Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sake San Jose, May 26, 2011

Sake San Jose combines sake tasting with a walk through Historic Japantown San Jose.
When:May 26, 2011
5:00 pm – Opening Ceremony and Registration
5:30 pm – Sake Tasting
5:30 – 7:30 pm Akiyama Premium Sake Tasting
Where:Japantown San Jose
On Jackson Street Between 3rd and 7th Streets
Tickets:Pre-event – $40
Day of – $50
Akiyama Premium Sake Tasting – $80.00
Yu-Ai Kai Senior Services will host this benefit sake tasting walk through Japantown’s various businesses and restaurants, each having different types of sake at special tables.
This year, Sake San Jose will be premiering a new event in the brand new James Akiyama Wellness Center, the Akiyama Premium Sake Tasting. A special collection of premium sakes will be assembled for tasting in the Center’s Sakura Room (5:30 – 7:30pm).
Along with sake, a variety of “small plates” will be offered to accompany the sakes. Sake experts will be available to offer information about the different sakes being tasted. And once you have tasted these offerings, the streets of Japantown will still be available for you to find your Sake San Jose favorite sakes.
Proceeds from Sake San Jose benefit Yu-Ai Kai Senior Services, a nonprofit senior center, in Japantown.
Sake San Jose Web Site

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Loft Bar and Bistro, Downtown, San Jose, Ca

Loft Bar and Bistro

Rooftop Dining in Downtown San Jose
90 S. Second Street, San Jose CA 95113
Tel. 1.408.890.7001
American Cuisine in a Stylish Downtown Setting
Located in the heart of downtown, this chic, two-story San Jose restaurant has it all. With upstairs and downstairs dining rooms, two exquisite granite-top bars and a beautiful rooftop garden patio, the Loft is fast becoming the hipster spot to begin or end a night out in San Jose. The menu consists of unique and familiar dishes such as Panko Crusted Chicken Breast, Scampi Prawns and Braised Lamb Shanks. Ingredients range from mint-rosemary port wine sauce and papaya-jicama salsa to whole-grain mustard demi glace and tarragon aioli.

Bella Mia Restaurant, Downtown, San Jose, Ca

Bella Mia Restaurant & Bar
58 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Parking is behind the restaurant. .The food is delicious! The shrimp appetizer are humongous!!! They are a meal in themselves!! They will let you taste the wine before ordering a bottle or glass..and the service is impeccable and the atmosphere was great.
CLICK HERE for there website.

Monopoly In The Park, San Jose, Ca


Discovery Meadow
San Jose, CA 94513
(408) 995-6487
Welcome to Monopoly in the Park, the world’s biggest version of the most popular board game ever, and San Jose’s new “larger than life” attraction. Here in the park, the real estate market is always booming, as property is traded on a 930-square foot permanent Monopoly board. Now everyone has a chance to make it big in Silicon Valley real estate.
Large groups can reserve the giant board and game pieces for organized events. Participants play with jumbo dice, don gigantic token-shaped hats, and occasionally even wear jailhouse garb. Monopoly in the Park is Big fun for: Family reunions, field trips, company picnics, birthday parties, and corporate team building events

Good Karma Vegan House. San Jose Ca

Good Karma
37 S 1st St
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: (408) 294-2694
Good Karma - Vegan Restaurant in San Jose, California.
Open 11am – 9pm mon-sat | 12pm – 7pm sundays
The menu is a revolving selection of over a dozen unique, flavourful, tofu, type  & other faux (fake) meat textured goodies that are offered in combination with rice, sandwich style on a toasted french roll, wrapped in a tortilla or tossed with salad fixins… all super fresh, super tasty, and all at unreasonably low prices.
  • Teriyaki Tofu
  • Thai Curry
  • Potato Salad
  • Sweet Ginger Tofu
  • Steak & ‘Taters
  • Pineapple Tuna
  • Mongolian Turkey
  • Shrimp Skewers
  • Lemongrass Tofu 
  • Tofu Scramble
  • Beef & Broccoli
  • Fresh Steamed Veggies
  • Beefsteak & Veggies
  • Lemon Chicken
  • Peppery Turkey
  • Chana Masala
  • …just to list a few…

