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HIGHLIGHTS THIS MONTH: SMUIIN BALLET: A Dance Tribute to the Summer of Love [8] MAKER FAIRE: Science Meets Country Fair for a Weekend of Fun [3] TASTING EVENTS: Festivals Honor Everything from Tacos to Beer [4]

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CALENDAR

fESTIvALS

& SHOWS

MAY 6-7 MOUNTAIN vIEW A LA CARTE & ART

This open-air festival features live music, an arts and crafts show with 200 artists, festive food and drink, a farmers’ market, a classic car show and kid’s fun. 10am6pm. [Mountain View: Downtown on Castro St.; 650/964-3395]

MAY 6-7 SARATOGA ROTARY ART SHOW

Peruse paintings, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, woodworks, photography and more at this showcase featuring over 150 artists, plus wine and beer, food and entertainment for all ages. 10am-5pm. [Saratoga: West Valley College, 14000 Fruitvale Ave.; 408/827-9628]

MAY 6-21 SILICON vALLEY OPEN STUDIOS

Local artists open their studios to the public over three weekends, offering the chance to meet them in their work spaces and purchase

artworks directly. May 6-7: northern area; May 13-14: Central area; May 20-21: southern area and Pacific coast. [Locations vary; svos.org]

MAY 12 STARS ON ICE

newly-crowned U.s. Men’s and Women’s national Champions nathan Chen and Karen Chen headline the tour; also featured are performances from olympic Gold Medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White, and olympic Medalists Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold. 7:30pm. [San Jose: SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St.; 800/745-3000]

MAY 12-14 STANfORD POWWOW

This annual festival celebrates native American culture with a number of tribes performing traditional songs, dances and drumming. A Powwow run as well as arts & crafts, food, souvenirs and information booths round out the event. Fri, 5-11pm; sat, 8am11pm; sun, 11:30am-6pm. [Palo Alto/Stanford campus: Eucalyptus Grove; 650/723-4078]

THE WORLD’S GREATEST SHOW (AND TELL)

A walking cardboard velociraptor. A giant BalloonBot. A man playing a flamespewing saxophone. All of these things are not just possible but familiar at the annual MAKER fAIRE (MAY 19-21), the Bay Area’s massive annual celebration of creative technology, DIY culture and nerdy fun of all stripes. Part science fair, part county fair and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students and commercial exhibitors. Primarily designed to be forward-looking, the event showcases makers who are exploring new forms and technologies, but it also features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft. [San Mateo: County Event Center, 2495 S. Delaware St.; makerfaire.com] DIsCoVER sILICon VALLEy • 3


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MAY 20 REDWOOD CITY’S 150TH ANNIvERSARY fESTIvAL

Redwood City goes all out for its 150th Anniversary with multiple stages of music, a chicken wing tasting and competition, arts and crafts booths, local fare, wine and beer tastings, fun activities and more. 12-8:30pm. [Downtown Redwood City: Broadway; redwoodcity.org]

MAY 20-21 LOS ALTOS ART IN THE PARK

This open-air art show features original art and juried works by some 150 local artists, from paintings and sculpture to ceramics, jewelry and one-of-a-kind gifts. 10am-5:30pm. [Los Altos: Lincoln Park, 199 University Ave.; rotaryartshow.com]

MAY 20-21 BOOGIE ON THE AvENUE

This festival in Downtown Campbell features live entertainment, arts and crafts booths, international cuisine, beer and wine, and kid’s activities. sat, 10am-6pm; sun, 10am-5pm. [Downtown Campbell: E. Campbell Ave.; downtowncampbell.com]

MAY 26-29 fANIMECON

northern California’s largest anime convention is packed with video programming, costumes, music, games, tournaments, panels, renowned international guests and more. [San Jose: Convention Center; fanime.com]

SPECTATOR SPORTS

HOME GAMES

Baseball

SAN fRANCISCO GIANTS

[San Francisco: AT&T Park; 415/972-2000] May 11-14: Reds. Tues-Thurs, 7:15pm; sat-sun, 1:05pm. May 15-17: Dodgers. Mon-Tues, 7:15pm; Wed, 12:45pm. May 26-28: Braves. Fri, 7:15pm; sat, 7:05pm; sun, 1:05pm. May 29-31: Nationals. Mon, 1:05pm; Tues-Wed, 7:15pm.

