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SJ Q&A: Jon Gustafson, Sharks Ice

SJ Q&A: Jon Gustafson, Sharks Ice

Jon Gustafson, vice president of Sharks Ice, grew up loving hockey and has been able to make his passion his profession. He played hockey in college and professionally. For nearly two decades now, he has worked behind the scenes at Sharks Ice. Recently, Gustafson sat down…

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Hotpot First Shabu Serves Up a Taste of Tokyo

Hotpot First Shabu Serves Up a Taste of Tokyo

Hotpot First Shabu sells soup like Ikea sells furniture: you have to assemble it yourself. The technique of flash-cooking raw ingredients in boiling cauldrons of broth originated among nomadic Mongolian tribes. It then made its way into the kitchens of courtly Chinese chefs during the middle…

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Socialight Trots the Globe with Eclectic Menu

Socialight Trots the Globe with Eclectic Menu

The Socialight used to be a lighting store with a beautiful collection of lamps, leading to the new restaurant’s catchy name. The space, located on a prime corner in downtown Campbell, has undergone a drastic transformation to become a bar and restaurant. Exposed bulb chandeliers run…

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Super Bowl 50 Recap: Cam Newton falls to turnovers, Beyonce gets in ‘Formation’

Super Bowl 50 Recap: Cam Newton falls to turnovers, Beyonce gets in ‘Formation’

Years down the road when people remember Super Bowl 50, they will remember the pageantry of the game a whole lot more than the play of the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers—though they are likely to still be speaking on Cam Newton’s post-game press conference,…

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Knockout Bar and Grill a TKO on Beer, Games, Grub

Knockout Bar and Grill a TKO on Beer, Games, Grub

No matter where we looked on a recent Monday night at Knockout Bar and Grill, we could see the Golden State Warriors absolutely demolishing the Spurs in a game that was supposed to be competitive. No football and no Sharks meant the Warriors had a monopoly…

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The Black Sheep Explore Black Sheep Brasserie

The Black Sheep Explore Black Sheep Brasserie

A few days ago, I finally got my mini-truck, a 1987 Mazda, looking how I want. Mr. Harada and I customized it to achieve peak style: gull-wing doors, wire spoke wheels, a hydraulic suspension kit, a 3,000-watt stereo and a teal/crimson paint job. With the last…

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Cupertino’s Aloha Fresh Brings Hawaii to the Mainland

Cupertino’s Aloha Fresh Brings Hawaii to the Mainland

The bright, spotless interior of Aloha Fresh has huge photos of fresh fish on the walls, and almost a “grocery store feel,” as one customer noted. True, the deli-style glass case and Formica tables give it a somewhat plain vibe, but a friendly personality permeates…

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Super Bowl City

Super Bowl City

Super Bowl 50 is in full swing—the NFL has already been in town for a week, and with the game set, soon the teams will arrive at the practice fields of Stanford and San Jose State University. The Host Committee, which has broadcast the game…

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Super Valley: Counterculture History

Super Valley: Counterculture History

The Grateful Dead hail from Palo Alto, and last summer they celebrated their 50th year with two concerts at Levi’s Stadium. They first played a concert at a party thrown by Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters at Fifth and Santa Clara streets in San…

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Super Valley: Outdoor Recreation

Super Valley: Outdoor Recreation

Alum Rock Park and Almaden Quicksilver County Park are two destinations for nature lovers within the city limits of San Jose. The 3,988-acre Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve and the Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve offer high level views of the valley floor. The…

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