Monday, March 28, 2011

The 2nd Floor at Motif, Restaurant and Club

389 S 1st St
San Jose, CA 95113
Despite the apparent glitz and dazzle of your average nightclub interior, the strength of a truly outstanding club design lies in its subtlety. So, for all the bold, intensely visual gestures made throughout San Jose, Calif. restaurant/nightclub Motif, the overall theme of Asian aesthetics brought to the project by the redoubtable interior design/systems installation team of Richard Rutherford and Charles Doell stayed wisely but consistently below the surface. “The suggestion [we made to the owner] was to bring in some elements that might have some feeling of an Asian kind of idea, without being overtly sort of Buddhas and bamboo,” says Doell, founder of Mister Important. “What we ended up with was sort of like a dark opulence, because we did everything in shades of black, white and grey and then we used LED lights to provide the color when we went from restaurant to nightclub in the evening.”
CLICK HERE for there website.

San Jose Bar & Grill, Downtown San Jose

San Jose Bar & Grill
85 South Second Street – San Jose, CA 95113
408.286.2397 phone
408.292.6584 fax
Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday 4:00 pm – 1:30am
Saturday 12:00 pm – 1:30am
Sunday 10:00 am – 1:30am

It’s all good, try the cheesecake, margarita, brownies, shrimp scampi, bruschetta, chicken parmesan, chicken salad, stuffed mushrooms, chicken wings, greek salad, carne asada, sweet potato fries, hamburgers, caesar salad, chicken fajitas.
CLICK HERE for there website.



Singlebarrel, Speak Easy Style, Downtown, San Jose Ca


43 W San Salvador St
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 792-7356
There is no sign, just a single barrel on the wall.
It took us a few minutes to find this place but when we did, we didn’t want to leave. Its in the basement around the corner from Agenda Lounge @ the intersection of First & San Salvador.
Now, lets get to the good stuff. First off, this is an awesome place for us 30 somes to go & have a normal conversation without your ears bleeding from the loud muic.  The place has a old world feel to it with even the bartenders doing their bit by wearing retro clothes. Cheesy, but it works!  Secondly the bartenders are the best I have ever seen in the bay area. Cache is the head bartender, he calls himself the “mofo professor” compared to the other sophomers working there :)  They have a really good list of cocktails which they take a lot of care in making. I like the fact that he explained the history behind each of the drinks he made for us. I am more of a single malt guy but I have to say the “old fashioned” I had here was the best!
In Short:  Friendly & really knowledgeable bartenders
                Really good cocktails & beer/wine/single malt selection
                Good ambience
CLICK HERE for there website.

Agenda Bar, Restaurant & Lounge, Downtown San Jose Ca

399 S 1st St
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 287-3991
Have been here a couple times and it’s one of my favorite spots in San Jose but not quite the best. Definitely the best alternative in that section of the city however. Have never really been in the downstairs area but I like the upstairs area. Comfortable chairs , good music , good drinks and perhaps the most diverse crowd in SJ which is a positive.
CLICK HERE for there website.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

San Jose Sharks – Pro Hockey

Based in the Bay Area are the San Jose Sharks, a hockey team part of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League. This exciting and vivacious sports team was named for the many shark varieties that surround and explore the Pacific waters. This team has won a total of four Division Championships, all within the past decade. The team has consistently performed well in Stanley Cup playoffs, advancing to at least the quarter-finals for the past four years. In addition to being an excellent team, the San Jose Sharks have some excellent players. One of its players is Rob Blake, who represented Canada in the 2002 and 2006 International Winter Olympics. This team currently plays at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, which is affectionately known as the “Shark Tank.” For those who want to watch this agile team in action, The regular season schedule for hockey games runs from October to April, so be sure to keep this in mind if looking to watch these sharks in action

