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Campbell’s Culinary Scene Adds a Tasty Newcomer in Little Wine Counter

Campbell’s Culinary Scene Adds a Tasty Newcomer in Little Wine Counter

Pruneyard Plaza in Campbell contains a mellow mix of big-chain eateries and boutique businesses, the latter of which includes a new breath of life into the dining scene: Little Wine Counter. Created by The Little Chef Group, the new wine counter promises to match its…

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Wet Your Whistles: An Online Drinking Guide for Caltrain Riders

Wet Your Whistles: An Online Drinking Guide for Caltrain Riders

With a few-dozen stops along 50-plus miles, from the foggy banks of San Francisco to the rural reaches of South County, Caltrain gives its riders plenty of space to explore. And with most stations positioned in downtowns, around shops, restaurants and bars, the train line…

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Father’s Day Brunch at Oak & Rye

Father’s Day Brunch at Oak & Rye

Father’s Day is the day we pay thanks to the men who grin and bear it. It lacks the sentimentality of Mother’s Day, which over the years has hedged closer to some kind of perverse Valentine’s Day, with its flowers and red cards and unreasonable…

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Scott’s Seafood Revamped its Sixth-Story Patio as a Late-Night Lounge

Scott’s Seafood Revamped its Sixth-Story Patio as a Late-Night Lounge

Despite the region’s enviable Mediterranean climate and 300-plus days of sunshine a year, only a few local restaurants offer a rooftop alfresco view of Santa Clara Valley. The Capital Club requires a membership to dine on the 17th floor of the Knight Ridder building. Cielo,…

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Chef Jose Andres Offers Lessons From Beyond the Kitchen at ICC

Chef Jose Andres Offers Lessons From Beyond the Kitchen at ICC

Chef Jose Andres began his career gathering firewood. As a young boy in northern Spain, Sunday paella cookouts were a staple. Andres’ task was tending the campfire. One Sunday, he told his father he wouldn’t collect wood unless he could cook. His father refused, but…

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Burma Bistro Combines Thai Food With An Indian Buffet

Burma Bistro Combines Thai Food With An Indian Buffet

When the mood strikes for Thai food, or perhaps a favorite Indian buffet, a compromise combining the best of both worlds can be found at Burma Bistro in Santa Clara. One of just a handful of Burmese restaurants in the South Bay, the strip-mall setup,…

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Almanac Beer Co. Releases Several New Fruit-Flavored Summer Brews

Almanac Beer Co. Releases Several New Fruit-Flavored Summer Brews

Corporate flavor chemists infusing lime, strawberry and hints of cough syrup into flavorless brews have given fruit beers a bad rap. Anheuser-Busch’s ill-advised Wild Blue, released and thankfully forgotten several years ago, drew comparisons to canned blueberry pie filling and rubbing alcohol. We can only…

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Manresa Chef Kinch Goes International With Grand Gelinaz! Shuffle

Manresa Chef Kinch Goes International With Grand Gelinaz! Shuffle

Walking into Manresa is always a bit of a surprise. The acclaimed Los Gatos restaurant features a new spread every night—from mouthwatering spring lamb with chickpeas and chamomile; to albacore and crispy cannellini beans and turnips, bean bouillon with lemon verbena; and caramelized white chocolate,…

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Gordon Biersch Prepares for ‘No Name’ Cider Launch

Gordon Biersch Prepares for ‘No Name’ Cider Launch

Like stars and stripes, pickups, potbellies and bacon-wrapped everything, beer has long been regarded as quintessentially American. But before the guilt-tripping Temperance movement drove the entire alcohol industry underground, hard cider was considered the nation’s drink of choice. “Then, for whatever reason, it dropped off,”…

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New Taproom in the Works for Santa Clara Valley Brewing

New Taproom in the Works for Santa Clara Valley Brewing

Inside two steel tanks, murky liquid ferments into what will be the first batch of beer produced at Santa Clara Valley Brewing’s new home, an under-construction warehouse on an industrial stretch of Alma Avenue. Head brewer Steve Donohue says the IPA- which he describes as…

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