Saturday, June 4, 2016

Palo Alto's Secret Garden

Tucked away from the rest of Stanford University's main tourist attractions, an eccentric and whimsical garden sits on the far northern tip of campus. Surrounded by a grove of oak and eucalyptus trees, its densely tangled prickly pear plants and towering yucca trees stand out starkly to passersby, leaving many curious about how a plot of land straight out of the Sonoran desert came to exist just yards away from the Stanford Mausoleum. Unbeknownst to many students and visitors, the Arizona Cactus Garden is one of Stanford's oldest living attractions, with roots reaching back to the late 1800s. Boasting over 17,000 square feet of green space, the quadrilaterally symmetrical and American West-inspired garden was designed by acclaimed landscape gardener Rudolph Ulrich between 1881 and 1883. The Arizona Garden was an unusual sight even by the standards of its time in the Gilded Age, a period that was marked by ostentatious wealth. In its heyday, it included thousands of varieties of cacti and succulents that rarely, if ever, grew naturally in the Bay Area. More

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Palo Alto gets another nitrogen ice cream shop

Creamistry, a franchised chain of nitrogen ice cream shops, is opening a location in downtown Palo Alto. Much like the popular Smitten (which was born in San Francisco and has a location in Los Altos) and Scoop Microcreamery in Palo Alto, Creamistry uses liquid nitrogen to make its ice cream. With a temperature of minus-321 degrees Fahrenheit, liquid nitrogen can be used to freeze a base mixture on the spot. Scoop, for example, makes its ice cream in small batches, whereas Creamistry and Smitten makes each order on the spot. More

Monday, February 22, 2016

Palo Alto Man Uses Bike in Crime Spree

A man who allegedly used a bright blue bike as part of short crime spree in south Palo Alto on Thursday evening was arrested later in the day while sitting on bus bench. Police said Brandon Robert Yamagata, 30, was booked Thursday night on an assortment of charges related to a string on incidents that began at SummerWinds Nursery at 725 San Antonio Road. According to police, Yamagata stopped by the nursery shortly before 6 p.m., around closing time, and told an employee, a woman in her 60s, that he needs to use the restroom. Shortly after she let him in, the employee spotted the man in the nursery's office, holding a computer tower. He immediately ran away with the equipment and rode off on a bright blue bicycle, police said. More