Low-Tech San Jose
Collected by Marilyn Fahey
San Jose has more to offer than just circuit boards and CPUs. Take a look and see what I mean.
87 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA 95110, USA
This market comprises two buildings built around an outdoor eating area and the Peralta Adobe (the oldest building in San Jose). It's busy on the weekends and before events at the nearby SAP Center; I waited for a less crowded Wednesday night...
1 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113, USA
A few days after Thanksgiving, Cesar Chavez Park in downtown San Jose begins to transform into a winter wonderland. Volunteers set up hundreds of Christmas trees throughout the park, along with Christmas-themed displays, holiday lights and a...
588 E Alma Ave, San Jose, CA 95112, USA
While South Bay residents wait with bated breath to see if the Oakland A's will move to San Jose, the town already has a baseball team to cheer for: the San Jose Giants. For those of you who haven't gone to a minor league game, you don't know what...
18405 Mt Hamilton Rd, Mt Hamilton, CA 95140, USA
A short, winding drive through the east San Jose foothills takes you to Joseph D. Grant County Park. Despite being so close to the city, this park never feels crowded. It has more than 50 miles of trails — expect to see hikers, mountain bikers,...
1635 Park Ave, San Jose, CA 95126, USA
It's easy to miss this little theater, nestled as it is in a quiet neighborhood just east of downtown. Despite its modest appearance and low-key locale, the Hoover has been in business since 1931 -- so it must be doing something right. I...
1660 Park Ave, San Jose, CA 95191, USA
This museum has more than ancient Egyptian 4,000 artifacts -- the largest such collection in Western U.S. I found the sheer volume to be dazzling and a bit overwhelming; what I enjoyed most was the hieroglyph-lined tomb replica and a workshop on...
288 S 2nd St, San Jose, CA 95113, USA
This gourmet donut shop is located in the lobby of Camera 3 Cinema in downtown San Jose. Don't bother to visit if you're in the mood for a plain ol' glazed. Psycho offers up concoctions like the Drunkin' Punkin' (made with pumpkin bourbon cake,...
Santana Row, 3055 Olin Ave #1030, San Jose, CA 95128, USA
If you're a West Coast vegan, there's a good chance you're heard of the Veggie Grill. From its Mac-n-Cheese to its "Chickin" tacos to its chocolate pudding -- everything it serves is 100% plant-based. No meat, no eggs, no dairy. This restaurant...
3636 Gurdwara Avenue, San Jose, CA 95148, USA
The largest "gurdwara"(a Sikh place of worship) outside of India is located in the East San Jose foothills. This 110,000-square-foot structure sits palatial-like on 40 acres of hillside, with a sweeping view of the entire Silicon Valley. The...
330 S 3rd St A, San Jose, CA 95112, USA
Iguanas is a family-owned Mexican fast food restaurant with three locations in the South Bay. The one downtown, the original, operates in a big purple house on 3rd Street at San Carlos. Most of Iguana's menu is devoted to burritos, and it's...
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