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Mission Coffee, Fremont

Mission Coffee, Fremont

Mission Coffee (or Fremont Coffee Roasting) is a local hangout, coffee shop, restaurant, and music venue in the Mission district of Fremont. Its cool and cozy vibes attract a hipster crowd as well as families, and welcomes anyone, really. What’s not to love, from the comfortable couches and casual vibes, to the bookshelves and piano,(…)

Published On: Monday, October 14th, 2013
El Palomar Restaurant, Santa Cruz

El Palomar Restaurant, Santa Cruz

  Something that not a lot of people realize (there’s got to be a more elegant way to phrase that) is that California and Mexico have been, for hundreds of years, sort of the same country. The history of California and the history of Mexico have been very closely connected, and there has been an(…)

Published On: Friday, October 11th, 2013
Yolo, Santa Cruz

Yolo, Santa Cruz

I am a huge fan of the remade Ocean’s Eleven series of movies. In the third one, Ocean’s Thirteen, a man goes into a restaurant in a fancy Las Vegas hotel, and asks for a table. He doesn’t have a reservation. Attempting to be friendly, he adds that he’s heard that their risotto is tremendous.(…)

Published On: Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
The Melting Pot Restaurant Review

The Melting Pot Restaurant Review

Why go to the Melting Pot? Because it’s fon to due! When life calls for a celebration, it’s time to head somewhere a little bit special for a nice evening out. One of those places might just be The Melting Pot. With many locations, The Melting Pot is an upscale restaurant that’s more than just(…)

Published On: Monday, October 7th, 2013
Chocolate Restaurant

Chocolate Restaurant

I have this personal preference for food that, for want of a better term, tastes like something. I like strong flavors. I like unusual ingredients – sometimes I will go out to eat, and order the oddest-looking dish on the menu, just to see what it tastes like. I have paid a high price for(…)

Published On: Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
Celia

Celia's Mexican Restaurant Review

Introduction Whenever I’m in the mood for some hearty and consistent Mexican fare, Celia’s is my go-to spot. Offering all the familiar favorites, Celia’s is a fairly traditional Mexican restaurant, though a section of the menu is dedicated to some American dishes as well. This restaurant has a full bar in a separate section, which(…)

Published On: Monday, September 30th, 2013
Gabriella Cafe, Santa Cruz

Gabriella Cafe, Santa Cruz

Gabriella Cafe is a funky, classic little French bistro located in downtown Santa Cruz. The décor is eclectic – the tables don’t all match, the interior is a series of little rooms – the layout doesn’t really make a lot of sense – and the overall impression is sort of French countryside-y, if that makes(…)

Published On: Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
Green Champa Garden - Restaurant Review

Green Champa Garden - Restaurant Review

On the hunt for a new Thai restaurant, I came across Green Champa Garden, which categorizes itself as a Thai and Laotian restaurant. Laotian food is new to me, but I learned that it’s similar to certain types of Thai food, and is known for its sticky rice and larp, which I’ll need to return(…)

Published On: Monday, September 23rd, 2013
Pizza and Curry, Fremont, CA- Review

Pizza and Curry, Fremont, CA- Review

Not your typical pizzeria, Pizza and Curry offers food inspired by the fusion of Italian and Indian cuisines. My first reaction upon hearing about this pizza joint was bewilderment, a reaction that I’d wager is shared by many. But that was quickly followed by the epiphany that this concept has the potential to be a(…)

Published On: Monday, September 16th, 2013
Louie

Louie's Cajun Kitchen & Bourbon Bar, Santa Cruz

I have to admit, the entire mystique built up around New Orleans leaves me a little cold. I’ve seen The Big Easy, I’ve eaten at some Cajun restaurants, but ultimately I think the entire thing is sort of silly, and kind of irritating. Paul Prudhomme is, I think, kind of awful. Perhaps if I ever(…)

Published On: Saturday, September 14th, 2013