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A hearty bowl of cioppino, laden with heaps of shellfish bathed in a luscious and deeply savory tomato broth. Paired with some crusty sourdough bread, cioppino makes for a perfect comfort meal.

Comfort cooking: Cioppino, a San Francisco classic

by Audrey Cheng, Reporter September 23, 2023

If I could only eat one dish for the rest of my life, it would undoubtedly be soup. From rich,velvety bisques to light, refreshing broths, soup is a uniquely comforting and versatile dish that makes it...

Originally released in 1949, Adidas Sambas became an important shoe because of their history. Soccer culture helped the shoe reach a wide audience in the 70s and 90s.

Adidas Sambas: Staple shoe or short-lived trend?

by Shaina Cohen and Claire Su September 22, 2023

Scrolling through outfits on TikTok, Instagram or Pinterest, you’re bound to see a pair of Adidas Sambas. They are inescapable both through a screen and in the real world, often dubbed the most popular...

A house finch pinches a cherry blossom in its beak at the Washington Park Arboretum. The Washington Park Arboretum borders Lake Washington and is home to finches, ducks, turtles and other wildlife.

Out of the nest: 3 days in Seattle

by Claire Zhao, Co-STEM Editor May 31, 2023

It’s my first time in Seattle, Washington –– the bustling city of coffee, greenery, planes, cherry blossoms, Pike Place, the Space Needle and tempestuous weather. All it took was a simple itinerary...

MandatoryQuest, a Gloomhaven Youtuber, interviews Motti Eisenbach. Eisenbach showed him the game during PAX Unplugged, a board game convention, and filmed a short interview about his process of becoming a board game designer.

So you wanna be a board game designer?

by Saahil Herrero, Asst. Copy Editor March 14, 2023

When Motti Eisenbach created The Crimson Scales, a custom fan-made expansion to one of the most well known board games in the industry, Gloomhaven, he never imagined that it would become so popular that...

At the center of Japantown towers the five-story concrete Peace Pagoda. The Buddhist stupa was a gift from the former sister city of Osaka, Japan and now serves as an iconic landmark and gathering spot of Japantown.

Out of the nest: A day in Japantown, San Francisco

by Katerina Matta and Alison Yang February 18, 2023

San Francisco’s Japantown, or “Nihonmachi,” boasts a wealth of delicious restaurants, family-owned businesses and vestiges of the hidden history of the Japanese-American community. Despite the once...

Camera in hand, photographer Ben Green prepares to shoot a National Football League (NFL) game. Green works as the team photographer for the Buffalo Bills.

So you wanna be a sports photographer?

by Brandon Zau and Alena Suleiman November 11, 2022

Sports: one of the most ubiquitous and well-known forms of entertainment filled with action, tension and drama. But behind-the-scenes of each game and event is a dedicated group of people pursuing to capture...

Students craft up creative costumes for Halloween. Check out the costumes of Jeremy Ko (12), Isabella Ribeiro (11), Shareen Chahal (11) and Ava Arasan (12) in the video.

Students craft up creative costumes for Halloween

by Sally Zhu, Selina Xu, and Medha Yarlagadda November 8, 2022

Students and faculty donned a variety of costumes from internet memes to childhood show characters and even other community members to celebrate Halloween on Oct. 31. In addition, Harker Spirit Leadership...

An illustration of some of our communitys favorite fall foods. Read the article and following recipes to see what fall foods three community members love to cook.

Pick of the patch: Community members share their favorite fall foods and recipes

by Young Min and Sabrina Zhu September 28, 2022

A slice of apple pie with a crispy, golden crust and a gooey, cinnamon-y filling. A perfectly tart and rich huckleberry sauce, spread atop a piece of pumpkin bread. A juicy chicken roast, surrounded by...

Visual Artist Ta-coumba Aiken poses with one of his works. Aiken was awarded a 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship Award recognizing him for his work in dynamic art, specifically spirit writing and rhythm patterns.

So you wanna be a Guggenheim award-winning artist?

by Sally Zhu and Sarah Mohammed September 19, 2022

When Ta-coumba Aiken got the phone call announcing his Guggenheim Fellowship Award, he didn’t believe it at first. Aiken had applied for the award eight times previously, but in April 2022 he received...

Charlie Major, owner of Bay Area cheesecake store Charlies Cheesecake Works, poses with a classic cheesecake. Major, who started the store 20 years ago, still runs the shop to this day, selling three varieties of cheesecakes in 40 unique flavors.

So you wanna be a cheesecake baker?

by Lavanya Subramanian, TALON Student Life Editor May 12, 2022

After Bay Area local Charlie Major retired 20 years ago, he didn’t take a conventional route of retiring. Instead, he started a new cheesecake business, setting up Charlie’s Cheesecake Works right...

LA restaurant recommendations: Food that fulfills and decor that delights

LA restaurant recommendations: Food that fulfills and decor that delights

by Sally Zhu and Lakshmi Mulgund April 9, 2022

LOS ANGELES – Harker Aquila visited three Los Angeles-based restaurants during a trip to the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention. From Pasadena to Downtown LA to West Hollywood, these...

comedian Crystal Lambert performs a set 
at Google in May 2020. Remembering how she had to overcome both self-doubt and a broken microphone at her first set, Lambert credited her willingness to take a chance on her beloved hobby as the reason she has grown so much as a performer.

So you wanna be a comedian?

by Trisha Iyer and Alena Suleiman March 25, 2022

When Crystal Lambert performed comedy for the first time nearly two years ago, she had to push herself into following through on delivering her set. She felt dread at first, wondering, “Why do I think...

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