Raging Waters, San Jose, CA

Tully Road off Capitol Expressway
2333 South White Road, San Jose, CA 95148
  • +1 909 802 2200, +1 408 238 9900

  • My favorite ride in the whole park is the Dragon’s Den – you and your partner ride down on a double tube and after a downhill slide, you end up in a big bowl, where you go round and round, until it shoots you out the bottom. The kids love Shotgun Falls, the long green slide with the big drop at the bottom. For the kids needing a little less excitement, the Pirate’s Cove is a great place to splash and climb.
    Safety is always a major concern at a water park, and I must say, the life guards and staff at the park did an admirable job of keeping things safe and under control. This did lead to long lines, but I felt a lot more comfortable letting my kids go off and enjoy the park without constant supervision. And all kids under 48″ are required to wear life jackets in the wave pool

    Guadalupe River Park, San Jose Ca

    Guadalupe River Park is a three-mile ribbon of park land that runs along the banks of the Guadalupe River in the heart of downtown San Jose from Highway 880 at the north, to Highway 280 at the south. It is a resource of regional importance to the people of Santa Clara County and the Bay Area

    Love’s Cupcakes in Downtown San Jose

    We are a family owned and operated cupcakery. We love what we do and our goal is to share with you how unique we are. Loves Cupcakes provide a wide range of choices in flavors and designs. Coming from a large family, we understand the importance of life’s many celebrations. First of all, we use the finest quality ingredients. Our gourmet cupcakes are baked from scratch in small batches throughout the day in our kitchen and are made using superior quality ingredients such as local farmers market fruits, nuts and vegetables, local dairy products & sweet creamery unsalted butter, Valrhona cocoa and Callebaut chocolate, Guittard chocolate and Dutch Cocoa, Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Pure Bourbon Extracts, Essence and Vanilla Beans. We do this to make sure we are serving exactly what you expect and deserve.
    Who's in the Kitchen?
    April Zarazua is a home baker of 25 yrs and a graduate of the prestigious California Culinary Academy Le Cordon Bleu San Francisco Baking Pastry and Confectionary Arts, recognized as a culinary standard of excellence. With the persuasion & full support of family & friends, she discovered her hobby is her passion and a desire to share it with you. Please be sure to drop by and say hello.

    San Jose’s Downtown Farmers’ Market returns Fridays May 6-Nov 18

    San Jose’s Downtown Farmers’ Market returns Fridays May 6-Nov 18 (except Jul 1)
    The cozy outdoor market takes place each Friday, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. along a charming block of San Pedro Street between Santa Clara and St. John streets

    South Bay Farmers’ Markets

    Year Round Farmers’ Markets
    Alum Rock Village – Sundays from 9am to 1pm
    James Lick High School 57 N. White Road, San Jose, CA
    Berryessa – Saturdays from 9am to 1pm
    1376 Piedmont Road, San Jose, CA
    Campbell – Sundays from 9am to 1pm
    Campbell Avenue at Central Avenue, Campbell, CA
    Evergreen Village – Wednesdays & Sundays from 9am to 1pm
    Evergreen Village Square, Ruby Avenue at Classico Avenue, San Jose, CA
    Santana Row – Sundays from 11am to 4pm
    Stevens Creek Boulevard and Winchester Boulevard, San Jose, CA
    Seasonal Farmers’ Markets
    May through September
    Cambrian Park – Wednesdays from 4pm to 8pm
    Camden Avenue and Union Avenue, San Jose, CA
    May through December
    Downtown San Jose – Fridays from 9am to 1pm
    San Pedro Square, Santa Clara Street and Street John Street, San Jose, CA
    May through October
    Santa Teresa – Sundays from 9am to 1pm
    Kaiser Permanente San Jose, Santa Teresa Boulevard at Camino Verde, San Jose, CA

