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Getting Classy at Academic Coffee

Getting Classy at Academic Coffee

With hip-hop playing overhead and candied bacon served on Fridays, Academic Coffee is not a basic coffee shop, and nor is its history. Starting as a pop-up shop inside of downtown San Jose cocktail lounge Five Points, the coffee shop has since expanded to a stand-alone…

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Freshening Up at Saratoga Corner Cafe

Freshening Up at Saratoga Corner Cafe

On an unassuming corner of Saratoga—an area heavy with traffic but sparse for eateries—a new restaurant has taken root, bringing the fresh flavors of the Mediterranean to the South Bay’s Saratoga-Cupertino border. Opened less than six months ago by brothers Esam and Milad Shaquir, Saratoga…

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Silicon Valley Pride Goes Dancing in the Dark

Silicon Valley Pride Goes Dancing in the Dark

Thaddeus Campbell had an epiphany in the desert. After attending the Greater Palm Springs Pride festival for several years, he noticed a not-so-subtle difference when the event moved from a daytime affair to an evening celebration. There were more people—lots more. After returning home to…

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SoFA District Sprouts New Farmers Market

SoFA District Sprouts New Farmers Market

Roger Springall has heard the questions for years, but he never had a good answer. New residents would come into his downtown San Jose coffee shop, Caffe Frascati, and ask where to shop for groceries. Apart from the limited offerings of Safeway and Grocery Outlet,…

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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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