One-bite wonders at Pintxos Pote in Los Gatos keep diners coming back, like this combo of egg, shrimp, olive and aoili.
(To be published by South Bay Accent magazine)
Pintxos — those luscious bites found in Spain’s Basque region — are to tapas what porterhouse steak is to beef. At least, that’s what any visitor to the incredible foodie capital of San Sebastián on the Atlantic near the French border would tell you. This thriving Basque city has Michelin stars like other towns have gas stations and the top activity seems to be devouring mind-blowing mouthfuls in the city’s hundred-plus pintxos bars. But South Bay residents don’t have to go nearly that far to munch on outrageously tasty pintxos in a friendly environment. Continue reading
There are a slew of restaurants in the South Bay offering Latin-style small plates these days, so which are the most popular dishes?
(Published by South Bay Accent in February, 2014.)
Spanish-influenced appetizers have become as hot as spicy chorizo. Whether you call them tapas (Spain), picadas (Argentina), petiscos (Brazil), bocas (various Latin American countries) or just snacks, the idea of petite quantities of food served with alcoholic or other beverages has universal appeal, with more tapas spots now open in the South Bay than ever. With so many choices out there, it’s high time we selected the region’s ten tastiest tapas. Continue reading
Perhaps Palo Alto’s handsomest restaurant, Joya packs ’em in on warm evenings.
(This was published by South Bay Accent in June, 2012.)
“Modern Latin cuisine.” This conjures images of warm beaches, spirited conversation and lusty food in a pleasant haze of fruity cocktails. Palo Alto’s Joya (pronounced “hoy-uh” and meaning gem or treasure) has been delivering this seductive package to hordes of appreciative diners since 2008. With the summer season now in full swing, Joya is rolling back the two walls of glass at its downtown corner location so stylish patrons can feel the balmy breezes and imbibe some ambrosial white-peach sangria while tearing into an abundant array of voluptuous nibbles. Continue reading