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Finding Paradise in a Poke Bowl

Finding Paradise in a Poke Bowl

A hidden oasis welcomes guests with views of giant lakes, a forest of green, red and orange leaves. Up above, colorful butterflies hover. As the angels sing, a light shines down on the golden fish lying behind the glass. Poke Paradise clearly has higher aspirations…

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New Study Says It’s OK to Be Salty

New Study Says It’s OK to Be Salty

It’s one thing to know salt makes food taste better. It’s another to understand that every single bite of food, from oatmeal to steak, is a culinary opportunity to be optimized with the right amount of salt. There isn’t really any other food or flavor…

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NEEBA Receives Small Business of the Year Award for Telling Real Stories

NEEBA Receives Small Business of the Year Award for Telling Real Stories

An innovative start-up in Silicon Valley is garnering awards and attention, but the company has nothing to do with computer science or engineering. Needs Emotion and Empathy for Beliefs to Awake, or NEEBA, is a “video agency for the new age” that creates brand narratives…

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Uproar Brewing Co. Makes Long-Anticipated Debut

Uproar Brewing Co. Makes Long-Anticipated Debut

Just a little ways out from Uproar Brewing Co.’s grand opening, the guys were getting a little annoyed with how often they had to turn away the local fire department. It wasn’t a fire code concern—the off duty firefighters were just looking for a cold…

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1621 Bistro Has a Passion for Island-Inspired Cuisine

1621 Bistro Has a Passion for Island-Inspired Cuisine

Inspiration is a funny thing. Sometimes it comes from modest goals, as is the case for Lawrence Lemery, owner of 1621 Bistro—the newest gastropub in San Jose’s Northside. “Our real inspiration is to offer good food to the neighborhood we grew up in,” he says….

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Rootstock Wine Bar: Wine Tips for 2017

Rootstock Wine Bar: Wine Tips for 2017

Summer is coming. That may not sound as ominous as winter, but here in breezy Northern California the number of wine options can sometimes leave non-sommeliers in a state of paralysis by analysis. In steps Will Sundquist, wine director for Rootstock Wine Bar. A Los…

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IBU Taproom & Bottle Shop: Craft Beer Tips

IBU Taproom & Bottle Shop: Craft Beer Tips

One of the first things people notice when they look up IBU Taproom & Bottle Shop in Milpitas is that the 6-month-old craft beer bar has no phone. Anyone interested in finding out what’s available on the 50 taps, or what’s featured in the rotating…

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Haberdasher: Drink Well in Summer 2017

Haberdasher: Drink Well in Summer 2017

We live in an age when people revel in their ignorance, even when good information has never been easier to access. Save the politics. We’re talking cocktails. Not too long ago Haberdasher owner Cache Bouren—the progenitor of craft cocktails in Silicon Valley—sent along an instructional…

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Rookies Set to Release the Firkin for NBA Finals

Rookies Set to Release the Firkin for NBA Finals

Rookies Sports Lodge has snagged one of Lagunitas Brewing Co.’s rare firkins. Now the inevitable question: What’s a firkin? In this case, it’s a type of keg made of wood or steel, but the key is how to tap it. The keg must be laid…

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Backyard Brew Shows Ingenuity, Minus Clichés

Backyard Brew Shows Ingenuity, Minus Clichés

Yan Khalil, the self-made brewmaster and sole proprietor of Palo Alto’s newest coffee spot, Backyard Brew, is anything but a creature of habit. “Most people hate routine and monotony,” he says. “Even if they say they don’t, they secretly do deep down. So instead of…

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