“30% is not acceptable”: Santa Clara imposes cap on third-party delivery fees

To help struggling restaurants, a local emergency ordinance is aimed at adjusting rates for a COVID-ravaged economy. With delivery rates as high as 30% per order, DoorDash and other restaurant delivery services have been subjected to fee caps by local governments as a way to alleviate the present economic decline during the COVID pandemic. San Francisco and Santa Clara counties have imposed caps, whereas San Mateo County has not. (Above: the ...

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From Mumbai to Santa Clara: How this family-run Indian restaurant survived during COVID-19

Puranpoli’s vada pav, a fried potato dumpling served with chutney and pav, a soft bun, is a vegetarian street food dish native to the state of Maharashtra, India. (Photo by Federica Armstrong) Meet the family bringing authentic Maharashtrian street food to Silicon Valley. Puranpoli is quite literally a family-run restaurant. Roshan Shivalkar opened the Maharashtrian restaurant in Santa Clara the same day the Bay Area’s shelter-in-place order took effect. His older sister is ...

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The Rebirth of Cool: jazz legends featured in new Silicon Valley photo exhibit

The latest photography show at Santa Clara University celebrates the energy and attitude of a distinctly American art form From left: Eric Dolphy, 1964; Miles Davis (foreground), with Cannonball Adderly (lower left), and Jimmy Cobb, 1959. (Courtesy of Chuck Stewart Photography, LLC. All rights reserved.) Jazz is photogenic. Just as how the sport of boxing is well-suited for cinema and travel for literature, jazz renders beautifully in black and white photography. Whether it’s the ...

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6 Silicon Valley spots for upping your Insta game

Instagram has given us so many gifts: planking, food porn, and slime-making documentaries to name a few. Among these gifts is the rise of professional Instagrammers who have a seemingly never-ending budget to travel around the world taking aesthetically-pleasing shots for a living. As an average young Instagram user, I can’t help but want to populate my feed with artsy photos as well, albeit on a human-scale budget. I’ve compiled ...

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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 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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