If you're in the mood for some really spicy food, head over to Jing Jing [map] and get ready to lose some taste buds to their famously hot & spicy dishes. Some of our favorites: the Chef's Special Orange Peel Beef, Szechwan Dan Dan Mein (Noodles), and of course, Kung Pao Chicken.
In a hurry? Go to World Wrapps [map] at the corner of University and Emerson. Curtis likes their wasabi-laced Samurai Salmon Bowl with a smoothie to wash it down.
If there's too much cash burning a hole in your back pocket, walk down Emerson to Whole Foods Market [map] and exchange your yuppie food coupons for some organic yuppie treats.
We all (but especially DeeAnn) scream for ice cream! The Peninsula Creamery (a.k.a. Peninsula Fountain & Grill) [map] at Emerson and Hamilton has been serving great milkshakes since 1923. If Whole Foods didn't clean you out, go crazy and order the Bubbly Burger (which comes with a bottle of Dom Perignon).
If you're looking for something more European, Gelato Classico [map] a few blocks away offers tasty Italian ices and is right across the street from the Aquarius Theatre. Speaking of which...
Back on University Avenue, the Stanford Theatre [map] shows classic American films, including silent and black-and-white cinema. And every Christmas Eve, they have a special screening of It's a Wonderful Life, which Curtis and DeeAnn never miss if they're home for the holidays.
It's not downtown, but the Stanford Shopping Center [map] is a mecca for conspicuous consumers from all walks of life. And it has sentimental value, since it's where we met Alton Brown of Good Eats on his 2004 book tour.
Techno-geeks can make a pilgrimage to the original HP garage [map], where Bill Hewlett and David Packard built their first product together: the Model 200A resistance-capacitance audio oscillator! Please, try to contain your excitement.
St. Thomas Aquinas Church [map] is the oldest church in Palo Alto, but more importantly, it's where the title characters in Harold and Maude first meet. Bring some licorice for your visit.
In addition to the Women's Club, there are plenty of historic sites all along Homer Avenue. If the weather is clement, you might consider taking a stroll one afternoon.