Dishcrawl — The Funnest Way to Try Out the Best Santana Row Has to Offer


I tried out 4 new restaurants in Santana Row Monday night! Oh, and I only paid $40 ;D

Such is the beauty of Dishcrawl =] You get to try out appetizers, dishes and desserts at restaurants famous for certain specialties without dishing out the big bucks. I love it!

The evening got off to a good start with a lovely stroll around Santana Row — the rich sure know how to do spectacular decor!

And now, for the food =3 Check out the delectable dishes I got to try out!

First, we all met at LB Steak*

There, we were treated to…

Tuna sashimi bruschetta and breaded eggplant with goat cheese

And potato chips made from roots! By far the tastiest chips I’ve ever had =3

Root chips

Next, we walked over to El Jardin.

 

 

Sangria & margaritas

 

Tilapia ceviche

Don’t remember what these were called ><;

Then on to Rosie McCann’s for some hearty Irish food!

 

Roasted portobello mushroom, fish & chips, and a slider =3

Last, but not least, we ended on a sweet note at the Olin Avenue Market =]

Gelato!

Know what the best part is? There’s one of these babies at least once a week! Check out their website to find one near you and go taste some amazing food =3 I’m considering the Cognac Tasting and Food Pairing one ;D

*I “borrowed” (winking, wink) most of these pictures from Dishcrawl’s Facebook album since they turned out so much better than the ones I took O=] Credits go to the wonderful Ms. Cindy Garcia.

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The Cool Kid’s Quick Guide to the Bay Area


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

Here’s the loot, in no particular order:

  1. In n’ Out Burger. Californians’ pride and joy. A must see, and must taste ;D

    California’s best burger! Well, until…

  2. 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!

    Decisions, decisions…

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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?

  8. 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 ^^

  9. 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?

  10. 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 ❤

Like what you see? Notice anything missing? Suggest more places to add!

More pictures and travel ideas here!

What an Awesome Weekend!


This post is going to be short since I still need to study for my very last exam tomorrow (I barely missed it by a few points last time!) Once I pass this last test on California government and history, I’ll finally have fulfilled all of SJSU’s GE (General Education) requirements and receive my degree.

So here is my weekend in pictures:

I went to the beach Friday. Isn't Davenport beautiful?

Grabbed some milk tea at Verde and practiced my imaginary elliptical with my friend Amanda Saturday morning

Then off to the Lunar Festival celebration in Cupertino with Brian, Tommie and Rachel

Everyone received beautiful lanterns!

Finally finished the night off with a few beers at the Yardhouse on Santana Row

I forgot to take pictures of brunch at Bill’s Cafe (I had very yummy french toast!) and dinner with the friends I went to Napa with, but I do have this:

No wonder I'm still studying for this exam... Little Shit isn't a very good tutor

By the way, I’m grabbing sushi in Campbell Monday evening with Alex, Kartik, Lei and Diemmy so let me know if anyone else wants to come!