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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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Local Thanksgiving Pairings From the Santa Clara Valley

Local Thanksgiving Pairings From the Santa Clara Valley

Let’s not mince words. Thanksgiving is, above all else, the year’s biggest potluck dinner. And in the runup to the final Thursday of November, those who have yet to dial in their own signature dish may feel a certain amount of anxiety. Sure, a nice…

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Telefèric Barcelona Misses Most Marks While Seeking California Cool

Telefèric Barcelona Misses Most Marks While Seeking California Cool

The spirit of Spanish cuisine wasn’t in the kitchen at the recently opened Palo Alto address of Telefèric Barcelona. It must have gotten stuck circling for a space in the absurdly overcrowded Town & Country Village parking lot. According to the menu, Telefèric “specializes in…

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Meso Modern Mediterranean Opens at Santana Row, Luna Expands to Pruneyard

Meso Modern Mediterranean Opens at Santana Row, Luna Expands to Pruneyard

Santana Row is now home to what could become the new standard in upscale Mediterranean cuisine in Silicon Valley. Headed by chef and restaurateur Roland Passot, whose other “babies” include La Folie and LB Steak, Meso Modern Mediterranean is now open on the southwest end…

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The Silicon Valley Roots of J. Lohr Vineyards & Winery

The Silicon Valley Roots of J. Lohr Vineyards & Winery

It wasn’t so long ago that the closest one could hope to find a quality local wine was north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Over the course of a generation, that has changed. The Santa Clara Valley, once home to just a handful of jug…

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Willow Glen Bao Chinese Eats Gifts the Community

Willow Glen Bao Chinese Eats Gifts the Community

The Chinese word “bao” is actually an abbreviation of “baozi”—which, when translated to English, means “gift” or “treasure.” It’s an apt moniker. The white bready exterior of these portable, steamed parcels betrays little of their insides, which may host any number of savory treasures, from…

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