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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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Lightpost Winery: Amore con Vino

Lightpost Winery: Amore con Vino

Sofia Fedotova never imagined she’d own a California winery. Growing up in the Ural region of Russia, she worked for a consulting firm specializing in seminars for CPAs. In a tale of internet matchmaking gone right, Sofia’s online profile caught the eye of one John…

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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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College Guide: A Cheat Sheet to Living Large on the Cheap in Silicon Valley

College Guide: A Cheat Sheet to Living Large on the Cheap in Silicon Valley

There is so much to love about college. Freedom from parental supervision; taking a sex ed class taught by an actual biologist rather than the high school football coach; new friends; a world of opportunity; beer. But it’s certainly not a cakewalk. Negotiating relationships, grappling…

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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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