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Gulzaar: San Jose Middle Eastern, Indo-Pak + Afghan Mish-Mash

Don’t let Gulzaar‘s worn look dissuade you. This is indeed a House of Full Flavor in West San Jose. A native South African opened the restaurant in 2007, featuring Halal Pakistani cuisine. In 2012,...
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Mingalaba: Blending Cultures in Burlingame

Burma’s cuisine blends Indian, Chinese and Thai influences. Rangoon-born owner Sandra Tung has run Mingalaba, a Burmese restaurant in downtown Burlingame, since 2008. The name loosely translates to “hello” in Burma, and the staff...
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Barefoot Coffee Roasters: Bringing Specialty Beans to Silicon Valley [CLOSED]

When it comes to coffee, California pretty much pivots on two fulcrums: Los Angeles and San Francisco. Those cities have by far the highest concentrations of compelling roasters and coffeehouses. However, some highlights fall...
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Chaat Paradise: Meat-Free Indian Food in Silicon Valley [CLOSED]

Considering the relative strengths of the Silicon Valley dining scene, at least one Indian meal was inevitable. Several online resources, including the San Francisco Chronicle, recommended Chaat Paradise, a vegetarian, Gujarati style restaurant that’s...
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Aladdin Gourmet: Freeway-Friendly Arab Fare in Silicon Valley

The last stop on my summer-long exploration of the Silicon Valley culminated in San Mateo, within earshot of the 101 freeway, at Aladdin Gourmet, which can cover any hookah, produce or mesquite-grilled kebab needs....
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Ramen Dojo: Spicing Up Ramen in the Silicon Valley

Eating ramen doesn’t always have to be a battle of wills, but sometimes, it’s fun to put your palate to the test. That type of challenge is readily available at Ramen Dojo, a one-year-old...