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The Phoenix Veg Cafe & Juice Bar Provides a Safe Haven of Breakfast and Lunch

The Phoenix Veg Cafe & Juice Bar Provides a Safe Haven of Breakfast and Lunch

On the quiet end of downtown Mountain View, The Phoenix Veg Cafe & Juice Bar provides a safe haven of breakfast and lunch choices. Large green fronds against a reed wall provide a welcoming backdrop and small plants on the cafe-sized tables carry on the…

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Oxford Gastropub Embraces Contemporary California Food Trends

Oxford Gastropub Embraces Contemporary California Food Trends

Historic Murphy Street in Sunnyvale is a slice of Americana. A ramen shop sits across the street from a Thai spot flanked by a Mexican cantina and a pizzeria. Sycamores line the cobblestone street where an old couple strolls arm-in-arm next to a mother scolding…

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Loaves and Fishes 2.0

Loaves and Fishes 2.0

What started out more than three decades ago as a small venture aimed at feeding 10-15 homeless people, has grown into a community service organization that has changed the lives of thousands in San Jose, Morgan Hill, Gilroy and Palo Alto. Loaves and Fishes, which…

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SJ Q&A: Kathy Wong, Chief Diversity Officer, San Jose State University

SJ Q&A: Kathy Wong, Chief Diversity Officer, San Jose State University

Bay Area native, Kathleen Wong, joins the San Jose State administrative team as the new Chief Diversity Officer at SJSU. Wong will soon say goodbye to the University of Oklahoma and return home to the South Bay, where she plans to shake up the current…

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Dumpling Masters Din Tai Fung Start New South Bay Dynasty

Dumpling Masters Din Tai Fung Start New South Bay Dynasty

When it comes to soup dumplings (xiao long bao or XLB), one name has international acclaim above all others: Din Tai Fung. Guffaw all you want at the ubiquity of restaurant chains, but when a 60-year-old dumpling giant opens in our area, it is a…

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Avocado Runs Free at Downtown Poki

Avocado Runs Free at Downtown Poki

Downtown Poki doesn’t charge extra for avocado. Operating in the same room as Dakao, an authentic Vietnamese sandwich shop, the latest addition to San Jose’s burgeoning poke scene has done away with price-jacking California’s state fruit, and thrown a novel spin of Japanese-Hawaiian-Vietnamese fusion on…

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Copa America Kicks Off at Levi’s Stadium

Copa America Kicks Off at Levi’s Stadium

All eyes will be on Silicon Valley come June 3, when Copa America makes its debut appearance outside of South America for the first time in 100 years. Big names on the pitch will include Lionel Messi, Tim Howard, James Rodriquez and all those dudes…

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SJ Q&A: Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez, MACLA

SJ Q&A: Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez, MACLA

Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez is the executive director of Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, better known  as MACLA. She places a high value on artistic creativity in making an impact on San Jose’s future. Located in the SoFA district, MACLA is a hub for downtown creativity,…

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Taplands Has a Passion for Suds

Taplands Has a Passion for Suds

Santa Clara‘s bar scene reflects the demands of students at the nearby private university. Mostly, the just-up-to-code dives cater to an ample number of partiers who trade their disposable income for cheap, strong drinks on sticky dance floors. Ambience ain’t a necessity for those who…

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2nd Story Bakeshop Cooks New Chapter

2nd Story Bakeshop Cooks New Chapter

2nd Story Bakeshop‘s inviting space is actually on the first floor. Christa, the friendly clerk, tells me “second story” refers to the second episode of one owner’s career. The dark-stained ceiling boards, a counter made of fruit crates and wood shelves were all handmade. Two…

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