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Rootstock Wine Bar: Wine Tips for 2017

Rootstock Wine Bar: Wine Tips for 2017

Summer is coming. That may not sound as ominous as winter, but here in breezy Northern California the number of wine options can sometimes leave non-sommeliers in a state of paralysis by analysis. In steps Will Sundquist, wine director for Rootstock Wine Bar. A Los…

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IBU Taproom & Bottle Shop: Craft Beer Tips

IBU Taproom & Bottle Shop: Craft Beer Tips

One of the first things people notice when they look up IBU Taproom & Bottle Shop in Milpitas is that the 6-month-old craft beer bar has no phone. Anyone interested in finding out what’s available on the 50 taps, or what’s featured in the rotating…

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Haberdasher: Drink Well in Summer 2017

Haberdasher: Drink Well in Summer 2017

We live in an age when people revel in their ignorance, even when good information has never been easier to access. Save the politics. We’re talking cocktails. Not too long ago Haberdasher owner Cache Bouren—the progenitor of craft cocktails in Silicon Valley—sent along an instructional…

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Rookies Set to Release the Firkin for NBA Finals

Rookies Set to Release the Firkin for NBA Finals

Rookies Sports Lodge has snagged one of Lagunitas Brewing Co.’s rare firkins. Now the inevitable question: What’s a firkin? In this case, it’s a type of keg made of wood or steel, but the key is how to tap it. The keg must be laid…

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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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Making Sense of the World at Original Joe’s

Making Sense of the World at Original Joe’s

About a month ago, Mr. Harada and I traded in our hot air balloon for the latest model. We were promised a brighter future, but the good vibes were short-lived, as our new bag of hot air malfunctioned from the start. It reacted violently to…

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Good Beer, Good Friends at Mission Creek Brewing Co.

Good Beer, Good Friends at Mission Creek Brewing Co.

I? made my way like a moth toward the glowing streets of downtown San Jose. My senses, flapping and undulating against the lights, assured me that I had reached the edge of the sun, but really I was just bumping up against a dusty light…

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Alviso’s Legendary Cocktail Lounge, Vahl’s, Has Still Got the Moves

Alviso’s Legendary Cocktail Lounge, Vahl’s, Has Still Got the Moves

The day was exceedingly pleasant in between fits of rain. Mr. Harada and I decided to mount our off-road unicycles and do some 1×1 riding. Tire pressure: check. Disc brakes: tuned nicely. Carbon disk wheels: straight. Performance analysis apps: touched to start. It took several…

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Five Points: San Jose’s Sterling New Craft Cocktail Lounge

Five Points: San Jose’s Sterling New Craft Cocktail Lounge

The beginning of autumn is arguably the most creative time of year. A fervor spreads as we prepare to honor things popular and anachronistic by creating costumes as sexy zombie versions of those we cherish and hate. I felt this rustling of excitement as I…

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8 Date Night Crawls within Walking Distance

8 Date Night Crawls within Walking Distance

You got the date. That’s the easy part. Now comes time to figure out where to go. It’s a torturous exercise that sends many a guy and gal scouring Yelp for hours like grandpa sweeping the sand with a metal detector. But fear not! We’ve…

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