    J. Lohr Winery, San Jose Ca

    1000 Lenzen Ave
    San Jose, CA 95126
    (408) 918-2160
    Location: The J. Lohr San Jose Wine Center is about 1 mile south of The Alameda exit off Hwy. 880, in the heart of urban wine country just moments from downtown San Jose and the San Jose International Airport.
    J. Lohr’s focus on achieving the best possible flavors in our wines begins with careful stewardship of the land, a tenet we take to heart in the management of our 3,700 acres of estate vineyards located predominantly along California’s acclaimed Central Coast.  We choose vineyard sites for their microclimates, soil composition and suitability to nourish specific varietals, and we strategically select clones for planting. We nurture and fine-tune each vineyard with diligent attention to irrigation, canopy management and cluster thinning to achieve proper vine balance. By employing viticultural best practices which have been tested and verified during Winemaker Jeff Meier’s 26 years with J. Lohr, Jeff and Red Winemaker Steve Peck are able to maximize fruit flavors from each vineyard, resulting in balanced wines of extraordinary depth and varietal character.

    Coterie Cellars in San Jose Ca

    1805 Little Orchard Street
    San Jose, CA 95155
    (408) 288-5553
    I just tasted this wine over the weekend and it was wonderful! I don’t know a lot about the complexities of wine, but I was tasting with friends who have sophisticated wine palates and we all fell in love with Coterie Cellars. The founders, Shala and Kyle Loudon, are a lovely and charming couple who have created a superior product for an affordable price.

    Team Zin in San Jose Ca

    Team Zin
    830-3 JURY CT.
    SAN JOSE CA 95112
    FAX:(408) 998-1197
    Robert Peterson: Proprietor/Winemaker
    Wine tasting the first Sunday of every month.

    UNWINED, Wine Bar & Shop, San Jose Ca

    Open: Tue–Thu 4 – 10, Fri-Sat 2 – 11, Sun- Mon Closed
    6946 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA  95120  •  408-323-WINE
    UNWINED is constantly providing our customers with entertainment and cultural opportunities. Every week there are at least two nights of entertainment from local jazz musicians, every Wednesday we feature a special wine tasting, and on occasion we provide other entertainment including magicians, art shows, craft presentations, or charity fund raisers.
    The UNWINED Wine Shop features over 300 Fine Wines from California and around the world.  We look for quality hand crafted wines, many with very limited production.
    Our Wine Bar gives you an opportunity to sample many new wines from around the world each month.  Our tasting menu offers 50 wines by the taste or the glass. We change the menu monthly giving you the chance to try new wines each time you are in.
    We offer competitive pricing on our wines and we are pleased to offer the following quantity discounts:
                -10% off any 6 bottles of the same wine
                -10% off any mixed case of 12+ bottles
                -15% off any 12+ bottles of the same wine

    Wine Affairs, San Jose Ca

    1435 The Alameda
    San Jose, CA 95126
    Operation Hours:
    Mon: 10am to 4pm
    Tue: 2:30pm to 10pm
    Wed to Th: 2:30pm to 11 pm
    Fri to Sat: 1pm to 12am
    Sun: 2:30pm to 8pm
    Ever feel a bit overwhelmed when browsing a wine shop or restaurant menu? The selection can span the world! How do you know which to choose? Is the wine worth the price, and more importantly will you like it? Wine Affairs answers those questions. We’re a high-quality wine bar and retail store. Customers can open any bottle in the store with $15 service fee. We also encourage customers to sample any of our 50 wines by the glass. Or, try one of our wine flight adventures to taste several wines side-by-side. Our mission is to take the guess work out of buying wine.
    Need a little help with food and wine pairing, or selecting a bottle of wine for a special occasion? Our knowledgeable staffs and certified sommeliers are always ready to answer questions and make recommendations. Please don’t hesitate to ask.
    Just minutes from downtown, Wine Affairs is the ideal place to meet friends, business associates or even that special someone.
    Wine Affairs is located at 1435 The Alameda, San Jose. Between Hester (Shell Gas Station) and Lenzen (the Towne Theatre). Please see Contact US for more directions and parking information.

