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Willow Glen’s Braise rises from the ashes with great food

Willow Glen’s Braise rises from the ashes with great food

Braise opened late and I figured by midsummer it would be a perfect time to go. Unfortunately, disaster struck a few days after the Fourth of July, when an electrical fire shut the restaurant down. Nearly four months later, Braise reopened at the end of…

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Five Restaurants to Watch: December 2018

Five Restaurants to Watch: December 2018

Six months is usually considered the earliest a new restaurant, bar or coffeeshop canreceive a fair review. By then the kinks should be ironed out, the bad apples fired and the dishes and drinks refined. But who’s got time for that? This feature takes a…

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Konjoe Burger dresses up the American classic with understated fusion twists

Konjoe Burger dresses up the American classic with understated fusion twists

What’s in a name? For chef Joey Camacho, the name says it all when it comes to his restaurant Konjoe Burger. The eatery’s namesake—a clever combination of Camacho’s own name and the word konjou, meaning determined or daring in Japanese—is made up, but that doesn’t…

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Treat the Foodie in Your Life to One of These 10 Local Restaurants

Treat the Foodie in Your Life to One of These 10 Local Restaurants

Tasso’s 1530 Southwest Expwy, San Jose 408.283.2040 tassosrestaurantbar.com While the building might be new, the Perakis family who run it are no strangers to the South Bay. Tasso Perakis and his wife Maria have been running restaurants here since the early ’70s, and now they’ve…

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The Place does ramen right—and that’s enough for us

The Place does ramen right—and that’s enough for us

The restaurant world has many terms that get bandied about pretty liberally in the service of gussying things up and reeling in patrons. Take, for example, the words “artisanal,” “natural” and “fresh.” While on their surface all those things sound great, in reality, all too…

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Five New Restaurants to Watch in November

Five New Restaurants to Watch in November

Six months is usually considered the earliest a new restaurant, bar or coffeeshop can receive a fair review. By then the kinks should be ironed out, the bad apples fired and the dishes and drinks refined. But who’s got time for that? This feature takes…

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Bar Fly: Horsin’ Around at the Normandy Lounge

Bar Fly: Horsin’ Around at the Normandy Lounge

Choices. Options. Decisions. It’s a tightrope any way you look at it. Make one mistake and you spiral into a unforgiving Sarlacc pit. That’s modern life, or at least that’s what we are told. I pondered this while I scanned the offerings in Mr. Harada’s…

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Haunted Houses in Silicon Valley

Haunted Houses in Silicon Valley

Rebel Yell Oct 26-31 Rebel Yell Haunted House 1577 Rebel Way, San Jose Going 19 years strong, Rebel Yell Haunted House comes with a full backstory involving a mad scientist, Dr. Monticore VonBraun, who has been driven by grief and ghostly spirits to experiment with…

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Silicon Valley Halloween Parties

Silicon Valley Halloween Parties

The Riot Halloween Oct 26, 9:30pm Pure Nightclub 146 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale DJ Playboi, Shaffy, Jay Reese, J. Wells and Midas will keep the dance floor lit, spinning hip-hop, EDM and Top 40 hits. Costumes are highly encouraged. Add your name to the guest…

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Freaky Family Fun in the Silicon Valley

Freaky Family Fun in the Silicon Valley

Halloween is not complete without digging into the goopy center of pumpkin and transforming the orange gourd into a snaggletoothed jack-o’-lantern. And while it’s certainly possible to pick up a pumpkin at the supermarket, doing so means missing out on candied apples, maize mazes and…

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