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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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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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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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Alhambra House’s Fresh, Fried Pub Fare

Alhambra House’s Fresh, Fried Pub Fare

The Alhambra Irish House serves a portion of fish and chips ($22) large enough to elicit a “Yabba Dabba Doo!” from the brontosaurus burger-loving Fred Flintstone. My serving of the Icelandic haddock wasn’t that much smaller than a handheld Celtic harp. The tender white flesh…

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Forks & Knives: Funny Farm Expands, SAJJ Stretches Out, Nick Difu Moves Next Door

Forks & Knives: Funny Farm Expands, SAJJ Stretches Out, Nick Difu Moves Next Door

When I first checked out Chef Ron Levi’s Funny Farm last May, I was impressed with his elevated bar bites and playful takes on classic comfort food. But I was more than a bit puzzled by the location—inside the Sideline Sports Bar off Santa Teresa Boulevard in South San Jose. While…

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Chefs of Bay Style Catering Mix Disparate Cultures, Hard-Won Experience

Chefs of Bay Style Catering Mix Disparate Cultures, Hard-Won Experience

In a parking lot near the former Memorex campus, deep inside one of Santa Clara’s sprawling industrial compounds, a crew is dramatically backlit against a red setting sun. As a graffiti-covered train rumbles past, three large, tattooed men—sporting black chef coats, aprons and backward, impeccably…

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Former Boxer Opens Punchy Eatery, The Last Round Tavern

Former Boxer Opens Punchy Eatery, The Last Round Tavern

Caleb Orozco was 15 when he cracked a couple ribs. It was nothing major, the kind of injury any kid might sustain during their high school years. But there was a difference between Orozco and the other high school kids. “I had a fight coming…

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Persian Restaurant Stone Stew Goes Above and Beyond Kebabs

Persian Restaurant Stone Stew Goes Above and Beyond Kebabs

It is shamefully reductive to boil an ethnic cuisine down to just one or two line items. Curry is just but of the many pungent spices found in traditional Indian food; the Japanese gourmand knows more than ramen and sushi; and they don’t even serve…

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Malaya of Santa Clara Capitalizes on the Cultural Fusion of the American Strip Mall

Malaya of Santa Clara Capitalizes on the Cultural Fusion of the American Strip Mall

Strip malls are the great equalizers when it comes to suburban dining. The upside is that they often contain multitudes. Take, for instance, the Mercado Shopping Center in Santa Clara. There’s a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, a Chinese chain, two burger joints, Starbucks and a pho…

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