MAY 27 TACO fESTIvAL Of INNOvATION

Silicon valley’s food festival season is about to kick into full swing. Pick up a fork and raise your glass ... there’s going to be a lot of savorin’ in May. MAY 4 MAY 5 MAY 7 BEERWALK TACO fEST SANTA CRUz Slake your thirst at Celebrate Cinco de WINE WALK this downtown walk Mayo while inEnjoy tastings of where you can samdulging your taste local wines, many ple microbrews from buds; dozens of from the Santa Cruz various local brewlocal food trucks Mountains. 2-5. eries while checking serve up their tasti[Downtown Santa out the area’s sights. est taco renditions. Cruz; 831/332-7422; 6-9. [Downtown 12-10. [San Jose: downtownsanCampbell; downSanta Clara County tacruz.com] towncampbell.com] Fairgrounds; exponetwork.org] 4 • DIsCoVER sILICon VALLEy

Find 30 of San Jose’s most popular taco trucks and vendors, and they aren’t afraid to get more than a little creative with their ingredients—short rib tacos, nacho tacos, Vietnamese shrimp tacos and even ice cream tacos. How ‘bout them tacos? 11-5. [San Jose: History Park, 1650 Senter Rd.; mvblfeast.com]

MAY 27-28 MORGAN HILL MUSHROOM MARDI GRAS

Get a little bit “fungi” at this celebration of the champignon— the region’s predominant local crop. The star of the festival

can be tasted in soups, stuffed, sandwiched, deepfried, marinated, over rice and many other variations. Sat, 10-7; Sun, 10-6. [Morgan Hill: 17000 Monterey Rd.; 408/778-1786]

MAY 28 BACONLAND

Feast on bacon-inspired dishes—from American to fusion to traditional and everything in between. Concocted by over 25 area food trucks bearing names like Baconmania, The Hogfather, Paddy Wagon Sliders and Waffle Amore, how can you resist? 11-5. [San Jose: History Park, 1650 Senter Rd.; mvblfeast.com]


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anniversary with a program of original compositions. 7:30pm. [Palo Alto/Stanford campus: Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St.; 650/725-ARTS]

MAY 7 THE MANHATTAN TRANSfER

SAN jOSE GIANTS

[San Jose: Municipal Stadium; 408/297-1435] May 1-3: Modesto. Mon-Tues, 7pm; Wed, 11:30am. May 9-11: Rancho Cucamonga. Tues-Thurs, 7pm. May 12-15: Inland Empire. Fri, 7pm; sat, 5pm; sun, 1pm; Mon, 12:30pm. May 19-20 & 28-29: Modesto. Fri, 7pm; sat, 5pm; sun, 1pm; Mon, 2pm. May 31: Lake Elsinore. Wed, 7pm.

OAKLAND ATHLETICS

[Oakland Coliseum; 877/493BALL] May 5-7: Tigers. Fri, 7:05pm; sat, 6:05pm; sun, 1:05pm. May 8-10: Angels. Mon-Tues, 7:05pm; Wed, 12:35pm. May 18-21: Red Sox. Thurs, 7:05pm; Fri, 6:35pm; sat-sun, 1:05pm. May 23-24: Marlins. Tues, 7:05pm; Wed, 12:35pm.

Soccer

SAN jOSE EARTHqUAKES

[San Jose: Avaya Stadium; 408/556-7700] May 6: Portland. 7:15pm. May 17: Orlando. 7:15pm. May 27: LA. 6:45pm.

