Top 5 Places To Get A Good Burger In Palo Alto

Palo Alto is a community that is best reflected by the selection of restaurants and food trucks that allow residents to expand their horizons. Yet if you want to be reminded of your carnivorous habits then fear not: there are several establishments that serve burgers. For this list, fast-food will be excluded and unfortunately In-N-Out will not be included because it’s just too obvious of a selection.

Max’s Opera Café

After a long day at Stanford Shopping Center, you might crave a big chunk of meat along with a cold beer. Max’s Opera Café has a diverse menu that includes their own unique hand-smashed burgers. Patrons could choose between an 8 oz, 10 oz or 16 oz of meat along with their own toppings. The fries are also delicious but so are the in-house BBQ chips.

Slider Bar

If you are craving a burger but would also like a unique experience, you’ll want to come to Slider Bar for lunch. This burger spot is well known for its specially crafted burgers and truffle fries along with an excellent selection of beer. Because we all know miniature versions of things are just adorable to look at, even burgers.

Slider Bar, 324 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA, +1(650) 322-7300

Palo Alto Creamery Fountain and Grill

Also known as Peninsula Fountain & Grill, this classic has been the go-to spot for those in the tech industry that want to take a break for eating healthy to enjoy that American creation. Located in the center of downtown Palo Alto near University Avenue, Palo Alto Creamery Fountain and Grill has an excellent selection of burgers and other American staples.

The Old Pro

Need an ideal place to watch a game while making the best of every virtue and vice? Then stop by The Old Pro. A sports bar in the center of Palo Alto, this establishment laughs in the face of all the bourgeois restaurants. Enjoy a few beers with a juicy burger or challenge your friends to ride the mechanical bull.

The Old Pro, 541 Ramona St, Palo Alto, CA, +1(650) 326-1446

Kirk’s Steakburgers

Located at Town & Country Village, across the street from Leland Stanford Jr. University, is the perfect burger spot. Kirk’s Steakburgers is the ideal place when you are craving a monstrous burger, like the Big Kirk, along with a variety of styles of steak fries. Its location makes it the perfect burger spot to check out before or after a Cardinals game.

Kirk’s Steakburgers 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA, +1(650) 326-6159

Disclaimer* – The writer was listening to Cheeseburgers in Paradise by Jimmy Buffet while writing this article. That will explain the many familiar references.

Written for The Culture Trip
Original Article: Top 5 Places To Get A Good Burger In Palo Alto


Why shooters should stop imitating Modern Warfare

Call of Duty is a unique franchise, for twice in one decade did its revolutionary game-play redefine a genre and set the new standards for other games to follow. One has to appreciate the first time when it broke with the “lone wolf” concept while pushing the Quake III-engine to its limits.

The second time; Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare took what made the franchise successful and introduced a fast-paced action game-play set in a visually detailed environment while making the game itself user friendly. This was the final push that made video games a respectable media and a major part of mainstream culture.

However it became less about making an actual game and more about making a game that tries to be an action movie (an issue pointed out by Luke McKinny in 6 Video Games That Just Didn’t Get It). Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was great the first play through but over time it loses the fun and it feels like you have no say in the action except for “kill or be killed”.

Unfortunately because of Call of Duty’s popularity; FPS (first person shooter) franchises have attempted to imitate its success. A few have done it successfully by borrowing some of its desired elements while many have just done a “copy & paste” the content into their games.

Medal of Honor, Crysis 2 and Killzone 3 are good examples to look at for games that have borrowed elements of Call of Duty successfully. Both used what they felt was needed to enhance the game-play without having to compromise the aspects that made it a unique game.

On the other side of the spectrum you have games like Homefront, Battlefield 3, and Goldeneye 007 that took the “copy & paste” approach. Homefront was over hyped as a new style of shooter created by John Milus only to be nothing more but a watered down Call of Duty. Battlefield 3’s single player campaign was heavily panned for being too much like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 at a slower pace. It was the Call of Duty-aspects in the Goldeneye 007-remake that robbed gamers of what made the original so unique.

Like with the sand-box / crime trend that was started with Grand Theft Auto III; developers are taking a style that is popular and imitating it in the laziest way possible. Also like Grand Theft Auto III; for every original work that was released the market was flooded with five clones.

The harsh point is that, just like Grand Theft Auto, the game-play aspects that have made Call of Duty a success only works with Call of Duty.

Sadly one could not expect for this trend to fade away soon due to the volume of success and cost effective production. For example: 24 hours after its release; Call of Duty: Black Ops sold 5 million units while earning $360 million, that is double the success of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt.1 on its opening weekend. Meanwhile: Grand Theft Auto IV made $500 million during its release week but was produced on a budget of $100 million (making it one of the most expensive games developed). Call of Duty: Black Ops had an estimated budget of $10 million.

With this volatile market; the gaming industry is taking a cue from Hollywood and playing it safe. So while Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 may not have added anything new for the FPS-genre; it has made Activision a lot of money at a small production cost. Unfortunately too many developers will very poorly try to imitate Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in 2012 thinking it will produce the same results

Written for GameBeats
Original Article: Why shooters should stop imitating Modern Warfare

The Party . . .

Shirtless and with a black star painted on his face in homage to the rock band Kiss, Levi Rosenthal jumped into the fountain in the middle of the Main Quad during his performance at Club Day.

“The one thing I want the clubs and students at De Anza to remember me by is my quote of have fun and in doing so you truly get to live life,” said Levi.

Despite delays and bad weather, De Anza College held its Club Day on Thursday Jan. 31, where many of the clubs came out to show their style while recruiting new members.

Originally scheduled for Jan. 24, Club Day was changed because of bad weather. Despite the cold and momentary showers on the new date, the event was something not to be missed.

There were a variety of clubs that focused on every thing from sports and academics to religion, business, social activism and cultural heritage.

Clubs representing cultural heritage were out in full force. The Vietnamese Student Association, Jews, Israelis and Friends and the Casa De Macau are clubs open to everyone interested in and wishing to better understand other cultures.

Business clubs exist as a way to attract students interested in understanding the economy and the stock market. “If you wanna be rich join our club,” said Robby Roekman, member of the De Anza Stock Trader.

The event began at 11 a.m. with most of the clubs displaying pictures of past events, books, pamphlets and awards that they had received. Some of the clubs displayed items that were related to their theme or their cultural heritage.

Clubs also pulled out some team spirit and entertained students throughout the day. The Disabled Students Unlimited demonstrated their singing talents with members belting out a few songs, including Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ In The Wind”.

The De Anza Cheer and Dance Team displayed dancing skill and cheer sprit. “Life is a dance”, said Katya Barrows, member of the De Anza Cheer and Dance Team.

The De Anza Tae Kwon Do Club put their martial arts skills on display in a two-part performance. First, members simulated a street brawl to a crowd of on-lookers. Then, in the second part of their performance, members kicked through sets of wooden boards.

In their grand finale, one member kicked through several boards being held by two other Tae Kwon Do Club members.

Despite high expectations, the Vietnamese Students Association was unable to perform their Dragon Dance at this Club Day because they could not find a member who qualified to be the head.

Not all the performances were by clubs, though. The Inter Club Council held a limbo contest open to every one, awarding a prize of $5 to the winner. Several club members from De Anza Tae Kwon Do, Circle K, Cheer, VSA, and the whales from WISE 37 attempted to show their limbo skills.

It was after Rosenthal’s performance that the event came to an end and by 1:30 all that was once club day had been cleaned up.

Published for La Voz Weekly
Website: The Party…