Composting Mar25

Composting

We are a community of smart, caring people who are concerned about the environment. It only makes sense that Mountain View has a few composting options. The first thing we can do is support restaurants that compost, as they are putting in the effort to divert materials away from the landfill and instead return it back to the Earth. It is being turned into nutritious soil. Here’s a list of the restaurants in Mountain View that are currently participating in Recology’s Commercial Composting program: -           Hobee’s (2312 Central Expwy) -      Scott’s Seafood (420 Castro) -       Crepevine (300 Castro) -           Sono Sushi (357 Castro)...

Harmony and Cijjo

Yesterday our office went out for spa-day together, manicures, pedicures, massages and then lunch. That’s one great thing about working at the Chamber of Commerce; we know all the good places to go in Mountain View.  We went for hot-stone massages at Harmony Reflexology Spa. And manicures or pedicures at Spoil Me Salon. Those two businesses are just a few doors apart from each other in Blossom Valley Shopping Center at the intersection of Miramonte and Cuesta. It worked out perfectly. I organized the appointments so that we were in two groups and we traded places (businesses) after an hour.  Harmony Reflexology Spa has been open less than a...

Spoil Me Salon

I have been spoiled. I went to the new Spoil Me Full Service Salon last week. Tanya Momi, owner of Spoil Me Salon, has been in business in Mountain View since 1988. The salon has moved several times in the last 26 years and the clients have followed. The new location is in the shopping center at the intersection of Miramonte Ave and Cuesta Drive, Blossom Valley Shopping Center. I love that I can park my car and go to the post office, Safeway and Spoil Me Salon all in one convenient stop.   I had a manicure and a spa pedicure. Tanya has a different approach than other places I’ve been to recently. The first thing I noticed is that she buffed...

Empire Vintage Feb19

Empire Vintage

Did you know that we have a new vintage clothing store in downtown Mountain View? Yes, Empire Vintage opened about a month ago. They had previously been in Palo Alto for 4 years and were very successful there, but decided to relocate to beautiful downtown Mountain View and aren’t we lucky!...

Asian Box Feb11

Asian Box

I always hesitate to say that a restaurant is “my favorite” because competition in this area is so tough that places don’t always stay open for very long. I’m can tell you that I’m comfortable saying that Asian Box is my new favorite. The food is fresh, healthy and clean, just the way I like...

Staff Picks

We thought it would be fun to put together a list of staff picks :  Alicia: Favorite place to people watch – outdoors: Eagle Park Favorite place to people watch – indoors: Starbucks off Shoreline/101 (especially on concert days) Favorite place to see a live performance: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts Favorite nonprofit: Leadership Mountain View, of course Favorite place to “chill out”: Shoreline Lake Favorite Happy Hour: Scott’s Seafood Favorite bartender(s):  Arturo and Andrew at Scott’s Seafood Favorite sommelier: Winston Jones at Savvy Celler Wines  Diana: Favorite New Restaurant: Paul...

Paul Martin’s American Grill

Paul Martin’s American Grill opened this week. I went to the soft-opening on Friday. The food was outstanding. I ordered a Castroville Artichoke as an appetizer, the Cedar Plank Salmon as my entree, a Meyer Lemon Drop martini or two, and Devils Food Cake for dessert. Of course, I also tried a bite or two from the other plates at my table. All of us kept saying over and over how much we enjoyed our meals. Our waiter was charming. We ordered lots of drinks and took almost 3 hours to finish our meal. I now have the honor of saying that we were the last customers to leave on their first day of business. I’m really happy about this new...

Tour of KMVT Dec04

Tour of KMVT

KMVT invited my office for a tour. We stayed for about an hour and each of us had a chance to get in front of the camera and say a few words about our role at the Chamber of Commerce. They wanted us to see how easy and fun it is to make a PSA or do any number of things to better connect with...

Chomp & Nibble

Mountain View has all kinds of start-ups and they aren’t always technology. I recently read an article “The 6 Types of Startups” and immediately thought of Paula Bogard, founder of Chomp & Nibble. She loves animals and her passion shows.  Chomp & Nibble is a homemade dog food delivery...

Drum Circle

I attended my first drum circle last weekend. It was at East West Bookstore on Castro Street. I’ve gone to quite a few different events at East West over the years, but this was my first experience with a drum. I had never even touched a drum before I sat down to play with 70 other people....

Ava’s Deli is open! Nov12

Ava’s Deli is ...

We’ve all been waiting for Ava’s Downtown Market & Deli to open their deli and our wait has come to an end. Our office walked down to the deli for lunch today. Everything is so shiny and new and the selection of sandwiches looks great to me. I remember when Ann told me that...

Villa Rouge Oct22

Villa Rouge

Villa Rouge recently moved from Villa Street to Castro Street and it’s twice the size.  If you haven’t stopped by to see the new store, you should check it out. Everyone knows that Mountain View has a ton of amazing restaurants, and we’re all pretty spoiled… but some...

Recipe Sack

I love to cook but sometimes, I must admit, I’m simply too tired to be creative when it comes to making dinner. That’s why I was interested when I heard about a new Mountain View start-up called Recipe Sack. I met with the founder, Savitha Rao last week. She told me about her company and her brilliant idea to put together all of the dry ingredients and some really detailed directions so people can make Indian food at home. She didn’t use the word “brilliant.” That’s my opinion of her product! The first thing that I really love about Recipe Sack is that I don’t like having to buy an entire bottle of an expensive spice just to make one dish....

New Dog Park Oct14

New Dog Park

October 19, 2013 is the official opening of the highly anticipated new Dog Park! It’s at the Village at San Antonio Center. I’m really looking forward to the final decision about the which lucky dog will be crowned as the Dog Mayor of the Dog Park. The votes are still being accepted The...

Wine Walk

You should really plan on attending the Wine Walk.  It’s October 10th 2013 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. It’s a new event in Mountain View and the organizers are selecting wineries that are local, Livermore, and places that have outstanding wine. No kidding, tons of “research” has gone into this...