MUSIC

jAzz & OTHER

MAY 1 MARC COHN

This Grammy Award-winning American folk rock musician is best known for his song, Walking in Memphis from his eponymous 1991 album. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Rd.; 408/961-5800]

MAY 4 HOT CLUB Of SAN fRANCISCO

This sizzling quintet celebrates the music of Django Reinhardt and stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Quintette du Hot Club de France. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Montalvo Arts Center; 408/961-5800]

With air-tight harmonies and a grooving sound weaving jazz and pop influences, this vocal group has produced a body of work that registers as one of the greatest in American popular song. 3 & 7pm. [Saratoga: Montalvo Arts Center; 408/961-5800]

MAY 7 GERALD CLAYTON TRIO

This Grammy-nominated pianist and composer performs from his latest album, “Tributary Tales.” 4:30pm. [Half Moon Bay: Douglas Beach House, 307 Mirada Rd.; 650/726-4143]

MAY 10 STANfORD jAzz ORCHESTRA

Frederick Berry directs a program with special guests from the Department of Music’s faculty. 7:30pm. [Palo Alto/Stanford campus: Bing Concert Hall; 650/725-ARTS]

MAY 13 MARIACHI vARGAS

Internationally known as “the best mariachi in the world,” the group has starred in more than 200

MAY 5 BRIA SKONBERG

This classic American jazz, singer/songwriter/trumpeter dazzles audiences with a style rooted in blues, world percussion, soul and cabaret. 8pm. [Saratoga: Montalvo Arts Center; 408/961-5800]

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movies and recorded dozens of albums. 8pm. [San Jose: City National Civic, 135 W. San Carlos St.; 800/745-3000]

MAY 14 jOE LOCKE TRIO

The renowned vibes player is joined by Pat Bianchi on the Hammond B-52 organ and drummer Marvin smith. 4:30pm. [Half Moon Bay: Douglas Beach House; 650/726-4143]

MAY 17 U2

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of their classic album, U2 performs for “The Joshua Tree Tour 2017.” 6:30pm. [Santa Clara: Levi’s Stadium, 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way; 415/GO-49ERS]

MAY 18 CHRIS BROWN

This Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter performs for his “The Party Tour” alongside 50 Cent, Fabolous, o.T. Genasis and Kap G. 7:30pm. [San Jose: SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St.; 800/745-3000]

MAY 19 SIN BANDERA

Mexico’s celebrated pop duo performs its greatest hits and recent creations. 8pm. [San Jose: City National Civic; 800/745-3000]

MAY 21 CALIfORNIA POPS ORCHESTRA

A season finale features the best of all requests from 28 seasons of shows, featuring music from movies, Big Band, TV, Broadway, cartoons and more. 3pm. [Cupertino: Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.; 650/856-8432]

MAY 21 BILLY CHILDS qUARTET

This Grammy award winner remains one of the most acclaimed contemporary jazz pianists. 4:30pm. [Half Moon Bay: Douglas Beach House; 650/726-4143]

MAY 27 LADY ANTEBELLUM

The mega country band hits the road again with their “you Look Good World Tour,” along with performers Kelsea Ballerini and Brett young. 7:30pm. [Mountain View: Shoreline Amphitheatre; 650/962-1000]

MAY 28 MITCH WOODS AND HIS ROCKETS 88

Adding a dose of new orleans rhythm and blues, pile drivin’ piano, and some of his own contemporary lyrics, Woods and his Rocket 88s forge their own brand of music they call “rock-a-boogie.” 4:30pm. [Half Moon Bay: Douglas Beach House; 650/726-4143]

MAY 28 WAR & LOS LONELY BOYS

The timeless rock band is joined by the Chicano rock power trio for a performance of their greatest hits. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd.; 408/741-2822]

MAY 31 CELTIC WOMAN

Featuring many songs from their latest album, this performance features timeless Irish traditional and contemporary standards in the group’s award-winning signature style. 7pm. [San Jose: Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd.; 408/792-4111]

