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Mission Creek Brewing Company opens inside Whole Foods on the Alameda

Mission Creek Brewing Company opens inside Whole Foods on the Alameda

Babies have become men in between the time the Whole Foods Market along The Alameda in downtown San Jose was first proposed and finally built. It appears the wait was worth it. The new market features the company’s first on-site microbrewery and taproom in California….

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Holiday Dining Ideas in Silicon Valley

Holiday Dining Ideas in Silicon Valley

Before those guilt-driven New Year’s resolutions pull you back in line, take advantage of these upcoming events to fatten up a bit and ride high on holiday cheer.   Xmas in the Park Christmas in the Park brings a carnival and forest of decorated trees…

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Bay Area Ale Trails Offers Tours & Tastings of Local Breweries

Bay Area Ale Trails Offers Tours & Tastings of Local Breweries

Once the King of Beers, Budweiser has lost ground to the craft craze. Thankfully. Nowhere is that more true than in the Bay Area, where it seems everyone and their beer-swilling mom has opened a microbrewery. A study by Bud’s parent company confirmed the trend:…

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Koji Sake Lounge gets a Reboot as Nomikai Social Food + Drinkery

Koji Sake Lounge gets a Reboot as Nomikai Social Food + Drinkery

A revamp of Koji Sake Lounge, Nomikai Social Food + Drinkery offers a menu of small plates and Asian fusion pizzas alongside a lengthy list of mixed drinks prepared with Asian spirits. The establishment maintains much of a lounge feel with low tables and dimmed…

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The Continental Opens in San Jose’s SoFA District

The Continental Opens in San Jose’s SoFA District

Long gone are the $1 Thursday night well drinks, but the new iteration of 349 S. First St. offers a welcome boost to San Jose’s SoFA district. Festival impresario Fil Maresca, who produces the SoFA Street Fair and other well known events, tells Metro that…

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Q&A: Ryan Shelton of Mixx

Q&A: Ryan Shelton of Mixx

San Jose native Ryan Shelton’s wide-ranging resume includes local institution Chez TJ, where he worked alongside chefs Christopher Kostow and Bruno Chemel. He followed Chemel when the chef opened Baume four years ago in Palo Alto—he was chef de cuisine when Baume received its second…

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Review: A Los Gatos Retreat For Drinks and Local Cuisine at Lexington House

Review: A Los Gatos Retreat For Drinks and Local Cuisine at Lexington House

A charming cocktail house with California cuisine set by the seasons, The Lexington House lends itself to a boozy evening with friends or date night as you navigate a menu of curious spirits and artfully plated dishes. Jimmy Marino and Stephen Shelton, former bar managers…

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First to Market enters SoFA District Dining Scene

First to Market enters SoFA District Dining Scene

First to Market has a casual—if not sparse—ambience: exposed red brick walls, an absence of tablecloths and dark wood table tops. A rotating collection of local artwork complements the restaurant’s neighborhood vibe. Drawings of a perfect world are on display, and First to Market has…

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Off The Street Adds Quirky Flavor to San Jose Deli Scene

Off The Street Adds Quirky Flavor to San Jose Deli Scene

“The Cube”—a hollowed-out block of brioche stuffed with French fries or mac ‘n cheese—started off as an inside joke, a riff off the mystery boxes in Super Mario Bros. that reward players with medals or mushrooms, super leaves or fire flowers. “We were, like, let’s…

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Zola Brings a Taste of France to Palo Alto

Zola Brings a Taste of France to Palo Alto

Chef and owner Guillaume Bienaimé blends classical French cuisine with modern cooking techniques at Palo Alto’s newest restaurant, Zola. Previously the chef at Portola Kitchen and Marché, which the Michelin Guide named a top-25 restaurant in the Bay Area, Guillaume sat down to talk with…

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