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Eat Well, and Healthy, on a Budget in the New Year

Eat Well, and Healthy, on a Budget in the New Year

The holidays done and the new year is upon us—it’s resolution time. With several months of cold weather ahead, comfort food might be tough to give up. Let’s look instead to trimming the extra fat from that credit card statement. One of the easiest ways…

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Winter Warmers to Help You Through the Holiday Season

Winter Warmers to Help You Through the Holiday Season

Cold weather begs for a warm cocktail. Hot toddies, Irish coffees, hot buttered rum—these seasonal favorites are well known for good reason. But the depth of warm cocktails is vast. Let’s dive into these warm winter wonders and get you up to speed on what…

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Local Wines Make a Great Holiday Gift

Local Wines Make a Great Holiday Gift

Those on the hunt for a last-minute gift may find their way to the bottle. A drink can help spur creativity, after all. And, of course, good drinks make for good presents. Whether one is in search of inspiration or just on the hunt for…

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New Campbell Restaurant Desi, Puts a Fresh Spin on Indian Favorites

New Campbell Restaurant Desi, Puts a Fresh Spin on Indian Favorites

The samosa chaat ($9) is the star dish at Desi, a very recently opened “contemporary, casual” Indian restaurant located just outside downtown Campbell. The potato-filled pastry is smothered in chana masala, chutney verde and a turnip salsa, and yet each individual flavor remains intact. When…

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Japanese Pop-Up Wren Finds Powerfuld Flavor in Select Ingredients

Japanese Pop-Up Wren Finds Powerfuld Flavor in Select Ingredients

Camino Brewing has become quite an incubator for San Jose’s burgeoning pop-up restaurant scene. From keto tacos to fried chicken (made by yours truly) to modern Filipino, there is always something exciting and tasty happening in their downtown taproom. One of my favorite pop-ups is Wren,…

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San Jose Institution Henry’s Hi-Life Bids Farewell to Heroic Barkeep

San Jose Institution Henry’s Hi-Life Bids Farewell to Heroic Barkeep

Confluence Point is where the Guadalupe River and Los Gatos Creek meet. It’s a gorgeous isthmus that rests below the shadow of the SAP Center. It’s where the salmon run, the amphibians frolic, and the beavers beave. It’s also where, every half century or so,…

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Harvest Report: A Longer Season, Tasty Varietals

Harvest Report: A Longer Season, Tasty Varietals

The 2019 wine harvest presented many hurdles to local vintners. However, plenty of winemakers in the Santa Clara Valley are optimistic about the product of a wet winter followed by a long summer, which stretched well into the fall. The late and protracted season led…

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Forks & Knives: Momo Grill and Adega Expand, Chromatic Adopts New Tech

Forks & Knives: Momo Grill and Adega Expand, Chromatic Adopts New Tech

Nepalese food can be a bit of a mystery to diners. Is it Chinese? Is it Indian? The answer: yes.⁣⁣ One of the original fusions, Nepalese food was born in Nepal, as trade routes turned the landlocked country into a delicious nexus for Chinese, Indian…

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The Branham Lounge celebrates 50 years with retro drink pricing, fondue

The Branham Lounge celebrates 50 years with retro drink pricing, fondue

Given the current popularity of mid-century decor, it isn’t hard to find a bar with an interior design like The Branham Lounge. Hues of deep mahogany and burgundy blend effortlessly with the leather-upholstered chairs. It’s easy to imagine Don Draper knocking back a few in…

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Artfully Executed Holiday Cocktails in San Jose

Artfully Executed Holiday Cocktails in San Jose

The holidays are upon us. And in addition to being bombarded with calls to buy, buy, buy, we will also be encouraged to indulge in a litany of rich food and drink that our primitive digestive systems are ill-equipped to metabolize. Eggnog comes to mind….

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