Articles by Kathy Manlapaz

5 to Watch for October

5 to Watch for October

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? Each month, Metro…

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Sankranti: Heaven Is an Indian Buffet in Sunnyvale

Sankranti: Heaven Is an Indian Buffet in Sunnyvale

The last place I thought I’d find all-you-can-drink Coronas was an Indian restaurant on Wolfe Road. But then again, Sankranti, Sunnyvale’s super-popular South Indian buffet, is home to no shortage of surprises. For starters, it’s located in an almost-abandoned strip mall right next door to…

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Silicon Valley’s Ultimate Pizza Guide

Silicon Valley’s Ultimate Pizza Guide

America’s favorite food also holds the title as the most contentious category to single out the best. People get personal about their slices, man. But rather than step into the line of fire and divide pizza lovers, we decided to celebrate the most treasured meal…

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Fan Friendlies: 25 Silicon Valley Sports Bars to Get in the Game

Fan Friendlies: 25 Silicon Valley Sports Bars to Get in the Game

Every sports bar has a story to tell, some through pints and pub grub, others through giant TVs and sound systems to knock socks off. We compiled this list of sports-sided watering holes to help keep fans connected to the action and each other. 4th…

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Pho Dao Passes Important Test: Mom’s

Pho Dao Passes Important Test: Mom’s

It’s a universally accepted fact that when it comes to food, moms knows best. After all, nobody can cook that certain dish quite like mom, and—fair or not—we will always compare new interpretations to mom’s secret recipes. So imagine my surprise when a Vietnamese friend…

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The 5: Steins, Kali & Academic Coffee Worth a Look-See

The 5: Steins, Kali & Academic Coffee Worth a Look-See

Six months is usually considered the earliest a new restaurant, craft cocktail lounge or coffee bar can receive a fair review. By then the kinks should have been worked out, the bad apples fired and the best dishes and drinks refined. But who’s got time…

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Kali Greek Kitchen Takes Minimal to the Max

Kali Greek Kitchen Takes Minimal to the Max

Kali Greek Kitchen is not the average gyro stand. That much is clear just upon setting foot in the cleverly designed space, which opened doors this past June on Palo Alto’s California Avenue. Boasting a minimalistic, Instagram-worthy aesthetic with a bright blue-and-white color palette reminiscent…

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San Patricios Gladly Fills Irish-Mexican Pub Void

San Patricios Gladly Fills Irish-Mexican Pub Void

Named for the legendary battalion of Irish immigrants, European expats, former slaves and U.S. Army defectors who fought alongside Mexico in the Mexican-American war of 1846, Irish pub San Patricios juxtaposes its multi-layered cultural influences while keeping things simple. It’s not the oldest bar on…

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Steins Breathes New Life into Cupertino Bar Scene

Steins Breathes New Life into Cupertino Bar Scene

On a hot summer evening, the living wall inside of Steins Beer Garden is a leafy green reprieve from the South Bay’s sweltering heat. The vertical garden, stacked to the ceiling with philodendron, is one of the many unique details found inside Steins’ new 6,500-square-foot…

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Getting Classy at Academic Coffee

Getting Classy at Academic Coffee

With hip-hop playing overhead and candied bacon served on Fridays, Academic Coffee is not a basic coffee shop, and nor is its history. Starting as a pop-up shop inside of downtown San Jose cocktail lounge Five Points, the coffee shop has since expanded to a stand-alone…

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