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The Place does ramen right—and that’s enough for us

The Place does ramen right—and that’s enough for us

The restaurant world has many terms that get bandied about pretty liberally in the service of gussying things up and reeling in patrons. Take, for example, the words “artisanal,” “natural” and “fresh.” While on their surface all those things sound great, in reality, all too…

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Five New Restaurants to Watch in November

Five New Restaurants to Watch in November

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? This feature takes…

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Mami Cheli’s Gets Cheesy with pan-Latin American Flavor

Mami Cheli’s Gets Cheesy with pan-Latin American Flavor

Had pizza originated in El Salvador, it would taste like the cheesy pupusa at Mami Cheli’s. First of all, it’s a thing of beauty when it comes off the grill. Some of the cheese oozes out of the dough while it’s cooking. Then it embeds…

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Soup’s On

Soup’s On

Diets have always been heavily influenced by the seasons. Historically, summer has been associated with eating fresh summer squash and berries, while the winter found people turning to citrus and root vegetables. Unfortunately, while our globalized marketplace, refrigeration and other preservation techniques have given us…

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Pure Bread

Pure Bread

Bread has been under attack for nearly 50 years now. Beginning in 1972, with the publication of Dr. Robert Atkins’ treatise on the alleged virtues of eating meat and cutting out carbs. Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution demonized bread and championed a high-protein diet. While the…

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Fall Feasting: Oktoberfest in Silicon Valley

Fall Feasting: Oktoberfest in Silicon Valley

The original Oktoberfest, held in 1810, was meant to be a one-time affair, a celebration of the marriage of Prince (later King) Ludwig I to Princess Theresa of Saxe-Hildburghausen. The citizens (a.k.a. burghers) of Munich celebrated for five full days in front of the city…

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Khaosan Thai rises above by digging deeper into tradition

Khaosan Thai rises above by digging deeper into tradition

Ever wonder why Thai people—who are only about .04 percent of the U.S. population—have such a disproportionately high number of restaurants? When compared to another minority Asian group such as Filipinos, who are nearly 20 times (.66 percent) the population, the numbers are mystifying. Performing…

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Five To Watch: Burgers, Soul Food, Savory Soup and Brunch

Five To Watch: Burgers, Soul Food, Savory Soup and Brunch

Six months is usually considered the earliest a new restaurant, bar or coffeeshop can receive a fair review. Each month, Metro spotlights five of the newest places we think are worth a look-see. Toast Café & Grill 1411 Bird Ave, San Jose 408.320.1575 Just a…

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Mingle’s Mango is a hidden gem on San Jose’s South Side

Mingle’s Mango is a hidden gem on San Jose’s South Side

It can be a bit tedious sifting through Yelp in an attempt to find new and interesting restaurants to review. After two years on the beat, it can sometimes feel like there’s nothing new worth writing about. And then I strike gold and am reminded…

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That’s Amore: Silicon Valley Italian Food

That’s Amore: Silicon Valley Italian Food

As a child of the ’80s, eating Italian meant cracking open a can of Chef Boyardee, ordering a “pizza” or digging in to a plate of mom’s spaghetti and meatballs. Then came the foodie revolution, and all the world’s cuisines opened up to my palate….

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