El Estoque

It’s impossible not to love ‘Love, Simon’

It’s impossible not to love ‘Love, Simon’

Nathan Stevens

April 11, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Reviews

Going into the theater, I didn’t expect much out of “Love, Simon.” The movie had been all over social media, advertised as a progressive rom-com about a closeted gay high school student. It looked generic. It wasn’t trying to be anything special. But it was. “Love, Simon” isn’t a movie ...

“Isle of Dogs” is pawsitively enjoyable

“Isle of Dogs” is pawsitively enjoyable

Michelle Wong

March 31, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Movies, Reviews

[su_dropcap style="flat" size="4"]D[/su_dropcap]etails, as in most Wes Anderson films, aren't ignored in "Isle of Dogs” — the Oscar-nominated director's whimsical second attempt at a feature-length stop motion film. The film features all elements needed for a great production, highlighting attentive c...

Write for you: Reviews of various pens and highlighters

Write for you: Reviews of various pens and highlighters

Charlotte Chui

March 8, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine, Reviews

Stored in a container on the corner of a desk, tucked behind an ear or buried at the bottom of a backpack — stationery can spruce up chemistry notes or add a colorful pop to a daily planner. Here are some of the best stationery items, from pens to highlighters, to try out.    Price: $2.50 each o...

Testing the customizable makeup trend

Testing the customizable makeup trend

Charlotte Chui

March 4, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Lifestyle, Reviews

From lipsticks and foundations to shampoos and body scrubs, customizable makeup and skincare items are a trend sweeping across the beauty community. With the ability to tailor different aspects of a product to fit specific preferences, this trend appeals to various audiences. Finding Ferdinand is one co...

Restaurant Roulette: Viva Thai Bistro

Restaurant Roulette: Viva Thai Bistro

Charlotte Chui

January 20, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Food, Restaurant Roulette, Reviews

Twice a month, El Estoque goes to restaurants around the area and takes a chance by asking the waiter to suggest food for us to try. This week, we continued the alphabetical theme by going to Viva Thai Bistro in Cupertino. Address: 19058 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014 At first glance when pulling into the parking lot, Viva Thai Bistro seemed small and nondescript, tucked in a string of other restaurants serving Asian cuisines ranging from Taiwanese to Mongolian hot pot. Inside, the restaurant’s walls were adorned with gold deco...

Restaurant Roulette: Umami Burger

Restaurant Roulette: Umami Burger

Priya Reddy

December 11, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Food, Restaurant Roulette, Reviews

Twice a month, El Estoque goes to restaurants around the area and takes a chance by asking the waiter to suggest food for us to try. This week, we continued the alphabetical theme by going to Umami Burger in Palo Alto.   Address: 452 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301 Located on Palo Alto’s University Ave., Umami Burger chain of restaurants prides itself in offering burgers and a variety of sides that offer an umami — or savory — flavor profile. It’s their s...

The genius and goofs behind “It”

The genius and goofs behind “It”

Karen Ma

September 27, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Movies, Reviews

It’s not real. It’s just a movie. It’s not possible. [dropcap]W[/dropcap]hispering this to myself over and over in my head was the only way I was able to keep myself from tearing up just about any time the red balloon appeared on the screen. On Sept. 8, the long-awaited story of “It,” wh...

“Hamilton: An American Musical” is definitely worth the hype

“Hamilton: An American Musical” is definitely worth the hype

Anjini Venugopal

May 6, 2017


Filed under Culture, ENTERTAINMENT, Reviews

[su_dropcap style="flat"]"T[/su_dropcap]he world will never be the same.” The lights dim and the opening chords play — and that is when I recognize the truth that the world, or at least mine, will never be the same. I got to watch “Hamilton: An American Musical” twice. And I loved it. Both ti...

Kendrick Lamar delivers long-awaited album, “DAMN.”

Kendrick Lamar delivers long-awaited album, “DAMN.”

Sharjeel Rahman

April 21, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Music, Reviews

Kendrick Lamar has reached a level of prestige almost previously unimaginable for any Compton-based rapper from the last two decades. Fans and music enthusiasts alike hail him as one of the most significant artists of his generation, with the rich storytelling on his second studio album Good Kid, M.A...

“Beauty and the Beast” review: a refreshing take on a classic tale

“Beauty and the Beast” review: a refreshing take on a classic tale

Gauri Kaushik

March 28, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Movies, Reviews

[dropcap]C[/dropcap]omplete with nostalgic singing, dancing and similar iconic scenes and costumes, Disney’s live-action remake of their 1991 classic Beauty and the Beast shows that the 18th century French story of the beautiful small-town girl and a cursed prince is truly a tale as old as time. Th...

Restaurant Roulette: Nick the Greek

Restaurant Roulette: Nick the Greek

Bill Cheng

February 9, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Food, Lifestyle, Restaurant Roulette, Reviews

[su_dropcap style="flat"]T[/su_dropcap]wice a month, El Estoque goes to restaurants around Cupertino and takes a chance by asking the waiter to personally choose our food for us. This week, we continued the alphabetical theme with Nick the Greek, located on Hollenbeck Ave.     Overal...

“The xx” returns with new album titled “I See You”

“The xx” returns with new album titled “I See You”

Sharjeel Rahman

January 22, 2017


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Media, Music, Reviews

After a four year hiatus, “The xx” are back with their third studio album, “I See You.” Their rise to the top in 2009 after releasing their self-titled debut album “xx” was so quick that the band did not expect to top the charts. Their 2012 album “Coexist” was well received, moving beyon...