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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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Stage Reveiw: ‘Truce’ at City Lights Theater Company

Stage Reveiw: ‘Truce’ at City Lights Theater Company

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of that ghastly folly known as the Great War. Reflecting on the centennial of the First World War, this year saw a variety of commemorations—including art installations, books, lectures and concerts. Locally, City Lights Theater Company…

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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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‘Scarcity’ Examines San Jose’s Relationship with its Past

‘Scarcity’ Examines San Jose’s Relationship with its Past

A lot can be gathered from a city’s leftovers. Just ask Leyla Cardenas. The Colombian artist has long been intrigued by the things that societies willingly discard. Growing up in a civil war-torn country, Cardenas recalls searching for meaning among the piles of debris and…

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Interview: The Liquid Menu Chef and Owner Jay Essadki

Interview: The Liquid Menu Chef and Owner Jay Essadki

Earlier this year, Jay Essadki stumbled across an old juicer and cassette tapes from a health guru while cleaning out a neighbor’s garage. A convert to the juice movement, Essadki wants to introduce customers to its numerous health benefits with his new juice bar and…

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Night Market Brings Food Trucks to De Anza College

Night Market Brings Food Trucks to De Anza College

Food trucks, since they burst into popularity these past few years, have become known for their crossover cuisine. Sushi tacos, Korean burritos and Filipino sisig nachos make exotic dishes palatable to the diverse crowds that flock to mobile street food events hosted by Silicon Valley’s…

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Bio+Beer Event Illuminates the Science Behind the Sauce

Bio+Beer Event Illuminates the Science Behind the Sauce

Behind-the-scenes knowledge can ruin the magic sometimes. There’s a reason “watching how the sausage gets made,” especially taken literally, could ruin your day. But that seems unlikely to happen with something as beloved as beer. After all, learning how grains become liquid sunshine has turned more than one beer fan into a brewer.

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Review: IPAs May Get All the Buzz, but These Stouts Stand Out

Review: IPAs May Get All the Buzz, but These Stouts Stand Out

When evenings dim and the weather takes an autumnal turn, thoughts turn to darker, heartier beers. But a recent shopping trip for Bay Area stouts turned into a bit of a treasure hunt. Stout’s suffering, I’m told, because beer drinkers just want “hops, hops, hops.” Fortunately, the four stout ales I did find exemplify the variety and quality of this plucky category.

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