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Decor, Drinks and Classic Comfort Dishes Inspire at East Coast Alice

Decor, Drinks and Classic Comfort Dishes Inspire at East Coast Alice

The streets of Saratoga around the holidays are picturesque, like a postcard of New England. Strings of lights adorn the tree-lined streets. On a Saturday night, downtown is remarkably empty—in stark contrast to the general bumper-to-bumper pace of Silicon Valley. Nearly everyone is inside a…

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SJ Q&A: Randy Musterer, Sushi Confidential

SJ Q&A: Randy Musterer, Sushi Confidential

Randy Musterer, executive chef and owner of Sushi Confidential in Campbell took a chance and followed his passion with a career change. Musterer, better known in the community as Sushi Randy, opened Sushi Confidential after following his passions for sushi and preparing innovative dishes for…

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Over/Under Sports Bar Focuses On Reimagined Bar Food and Craft Cocktails

Over/Under Sports Bar Focuses On Reimagined Bar Food and Craft Cocktails

Joe Cirone weighed the odds of survival and knew his Willow Glen farm-to-table restaurant, Haymarket, had reached a crossroads. “We were at about four years of operation,” he says, “and it was either I lock the doors, start putting white tablecloths out, take all of…

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Silicon Valley Beefs Up Clean Energy Coalition

Silicon Valley Beefs Up Clean Energy Coalition

As world leaders convened in Paris this week for historic climate talks, Bill Gates unveiled a private-sector initiative to push clean-energy technology from lab to market. The multibillion-dollar Breakthrough Energy Coalition lists two dozen members from 10 countries. But a third of that investment group…

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Challenge Your Tastebuds with Wings Dip’s Signature Sauce

Challenge Your Tastebuds with Wings Dip’s Signature Sauce

Hubris kills, but I possessed plenty of it as I looked to prove the hardiness of my tastebuds against the “angry sauce” served by the repetitively named Wings Dip: House of French Dip. Located in a strip mall on Meridian Avenue in San Jose, the…

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Popular SoCal All-You-Can-Eat Gen Korean BBQ Comes To San Jose

Popular SoCal All-You-Can-Eat Gen Korean BBQ Comes To San Jose

Many things will happen in an almost two-hour wait for a dinner at Gen Korean BBQ. The late autumn breeze will waft the teasing scent of marinated grilled meats through the front doors. People will open these doors frequently to check the status of the…

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SJ Q&A: Opal Nightclub’s Mike Van Anthony

SJ Q&A: Opal Nightclub’s Mike Van Anthony

Opal is Mountain View’s youngest nightclub. And according to Michael Van Anthony, the club’s marketing director, it’s the best place to have a good time on Castro Street. Opal recently celebrated it’s 1-year anniversary. We sat down with Van Anthony to find out what he likes…

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Green Barn Goes The Extra Mile With Vegetarian Dishes

Green Barn Goes The Extra Mile With Vegetarian Dishes

I love meat. It’s a selfish thing to consume, and I don’t require animal flesh to survive. My refusal to stick to veggies causes all sorts of queasy moral, physical and environmental problems. At the Green Barn in Milpitas, owner Jenny Phan wants customers to…

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Authentic Basque-Style Tapas In Los Gatos

Authentic Basque-Style Tapas In Los Gatos

Pintxo Pote, a Spanish tapas bar in Los Gatos, feels like a well-kept secret. Small plates dining has taken off in recent years, but the restaurant, almost hidden in a modest strip of stores, keeps it authentic with Basque-style tapas. The small plates leave guests…

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SJ Q&A: Tom Clark, Santa Clara Valley Brewing

SJ Q&A: Tom Clark, Santa Clara Valley Brewing

Silicon Valley is the engine that drives innovation in the global technology industry. This is where entrepreneurs and visionaries come to chase their dreams and get their ideas out of their heads and into the hands of consumers. It’s a competitive, fast-moving place, and working…

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