Wednesday, 28 August 2013

What are Some Fun Things to Do in San Mateo?

The many attractions of San Mateo keep the visitors busy with sightseeing, shopping, and exploring. From San Mateo's golf courses to amazing natural beauty, this place offers something to all!

San Mateo Attractions

Bridgepointe Shopping Center:

The shopping mall features dining, retail, residential and office spaces. Bridgepointe shopping center boasts of several stores such as, Old Navy, Target, Home Depot, Toys R Us, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Ethan Allen, and the like. There are also several dining opportunities available at the mall such as, Mimi's Café, BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse, Red Robin, and American Grill. Another attraction is the Ice Chalet Skating Rink that offers hockey, party facilities, skating, and a lot more.

Mariner's Point Golf Course:

The golf course is known to have ten most wanted driving ranges with about sixty four practice stalls, and correctly -marked target greens. The course runs for nine holes of picturesque and challenging play that overlooks the San Francisco Bay.

Downtown San Mateo:

This place offers excitement, diversity, and variety. There is something for everybody in this entertaining commercial area. With a twelve screen movie theater, about 100 restaurants, shopping and gourmet food there is nothing one can’t do.

Central park:

Central park is situated near downtown San Mateo and boasts of a big playground, tennis court, Japanese Tea Garden, and lounging area. It also has several restaurants close by with facilities to barbeque.

San Mateo's Best Brunch:

Sunday Champagne Brunch at the Crowne Plaza offers the most amazing seafood and fresh shellfish and profusion of salads and desserts. It is a must visit for everyone traveling to the place.

San Mateo County fair:

The pig race at the San Mateo County Fair is one of the most interesting attractions visitors need to attend. There's also the ride the bull attraction at the fair.

Ryder Park:

This park makes for an excellent area for children. There are restrooms, picnic areas, outdoor classrooms, and beautiful paths that have been landscaped and planted with local flora. There is also an aquatic play area for the children. Apart from this, kids can also ride their bikes at the bay trail. In fact, there is no dearth of adventure and entertainment that one can have at the park. 

Mode of Transportation In and Around San Mateo:

The transportation system in San Mateo is highly developed. The area boasts of several ways of commutation for locals and visitors alike, including,

Rail:

The Bay Area is serviced by the mass transit system. For instance, BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) is a commuter rail service that serves several parts of San Francisco and is directly connection to the SF International Airport. Apart from this, light rail services also operate in the area and normally run on street car lines that have been converted.

Buses:

Numerous bus transit agencies run in the area and cover almost every nook and corner of the place.

Traveling in a yellow cab, however, is one of the best ways to explore San Mateo. The place boasts of several reputed operators that cover every nook and corner. The cabs are driven by reputed, trained drivers that are well versed with the shortest routes and attractions. Apart from this, these yellow cabs also have an in-built GPS system and credit card machines. One of the best things about these vehicles is that they can be booked online. All the customer has to do is log onto the internet, visit the company’s website and fill a simple form.  They work 24 hours per day, seven days in a week and 365 days every year.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Great Places to Eat in San Mateo

San Mateo boasts of some great restaurants sprinkled in every nook and corner of the city. Here are some of the most popular eateries people go to when they want to enjoy a good meal:

Great American Grill (Hilton Garden Inn)

The Great American grill offers delicious California cuisine made with fresh ingredients. The grill has a very casual atmosphere and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. There is also complimentary Starbucks coffee which is served every morning.

The Melting Pot:

The Melting Pot is one of the finest restaurants in San Mateo. The place offers amazing alcohol and wine specials every week. In fact, there is also a fifty percent off on all wines on Monday. Dinner menu comprises of a variety of salads, chicken entrees served with fresh vegetables and delicious dipping sauces. The restaurant also serves vegetarians.

The Counter:

The Counter is a new burger franchise that's spreading around California steadily. The place offers people a personalized experience by displaying a large number of options for creating their own custom burgers (more than 300,000 combinations). From beef to turkey and from chicken to fish and veggies -- the staff can put almost anything between the two pieces of bread. The sauces, toppings, and sides are also endless. The place certainly offers great food and an excellent atmosphere.

Astaria:

Astaria is known for its small yet creative menu. Some of the appetizers include shredded potatoes with jack cheese, Wild Mushroom Stogies, Garlic Fries that are topped with onion strings, and the like. The dinner menu features several beef items but also offers chicken, seafood, pork chops and some vegetarian dishes as well. Apart from this, interesting varieties of pizzas made with fresh dough and ingredients are also served.

Luna:

Luna is a Japanese restaurant that serves an interesting variety of dishes. The most popular page of the menu--and also the highly recommended is the Japanese Tapas. The variety includes Japanese style bay shrimp, sauteed beef, tofu steak, and the like. The creations in the section often include traditional Japanese elements combined with other kinds of styles and food of cooking not usually found in Japanese dishes.

Himawari:

Himawari is another Japanese restaurant that serves ramen, a popular Japanese dish. Ramen typically contains noodles, in a meat-based, salty, broth with several toppings such as, green onions, sliced roasted pork, and eggs. All the dishes found at Himawari are known to have broth that uses chicken, pork, and seafood base. Hence, it's certainly not a vegetarian delight.

Other items include appetizers that feature fried tofu, gyoza, fried meats, kimchi, along with fried rice plates, salads, and sushi rolls.

While Mexican and Asian food is very common in California, South American food is normally more difficult to find. The abundance of eateries offering South American cuisine in San Mateo is pretty impressive and several of these restaurants deserve a visit. There is no dearth of Brazilian, Peruvian, Salvadoran restaurants. Hence, San Mateo can rightfully be called a food lover’s paradise. 

Traveling to the restaurants:

Alcohol is a big part of an elaborate American meal. In fact, certain dishes seem ordinary without a glass of wine, especially during dinner. Hence, to really enjoy the food at one of these restaurants, one needs to leave the driving to someone else. The best way to travel in and around San Mateo is to hire a yellow cab. The driver will not only know the best restaurants but will also make sure the diner returns to his/her place safely after enjoying the meal.  The best part is these cabs can be pre-booked via phone or through online reservations. They can also be called on the spot.

The trick, however, is to find the right company. It is advised to stick to a provider that is reliable and affordable. There are numerous reputed transportation businesses in San Mateo that offer such services at excellent prices.