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Flights Answers the Question: Why Settle?

Flights Answers the Question: Why Settle?

Life is full of painful decisions, such as which burger to choose or which cocktail to order. If only we could try a little bit of everything on the menu. For the indecisive among us, Alex Hult has just the place. The owner of Hult’s…

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SJQ&A: Alrie Middlebrook, Founder of Middlebrook Gardens

SJQ&A: Alrie Middlebrook, Founder of Middlebrook Gardens

Alrie Middlebrook has dedicated the last four decades of her life to restoring native plants through self-sufficient farming practices. Her one goal: lowering the carbon dioxide footprint. She created Middlebrook Gardens, located on Race Street in San Jose, out of an empty concrete lot used…

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Worlds Collide at Asadero with Mix of BBQ, Mexican

Worlds Collide at Asadero with Mix of BBQ, Mexican

Near the point where The Alameda becomes El Camino Real, the slow cooking method of Southern barbecue has found a home in the tortilla-wrapped concoctions of Mexican cuisine. Asadero, a type of cheese that can also be loosely translated from Spanish to “hot spot,” offers…

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Chromatic Coffee’s Labor of Love Comes to San Jose

Chromatic Coffee’s Labor of Love Comes to San Jose

Sitting on a sleek wood finish, a specialty coffee in hand, I perused the nature-inspired artwork on the wall and remembered what it’s like to truly appreciate a morning cup of joe, when taste is king to our neurotic consumption to satisfy a caffeine fix….

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Depot Dumpling: Give Me Sum More

Depot Dumpling: Give Me Sum More

Dumplings take many forms in the culinary world. From the Italian ravioli and Eastern European knish to the Middle Eastern samosa; just about every culture on earth has a variant. Even an ancient Roman cookbook includes a dumpling recipe. While no one culture can claim…

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Round 2: Silicon Valley Beer Week Finishes Strong

Round 2: Silicon Valley Beer Week Finishes Strong

Silicon Valley Beer Week doesn’t live up to its name—it exceeds it. The 10-day beer bonanza continues through this weekend, and participating breweries, bars and restaurants will host everything from tap takeovers and beer pong tournaments to beer walks and bingo. Events roll through Sunday,…

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TAOB Pit Stop and the High Art of Smoked Meats

TAOB Pit Stop and the High Art of Smoked Meats

The tools an artist chooses can be a very personal decision. While most pick traditional instruments (e.g. guitar, paintbrush or pen), some pick more unorthodox options. Art Campos’ tools consists of wood, smoke, spices and meat—lots and lots of meat. What he does might sound…

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Square Bar Cafe: Inside the Insta Bubble

Square Bar Cafe: Inside the Insta Bubble

It was 100 degrees when I pulled up to a plaza of small Vietnamese restaurants and markets at Story Road and McLaughlin Avenue. Barren and aged, this looked to be the last place on earth to host the freshest, most Insta-worthy cafe in the South…

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Pizzetta 408: Slice to Meet You

Pizzetta 408: Slice to Meet You

To understand the power of pizza in this country, one need only consider it’s the only specific type of food that has its own Washington, D.C., lobbying group. And for good reason: Americans reportedly eat 41 million slices of pizza on any given day from…

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Authentic as the Moon: Luna Mexican Kitchen

Authentic as the Moon: Luna Mexican Kitchen

The nose starts to run and the tongue begins to burn, but the senses demand more. More beans, more corn and more chile. These are the holy trinity, says Jo Lerma-Lopez, owner and chef of Luna Mexican Kitchen, the newest restaurant on The Alameda in…

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