Realizing your Renaissance: six skills to learn today in the 650

Sous-vide steak seared with a blow torch. Techniques via Bold Food. Photo courtesy of Michelle Le. Being a Renaissance woman/man ain’t easy. One must always be acquiring new skills. Lucky for you, we did a bit of asking around. From cooking to golfing to shooting a gun, we found the top instructors and programs in the 650 for you to pick up a new skill or two. 1. Break 100 Feeling left out of those corporate ...

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Fancy noodles, un-fancy style at Mountain View’s Kumino

Words and photos by Nicole Ruiz Hudson Garlic noodles and chasiu. When is a noodle more than just boiled grain? For Haochen Liu, the chef behind Mountain View’s Kumino Noodle & Rice, noodles are the common thread in a life spent eating and cooking across multiple cultures and cuisines. “Seventy percent of my whole life’s meals is about noodles,” says Liu, a northern China native who opened Kumino in late 2015. “Almost nothing is super ...

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The 650’s ultimate St. Paddy’s Day planner

Killer deals, one-of-a-kind brews, and garlic cheese fries that’ll make you be like — whoa. Photo by @irenesearlesphotography Start playing some Dropkick Murphy’s and make sure that green shirt is clean, for St. Patrick’s Day is upon us. We scoured the 650 to find you THE places to be on this festive occasion (that just so happens to fall on a Friday!). Get those drinking shoes on and cozy up to the 650’s ultimate St. ...

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Craft caffeine: The inspiration behind Voyager Coffee’s unusual brews

Mixing it up at Voyager Craft Coffee: @amadeu_cruz We’ve all had “third wave coffee” (trust us, you have) but how do you build on a cappuccino with grass-fed cream-top milk and heart-shaped foam art? The owners of Voyager Craft Coffee in Santa Clara, Sam Shah and Lauren Burns, think they have an answer: unusual flavor pairings and homemade ingredients on a base of top-notch beans. These are not your average cups ...

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Marshmallow, bacon, blueberries: Where to eat Silicon Valley’s most exotic doughnuts.

Kookie Monster and Strawberry Fields from Psycho Donuts: @johngula_oblongata No more flying to Portland to get your pink box of Voodoo Doughnuts topped with Cocoa Puffs and bacon. Right here on the Peninsula, we found some doughnut shops that are getting just as wild with their fried creations. Time to get weird. Starting with the most exotic, here’s our top 5 list: 1. The Cereal Killer from Psycho Donuts Cereal killin’ goodness: @yoseeats Psycho Donuts is the ...

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Santa Clara’s Korean scene heats up with BOB BBQ and Paik’s Noodle shop

Noodles so long, you gotta bring out the scissors. There are already enough Korean restaurants on Santa Clara’s stretch of El Camino to please any wagyu wonk. You’d think piling two cheap eateries on top of that smorgasbord might feel a little like sprinkling Hot Cheetos on your bibimbap. You’d be wrong (but your imaginative use of snack foods impresses us). BOB Korean BBQ and Paik’s Noodle Shop couldn’t be more ...

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A kinder, gentler microbrew at Redwood City’s Freewheel Brewing

Cask lineup at Freewheel (Photo by Devin Roberts) On the border of Menlo Park and Redwood city, in a shopping center best known for its Sunday brunch spot, Squeeze In, lies a little brewery and public house made to transport you back to the English countryside, with beer that’s much smoother and slightly warmer than you’re used to drinking. Freewheel Brewery and Pub was the vision of four friends (Malcolm, Pete, Gary, ...

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Fred’s Place in Mountain View is where truck drivers and tech CEOs share a barstool

Follow the neon lights to Fred’s Place (photo by @jthepirate) Pauli Partti doesn’t serve fancy, craft cocktails. The owner of Fred’s Place on Old Middlefield Way in Mountain View has intentionally kept his place old school: sports memorabilia covering the walls, pinball machine up front, billiards in the back, and a spirits list that’s not trying to impress anyone. Martinis and Manhattans are about as fancy as they’ll get. “We don’t ...

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A temple to Bay Area craft brews rises at Santa Clara’s Taplands

Tapland’s owner, Matt Hartenstein (photo by Dale Swanson) Taplands Bottle Shop and Neighborhood Brewery in Santa Clara, open just under a year, is quickly becoming a favorite destination for beer tasters and tinkerers across Silicon Valley. The tap room’s founder and head keg tapper, Matt Hartenstein, is a self-proclaimed “beer geek” and homebrewer since 1991 (which he describes as the “Craft Beer 1.0” days). I sat down with Matt to talk about current trends ...

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We weighed, then ate, three of Silicon Valley’s biggest burritos. Here’s who won.

Surf n’ Turf burrito from Sancho’s. We wanted to find the biggest burrito in Silicon Valley because, well, we’re a curious bunch. But we also have New Year’s Resolutions (that we’re barely holding on to), so instead of devouring every burritos across the peninsula, we decided to try only the biggest ones at the best places around. “Best” is totally arbitrary, but we had to start somewhere and Yelp seemed like the least-bad option. Searching ...

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