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The Pastaria & Market Stands Out in bustling Los Gatos Scene

The Pastaria & Market Stands Out in bustling Los Gatos Scene

Los Gatos seems like a peaceful, sleepy town. That is until dinnertime, when all the good restaurants are impossibly packed and suddenly a reservation becomes a golden ticket. Such was the case on my first non-reservation visit to The Pastaria & Market. Upon entering, I…

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The Sub Hub Off to Sneaky Good Start

The Sub Hub Off to Sneaky Good Start

The humble sandwich is often taken for granted in the foodie world, as it is hardly the sexiest option when grabbing lunch. How can bread and sliced meat compare with enticing options such as poke or ramen or whatever else the kids are into these…

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Santa Clara Adds an Okonomiyaki Favorite in Fugetsu

Santa Clara Adds an Okonomiyaki Favorite in Fugetsu

Some of the most creative dishes are born out of the most desperate situations. The Japanese okonomiyaki is one of these comforting home-cooked dishes resulting from the need for affordable and filling food made from whatever was on hand during World War II, when rice was…

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Hapa’s Brewing Company Revels in Mixing It Up

Hapa’s Brewing Company Revels in Mixing It Up

Slang for “mixed” in Hawaiian, Hapa is a colloquial term used to describe people of mixed descent or heritage. It seems fitting then that Derek Tam and Brian Edwards are not only of mixed Asian-American heritage, but their new craft brewery and taproom, Hapa’s Brewing…

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San Jose Earthquakes Season Begins

San Jose Earthquakes Season Begins

The San Jose Earthquakes’ rebuilding process is in full-swing as they enter the 2017 season with new management, new players and new uniforms. After another underwhelming season in 2016 where the Quakes fell short of playoff contention and finished 9th in the Western Conference, team…

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Wine and Unwind at Vina Enoteca

Wine and Unwind at Vina Enoteca

Given that it once served as home of the Stanford family winery, it’s fitting that Italian restaurant and bar Vina Enoteca opened its doors last fall at the historic Stanford Barn in Palo Alto. The restaurant’s modern décor and lighting, in contrast with the rustic…

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Pekoe: So Many Bobas to Split

Pekoe: So Many Bobas to Split

Just when it seemed like milk tea had evolved to as many forms as possible, the drink takes on a new trend. Welcome to the split cup boba, the new cups that allow patrons to order two flavors at once. The trend made its way…

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San Jose Earthquakes Unveil New Kit

San Jose Earthquakes Unveil New Kit

San Jose Earthquakes fans flooded San Pedro Square Market on Thursday as the team and Adidas unveiled a new primary kit for the 2017 season. The jersey features a primarily black color scheme, straying away from the blue-based jersey’s the club’s been wearing the past…

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Pho Tick Tock Deconstructs Dishes in Time for DIY Craze

Pho Tick Tock Deconstructs Dishes in Time for DIY Craze

Once in awhile, I come across a restaurant attempting a deconstructed dish. It typically doesn’t fare well in terms of flavor and is inexplicably more expensive than the assembled version. But one dish I never expected to see deconstructed: pho, the beloved Vietnamese rice noodle…

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The Late-Night Fix: Nox Cookie Bar

The Late-Night Fix: Nox Cookie Bar

Nathan Pendleton spent 25 years working in the tech industry, until one day he didn’t. Laid him off from his electrical engineering position, the longtime San Jose resident stood at a career crossroads. In the kind of logic that has become typical of Silicon Valley,…

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