Best Frost-Bites

By: Michael Bentley What’s better than a meal that you can cook in less than three minutes? As a soon to be college student, I realized I needed to find a quick and easy addition to the standard dorm cuisine, and I know just the thing: microwave mac and cheese. Which mac and cheese  will …

Avocado Toast Review

By: Sebastian Golden One afternoon, having been released from my schooling for the day, I decided to take a stroll down San Mateo’s Third Avenue. Partway down the street I noticed a large, bright green sign, bearing the words AVOCADO TOAST. I questioned whether this was the establishment’s name or its menu, but either way …

The NDP Experience: Emilia’s Pizzeria

Nick’s Delicious Pizza Experience By: Nicholas Dal Porto It’s 4:15 p.m. and dozens of people are hastily dialing and redialing a number on their phones. For every lucky person who gets through, there’s 25 other busy tones being dished out. You’re probably thinking these people are after some free product or trying to buy tickets to …

The NDP Experience: Totos Pizzaria

Nick’s Dependable Pizza Experience By: Nicholas Dal Porto Few pizza places in the Bay Area have endured as long as Toto’s. Well known for its many varieties of pizza and other Italian dishes, it’s a local chain, with three restaurants – located in Belmont, San Bruno, and San Mateo. Whether you need to feed a party or …

Sweet Oracle Experience

By: Michael Bentley Although eating an Oracle intersession class lunch is seen as a treat for many students, it is not without its challenges. After a student piles on whatever meat and bread the company offers that day, conveniently forgetting the salad, they are approached with the time old question: what dessert should I take? …

The NDP Experience: Howie’s Artisan Pizza

Nick’s Delightful Pizza Experience By: Nicholas Dal Porto Howie’s Artisan Pizza is one of the newer additions to the Bay Area pizza scene, popping up in 2009, with one location in Palo Alto. Since then, they’ve been producing beautiful handmade pizza pies every day. Howie’s was started by Howard Bulka, a Bay Area chef and pizza …

The NDP Experience: Giovanni’s Pizza

Nick’s Decent Pizza Experience By: Nicholas Dal Porto If you’re out and about and looking for a no nonsense, quick slice of pizza pie, Giovanni’s Pizzeria in Sunnyvale is a great option. Located conveniently on Lawrence Expressway, it’s a small no-frills family-run joint that makes a surprisingly good pizza. Giovanni’s got its start in New York, when …

Bargaining Chip: America’s Favorite Snack Currency

By: Nicholas Dal Porto Potato chips have been a staple of the American snack cuisine since 1817. Endless varieties and flavors line the supermarket and convenience store shelves, waiting to be consumed and satisfy the eater’s craving. However, these expansive options can be confusing and frustrating. What’s the difference between “Uncle Joe’s Kettle Fried Chip …

Best Local Hot Pot Restaurants

By Ashley Fong As I walked down E 4th Ave in Downtown San Mateo, I noticed a sign that read “Boiling Point Coming Soon.”  I couldn’t contain my excitement – one of my favorite hot pot places was finally going to be nearby!  Boiling Point is an individual style hot pot restaurant but there are …