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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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Freshening Up at Saratoga Corner Cafe

Freshening Up at Saratoga Corner Cafe

On an unassuming corner of Saratoga—an area heavy with traffic but sparse for eateries—a new restaurant has taken root, bringing the fresh flavors of the Mediterranean to the South Bay’s Saratoga-Cupertino border. Opened less than six months ago by brothers Esam and Milad Shaquir, Saratoga…

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Silicon Valley Pride Goes Dancing in the Dark

Silicon Valley Pride Goes Dancing in the Dark

Thaddeus Campbell had an epiphany in the desert. After attending the Greater Palm Springs Pride festival for several years, he noticed a not-so-subtle difference when the event moved from a daytime affair to an evening celebration. There were more people—lots more. After returning home to…

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SoFA District Sprouts New Farmers Market

SoFA District Sprouts New Farmers Market

Roger Springall has heard the questions for years, but he never had a good answer. New residents would come into his downtown San Jose coffee shop, Caffe Frascati, and ask where to shop for groceries. Apart from the limited offerings of Safeway and Grocery Outlet,…

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Flights Answers the Question: Why Settle?

Flights Answers the Question: Why Settle?

Life is full of painful decisions, such as which burger to choose or which cocktail to order. If only we could try a little bit of everything on the menu. For the indecisive among us, Alex Hult has just the place. The owner of Hult’s…

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