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A Pair of Local Cider Entrepreneurs Aim to Elevate the Craft

A Pair of Local Cider Entrepreneurs Aim to Elevate the Craft

Like so many who venture overseas, Claudia Derp was forever changed by her trek through Europe. Five years ago, before she boarded her flight, Derp had been in talks with a friend about starting a wine bar. By the time she returned, Derp had a…

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Meet the Next Generation of Silicon Valley Culinary Creatives

Meet the Next Generation of Silicon Valley Culinary Creatives

As is the case for many who work in the food and drink industry, Monday is typically the day that chef Josh Hanoka gets to take a breather. It is the one day of the week when his Willow Glen restaurant Braise isn’t open. Today,…

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The Grapevine: Openings, expansions and fond farewells in Silicon Valley dining

The Grapevine: Openings, expansions and fond farewells in Silicon Valley dining

Japantown finally getting its first-ever pizza joint with the opening of Jtown Pizza Co. Occupying 625 N Sixth St, a historic building that once served as a Japanese boardinghouse, it takes the place of the outgoing Wenzhou Fish Noodles. They’ll be serving a thin New…

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Gourmandizer: Power lunch at Buck’s of Woodside

Gourmandizer: Power lunch at Buck’s of Woodside

Our horses’ hooves were muffled by the moist ground on the trail that afternoon. The path meandered along the emerald hills that led to our destination. I sat atop my beloved steed Rosy Nante, and Mr. Harada bounced along next me on his rented pony,…

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Claudia’s Pastes offers on-the-go hearty handfuls in downtown San Jose

Claudia’s Pastes offers on-the-go hearty handfuls in downtown San Jose

The lunch crowd suffers from no shortage of options along the strip of East Santa Clara Street running through the heart of downtown San Jose. At midday, the corridor is awash with desk jockeys and blue collar workers, all on the hunt for a quick…

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Santa Clara falafel spot Achilles ranks high on Yelp’s 100 best in the U.S. list

Santa Clara falafel spot Achilles ranks high on Yelp’s 100 best in the U.S. list

The phone rings at 4am. Diaa Altali answers, half-asleep, worried something is wrong. The voice on the other end of the line belongs to his friend and business partner, Elias Stanton, who can barely contain himself. “Heart-shaped falafel,” he declares. “We’re gonna do a heart-shaped…

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Pho 24′s Sprawling Menu Shows Promise

Pho 24′s Sprawling Menu Shows Promise

We South Bay denizens are no strangers to pho. Home to the second largest Vietnamese population outside of the motherland, Santa Clara County is brimming with restaurants serving up brothy, beefy noodle bowls. Southeast Asian flavors have an outsized influence on the growing San Jose…

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Kusan Uyghur Cuisine: Cooking at the Crossroads

Kusan Uyghur Cuisine: Cooking at the Crossroads

Long a culinary term of art, “fusion” is often associated with the deliberate combination of two distinct traditions. From falafel tacos to ramen burgers, these endeavors are usually the work of some enterprising chef, seeking to surprise diners with something new. Such pairings are rarely…

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Menlo Park’s Camper misses the forest for the trees

Menlo Park’s Camper misses the forest for the trees

The decor at Camper, an approximate abbreviation for California Menlo Park, nods to the idea of camping from the comfortable distance of an orderly suburban neighborhood. There’s a framed photograph of a VW van with its tent set up in the middle of a forest….

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Gourmandizer: Original Joe’s serves quality comfort for the whole familia

Gourmandizer: Original Joe’s serves quality comfort for the whole familia

It was early morning, probably around 11:30am, and I was in the garage listening to Ram Jam while cleaning my piece. I had been drinking the holiday eggnog that was about to go bad. It’s usually good for about 60 days after the date on…

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