Articles by Jennifer Wadsworth

Wet Your Whistles: An Online Drinking Guide for Caltrain Riders

Wet Your Whistles: An Online Drinking Guide for Caltrain Riders

With a few-dozen stops along 50-plus miles, from the foggy banks of San Francisco to the rural reaches of South County, Caltrain gives its riders plenty of space to explore. And with most stations positioned in downtowns, around shops, restaurants and bars, the train line…

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Scott’s Seafood Revamped its Sixth-Story Patio as a Late-Night Lounge

Scott’s Seafood Revamped its Sixth-Story Patio as a Late-Night Lounge

Despite the region’s enviable Mediterranean climate and 300-plus days of sunshine a year, only a few local restaurants offer a rooftop alfresco view of Santa Clara Valley. The Capital Club requires a membership to dine on the 17th floor of the Knight Ridder building. Cielo,…

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Almanac Beer Co. Releases Several New Fruit-Flavored Summer Brews

Almanac Beer Co. Releases Several New Fruit-Flavored Summer Brews

Corporate flavor chemists infusing lime, strawberry and hints of cough syrup into flavorless brews have given fruit beers a bad rap. Anheuser-Busch’s ill-advised Wild Blue, released and thankfully forgotten several years ago, drew comparisons to canned blueberry pie filling and rubbing alcohol. We can only…

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Gordon Biersch Prepares for ‘No Name’ Cider Launch

Gordon Biersch Prepares for ‘No Name’ Cider Launch

Like stars and stripes, pickups, potbellies and bacon-wrapped everything, beer has long been regarded as quintessentially American. But before the guilt-tripping Temperance movement drove the entire alcohol industry underground, hard cider was considered the nation’s drink of choice. “Then, for whatever reason, it dropped off,”…

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San Jose Spiders Ultimate Frisbee Club Have Steadily Built a Following

San Jose Spiders Ultimate Frisbee Club Have Steadily Built a Following

Ultimate Frisbee has a lot in common with mainstream sports—it’s been compared to hands-free soccer or football without the impact—but it never quite amassed popular appeal. Andrew Zill, head of Silicon Valley pro Frisbee team, the San Jose Spiders, hopes to change that. “It has…

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Cocina Central Boasts a Healthy Farm-to-Table take on Latin Cuisine

Cocina Central Boasts a Healthy Farm-to-Table take on Latin Cuisine

Though the menu at Cocina Central, one of the latest additions to Mountain View’s growing culinary scene, boasts a healthy farm-to-table take on Latin cuisine, it still allows for some decadence. Take the Three Piggies Tacos ($12), a shamelessly indulgent blend of carnitas, bacon and…

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CineBrew Pairs Short Films with Pop-Up Shops and Brewers

CineBrew Pairs Short Films with Pop-Up Shops and Brewers

Local impresarios seem to have a penchant for whimsical mash-ups: bacon and beer, tacos and innovation. Come Saturday, Camera 12 Cinemas in downtown San Jose will open its doors for an offbeat take on a film festival. CineBrew, which takes place all day Saturday, combines…

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The Fountainhead Opens Inside SoFA Market

The Fountainhead Opens Inside SoFA Market

Urban design litterateur-cum-entrepreneur Thang Do managed to dovetail his chief interests in his latest project, an architecture-themed bar in San Jose’s ascendant SoFA District. Every cocktail at The Fountainhead, named for Ayn Rand’s novel about a stoic, if not insufferable, architect, pays homage to the…

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Hermitage Brewery Ages a Favorite Stout in Old Whiskey Barrels

Hermitage Brewery Ages a Favorite Stout in Old Whiskey Barrels

A few summers ago, Hermitage Brewing Company‘s head brewer Greg Filippi poured a batch of his flagship coffee-black stout into freshly dumped barrels of Kentucky bourbon. He then tucked the oaken vessels away in a cellar corner to let the osmosis transpire. Vanilla-rich whiskey crept…

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Two Brothers Launch Urban Gardening Startup Plontz

Two Brothers Launch Urban Gardening Startup Plontz

During theback-to-the-earth movement of the ’70s, there was a push to assign doctors to rural areas. Jonathan and Tim Lyons’ father took up a job in Appalachia, where the family lived among coal miners and farmers. Like the locals, they worked their own garden, planting…

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