“There are 268,000 square miles in Texas. Each one tells a different story.” So begins One Square Mile: Texas, a documentary series billed as “a microcosm of Texan life and culture,” that recently began airing on Texas Public Television stations.
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Two Japanese cultural concepts come together at downtown’s new Bushido Izakaya, which opened about seven months ago. In Japan, an izakaya is a small neighborhood place to sit, eat and drink. In the States, it has come to be mean casual Japanese small plate pubs. Bushido, of course, is the “way of the warrior,” a code of conduct observed by the samurai.
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Our downtown train station is about to become a popular destination for fans of wine. Savvy Cellar Wine Bar and Wine Shop is expanding to downtown Mountain View from its original location in Redwood City.
Sommelier Jennifer Ayre and her husband, Brent Harrison, Savvy’s owners, are local residents who have been involved with Mountain View Schools and local youth soccer for a number of years. They are excited to be bringing their very successful business model home to Old Mountain View.
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Xanh has been a success story from the day the doors opened at their current location two years ago. The name is pronounced almost like the English word sun and depending on context or intonation can mean green, blue or fresh in Vietnamese.
The restaurant is truly a family affair, with sisters Amanda and Jade working the front of the house. The father helps and “tries to stay out of trouble.” The mother is the chef and runs the kitchen. A graduate of the Culinary Institute in San Francisco, she grew up in Da Nang province, where she would go to the local markets with her grandmother. They would shop for the family’s needs and sample the dishes offered by the various street vendors. Upon returning home, the grandmother would challenge her to make the dishes she had just tried, from memory.
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On June 1st, the Silicon Valley Soap Box Derby will return to Old Mountain View. Building on the momentum and success of last year’s event, the organizers are excited to bring this event back to “the perfect hill” in Old Mountain View: Dana Street between Calderon and Pioneer. Many anxious soap box drivers, ages 8-17, are looking forward to their second chance at racing for the right to represent Silicon Valley at the All American Soap Box Derby at fabled Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio at the end of July.
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