About Town: Mikey Hoag
Photo Credit: Annie Barnett
Each year, since 2012, Atherton resident Mikey Hoag has gathered guests for a gala she founded, Part the Cloud, to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. This year, the event takes place on Saturday, April 30, at the Rosewood Sand Hill, a fitting location given its proximity to the plethora of research centers in Silicon Valley dedicated to researching the disease with no known cure (both of Hoag’s parents received Alzheimer’s diagnoses). As Peninsula residents and San Franciscans alike prepare to gather in the South Bay for the benefit, Hoag has compiled a list of her preferred spots to shop, dine, and hike in Palo Alto and Menlo Park.
MADERA AT THE ROSEWOOD SAND HILL This is a great spot to grab lunch outdoors on the patio. The view can’t be beat and the salads are always impeccable.
FLEA ST. CAFÉ My favorite dinner spot has excellent organic California cuisine, great cocktails, and a fun atmosphere. All the food is sourced locally. The amuse “taste of the season” is always something wonderful, and often includes something from owner Jessie Cool’s own garden. The smoked trout appetizer served with homemade potato chips and a frisée salad is a must.
COUPA CAFÉ A lively and vibrant local spot, Coupa Café’s delicious—and fun to look at—coffee and light snacks is in the heart of Palo Alto. It has a nice outdoor area that is a perfect place to sit and read during any season.
PLUTO’S This quintessential spot for salads and sandwiches with a California twist, is the place for a quick Lunch on the go.
KICKS The best destination for cute gifts for girlfriends, that is owned and run by some of my favorite people!
ANGELA This Menlo Park boutique is my go-to destination for beautiful clothes and accessories. The shop stocks a great variety of designers in an attractive and bright space.
HIKING THE DISH There’s no better view of the Bay Area than from this hike on the Stanford University campus. It’s about three miles long, and it’s perfect when you want to do something outdoors.
Pictured: Mikey Hoag
Photo by Annie Barnett