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Good Vibes persist at South Side’s The Branham Lounge

Good Vibes persist at South Side’s The Branham Lounge

Who do these people think they are?” I pondered this question as a metallic pearl BMW sped away from the black Isetta I was piloting down Almaden Expressway. I’d borrowed the gorgeous compact vehicle from a friend and decided to slip below the belt of…

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Yayoi’s Futuristic Ordering System Offers Privacy, Comfort Food

Yayoi’s Futuristic Ordering System Offers Privacy, Comfort Food

Some elements of Japanese cuisine are a real oddity. Renowned for their exquisite use of ingredients and carefully crafted dishes, the Japanese are also responsible for the practice of ordering ramen from a digital screen and eating in an isolated stall. Such a paradox is…

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San Jose Sharks Begin Stanley Cup Quest

San Jose Sharks Begin Stanley Cup Quest

The San Jose Sharks competed in their first-ever Stanley Cup Finals last season, while the Oilers were sitting at home in Edmonton in yet another playoff absence. Fast-forward a year and many are picking the upstart Oilers to send the Sharks home early from the Western…

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Shell Game: SJ Crawfish Joins Cajun-Vietnamese Crowd

Shell Game: SJ Crawfish Joins Cajun-Vietnamese Crowd

Break it in half and suck the head. That’s the motto for eating crawfish. There’s no better way to do it. For the uninitiated, crawfish are tiny lobster-like crustaceans found in muddy waters. When boiled with potatoes, Andouille sausage, corn, lots of butter and Cajun…

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Purple Onion Cafe to the Breakfast Rescue

Purple Onion Cafe to the Breakfast Rescue

The adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day might ring true in some respects, but many restaurants undermine this maxim with carb-overloaded, pre-diabetic plates that leave diners in a food coma. Then comes Purple Onion Cafe to rescue breakfast with its…

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Xavier Pulls Off Thrilling Upset to Face Gonzaga in West Regional Final at SAP

Xavier Pulls Off Thrilling Upset to Face Gonzaga in West Regional Final at SAP

Everyone in the arena knew it was upset time once Bill Murray threw up the “X” on the jumbotron. As the final buzzer sounded Thursday night at San Jose’s SAP Center, Xavier had beaten Arizona, and Murray’s son, Luke, an assistant coach for the Musketeers, had…

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Jack Holder’s: Ma and Pa’s Boozy Bites

Jack Holder’s: Ma and Pa’s Boozy Bites

We’re all searching for the newest brunch spot. Then comes a place like Jack Holder’s Restaurant and Bar. Owned and operated by Jack and Anne Holder, owners of the local Holder’s Country Inn chain, the venture is their first full-fledged restaurant since opening the original…

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A Turn for the Better in Los Altos

A Turn for the Better in Los Altos

Located in the thick of downtown Los Altos, Turn, a new addition to the dining scene, combines American comfort food with a farm-to-table and foodie twist on staples like burgers, pizza and steak. And then there are the cocktails. Owned by lifelong Los Altos residents Jim…

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Munch Madness: Silicon Valley Food Trucks Face Off

Munch Madness: Silicon Valley Food Trucks Face Off

It’s no stretch to say the South Bay foodie scene has gone a bit insane. The public now demands food on-demand, to exact gluten per-particle specifications, with assurances that the animals were given free range of motion before meeting a tender demise pre-tenderization. We also…

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Xavier, Gonzaga, West Virginia, Arizona Stay Loose at SAP Center Open Practices

Xavier, Gonzaga, West Virginia, Arizona Stay Loose at SAP Center Open Practices

Only two wins away from reaching the Final Four, the Xavier Musketeers are not only the lowest remaining seed in the men’s NCCA basketball tournament—they’re also the only team with a jar full of ashes in the locker room. February was a tough month for…

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