MUSIC

CLASSICAL

MAY 6-7 SYMPHONY SILICON vALLEY

Featuring conductor Tatsuya shimono, the orchestra performs Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D minor and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. sat, 8pm; sun, 2:30pm. [San Jose: California Theatre, 345 S. 1st St.; 408/286-2600]

MAY 7 ST. LAWRENCE STRING qUARTET

This esteemed chamber group performs Fauré’s La bonne chanson, op. 61; Adams’ second Quartet; osvaldo Golijov’s Drag Down the Sky; and Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Major, op. 135. 2:30pm. [Palo Alto/Stanford campus: Bing Concert Hall; 650/725-ARTS]

MAY 7 SOfYA GULYAK

steinway society–The Bay Area presents this Russian pianist performing Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite; shostakovich’s Prelude and Fugue in D-flat Major, Op. 87; and Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 6. 2pm. [San Jose: Le Petit Trianon, 72 N. 5th St.; 408/990-0872]

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MAY 12 SANTA CLARA CHORALE

The Chorale premiers the oratorio Barbara Allen by contemporary composer scott Gendel, which takes the traditional folk ballad as a starting point for a wild, nearly operatic, journey. 8pm. [Santa Clara: Mission Santa Clara de Asis, 500 El Camino; 408/883-4722]

MAY 20-21 STANfORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Anna Wittstruck conducts the orchestra’s program featuring Arturo Márquez’s Danzón No. 2; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major; and world premieres of new works by stanford composers Giancarlo Aquilanti and Mark Applebaum. sat, 7:30pm; sun, 2:30pm. [Palo Alto/Stanford campus: Bing Concert Hall; 650/725-ARTS]

MAY 21 THE SAINT MICHAEL TRIO

The trio performs major chamber works by Dvořák. 3pm. [Saratoga: Montalvo Arts Center; 408/9615800]

MAY 21 SITKOvETSKY TRIO

Clarinetist David shifrin joins violinist Alexander sitkovetsky, pianist Wu Qian, and cellist Danjulo Ishizaka, in a program that includes Ravel’s Piano Trio in A minor and olivier Messiaen’s Quatour pour la fin du temps. 4pm. [Atherton: The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton, 555 Middlefield Rd.; 650/330-2030]

OPERA

MAY 26-jUNE 4 SALOMé

Presented by West Bay Opera

Derived from the biblical account, Richard strauss’ powerful opera still packs an emotional punch. King Herod’s stepdaughter is infatuated with the prophet Jokanaan, who rejects her. Herod promises her whatever she wants if she’ll dance for him. she agrees and, after dancing, demands as her reward the prophet’s head on a silver platter. This subject captured the imaginations of generations of artists, but its full possibilities were perhaps best realized in oscar Wilde’s 1891 drama (which was banned in several countries). strauss’s sensuous score combines the grandeur of Wagner’s epics with Italian verismo opera style. Fri-sat, 8pm; sun, 2pm. [Palo Alto: Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd.; 650/424-9999]

Known comically as “Fluffy”, successful stand-up comedian GABRIEL IGLESIAS (MAY 13) has been described as a witty, electrifying and talented performer who has the ability to consistently deliver a uniquely hilarious comedy experience. Clad in his trademark Hawaiian shirt, Iglesias’ unique and animated comedy style has made him popular among fans of all ages. In celebration of 20 years in the business, his high-octane show—FluffyMania World Tour—is a sure-fire hit: a mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects that bring all of his personal experiences to life. 7:30pm. [San jose: SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St.; 800/745-3000]

DANCE

MAY 6 ABHINAYA DANCE CO.

