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Clear, Shapely Ice Improves Any Cocktail

Clear, Shapely Ice Improves Any Cocktail

While fresh ingredients and elegant glassware make a cocktail shine, one crucial element is often overlooked: ice. There are a few hurdles to overcome when preparing ice for cocktails, but it is the key to a stunning final product. I’ll talk about why it’s important,…

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Lightpost Winery Boasts Four Award-Winning Pinot Noirs

Lightpost Winery Boasts Four Award-Winning Pinot Noirs

Morgan Hill-based Lightpost Winery pays tribute to the power of California-grown pinot noir with four new wines, made from grapes harvested in some of this state’s best-known pinot regions—including San Luis Obispo, Sonoma and Santa Cruz counties. Together, the quartet speak to their respective terroirs…

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Airy dosas, savory stuffing and flavorful chutneys at Ulavacharu Tiffins

Airy dosas, savory stuffing and flavorful chutneys at Ulavacharu Tiffins

North or South? It’s a question worth asking when in the mood for Indian cuisine. For those diners who may be unaware there is a difference, a new restaurant in Santa Clara offers a sumptuous crash course on Indian fare hailing from the tropical regions…

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Changes Coming to Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail

Changes Coming to Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail

The non-profit booster organization dedicated to championing wine and winemaking in the South Bay is making a big change to its collective winery membership program. The Wineries of Santa Clara Valley plans to discontinue their seasonal programs—the spring and fall passports—in favor of a year-long…

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A Valentine’s Day Dinner Date Cheat Sheet

A Valentine’s Day Dinner Date Cheat Sheet

It doesn’t matter whether one is a Valentine’s Day ninja or seriously challenged in the date-planning department—it never hurts to pick up a cheat-sheet for inspiration. Here at Metro, La Fondue in Saratoga, The GrandView Restaurant in San Jose and Manresa in Los Gatos regularly take…

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Scott’s Seafood and Morton’s Steakhouse Relocate; Silicon Valley Eateries on the Yelp 100

Scott’s Seafood and Morton’s Steakhouse Relocate; Silicon Valley Eateries on the Yelp 100

San Jose’s rapid rate of growth is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, mixed-use high-rises, the spread of public murals and a burgeoning craft-beer scene are turning our city center into the kind of downtown one would expect from the self-proclaimed “Capital of Silicon…

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Vietnamese Pop-Up Kitchen Het Say Rewards Those who Seek it Out

Vietnamese Pop-Up Kitchen Het Say Rewards Those who Seek it Out

Even by the somewhat ephemeral nature of the pop-up kitchen, Het Say can prove especially elusive. However, those who seek out the work of husband-wife duo Duyan and Hieu Le will be rewarded with a menu that combines seasonal California ingredients with flavors plucked straight…

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South Valley Wineries Have a Good Year at Chronicle Wine Competition

South Valley Wineries Have a Good Year at Chronicle Wine Competition

Santa Clara Valley wines had an excellent year at the 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The largest competition of its kind in North America—with over 6,700 entries this year—numerous South County winemakers took home numerous medals. One of the 66 wines in the sweepstakes…

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Stirred, Never Shaken: The Definitive Guide to a Real Martini

Stirred, Never Shaken: The Definitive Guide to a Real Martini

I’ll be blunt: You’ve probably never had a real martini. Like the beloved hamburger, the martini is universally loved but instantly modified. The tradition of customizing could have more to do with pop culture and less to do with preference. Let’s look at what a…

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Cupertino’s Afuri Ramen + Dumplings Delights with Unique Take on Traditional Dish

Cupertino’s Afuri Ramen + Dumplings Delights with Unique Take on Traditional Dish

Silicon Valley’s ramen scene is in full swing. Although it was once difficult to find a decent bowl in the South Bay—outside of the neighborhood surrounding Mitsuwa Marketplace on San Jose’s West Side—seriously sumptuous noodle shops now proliferate the 408. While a strong group of…

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