisco State University who will sing some of the favorite holiday tunes. The entry to this event is free and people of all ages can attend it.

Christmukkahz Office Warming

December 19th is when Christmukkahz will begin, an event that will include photo booth fun, karaoke, yummy treats, and the like. This event is exceptionally fun for those who love to socialize.
Spending Christmas holidays in San Mateo County is nothing less than fun. From Christmas plays and carols to holiday parties, there is something for everybody. In fact, traveling in and around the county is also very convenient. The transportation system is well developed with extra shifts during the holidays. There is also provision for physically disabled people in the form of non-medical transportation vans. These vehicles are fully equipped to make vacations easy and fun for those who have a hard time traveling in normal cars or public buses.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Shopping in San Mateo County

San Mateo County is home to some of the best shopping centers in Bay Area. Big shopping malls such as Palo Alto's Stanford Mall and Daly City's Serramonte Center boast of department stores such as Macy's, Nordstrom, Tiffany and Co and Betsey Johnson. San Mateo also offers numerous boutique stores and retailers offering everything from culinary gifts and specialty pet accessories. Weekenders will also enjoy the picturesque boutiques located in Moss Beach and Half Moon Bay.

Serramonte Center

Serramonte Center has more than hundred and forty retail stores. The mall draws shoppers from all over the city and nearby places. Mervyn's, Macy's, and Target anchor the center. It also contains the biggest New York & Company of the world. Other popular stores include The Body Shop, Forever 21, Wet Seal and the like.

Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo

Hillsdale Shopping Center boasts of hundred and thirty specialty stores that are housed inside the Hillsdale Shopping Center. These stores include Macy's, Nordstrom, Sears and Mervyn's. TGI Friday's, Outback Steakhouse, Sbarro and Panda Express are some of the dining options at the place. The mall takes care of all shopping needs of enthusiasts.

Shops at Tanforan in San Bruno

Anchored by Target, Sears and JCPenny, the shops at Tanforan make a pleasant shopping experience. There are variety of other stores also located at Tanforan, such as Shoe Palace, Victoria's Secret, Spencer Gifts, Journey's and Hallmark. Apart from this, the shopping mall has a huge food court for those people who are looking for a break from shopping.

Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto

This shopping center is an elite outdoor mall which is home to Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Macy's and Bloomingdale's. People who have a taste for luxury will surely be impressed by the huge selection of luxury shops. Sharper Image, Tiffany & Co., J. Crew and Betsey Johnson are few of the other outlets in the mall.

Shopping at Burlingame

Eclectic boutiques, designer stores, and unique kid stores abound in Broadway and Burlingame Avenue, Burlingame's two main shopping districts. Burlingame Avenue is a lively, pedestrian-friendly place while Broadway is a little passive and focuses on street side cafés and quaint stores.

Shopping at Foster City

From clothes to house wares, Foster City offers something for everyone. There are also several city run shuttles that help shoppers to travel from one mall to another easily.

Shopping at Daly City

Daly City provides some of the peninsula's biggest shopping districts. Shopping centers such as Westlake Mall and Serramonte have become popular destinations for shopping enthusiasts looking for name brand stores. The malls also offer free parking, something which is very rare in San Francisco.

Shopping at San Carlos   

Laurel Avenue offers an approachable and charming stretch of restaurants, shops, and services in downtown San Carlos while the Hillsdale Shopping Center is an undisputed upscale shopping place in San Mateo County.

Shopping at Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay has numerous shopping districts that boast of unique clothing, accessories, and incredible works of art, jewelry stores, eco-friendly markets, and the like. One can find several charming family-owned shops at Downtown Half Moon Bay. Travelers can even buy specialty treats for their pets at the Doodledings Dog Bakery.
San Mateo County is not just charming and warm it is a dream destination for people who love to shop. It is also a friendly place for those with physical impairments. There are numerous transportation providers that offer non-medical transportation vans that can be hired to travel from one city to another. These vans are wheelchair friendly and can easily accommodate handicapped individuals and their travel companions.    

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Things to do with kids in San Mateo County

Couples with kids normally have a hard time choosing a place to vacation. Kids need to be kept busy or they can turn vacation time into hell time. One of the places that offer interesting activities for kids all year long is San Mateo County. Located in the San Francisco Bay area, the county features several museums, parks, camp trails, play centers and the like.  Here are some of the places you can visit during your vacation in San Mateo:

Coyote Point Park:

Coyote Point boasts of expansive grassy lands and large areas sectioned off for picnics. There is also a new play structure for kids and perhaps for young adults looking to recall their childhood. Because the grass lands are cushiony, parents do not have to worry about their kids getting hurt. However, since there is no place to get snacks or food, parents need to get their own.
While their kids are playing, the couple can enjoy a session of tanning by basking in the sun.

Central Park:

Central Park has something for everyone such as a children’s train, picnic areas, ball fields, grassy play areas, tennis courts, and children’s play ground. There are several community events that keep happening in the park as well. While the kids play, parents can enjoy the Japanese tea gardens and other activities.

Magic Mountain Playground:

Coyote Point is a recreational area that offers a range of activities such as, swimming, picnicking, windsurfing, jogging, bicycling, fishing, sailing and boating. Children will also love the dragon and castle themed Magic Mountain Playground. Visitors can observe live animals at the sanctuary. Apart from this, strolling along the beach and watching colorful boats, shorebirds, windsurfers, is a fun option.

Sawyer Camp Trail:

This trail at the Crystal Springs Reservoir is apt for several activities such as, running, walking, skating, rollerblading, horseback riding and bicycling. People of all ages can enjoy here. Moreover the beautiful scenery just adds to the overall experience.

Safari Run:

Safari run is a healthy entertainment center that offers seasonal camps that include crafts, games, and activities that are focused on specific themes, fitness and nutrition. Small group fitness classes are held for kids that are aimed at building a foundation of nutrition and exercise.

Hillsdale Shopping Center:

Hillsdale Shopping Center is known to have the finest collection of specialty shops and stores including Macy's, Nordstrom, and Sears. It also boasts of the Hillsdale Kid's Club that organizes different programs for kids. While parents can shop, kids can stay entertained with fun activities.  

Casanova Park:

Casanova Park is another haven for children that include a play area, basketball hoops and a picnic area. Parents on a budget vacation can certainly make use of this park to fill up their children’s time.

San Mateo County Fair:

San Mateo county fair brings families and communities together and offers something for everyone. There are rides, live stock, concerts, food, and several other exciting activities to keep people of all ages entertained. The fair is held during the summers for nine days.
Vacationing in San Mateo County with kids is exceptionally easy. There is no dearth of entertainment. Moreover, traveling in and around the cities is very easy. San Mateo boasts of a very well developed public transportation system. And in case someone needs special transportation due to a physically impaired family member then non medial transportation can also be available easily.  However, when traveling with kids, it is best to arrange for transportation beforehand. There are several companies that offer online booking for cabs and non medical transportation vans.