It’s that time of year when locals start itching to break out the skis, snowboards and snow gear and flock to resorts in Aspen and Park City, as well as farther-flung destinations in Canada, Asia and Europe. But those whose schedules don’t permit a snowy vacation right now need not fret: Quattro at the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley is bringing everything you love about the winter resort experience straight to the Peninsula (extreme weather not included). The restaurant and hotel present Après, a winter pop-up running through February 28 that features a menu centered on warmth and togetherness.
Quattro at the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley 2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto www.fourseasons.com/siliconvalley
The venue has partnered with famed Champagne house Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin to create culinary offerings that promote a shared experience. Enjoy Gruyère and Champagne fondue, American bison sliders, sweet potato and braised oxtail poutine — all washed down with spiked hot chocolate.
“Quattro has been a popular mainstay for so many Bay Area residents since its opening in 2006, that we wanted to do something new to encourage residents and their families to take another look at utilizing our beautiful outdoor terrace, which is so popular in summer, but under-utilized in winter,” explains James Tattersall, director of marketing at the hotel.
The terrace has been beautifully designed to reflect the comfort and luxury of a mountainside resort. Après is also screening films on the terrace. In December, classics such as Home Alone and Love Actually will be shown. January will be dedicated to family-friendly viewings, with favorites like Happy Feet and Frozen on the docket, while February pays homage to Oscar season, rotating winners like La La Land and Brooklyn.
While the delectable food, drink and entertainment already provide plenty of reasons to head over to Après, there’s yet another: “We will be partnering with a local charity and donating a portion of the cost of the spiked hot chocolate being sold to a charity,” says Tattersall. “Our guests can feel good about indulging in these winter warmers.” — Julissa James
Barry’s Bootcamp 228 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto www.barrysbootcamp.com
Barry’s Bootcamp, the boutique fitness studio with a cult following, will open at the Stanford Shopping Center in January and will quickly follow with a second studio in Burlingame. “Stanford Shopping Center is one of the premier retail destinations in the country and a perfect fit for our brand,” says Adam Shane, a founding partner of Barry’s Palo Alto. The newly opened 4,500-square-foot space features full locker rooms with Oribe hair products, and complimentary towel service. Additionally, freshly made smoothies will power clients after class. — Katie Sweeney
Coffeebar 2020 Broadway St., Redwood City www.coffeebar.com
Less than a year after bowing in Menlo Park, Coffeebar owner Greg Buchheister is doubling down on the Peninsula with an outpost in Redwood City. A soft opening is currently slated for the latter part of December. Soon, it’ll be even easier for locals to grab one of their delicious lavender lattes for the commute on Caltrain. The daytime menu in Redwood City will be similar to the one in Menlo Park, with toothsome breakfast burritos, bowls, sandwiches and salads. In the evenings, the plan is to serve beer, wine and small plates. — Anh-Minh Le
Cuyana 660 Stanford Shopping Center, #122A, Palo Alto www.cuyana.com
With a pop-up at Stanford Shopping Center, just south of its San Francisco headquarters, Cuyana now has a physical presence on the Peninsula. Co-founder and CEO Karla Gallardo is no stranger to the area: She received her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her fellow founder, Shilpha Shah, the company’s CXO, earned her MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. The pair’s temporary store showcases Cuyana’s chic wardrobe essentials — among them, leather handbags, alpaca sweaters and scarves, silk tops and dresses, crisp poplin shirts, and timeless trench coats. If you’re in luck, you might find the same mini chain saddle bag that Meghan Markle has been spotted wearing. — Anh-Minh Le
Aye Lét 855 El Camino Real (Town & Country Village), Palo Alto www.babkabyayelet.com
Ayelet Nuchi has taken babka to the next level. The Tel Aviv-born pastry chef’s weeks-old Aye Lét bakery specializes in the cakelike bread — and not just the usual chocolate and cinnamon varieties. Nuchi’s creations are also swirled with flavors such as halva and maple, in addition to savory options: a tomato with mozzarella pairing and a parmesan-pine nut-butternut squash combination. Salads and seasonal menu items are in the works as well.
In her previous role as a caterer for nearly two decades, Nuchi’s babka was especially popular, prompting her to launch a place that focuses on the treat. The interior’s 900 square feet are awash in pink and gray hues, with accents that include Carrara marble counters and a dark green velvet sofa. Tables and counter seating also invite guests to stay awhile — nibbling on babka while sipping a Four Barrel coffee drink or freshly made mint tea. “I was trying to create a small apartment,” Nuchi says of the atmosphere. “I like to have people over all the time and instead of baking from my house, I’m taking it outside [to the bakery].” — Anh-Minh Le