Rasika Kumar presents Shakti Unveiled—a Bharatanatyam solo that seeks to reclaim the heritage of the all-encompassing Goddess as a role model for the modernday woman. 3:30pm. [Palo Alto: Cubberley Community Center Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Rd.; 408/871-5959] DIsCoVER sILICon VALLEy • 7


CALENDAR SMUIN IN BROKEN OPEN, MAY 5-7

SUMMER OF LOVE DANCE TRIBUTE

San Francisco’s award-winning dance company Smuin concludes its 2016-2017 season with DANCE SERIES 2 (MAY 5-7), featuring the world premiere of choreographer Trey McIntyre’s dance tribute to the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s famed Summer of Love. Hailed by The New York Times as “one of the most important choreographers working today,” McIntyre’s new work, Be Here Now, features selections from musical legends of that vibrant era, including Jefferson Airplane and The Mamas & the Papas, among others. The program also includes an exciting new addition by Smuin dancer Nicole Haskins, who employs a classical score— Tchaikovsky’s Sextet in D minor Op. 70, also known as “Souvenir de Florence”—to create a joyful celebration of dance. Rounding out the bill is Choreographer-in-Residence Amy Seiwert’s critically lauded Broken Open, which the San Francisco Chronicle called “fresh, challenging and relevant” and “endlessly inventive, fascinating” at its world premiere in 2015. Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2 & 8pm; Sun, 2pm. [Mountain View: Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.; 650/903-6000] 8 • Discover silicon valley

THEATER & MUSICALS THRU MAY 14 MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT

Presented by Palo Alto Players

as gleefully silly yet wickedly smart as Monty Python, this musical comedy tells the tale of King arthur and his Knights of the round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri-sat, 8pm; sun, 2pm. [Palo Alto: Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Rd.; 650/329-0891]

MAY 3-28 SYLVIA

Presented by Jewel Theatre Co.

empty nesters Greg and Kate have moved back to Manhattan after twenty-two years in the suburbs.


Greg finds sylvia, a street-smart lab/poodle mix, and brings her home. she promptly becomes a bone of contention between Greg and Kate, testing their marriage to hilarious effect. Wed-Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri-sat, 8pm; sun, 2pm. [Santa Cruz: Colligan Theater, 1010 River St.; 831/425-7506]

MAY 12-14 EvITA

Presented by CMT San jose

Based on the true story of Argentine political leader Eva Peron, the tale is told with a compelling score that includes exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences. Fri, 7pm; sat, 2 & 7pm; sun, 1 & 6pm. [San Jose: Montgomery Theatre, 271 Market St.; 408/288-5437. cmtsj.org]

MAY 12-jUNE 4 THE CHARITABLE SISTERHOOD Of THE SECOND TRINITY vICTORY CHURCH

Presented by Dragon Theatre

The pastor’s wife, a mother of nine, the local yankee, a new-totown Georgian and a mysterious stranger all meet in the basement of the second Trinity Victory

Church to sort a monstrously large pile of donated goods while slinging quips and unravelling a mystery. Thurs-sat, 8pm; sun, 2pm. [Redwood City: 2120 Broadway St.; 650/493-2006]

MAY 18-jUNE 18 RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN.

Presented City Lights Theatre

Can any woman really have it all? Feminism takes a sharp look at itself in this new comedy from Gina Gionfriddo which was a was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. After grad school, Gwen built a family, Catherine a career. Decades later, unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, each woman covets the other's life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs—the prize being Gwen's husband. Toss in Catherine’s feisty mother, a young former stripper, Gwen’s flawed husband, feminist theory, Dr. Phil and lots of martinis, and you have the makings of an unflinching, witty look at gender politics in the wake of 20thcentury feminist ideals. Wed-sat, 8pm; sun, 2pm. [San Jose: 529 S. Second St.; 408/295-4200]

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SAN fRANCISCO

Performing Arts Highlights THRU MAY 7 CINDERELLA

Presented by San francisco Ballet

Christopher Wheeldon’s production set to Prokofiev’s powerful score is wildly imaginative, humorous, and romantic. Tues-Thur, 7:30pm; sat, 2 & 8pm; sun, 2pm. [San Francisco: Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave.; 415/865-2000]

THRU MAY 21 BATTLEfIELD

Presented by American Conservatory Theater

This adaptation of the ancient Indian epic The Mahabharata by Peter Brook explores the responsibility, grace and wisdom required of a newly elected king after winning a war. Tues-Fri, 8pm; sat, 2 & 8pm; sun, 2pm. Plus May 7, 7pm. [San Francisco: Geary Theatre, 405 Geary St.; 415/749-2228]

MAY 4-6 BERLIOz’S REqUIEM

By San francisco Symphony

400 musicians perform the powerful epic, Requiem. 8pm. Info below.

