Blue Bottle Coffee drips into Palo Alto’s HanaHaus 

click to enlarge Osteria Coppa in San Mateo is serving special Sunday suppers featuring four courses _ starter, pasta, entree and dessert _ for $32.95. - COURTESY  PHOTO
  • Osteria Coppa in San Mateo is serving special Sunday suppers featuring four courses _ starter, pasta, entree and dessert _ for $32.95.
The source of buzz in every sense of the word, Blue Bottle Coffee is now in Palo Alto. The company, which started as a small roaster in Oakland and expanded to San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo, now has a home inside HanaHaus, a new, ambitious café and community workspace in Palo Alto's historic 1920s-era Varsity Theater. Global software giant SAP is behind the 15,000-square-foot-project. Blue Bottle's cafe menu includes espresso drinks, drip coffee and New Orleans-style iced coffee. Meanwhile, The Gibraltar (a double-shot of espresso and a bit of milk served in a glass) is not on the menu, but it's not a secret, either. A modest breakfast menu features a Belgian waffle with orange compote and thick Firebrand toast with poached eggs. Lunch offerings include a Cubano sandwich or a chicken-tarragon-currant salad. Cookies and pastries from Blue Bottle's Oakland kitchen, such as the unbeatable sesame absinthe cigars, also are served. Seating is in the main lobby or gorgeous outdoor courtyard; there's no shortage of laptops, entrepreneurs and cappuccinos in both areas.

456 University Ave., Palo Alto; (650) 326-1263.


Switching from coffee to tea, the Taiwan-based global pearl milk tea chain Gong Cha has unveiled a café in downtown Palo Alto, its fourth Bay Area location. The menu features brewed teas, milk teas, a "Mustache Series" (teas with milk foam on top) and the "Creative Mix Series" (interesting combinations such as lychee oolong tea, or lemon wintermelon tea with basil seeds). Tapioca pearls are in most of the drinks, and customers may order to their desired level of sweetness. There's limited seating in the cafe, but many benches nearby.

439 Waverly St., Palo Alto; (650) 494-4173.


Canines and humans are invited to the third annual "Goin' To The Dogs" benefit for the Peninsula Humane Society, which runs from noon to 3 p.m. April 12 at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. Housemade Mavericks bones are being served to the pooches, and while food and housemade brews are on tap for the people. Live music and pet adoptions round out the fun.

390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay; (650) 728-2739.


Looking for a special way to end your weekend? San Mateo's Osteria Coppa offers a four-course, $32.95 fixed price Sunday Supper, served family-style (inspired by the Italian custom of families gathering to share leisurely meals before another busy week begins). Menu selections change weekly. The April 12 meal includes a marinated beets and blood orange salad and fusili al forno to start, arctic char with Meyer lemon gremolata for the entree, and Bartlett pear crostata for dessert.

139 S B St., San Mateo; (650) 579-6021.


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