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.