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A chef prepares each of MagicKitchen.com's meals with fresh ingredients and no preservatives. Each feast serves two–four diners or one teenage gorilla, and reheats easily; diners need only defrost their chosen grub, then heat it for just 15 minutes for a hot, flavorful meal that will still provide time for an evening stroll or keeping watch for the tooth fairy. Pared-down selections sate solo eaters, and those with special diets construct meals that eschew, for example, gluten, carbs, sodium, or sugar.

174 Frederick Ct
Los Altos,
CA
US

Casablanca Market brings its collection of leather ottomans, hand-painted tables, Berber pillows, intricate mirrors, Moroccan tea glasses and tagines as they arrive stateside straight from the hands of Moroccan artisans, many of whom learned their skills as a family tradition. Hand-painted chairs and hand-woven carpets enliven rooms with vibrant colors and boast unique designs, unlike template rugs sewn by unimaginative robots. Shoppers can further their knowledge of Moroccan culture by attending the shop's cooking classes, which feature traditional recipes and ingredients. The market follows fair-trade practices to ensure artisans receive good compensation for their work and have their pay in hand before their goods ship overseas.

793 Castro St
Mountain View,
CA
US

Culture Organic Frozen Yogurt is a healthier way to sate a sweet cheek. The freshly prepared concoctions are enhanced by active cultures and complemented by toppings such as seasonal organic fruit. Culture's menu features a bevy of sweet foundations, including original, vanilla accents, signature chocolate, and seasonal blends. Frozen yogurts start at $3.99 for a small before scintillating toppings (up to $1.29) are added. Top off any sweet structure with flavors such as coconut-crunch granola, plums, mangoes, dried raspberries, chocolate-chip cookies, brownie chunks, dried banana, seasonal specific offerings, and more. The spoon-averted can enjoy frozen Yo'Wiches, yogurt blanketed between freshly baked cookies ($4.49), or a mango Fro Yo Shake, which brings bursting flavor to a highly drinkable package ($5.99).

340 S California Ave
Palo Alto,
CA
US

At Asteria Grill, the chefs go beyond Greek cuisines iconic shish kebabs and pita-wrapped dishes to include traditional Greek recipes featuring featuring mousaka, dolmades, spanakopita, lamb chops, fresh fish, and daily specials. Chefs stuff colorful peppers with herb-sautéed lamb and beef or serve tender pieces of grilled octopus in a red wine and olive oil sauce. Herbs and olive oil infuse almost every dish, including the house’s signature fries which come served with their kalamatiano dip.

502 Ross Dr
Sunnyvale,
CA
US

Back a Yard Caribbean-American Grill: A User’s Guide

From-Scratch Caribbean Cuisine | Southern Barbecue | Addictive Jerk Chicken | Corn Festivals
Sample Dishes
  • Jerk chicken: served with fried plantains, rice, and beans
  • Barbecue: pork spare ribs served with fries, a warm roll, and coleslaw
  • Seafood: fried snapper breaded with a special blend of herbs and spices
  • Dessert: sweet-potato pudding
Who's in the Kitchen? Chef-owner Robert Simpson’s techniques and recipes are the foundations for both Back a Yard locations: the one in downtown San Jose, and the original in Menlo Park. He began cooking at age 6 alongside his grandmother in Jamaica, and he went on to receive his formal training at the Culinary Institute of America.

Inside Tips
  • Parking at the Menlo Park location can be tricky because it's all on the street. But the San Jose location is a bit easier, since Back a Yard validates parking at a huge garage nearby.
  • Don't let the hole-in-the-wall exterior of the original Menlo Park location fool you: inside, it's all colors, reggae tunes, and smiles.
Vocab Lesson
Plantain: very popular in Caribbean dishes, these starchy fruits are a slightly larger cousin of the banana and must be cooked before serving.
Corn festivals: sweet, fritter-like treats made of cornmeal. They're deep-fried and often served with something more savory, especially fish.

Culture Lesson: "Back a Yard" isn't a typo. It's a term that means, quite simply, "back home." It refers to the spirit and welcoming nature of life in Jamaica.

1189 Willow Rd
Menlo Park,
CA
US

Forget the days of using crêpes as tea cozies and pogs. Today's Groupon finds a new use for them—food. For $7, you get $15 worth of quality crêpes and treats at Bonjour Crepe Company in Cupertino. These francophone foodstuffs are served inside an accurate simulacrum of a French café, making it a great place to wear your beret, introduce your wife to your various mistresses, and ruefully observe how le mort adds a deliciously bittersweet edge to even the most sugary crêpe.

20371 Stevens Creek Blvd
Cupertino,
CA
US