A former techie pushes wine lovers out of their comfort zone at Cin Cin in Los Gatos

Wine flight at Cin Cin via IG: waterxwine Los Gatos restaurants know wine. So running a successful wine bar near perennial Michelin faves like Manresa means offering something beyond the ordinary. Cin Cin Wine Bar & Restaurant wants you to step outside your wine comfort zone and they go to great lengths to source unusual and unheard of labels in the name of that mission. The 2015 Michelin recommended restaurant challenges customers to ...

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Leave Work Early for These Mountain View Happy Hours

Cocktails at Scratch via IG: jaclyncatania Mountain View happy hour is looking less and less like a quiet glass of wine and more like a shot pounded on a Friday night in the Mission. Castro Street wants to be Silicon Valley’s buzziest downtown: a host of restaurants and bars have opened, apartments are going up and the city fathers are considering closing off the east end of downtown to limit traffic. ...

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Los Gatos Dining: Casual Dinner Picks

The Lex classic burger via IG: thelexlg Be careful when eating out in Silicon Valley. One dinner and a few drinks can cost you an entire month’s paycheck. If you want to enjoy a night out without going broke, check our shortlist of casual, cheaper restaurants in Los Gatos. I Gatti Small, colorfully decorated, and with great food, I Gatti captures the atmosphere of an Italian village. It begins with a selection of specialized pastas ...

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Dio Deka: Silicon Valley’s Last Jacket-and-tie restaurant wants you to feel relaxed

Dio Deka via IG: sloams If you long for the good ol’ days where people dressed up to eat out, Dio Deka is calling your name. The last restaurant (we think) in Silicon Valley that still requires formal dress, Dio Deka in Los Gatos looks intimidating with a business-like atmosphere. The staff dresses impeccably, with men sporting wearing suits, ties, and golden rings, and women in elegant black dresses. Dio Deka’s owners don’t want the formal ...

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Beers and Bratwursts: Your Guide to Silicon Valley Oktoberfest

Penninsula Oktoberfest via IG: Shannahmarie77 Put away those puny wine glasses and bring out the heavy machinery. It’s October, and that means Oktoberfest. While the real Oktoberfest in Munich completed its 16-day celebration on Oct. 3, Silicon Valley has just begun paying homage to German culture. If you couldn’t make it to Munich for a masse, read below to find the best upcoming Oktoberfest celebrations in Silicon Valley. Peninsula Oktoberfest When: Saturday, Oct. 15 from ...

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Palo Alto’s Surprisingly Affordable Fancy Brunch Spots

Ditch the soggy pancakes, lines of strollers and strained service for fancy, affordable, fare. Joya on University Ave, Palo Alto. Like whiskey cocktails and artisan breads, brunch has been having its moment for a while now. Couple that with the fact that there are few traditional breakfast spots in the mid-Peninsula that accommodate groups and children and you have the recipe for overcrowded diners serving lukewarm coffee and eggs while dropping hints that ...

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Aloe vera and red bean in bubble tea? We tried it all so you don’t have to.

I went on a tasting extravaganza with two of my favorite boba connoisseurs who pretty much introduced me to the drink four years ago at Teaspoon on Castro Street in Mountain View. Teaspoon, the newest addition to the Castro Quintuplets, is known for having pricier but higher quality drinks without using powders or syrup. We purchased 5 different drinks, each with a different combination of toppings to see if some can beat ...

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Poke and parenting: the crazy true story behind San Mateo’s Pokeatery

Poke bowl via IG: Pokeatery Pokeatery, located on South B Street in downtown San Mateo, was one of the first poke places to open up on the Peninsula, back in October of 2015. Now, they lead the pack as the trend covers the Bay Area with their California-style poke and Dole Whip floats. Joann Chung, chef and owner of Pokeatery quit her job in finance to take care of her son — and opened a ...

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6 unique places for a date on the Peninsula

Castro Theatre via IG: Timfederle Who says you have to go to San Francisco for a great date? Here are six places on the Peninsula for a fun and special first (or fiftieth) date. For the old soul The Stanford Theatre in downtown Palo Alto has been a blast from the past since 1925. Tickets are under $10 and a huge popcorn is only $3, so load up on snacks and cuddle up to watch some ...

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The (un)official ranking of Castro Street boba tea

Tea Era via Allyna Mellville I am the first to say that I have a boba tea obsession. At one point in high school, I regularly had boba four times a week. Luckily, just down El Camino from my work is the bubble tea mecca: Castro Street. I went to each one and tried their jasmine milk tea 50% sweetness with pearls (my go-to order) to give you all an idea of the best boba ...

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