Castro Street eatery Honeycreek serves up specialty desserts, traditional Taiwanese cuisine, cocktails, and tea in an elegant lounge setting. Seated in plush purple chairs, guests can savor specialties such as pork pot-stickers or Hainan-style noodle soup made with chilled, poached free-range chicken and aromatic spiced stock. There are more than 200 types of specialty drinks, including milk teas with bursting boba. Finish your meal with the house specialty, melt-in-your mouth shaved snow in flavors such as green tea or chocolate.
A joint venture by AOL and Stanford Student Enterprises, Ground Up satisfies hard-to-please palates with painstakingly crafted cups of local, artisanal coffee from the Blue Bottle Coffee Company. All of Blue Bottle Coffee's beans are organically grown without pesticides and are shipped to suppliers within 48 hours of roasting, ensuring each drink is fresh, flavorful, and free of boring stories about its brief success on Star Search. Because they hold their drinks to such a high standard, Ground Up’s staff take care to prepare each brewed potion with the extra time needed to make every sip exceptional, providing patrons an opportunity to warm up their mouths on a full menu of flaky croissants, fresh sandwiches, and Strauss organic ice creams.:m]]
Garlic is a key player in the kitchen of Garlic Catering and Restaurant. Cooks chop the pungent cloves to mix into creamy hummus, lending the dip a mouthwatering bite. But the eatery's cooks let other flavors shine in their Turkish cuisine, too?mint leaves star in their red lentil soup, for instance, and rich tahini tempers savory gyros. When it's time for dessert, diners get a choice of two baklava varieties: one with pistachios, and one with walnuts.
Lotus Indian Express, which recently celebrated its grand opening, transports the ancient cuisine of India to the 21st century. Inside the chartreuse dining room, sleek, minimal barstools and chairs gather around tables where visitors chow on swiftly prepared, healthy meals. Diners customize these meals, choosing one side and one, two, or three entrees, such as tender goat curry with rice, palak paneer with biryani, or chicken tikka masala and shrimp curry with salad.
While their little ones splash away during swimming lessons at Milpitas Star Aquatics and Fitness Center, parents find respite amid the cool blues and whites of Cafe Aqua. Sitting at glossy white tables, they fill their bellies with sandwiches and smoothies or cool off with a fruity-flavored shaved ice. A glass wall stands between the café and the pool, so parents can watch lessons in progress or pretend to judge their kids' cannonball contests.
"To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart. Be the best you can be to help others, and never stop improving." That's the philosophy at Just Juice It, which prides itself on quick service, healthy products, and an inviting atmosphere. In keeping with their commitment to well-being and high quality, the Just Juice It staff uses strictly all-natural, organic ingredients in each beverage.