This past Saturday, Silicon Valley Yelp Elites descended upon the lovely Joya in Palo Alto for a spectacular afternoon of freshly made fruit cocktails, piping hot paella, light cinnamon topped churros, and a room full of new and old yelpy faces.
Jennifer B. and john-michael c. couldn't stop gushing over the versatility and warm ambiance of Joya, taking their time getting comfortable in the roomy lounge area. Kristen T. sidled up to the friendly bartenders at Joya's bar for an array of swoon worthy drinks, including: pineapple sangria, caipirinhas, passionfruit, mango and guava mojitos, and many other enticing libations, adorned with fresh fruit and mint leaves. Others sipped on Joya's refreshing wine and Cascal's fermented soda beverages.
Though the pitchers of drinks were admired and enjoyed, by all, it was Chef Fabrice's dishes that had everybody ooing and aahing. VB L lauded his culinary skills: "He made sure that each dish, although something basic that each person may have tried before, was unique – the way he wished to present it. He even shared his secret to those delicious brussel sprouts (but I'm not telling)." From creamy heirloom tomato gazpacho, fragrant Paella, meyer lemon sauteed brussel sprouts, sun-dried tomatoes and smoked mozzarella croquettes, salmon Cakes, chorizo soria Kobe Beef sliders, and churros with ibarra chocolate dipping sauce – the food was replenished constantly throughout the event, and everybody was blown away by the medley of memorable flavors. Michael H.'s mouth is still watering from the sliders and Karen L exclaimed that the churros were the "BEST" she's ever had: "crispy and moist on the inside and lightly sugared on top."
All attendees were impressed by the diligent and beaming Joya staff. Owner Alex, Chef Fabrice, Chef Ann and the rest of the crew at Joya dazzled Silicon Valley Yelp Elites. Truly an ideal way to spend a slightly overcast afternoon: toasting fruity mojitos and hot churros.
Abby S (with the amazing Jessica T)
Silicon Valley Community Manager