Not for tourists: 10 Silicon Valley hotel restaurants locals love

Madera's foie gras terrine with rhubarb jam, strawberry, walnut and espresso financier; Dinah’s Poolside Restaurant serves up locally inspired fare and an assortment of cocktails; The Emerald Hour Bar’s crema catalana is infused with orange and cinnamon. (Photos by Michelle Le, Natalia Nazarova and Magali Gauthier) Looking for a staycation? Whether you're staying overnight or popping in for a drink or a meal, there are plenty of delicious hotel restaurant ...

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Bubbles on the rise: Silicon Valley vintners open up to sparkling wine

Peninsula wineries are tapping into California’s forgotten knack for producing quality bubbly By Carol Maskus “Sparkling wines are pretty versatile with food, are great aperitifs and generally make people happy — what’s not to like?” (Image courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons) Most of us need a little nudge to open up a bottle of sparkling wine—celebratory occasions like a birthday or anniversary—but otherwise tend to dismiss it the rest of the year. In this regard, Valentine’s Day not ...

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What? The Shuck: The Six Fifty’s guide to getting your oyster fix on the SF Peninsula

From seafood shacks to high-end hangouts, our list for eating bivalves by the Bay By Charles Russo A double dozen at Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay. (Photo courtesy of Julie Shenkman) Human beings have been eating oysters since forever. In modern times, these fleshy morsels of the sea have gone from a poor man’s staple to a pricey culinary delicacy, farmed to odd deliciousness and shipped live all over the world for consumption. Here ...

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Finding new meaning in the negroni at Peninsula bars

Negroni Week is a real holiday or, if not, at least it raises real money for charitable causes. It started Monday and runs through this Sunday (June 5–11) so you have ample time to join the fun. Luckily, with the SF Peninsula’s craft cocktail scene flaring up, plenty of local bars and restaurants are joining in. While the classic drink has but three ingredients (Campari, gin, vermouth), we found a few that ...

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Meat in heaven: Silicon Valley’s biggest, baddest sandwiches

The Adam Richman from Ike’s Place, properly named after the Man vs. Food host. We admit it. After a certain amount of time in the Bay Area, our carnivorous, carb-heavy ways have receded some. We often opt for the salad bowl over the burrito, the tofu over the kalbi beef. We’ve come to think of avocado as a major food group. But there remains something visceral about a sandwich: meat and bread, ...

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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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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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Cheap Eats and $5 Cocktails At These Redwood City Happy Hours

Colorful cocktail options at LV Mar via IG: lvmarrwc The after-work crowds may be more visible on Mountain View’s compact Castro Street but Redwood City may have Silicon Valley’s most cocktail-centric downtown. The last few years have seen several bars open up with an emphasis on craft mixology while new and old restaurants are refreshing their bar menus and happy hour offerings. The Six Fifty likes to highlight what’s new and unique but ...

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