MAY 10-13 EMANUEL Ax PLAYS MOzART

By San francisco Symphony

Ax performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22; sibelius, Falla and Debussy also on the program. 8pm. Info below.

MAY 25-27 SHOSTAKOvICH AND TCHAIKOvSKY

By San francisco Symphony

PALO ALTO PLAYERS PRESENTS MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT, THRU MAY 14

shostakovich’s Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti is brought to life by baritone Matthias Goerne, followed by Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. 8pm. [San Francisco: Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave.; 415/864-6000] v

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vISUAL ARTS ANDERSON COLLECTION AT STANfORD UNIvERSITY

This stunning new museum was built exclusively to showcase the private assembly of modern and contemporary American art gifted by Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson and Mary Patricia Anderson Pence. The collection of 121 paintings and sculpture represent post-World War II art movements from Bay Area Abstraction to Post-Minimalism. Featured artists include David Park, Richard Diebenkorn, Willem de Kooning, and Wayne Thiebaud. Wed-Mon, 11-5pm; Thurs, 11-8pm. [Stanford campus: 314 Lomita Dr.; 650/721-6055]

CANTOR ARTS CENTER AT STANfORD UNIvERSITY

20th-century European and American art is presented in a variety of galleries, along with a diverse permanent collection spanning the history of art and a broad spectrum of cultures. Exhibits this month include: •Creativity on the Line: Design for the Corporate World, 1950-1975 [thru Aug 21) explores the groundbreaking work of major American designers such as Eliot noyes and Paul Rand (IBM and Westinghouse), Dieter Rams (Braun) and Will Burtin (Upjohn). •The Eye and the Sky: Trevor Paglen in the Cantor Collection (thru Aug 31) positions this contemporary photographer’s 2010 work Time study (Predator; Indian springs, nV) alongside the work of seminal 19th-century artist and landscape photographer Eadweard Muybridge, raising and responding to questions about technologically mediated visual perception. •Intermezzi: Max Klinger’s Staged Interruptions (May 10-oct 2) features prints from this German printmaker and painter’s portfolio of fantastical narratives. •Environmental Exposure: Photography and Ecology after 1970 (May 24sept 18) draws on the Cantor’s collection of photography from the 10 • DIsCoVER sILICon VALLEy

1970s and early ’80s to explore a transformative moment in the representation of the American landscape. Wed-Mon, 11-5pm; Thurs, 11-8pm. [Stanford campus: 328 Lomita Dr; 650/723-4177]

DE SAISSET MUSEUM

This museum at santa Clara University houses rotating art and historical exhibits. •Unique and Multiple: Selections from Smith Andersen Editions, the Legacy of Paula Z. Kirkeby (thru June 17) presents a chronological survey of work produced by the smith Andersen Editions press. Tues-sun, 11-4. [Santa Clara: Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real; 408/554-4528]

SAN jOSE INSTITUTE Of CONTEMPORARY ART

This non-profit organization features contemporary, cutting-edge art, with an emphasis on emerging artists. on exhibit this month: •Oliver Lee Jackson: Composed, Works from 1984-2016 (thru June 4) features works by one of the most prolific Bay Area figurative artists. •Sonic Futures (thru June 11)—through sound, music and video, artists in this exhibit present alternatives to the status quo. •Tamara Staples: Side Effects May Include (thru June 11) features pills arranged in patterns and photographed, which have been translated into wallpaper, a quilt, upholstery, dresses and drapes. The deceptively decorative display reveals the tremendous scope of the polypharmacy epidemic in this nation. Tues-Fri, 105; sat, 12-5. [San Jose: 560 S. First St.; 408/283-8155]

