Articles by Kathy Manlapaz

Winter is Coming: Are Local Restaurants Relying on Outdoor Seating Ready?

Winter is Coming: Are Local Restaurants Relying on Outdoor Seating Ready?

On October 14, Santa Clara County entered the orange tier of reopening, allowing restaurants to begin serving customers indoors at 25 percent capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer, and only if they adhere to the guidelines for “ventilation, table spacing, customer screening, contact tracing…

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Wineries offer deals during COVID-19

Wineries offer deals during COVID-19

While tasting rooms are currently closed, most local wineries are ready to supply the wine people need to sip while sheltering. Local restaurants Maurizio’s, Odeum, Rosy’s, Siam Thai and West Side Grill are all offering local bottles to go with food orders. Visit santaclarawines.com for…

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Taking it to the Streets

Taking it to the Streets

Teslas line up outside of Chef Chu’s in Los Altos. A trunk pops open and a man in nitrile gloves and hospital mask deposits a shopping bag into the boot. In downtown Campbell, Sushi Randy stands behind a table providing safe sashimi. Further down the…

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Michelin To Go: Manresa Takes it to the Streets

Michelin To Go: Manresa Takes it to the Streets

The news that one could sample three-star Michelin cooking at an affordable price point has been one of the shelter-at-home cloud’s silver linings. Lalita Kaewsawang, Manresa’s guest chef, provided some Thai touches last week for the restaurant’s changing menu options. A former employee, Chef Kaewasawang…

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Car Bar

Car Bar

The shutdowns ordered to curb the coronavirus pandemic have rocked every part of the economy. But perhaps few sectors have been devastated as much as the hospitality industry, which operates on razor-thin margins. For the first several days after Gov. Gavin Newsom’s call to shutter…

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Red, Like a Ferrari

Red, Like a Ferrari

Everyone knows Guglielmo Winery, perhaps for its estate Zinfandel or Petite Sirah, the latter soon to be on local Trader Joe’s shelves. Assistant winemaker Niklas (Nik) Zorn is not just about making old world-style wines from Santa Clara fruit, though. He looks far and wide…

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Verde Vineyards Makes for a Great, Green Winetasting Getaway in Gilroy

Verde Vineyards Makes for a Great, Green Winetasting Getaway in Gilroy

As March 17 draws near, many will have green on their minds and very specific thirst on their tongue. It doesn’t get much greener than this lush Gilroy spot out on Buena Vista Avenue, directly across from the colorful Satori Cellars. George and Lynda Green,…

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Irish Whiskey: Enjoy the Water of Life on St. Patrick’s Day

Irish Whiskey: Enjoy the Water of Life on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day has always been about family—whether it’s the family you inherit or the family you choose. Named a national holiday in Ireland in 1903, it holds deep religious meaning for Catholics. David Mulvehill, owner of O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub and Five Points Cocktail Bar,…

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Nam Vietnamese Brasserie opens in RWC, Salt & Straw scoops spot at Valley Fair

Nam Vietnamese Brasserie opens in RWC, Salt & Straw scoops spot at Valley Fair

The latest venture from Anne Le Ziblatt—proprietor of Palo Alto’s Tamarine—comes to Redwood City. Nam Vietnamese Brasserie is the latest upscale Vietnamese restaurant from Le Ziblatt, who aims to elevate the region’s Vietnamese offerings without giving diners sticker shock. Le Ziblatt is the daughter of…

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Clear, Shapely Ice Improves Any Cocktail

Clear, Shapely Ice Improves Any Cocktail

While fresh ingredients and elegant glassware make a cocktail shine, one crucial element is often overlooked: ice. There are a few hurdles to overcome when preparing ice for cocktails, but it is the key to a stunning final product. I’ll talk about why it’s important,…

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