San Jose Is the Bay Area’s Great Immigrant Food City

And because of the geographic proximity of these neighborhoods, all these immigrant kids wound up going to school together and learning about each other’s foods instead of staying cloistered in their own enclaves. 

Thien Pham, a high school teacher and comics artist, was a kid when he arrived in the city in 1980, as part of the large wave of Vietnamese refugees who made their home in San Jose around that time—attracted, Pham says, by the weather and the prospect of good, dignified jobs in the burgeoning tech and electronics industries. 

What he remembers is how enmeshed the different immigrant communities were. In particular, he says, “There was a real nice Mexican and Vietnamese cohabitation in San Jose. A lot of Vietnamese people got into eating Mexican food, and Mexican people got into eating Vietnamese food.” The flavors of the two cuisines were just so compatible—all these bold,

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Ernest Milleris the Corporate Chef of Research & Development for Coast Packing Co., the largest western supplier of animal fats shortenings, similar to lard and beef tallow, in the United States. Miller, who has been known as “the Huell Howser of California food,” is a chef, historian, educator, advisor and speaker—a familiar presence in museums, schools and kitchens throughout Southern California. Miller, formerly a chef instructor for Le Cordon Bleu Los Angeles, was educated on the United States Naval Academy and Yale Law School. Teaches the varied methods used to supply and engineer specific desired traits from our meals and food sources. Familiarizes … Read More

Traditional Irish food, tacos and great service at this Michigan’s Best Outdoor Dining spot

HOLLAND, MI – It doesn’t matter how you pronounce it, the owners at The Curragh Traditional Irish Pub just want you to come out to the Lakeshore and have a good time.

“It’s pronounced ‘Cur-ruh’, but we don’t correct anybody,” said Sophia Leongas, who has owned the downtown eatery since 2004.

“We’re just happy they’re here,” said her husband, Dave Jurgensen.

The Curragh finished in second place of our poll for Michigan’s Best Outdoor Dining for Muskegon and the Lakeshore, but it was the only place in Holland nominated by MLive readers.

Even though they didn’t win, they were just happy to be nominated, especially after such a challenging year.

“Last year was tough,” said Leongas, who originally owned J.J. Finnegan’s in Holland. “We were holding our breath. But the summer came through for us. It was a good summer, considering.”

A little excitement is good as Michigan restaurants across

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