Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival award-winning pumpkin to star on Late Night with Conan O'Brien

This year’s Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival brought in contestants from far and wide. With pie-eating and costume contests, live music and vendors present, it was a fun time for all. A local tradition dating back 39 years, the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival has been regarded as“World Pumpkin Capital.” Contestants stand to win as much as their pumpkins weight with the award set at $6 per pound.Weighing in at 1,658 pounds, the prize pumpkin of the Half Moon Bay’s Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off is sure to give the guest couch of Late Night a test this evening as it takes the guest spotlight opposite comedian Conan O’Brien. However, the pumpkin will not simply be sitting pretty. It will stage a face off against the Monster Truck called Gravedigger in a feat that can only be called Truck Vs. Pumpkin. Pumpkin ‘daddy’ Don Young showcased his prize pumpkin at Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival and is looking forward to using the seeds inside his massive award winning gourd to grow his next winner.Being on screen with TV celebrities is nothing new to Young who brought his previous award-winning pumpkin to star on the Today Show back in 2007. But somehow a gladiatorial stand-off with a Monster Truck sounds more intriguing… and messier. Young and his pumpkin will face the competition tonight at 11:35 PM tonight.

The Authentic Peruvian Cuisine of La Costanera


La Costanera is housed in an impressive structure overlooking the ocean. With three levels of dining space covering 10,000 square feet, the restaurant itself is a work of art. Designed by Michael Brennan, the building takes full advantage of La Costanera’s location in providing its diners with an awe-inspiring view while they eat. Chef Carlos Altamirano’s impressive menu contains over thirty authentic Peruvian dishes and a fine array of Pisco cocktails.The Aguadito de Mariscos (also known as the ‘hangover soup’) is a delight of flavors combining mixed shellfish, Belgian ale and chocolate and is also a perfect starter. As far as the main dishes, the availability of fresh fish dishes ranges from octopus to ahi tuna. But make sure to leave room for desert or you may cry your way home along the beautiful sunset.Situated on the site of the old Chart House Restaurant, La Costanera is also the ideal location for dining functions as well as special events.Please visit the official website for more information.

Metal art by Ann Clemente on display at Menlo Park


A print maker by trade, Ann Clemente has turned from her previous style to what has been coined as Internal Expressionism. Using mixed media including jewelry and various paint pigments, her artistic exploration has been fascinating to watch. Her latest exhibit entitled “Marks and Metal” explores the significance and inherent power of precious metals as each work contains metallic leaf as part of its material. The show is inspired by the early works created tens of thousands of years ago. Ann Clemente. The exhibit at Café Zoe will explore not only the influence of primitive culture on modern art but also its spiritual significance.Ann Clemente will be displaying her unique art at Menlo Park through November 30th. The first of a four part series, Marks and Metal will conclude in 2010 at a special show held at San Francisco at the Museo ItaloAmericano.Please visit this online gallery for a preview of Ann Clemente’s artwork.