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TAOB Pit Stop and the High Art of Smoked Meats

TAOB Pit Stop and the High Art of Smoked Meats

The tools an artist chooses can be a very personal decision. While most pick traditional instruments (e.g. guitar, paintbrush or pen), some pick more unorthodox options. Art Campos’ tools consists of wood, smoke, spices and meat—lots and lots of meat. What he does might sound…

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Square Bar Cafe: Inside the Insta Bubble

Square Bar Cafe: Inside the Insta Bubble

It was 100 degrees when I pulled up to a plaza of small Vietnamese restaurants and markets at Story Road and McLaughlin Avenue. Barren and aged, this looked to be the last place on earth to host the freshest, most Insta-worthy cafe in the South…

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Pizzetta 408: Slice to Meet You

Pizzetta 408: Slice to Meet You

To understand the power of pizza in this country, one need only consider it’s the only specific type of food that has its own Washington, D.C., lobbying group. And for good reason: Americans reportedly eat 41 million slices of pizza on any given day from…

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Authentic as the Moon: Luna Mexican Kitchen

Authentic as the Moon: Luna Mexican Kitchen

The nose starts to run and the tongue begins to burn, but the senses demand more. More beans, more corn and more chile. These are the holy trinity, says Jo Lerma-Lopez, owner and chef of Luna Mexican Kitchen, the newest restaurant on The Alameda in…

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Coconut’s Fish Cafe Brings Island Spirit to Cupertino

Coconut’s Fish Cafe Brings Island Spirit to Cupertino

Chad and Lisa Webb want to bring the “Aloha Spirit” to Cupertino. Never an easy feat. But for those unfamiliar with the highly touted Hawaiian fast-casual dining chain, which got its start in Maui, Coconut’s Fish Cafe is one of those rare restaurants that receive…

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Finding Paradise in a Poke Bowl

Finding Paradise in a Poke Bowl

A hidden oasis welcomes guests with views of giant lakes, a forest of green, red and orange leaves. Up above, colorful butterflies hover. As the angels sing, a light shines down on the golden fish lying behind the glass. Poke Paradise clearly has higher aspirations…

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New Study Says It’s OK to Be Salty

New Study Says It’s OK to Be Salty

It’s one thing to know salt makes food taste better. It’s another to understand that every single bite of food, from oatmeal to steak, is a culinary opportunity to be optimized with the right amount of salt. There isn’t really any other food or flavor…

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NEEBA Receives Small Business of the Year Award for Telling Real Stories

NEEBA Receives Small Business of the Year Award for Telling Real Stories

An innovative start-up in Silicon Valley is garnering awards and attention, but the company has nothing to do with computer science or engineering. Needs Emotion and Empathy for Beliefs to Awake, or NEEBA, is a “video agency for the new age” that creates brand narratives…

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Uproar Brewing Co. Makes Long-Anticipated Debut

Uproar Brewing Co. Makes Long-Anticipated Debut

Just a little ways out from Uproar Brewing Co.’s grand opening, the guys were getting a little annoyed with how often they had to turn away the local fire department. It wasn’t a fire code concern—the off duty firefighters were just looking for a cold…

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1621 Bistro Has a Passion for Island-Inspired Cuisine

1621 Bistro Has a Passion for Island-Inspired Cuisine

Inspiration is a funny thing. Sometimes it comes from modest goals, as is the case for Lawrence Lemery, owner of 1621 Bistro—the newest gastropub in San Jose’s Northside. “Our real inspiration is to offer good food to the neighborhood we grew up in,” he says….

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