LinkedIn has this cool perk for its employees: every Friday, it pays for food trucks to come to the LinkedIn campus in San Jose and their employees can have as much yummy food as they want for free!
Lucky me, one of my coworkers is friends with someone at LinkedIn so, you guessed it, I snuck my way into LinkedIn’s food truck Friday O=]
First, I started with potato skins from Pacific Coast Highway =3
Then got a tandoori chicken sandwich from Tandoori Chicken USA.
The boys considered getting some tacos at Angelica’s Taqueria but decided on ice cream instead =3Probably should have taken a picture of this — LinkedIn keeps freezers stocked with ice cream for its employees to snack on =D
Last week I went to this amazing Ethiopian restaurant called Café Rehoboth with my friend Mara. I was so excited — I hadn’t had Ethiopian food in almost a year!!
Before we get into food… Let’s take a sneak peek inside =]
This place is so cozy! It’s decorated really ethnically — it’s a lot of fun checking all the deco out while you wait for your food.
The owner was so sweet and helpful! I always forget what everything is called ><‘ (maybe Mara will leave a few hints in the comments section? O=] ) but it was all so delicious! I always love Ethiopian food =3 The sour bread and meat / veggies always taste so good!!
I’m coming home for a nice, week-long business trip next week and showing my bosses around, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to compile a handy little guide for all my international friends who want to know what locals like ;D
Five Guy’s. It recently (as in within the last 6 months) replaced In n’ Out as California’s best burger. Worth a try, no? You get a BIG burger, can choose tons of toppings (I like avocado and A1 sauce =3) and unlimited peanuts!
Google. Do you know someone who works at Google? Odds are you do. A LOT of people work there. Take them out to lunch and talk them into giving you a tour so you can check out those ping pong tables and try out the Google Earth mini-room yourself ❤
Wouldn’t you like to have lunch there?
Santana Row in San Jose. Cool shops (Japanese stuff, The Container Store, etc.). Tons of stores (shopping!). And Yard House. If you’ve never heard of Yard house, make sure you go there! They have more beers than you’ve ever seen on a single menu, and all their food is local and organic. You can thank me later =]
Told you it’s awesome
PS: get there early. It gets VERY packed.
Verde Tea Cafe. THE best milk tea you will ever have! Don’t know what milk tea is? All the more reason to go! I recommend the brown sugar or red bean, and do let them know if you only want 1/2 or 1/4 sugar ❤
Om nom nom
Ray’s Sushi. Great quality sushi at an affordable price. What else could you ask for? You’ll probably need a car to get there though, so get a rental or convince a kind tourist to help you out ;D
Just seeing makes me really really want to go back ASAP!
Frozen Yogurt. In case you haven’t noticed, there are A LOT of Asians in the Silicon Valley, hence the milk tea. Another yummy food they’ve converted Nor Californians to is frozen yogurt. I recommend Yogurtland.
Did I forget to mention the really cute Tokidoki cups?
Japanese Friendship Gardenin San Jose. I like this park because it’s always bright and sunny, it’s usually relatively quiet and peaceful, and it’s just beautiful =]
So beautiful ^^
Santa Cruz. Drive over there (or take the 17 bus from San Jose) and stare at the hippies, pot heads and surfers (oh, stereotypes!)… or walk around the beautiful city for a nice, relaxing afternoon in the sun.
Didn’t I tell you it’s a gorgeous city to visit?
Last but not least, check out Haight-Ashbury. It’s one of San Francisco’s young, quixotic streets. You’ll find lots of very California things there: tattoo and piercing parlors, marijuana shops, and even cookies shaped like genitals! Did I mention my generation’s veeeeery open-minded?
The Haight in all its glory
Now go off and enjoy your trip! Let me know what you liked and share your pictures ❤
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