    Tapestry Arts Festival, San Jose, Ca, May 28-29, 2011

    San Jose is the capital of Silicon Valley, so it follows that any art festival there would be progressive and original. Art festivals can often be stodgy, dry events that are little more than meager distractions to while a way a day. The Tapestry Arts Festival knows that to get the people to come out for art, some more incentives are needed. The 2009 Tapestry Arts Festival featured, besides more than 300 artists, a rock-climbing wall, a hang gliding simulator, spas, and golf. There was live music from more than a dozen bands. Such variety and entertainment is to be expected of Tapestry as they up the ante every year. The people have responded well; in 2009, there were 150,000 attendees at the festival. Downtown San Jose is easily accessible by public transit and the promoters encourage people to either bike or bus to the event. The free festival is held in September, so the dry, sunny weather easily accommodates such modes of transportation and all the dancing and browsing a heart desires.

    Santa Clara County Fair, San Jose Ca August 6-7, 2011

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    San Jose Pride Festival, August 20-21, 2011, San Jose Ca

    The 2011 San José Pride Festival will take place August 20-21, 2011.The San José Pride Board of Directors is excited that President Obama on December 22, 2010, signed into law the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Established in 1993, this law prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in our military. This type of discrimination and injustice in our Armed Forces will no longer be allowed. Current and future Gay and Lesbian soldiers will be able to passionately serve their country and at the same time have the freedom to be open about their sexuality. San José Pride would like to congratulate our gay/lesbian servicemen and servicewomen, who are the true heroes of today and tomorrow.

    For many years, LGBTQ organizations and their allies have been building support and fighting for our rights, especially repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Our struggles and calls for repeal did not go unanswered. We must remember to be united and build collaboration with all on our quest for equality. We would like to thank President Obama and those leaders in the US Congress who supported the repeal of DADT.
    San José Pride will continue to work closely with our allies on our journey to equality for our LGBTQ community we diligently serve.

    HP Pavilion, San Jose Ca, Quidam by Cirque Du Soleil

    Quidam by Cirque Du Soleil No video or audio recorders. No cameras. Subject to change.
    Comerica Bank Club Closed
    Restaurant Closed
    Arena Setup:
    24-Mar-11 ShowTime: 7:30 PM
    Doors Open: 6:30PM
    Approx. Length:
    Seating Chart
    $43-$113 On Sale: NOW
    Discounts: For group discounts call 408.977.4723 or 408.999.5841
    Parking: $20

    Quidam by Cirque Du Soleil No video or audio recorders. No cameras. Subject to change.
    Comerica Bank Club Closed
    Restaurant Closed
    Arena Setup:
    25-Mar-11 ShowTime: 3:30 PM
    Doors Open: 2:30PM
    Approx. Length:
    Seating Chart
    $43-$113 On Sale: NOW
    Discounts: For group discounts call 408.977.4723 or 408.999.5841
    Parking: $20

    Quidam by Cirque Du Soleil No video or audio recorders. No cameras. Subject to change.
    Comerica Bank Club Closed
    Restaurant Closed
    Arena Setup:
    25-Mar-11 ShowTime: 7:30 PM
    Doors Open: 6:30PM
    Approx. Length:
    Seating Chart
    $43-$113 On Sale: NOW
    Discounts: For group discounts call 408.977.4723 or 408.999.5841
    Parking: $20

