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Backyard Brew Shows Ingenuity, Minus Clichés

Backyard Brew Shows Ingenuity, Minus Clichés

Yan Khalil, the self-made brewmaster and sole proprietor of Palo Alto’s newest coffee spot, Backyard Brew, is anything but a creature of habit. “Most people hate routine and monotony,” he says. “Even if they say they don’t, they secretly do deep down. So instead of…

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Lalla Land in North San Jose’s Tech Corridor

Lalla Land in North San Jose’s Tech Corridor

North San Jose’s tech corridor often gets overlooked when it comes to contemporary dining options. Home to corporate giants like Oracle, Cisco and Intel, the area has remained somewhat of a food desert when it comes to exciting and original restaurants and bars. However, the…

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Pints for Pups: All Beer, No Bite

Pints for Pups: All Beer, No Bite

BEER. ART. PUPPIES. All of everyone’s favorite things come together Saturday at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds for the third annual Pints for Pups event, a fundraiser that aims “to help local pups find forever homes” throughout the Bay Area. Facebook group Southbay Beer Hounds,…

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The Effing Taqueria of Your Dreams

The Effing Taqueria of Your Dreams

What’s in a name? That which we call a taco by any other name would taste just as delicious. Similar to judging a book by its cover, a restaurant should not be reviewed solely by the sign above the door. But when La Chingada Taqueria…

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JINYA Proves a Worthy Contender for Top Ramen

JINYA Proves a Worthy Contender for Top Ramen

Japanese culture applies rigorous precision to certain aspects of daily life. That can most certainly be said about the food. Ramen, for example, is a thoroughly thought-out dish, and every aspect—from the preparation of the soup to the way it’s eaten—is exceedingly deliberate. This appreciation…

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Los Gatos Dining Scene Gets Major New Player: The Catamount

Los Gatos Dining Scene Gets Major New Player: The Catamount

The stars aligned in a coincidence of events to bring The Catamount to Los Gatos. In late 2016, the struggling California Café shuttered its doors after several attempts at a revival, leaving the space at 50 University Ave. empty after 31 years. Meanwhile, chef and…

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Nepalese Fare Reaches New Heights at Everest Cuisine

Nepalese Fare Reaches New Heights at Everest Cuisine

Fusion might seem like a fairly modern culinary concept, but the mixing of different cuisines has been going on since time immemorial. Nowhere is this more evident than in the humble, little landlocked country of Nepal, whose neighbors have rubbed off to create an exotic…

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Good Vibes Persist at South Side’s The Branham Lounge

Good Vibes Persist at South Side’s The Branham Lounge

“Who do these people think they are?” I pondered this question as a metallic pearl BMW sped away from the black Isetta I was piloting down Almaden Expressway. I’d borrowed the gorgeous compact vehicle from a friend and decided to slip below the belt of…

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Yayoi’s Futuristic Ordering System Offers Privacy, Comfort Food

Yayoi’s Futuristic Ordering System Offers Privacy, Comfort Food

Some elements of Japanese cuisine are a real oddity. Renowned for their exquisite use of ingredients and carefully crafted dishes, the Japanese are also responsible for the practice of ordering ramen from a digital screen and eating in an isolated stall. Such a paradox is…

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San Jose Sharks Begin Stanley Cup Quest

San Jose Sharks Begin Stanley Cup Quest

The San Jose Sharks competed in their first-ever Stanley Cup Finals last season, while the Oilers were sitting at home in Edmonton in yet another playoff absence. Fast-forward a year and many are picking the upstart Oilers to send the Sharks home early from the Western…

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