Articles by Kathy Manlapaz

Five New Restaurants to Watch in November

Five New Restaurants to Watch in November

Six months is usually considered the earliest a new restaurant, bar or coffeeshop can receive a fair review. By then the kinks should be ironed out, the bad apples fired and the dishes and drinks refined. But who’s got time for that? This feature takes…

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Bar Fly: Horsin’ Around at the Normandy Lounge

Bar Fly: Horsin’ Around at the Normandy Lounge

Choices. Options. Decisions. It’s a tightrope any way you look at it. Make one mistake and you spiral into a unforgiving Sarlacc pit. That’s modern life, or at least that’s what we are told. I pondered this while I scanned the offerings in Mr. Harada’s…

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Mami Cheli’s Gets Cheesy with pan-Latin American Flavor

Mami Cheli’s Gets Cheesy with pan-Latin American Flavor

Had pizza originated in El Salvador, it would taste like the cheesy pupusa at Mami Cheli’s. First of all, it’s a thing of beauty when it comes off the grill. Some of the cheese oozes out of the dough while it’s cooking. Then it embeds…

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Soup’s On

Soup’s On

Diets have always been heavily influenced by the seasons. Historically, summer has been associated with eating fresh summer squash and berries, while the winter found people turning to citrus and root vegetables. Unfortunately, while our globalized marketplace, refrigeration and other preservation techniques have given us…

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Pure Bread

Pure Bread

Bread has been under attack for nearly 50 years now. Beginning in 1972, with the publication of Dr. Robert Atkins’ treatise on the alleged virtues of eating meat and cutting out carbs. Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution demonized bread and championed a high-protein diet. While the…

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Fall Feasting: Oktoberfest in Silicon Valley

Fall Feasting: Oktoberfest in Silicon Valley

The original Oktoberfest, held in 1810, was meant to be a one-time affair, a celebration of the marriage of Prince (later King) Ludwig I to Princess Theresa of Saxe-Hildburghausen. The citizens (a.k.a. burghers) of Munich celebrated for five full days in front of the city…

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Volleyball, pop music converge at p1440

Volleyball, pop music converge at p1440

The p1440 San Jose Invitational is more than a three-day volleyball tournament. In fact, it’s part of a list of p1440 events highlighting volleyball, live music and personal development hitting major cities including Las Vegas, San Diego and Huntington Beach this year. Each night, after…

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Khaosan Thai rises above by digging deeper into tradition

Khaosan Thai rises above by digging deeper into tradition

Ever wonder why Thai people—who are only about .04 percent of the U.S. population—have such a disproportionately high number of restaurants? When compared to another minority Asian group such as Filipinos, who are nearly 20 times (.66 percent) the population, the numbers are mystifying. Performing…

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Five To Watch: Burgers, Soul Food, Savory Soup and Brunch

Five To Watch: Burgers, Soul Food, Savory Soup and Brunch

Six months is usually considered the earliest a new restaurant, bar or coffeeshop can receive a fair review. Each month, Metro spotlights five of the newest places we think are worth a look-see. Toast Café & Grill 1411 Bird Ave, San Jose 408.320.1575 Just a…

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Mingle’s Mango is a hidden gem on San Jose’s South Side

Mingle’s Mango is a hidden gem on San Jose’s South Side

It can be a bit tedious sifting through Yelp in an attempt to find new and interesting restaurants to review. After two years on the beat, it can sometimes feel like there’s nothing new worth writing about. And then I strike gold and am reminded…

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