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Follow the Line to Demiya

Follow the Line to Demiya

“Follow the line.” That’s the advice a well-traveled friend always gives me when wondering where to eat in Japan. He insists that Japanese people always know where the good food is and, if there’s a line, the smart move is to head right for it….

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House of Meatball Keeps it Simple, Delicious

House of Meatball Keeps it Simple, Delicious

What do meatballs share in common with bowling? Other than the obvious spherical reference, the only logical consideration would be Morgan Hill’s newest restaurant, House of Meatball (HOM), which just so happens to be right next door to the beloved Morgan Hill Bowl. As the…

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Sinaloa Sushi: East San Jose Adds a Vibrant VIP

Sinaloa Sushi: East San Jose Adds a Vibrant VIP

A mystery man’s contribution to the South Bay culinary scene resides within four red walls of a restaurant in east San Jose. El Culichi VIP opened its doors last week with live music and a crowd eager to try a fusion of Sinaloa, Mexico-style sushi and…

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Firenza Stakes Claim for Build-Your-Own-Pizza Supremacy

Firenza Stakes Claim for Build-Your-Own-Pizza Supremacy

One might suspect the South Bay presents a tough market to break into for a pizza place, what with the proliferation of Chipotle-style, Build-Your-Own-Pizza (BYOP) chains such as MOD, Blaze and Pieology. But then comes a new joint like Firenza Pizza. The Virginia-based chain is…

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Zareen’s in Palo Alto Teases the Senses

Zareen’s in Palo Alto Teases the Senses

The line at Zareen’s new Palo Alto location stretches to the door. It’s raining, so all the tables inside are occupied with small talk and anxious glances toward the kitchen: “When are my kababs going to arrive?” Again and again, a lone server hands out…

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Danbi Brings Experience, Delectable Korean Fare to Japantown

Danbi Brings Experience, Delectable Korean Fare to Japantown

Danbi is Korean for “sweet rain,” particularly one that comes after a drought. It’s also the name of Jim and Sunny Lee Turner’s new restaurant. Open for less than a month, the Turners used to own Omogari in San Jose’s Japantown. After retiring for the…

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Rookies: A Big New Player in the Downtown Sports Bar Scene

Rookies: A Big New Player in the Downtown Sports Bar Scene

The formula for a great sports bar is relatively simple: TVs, high-def and copious; a killer sound system, no more than couple games at one time and loud enough to drown out the dude at the end of the bar; a full bar in case…

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The Breakfast Club Excels with Familiar Favorites

The Breakfast Club Excels with Familiar Favorites

The Breakfast Club has a familiar ring, but that’s hardly the reason San Jose’s newest Midtown restaurant feels like a classic. Open just a few weeks, ownership has more than 30 years of restaurant experience, at local favorites such as Los Gatos Diner, Lou’s Coffee…

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Paradox Barbershop Cuts into Creativity

Paradox Barbershop Cuts into Creativity

Following up on the innovative spirit of Silicon Valley, Paradox Barbershop takes the tradition of barbering and gives it a modern, simple twist, engaging creativity from all walks of life. “Physically, Paradox is a barbershop,” said Jordan Benigno, one of the shop’s founders, “but we are…

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2017 Silicon Valley Auto Show Brings the Future of Driving to San Jose

2017 Silicon Valley Auto Show Brings the Future of Driving to San Jose

From electric cars and luxury vehicles to convertible classics, the 2017 Silicon Valley Auto Show should have every gearhead covered. Coming to the San Jose McEnery Convention Center on Jan. 5-8, the show brings more than 350 new vehicles. One highlight of this year’s event are test drives…

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