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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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Chaat Paradise: Enjoying Meat-Free Indian Food in Silicon Valley

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 has got you covered for any hookah, produce or...
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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...
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Nuoc Mia Ninh Kieu: Featuring Sugar Cane in a Food Court [CLOSED]

My trip to Vietnam in 2005 left a lot of indelible images, including a walk through a series of back alleys in northern Ha Noi that led to a man hand-cranking a sugar cane...