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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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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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Forks & Knives: San Jose’s Own Whiskey Distillery and Boozy Taco Bell

Forks & Knives: San Jose’s Own Whiskey Distillery and Boozy Taco Bell

Craft breweries are everywhere in Silicon Valley these days. Take a spin through any one of the South Bay’s myriad business parks, and it certainly wouldn’t be surprising to find a cohort of hop-heads fussing over a new lager, pilsner or ale. Until the arrival…

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