Articles by Kathy Manlapaz

Meso Modern Mediterranean Opens at Santana Row, Luna Expands to Pruneyard

Meso Modern Mediterranean Opens at Santana Row, Luna Expands to Pruneyard

Santana Row is now home to what could become the new standard in upscale Mediterranean cuisine in Silicon Valley. Headed by chef and restaurateur Roland Passot, whose other “babies” include La Folie and LB Steak, Meso Modern Mediterranean is now open on the southwest end…

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The Silicon Valley Roots of J. Lohr Vineyards & Winery

The Silicon Valley Roots of J. Lohr Vineyards & Winery

It wasn’t so long ago that the closest one could hope to find a quality local wine was north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Over the course of a generation, that has changed. The Santa Clara Valley, once home to just a handful of jug…

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Willow Glen Bao Chinese Eats Gifts the Community

Willow Glen Bao Chinese Eats Gifts the Community

The Chinese word “bao” is actually an abbreviation of “baozi”—which, when translated to English, means “gift” or “treasure.” It’s an apt moniker. The white bready exterior of these portable, steamed parcels betrays little of their insides, which may host any number of savory treasures, from…

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Served With Seltzer or Clear-Cut Ice, the Old Fashioned is a True Original

Served With Seltzer or Clear-Cut Ice, the Old Fashioned is a True Original

In the pantheon of cocktails, there is one undisputed grandaddy of them all—the namesake for the term “cocktail”—the old fashioned. The formula is quite simple, and yet unlike anything that came before it. The cocktail, originally defined as a combination of alcohol, sugar and bitters,…

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Dance, Drink and Be Scary With the Help of Our Annual Halloween Guide

Dance, Drink and Be Scary With the Help of Our Annual Halloween Guide

Halloween falls on a Thursday this year, but plenty of local venues are celebrating a bit early. Check out this list of haunted houses, masquerade balls, raging parties and spooky shows.

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Stefania Wine’s San Jose Roots

Stefania Wine’s San Jose Roots

While some local winemakers may operate a tasting room in San Jose, or one of its more densely populated suburbs, most of the grape-growing goes down in the Santa Cruz mountains or out in the spread-out exurbs to the south. Stefania and her husband, Paul—proprietors…

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From High Qual Comfort to Ox Penis, Valley Restaurants Push Palates and Satisfy Souls

From High Qual Comfort to Ox Penis, Valley Restaurants Push Palates and Satisfy Souls

As the economic engine of Silicon Valley continues to draw college graduates and older entrepreneurial dreamers, the region’s swelling population is as hungry as ever. Bay Area-bred locals enjoy their old haunts and yearn for novel edible experiences, while transplants from smaller towns and faraway…

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Campbell Civil Cervant Launches P&V Winery

Campbell Civil Cervant Launches P&V Winery

When Paul Kermoyan and his wife Vicki purchased the 2.5-acre parcel in Coyote Valley that would become the P&V Winery estate vineyard, they really were just looking to make wine for themselves. Kermoyan grew up in Fresno, the son of Armenian parents, and has always…

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Aloha Fresh Relocates to Japantown, Stays True to Cultural Roots of Poke

Aloha Fresh Relocates to Japantown, Stays True to Cultural Roots of Poke

The Hawaiian word “poke” (rhymes with “OK” and not “spoke”) means “to cut into chunks.” More popularly, poke is a native Hawaiian pupu (appetizer)—traditionally prepared simply, with freshly caught island fish, sea salt, seaweed and ground kukui nuts. It’s akin to Hawaiian soul food, and…

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Celebrate Oktoberfest in Silicon Valley with beer, brats and more beer

Celebrate Oktoberfest in Silicon Valley with beer, brats and more beer

Germany’s official Oktoberfest draws nearly 8 million visitors every year. Together these revelers consume a half-million chickens, a quarter-million pairs of sausages—and a whopping 1,822,787 gallons of beer. While the 16-day festival was traditionally held exclusively in the month of October, it was moved up…

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