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Bay Bar Grill Puts Twist on Tapas

Bay Bar Grill Puts Twist on Tapas

The origins of tapas are murky, but the most amusing origin story goes like this: A Spanish king, Alfonso The Wise, fell ill and could only ingest tiny meals and small sips of wine during his recovery. After returning to full health, he mandated that…

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Social Policy Hosts Culinary Showcase

Social Policy Hosts Culinary Showcase

Social Policy is preparing to host the first of many private dining experiences, showcasing local talent and bringing together residents to break bread. The Social Policy—or So/Po—which filled the Paseo de San Antonio space most recently vacated by Blackbird Tavern, is fairly new on the…

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Sipan Peruvian’s Paella Pleases the Crowd

Sipan Peruvian’s Paella Pleases the Crowd

Peruvian food is a rarity in Silicon Valley. There is certainly an audience for it, though, as people here tend to embrace Latin American flavors. Newly opened Sipan Peruvian Restaurant and Bar in Saratoga aims to satisfy with their traditional dishes and lively music. On…

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The Place Is a Good Place to Be

The Place Is a Good Place to Be

Summer has been a time of reflection and spiritual awakening for Mr. Harada and myself. We enjoyed outings to the desert and visited many watering holes around Joshua Tree (or Josh Tree, as we call it, since we’re pretty tight now). I also took a…

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Agha’s Gyro Express Leads the Way for Local Halal Scene

Agha’s Gyro Express Leads the Way for Local Halal Scene

Five years ago, Jack Rasuli traveled to the East Coast to visit family. During the trip he ate at halal joints across New York and New Jersey, including a cousin’s restaurant, and had one question: “Why can’t we have this in California?” Upon his return,…

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Ludwig’s: The Beer Garden San Jose Needed

Ludwig’s: The Beer Garden San Jose Needed

Somewhere between the time a buddy and I snuck inside our first 10,000-person beer tent and woke up two days later in a Munich motel stupor, I came to the realization that beer halls are man’s greatest communions. Ludwig’s German Table in downtown San Jose is…

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Sammy G’s Thinks outside the (Pizza) Box

Sammy G’s Thinks outside the (Pizza) Box

Humans have long added toppings to their breads to make them tastier. Ancient Persian soldiers used their shields as a makeshift flattop to bake dates and cheese into flatbreads. When tomatoes arrived from the New World, chefs in Naples created pizza and the rustic dish soon…

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Dish N Dash Makes Splash in San Jose

Dish N Dash Makes Splash in San Jose

Most restaurants with nine TVs and 16 beer taps serve greasy junk that plays second fiddle to the sports and suds. But Dish N Dash’s newly opened North San Jose spot zags away from the traditional game day/happy hour fare by providing a lip-smacking array…

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Starbird: Chicken Never Flew So Fast

Starbird: Chicken Never Flew So Fast

Fried chicken never goes out of style. The classic and reinvented flavors all enjoy similar fanfare. It comes as no surprise then, that restaurants should offer an entire menu starring breaded poultry. Enter Starbird, a new, healthier version of Chick-Fil-A with in-app ordering and curbside…

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Voltaire Coffee House Delivers the Right Note

Voltaire Coffee House Delivers the Right Note

Open since October, Voltaire Coffee House is a lovely spot for Francophiles and coffee addicts. The oh-so-French strains of a concertina greeted us as we entered the spacious, Zen-like space. Big tables, a window counter, sidewalk seating and free Wi-Fi make for an open, tranquil…

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