    Quidam by Cirque Du Soleil No video or audio recorders. No cameras. Subject to change.
    Comerica Bank Club Closed
    Restaurant Closed
    Arena Setup:
    26-Mar-11 ShowTime: 3:30 PM
    Doors Open: 2:30PM
    Approx. Length:
    Seating Chart
    $43-$113 On Sale: NOW
    Discounts: For group discounts call 408.977.4723 or 408.999.5841
    Parking: $20

    Quidam by Cirque Du Soleil No video or audio recorders. No cameras. Subject to change.
    Comerica Bank Club Closed
    Restaurant Closed
    Arena Setup:
    26-Mar-11 ShowTime: 7:30 PM
    Doors Open: 6:30PM
    Approx. Length:
    Seating Chart
    $43-$113 On Sale: NOW
    Discounts: For group discounts call 408.977.4723 or 408.999.5841
    Parking: $20

    Quidam by Cirque Du Soleil No video or audio recorders. No cameras. Subject to change.
    Comerica Bank Club Closed
    Restaurant Closed
    Arena Setup:
    27-Mar-11 ShowTime: 1:00 PM
    Doors Open: 12:00PM
    Approx. Length:
    Seating Chart
    $43-$113 On Sale: NOW
    Discounts: For group discounts call 408.977.4723 or 408.999.5841
    Parking: $20

    Quidam by Cirque Du Soleil
    No video or audio recorders. No cameras. Subject to change.
    Comerica Bank Club Closed
    Restaurant Closed
    Arena Setup:
    27-Mar-11 ShowTime: 5:00 PM
    Doors Open: 4:00PM
    Approx. Length:
    Seating Chart
    $43-$113 On Sale: NOW
    Discounts: For group discounts call 408.977.4723 or 408.999.5841
    Parking: $20

    Sharks vs. Dallas Stars
    No video or audio recorders. No cameras.
    Comerica Bank Club 6:15 PM
    Restaurant 5:30 PM
    Arena Setup: Hockey
    31-Mar-11 ShowTime: 7:30 PM
    Doors Open: 6:15 PM
    Approx. Length: 2.5 hours
    Seating Chart
    $23-$192 On Sale: NOW
    Discounts: Call (408) 999-5757
    Parking: $20

    Quidam: a nameless passer-by, a solitary figure lingering on a street corner, a person rushing past. It could be anyone, anybody. Someone coming, going, living in our anonymous society. A member of the crowd, one of the silent majority. The one who cries out, sings and dreams within us all. This is the “quidam” that Cirque du Soleil is celebrating.
    A young girl fumes; she has already seen everything there is to see, and her world has lost all meaning. Her anger shatters her little world, and she finds herself in the universe of Quidam. She is joined by a joyful companion as well as another character, more mysterious, who will attempt to seduce her with the marvelous, the unsettling, and the terrifying. Read More....

    Cinco de Mayo Festival & Parade, May 1, 2011, San Jose Ca

    The San Jose Cinco de Mayo Parade & Festival will take place on the first Sunday in May.
    Cinco de Mayo has been celebrated in San Jose with a downtown parade since 1983. The celebration commemorates the Battle of Puebla better known as Cinco de Mayo. Thousands of people come to the downtown area to view the floats, colorful costumes, marching bands, drill teams, and assortment of decorated entries vying for first, second, or third place as they march past the judges at the review Grandstand. Celebrate with entertainment, food, booths, arts & crafts, and children’s stage. Parade location: Santa Clara & Market Streets, Downtown San Jose. Festival Location: Discovery Meadow, San Carlos St. and Woz Way, Downtown San Jose.
    Cinco de Mayo officially commemorates the anniversary of an early victory by Mexican forces over French forces in the Battle of Pubela on May 5, 1862. It is not the anniversary of the defeat and expulsion of the French forces by the Mexicans, which occurred in 1867. It is also not, as is often assumed, the day of Mexico’s celebrations of independence, which are actually held on September 16. It is believed that the origins of Cinco de Mayo celebrations lie in the responses of Mexicans living in California in the 1860s to French rule in Mexico at that time.
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