SAN jOSE MUSEUM Of ART

Located downtown, sJMA is a leading showcase in the Bay Area for modern and contemporary art. on exhibit this month: •Fragile Waters: Photographs by Ansel Adams, Ernest H. Brooks II, and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly (thru

Aug 6) features 117 black-andwhite photographs by three artists whose works have created a powerful collective statement regarding water conservation. •The Darkened Mirror: Global Perspectives on Water (thru Aug 27) complements the pristine waterscapes on view in the exhibition “Fragile Waters” by presenting recent work by international artists who address our present-day conflicted relationship with water. •Beta Space: Victor Cartagena (thru sept 4) spotlights the lives and stories of farm workers across the United states. •Diana Al-Hadid: Liquid City (thru sept 24) features the artist’s personal emphasis on creative process, including sculptural pieces of polymer gypsum and drawings on mylar from AlHadid’s personal collection. Tuessun, 11-5. [San Jose: 110 S. Market St.; 408/294-2787]

SAN jOSE MUSEUM Of qUILTS & TExTILES

This unique museum features regularly changing exhibits of contemporary and traditional quilts from around the world. on exhibit this month: •Quiltbeast: An Art Quilt Chimera (thru June 4) features a variety of textile art techniques including graphic portraits, thread painted landscapes and dimensionally embellished pieces.


SAN fRANCISCO

Art Exhibit Highlights ASIAN ART MUSEUM

Located at the Civic Center, this museum holds a comprehensive collection of Asian art. Highlighted in May: Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries From China’s Han Dynasty (thru May 28) features 100 rare selections from recent excavations—including a jade coffin, rare bronze bells, elaborate crafts and more—on view for the first time in the U.s. Saints and Kings: Arts, Culture, and Legacy of the Sikhs (thru June 18) includes a diverse selection of paintings, prints and textiles that celebrates the artistic and cultural legacy of the sikhs and the community’s longstanding connection to California. Tues-sun, 10-5; Thurs, 10-9. [asianart.org]

CALIfORNIA PALACE Of THE LEGION Of HONOR

DIANA AL-HADID: NOLLI'S ORDERS, 2012. AT THE SAN jOSE MUSEUM Of ART

•Modern Quilt Guild (thru July 16) is an exhibit of contemporary quilts. •Three Left Coast Artists: Linda Gass, Linda Macdonald & Gyongy Laky (thru July 16) presents political issues in their artwork. •Quilts of Caohagan (thru July 16) are works of textile art uniquely inspired by this small island in the Philippines. Wed-Fri, 11-4pm; sat-sun, 11-3. [San Jose: 520 S. First St.; 408/971-0323]

TRITON MUSEUM Of ART

This community museum features contemporary art from northern California and the Bay Area. on exhibit this month: •Doug Glovaski (thru May 7) features 30 abstract works on paper by this master printmaker. •The Ray Ashley Collection: 35 Years of South Bay Art (May 13-July 30) exhibits over 1,000 works by south Bay artists amassed by this avid art collector who passed away last year. •Suhas Bhujbal (May 13-Aug 13) is a solo exhibition of works by the recipient of the “Best of show” award in the Triton Museum of Art’s 2016 statewide 2D Competition & Exhibition Tues-sun, 11-5; Thurs, ’til 9pm. [Santa Clara: 1505 Warburton Ave.; 408/247-3754]

Housed in a stunning neoclassical palace, May exhibits include Monet: The Early Years (thru May 29), the first major Us exhibition devoted to the initial phase of Claude Monet’s career. Through approximately sixty paintings, the exhibition demonstrates the radical invention that marked the artist’s development during the formative years of 1858 to 1872. Urs Fischer: The Public & The Private (thru July 2) offers a unique opportunity to appreciate his inventive transformation of iconographic traditions in the context of a historic collection through his sculptures and paintings. Tues-sun, 9:30-5:15. [legionofhonor.famsf.org]

DE YOUNG MUSEUM

Focused on American fine art from the Colonial era through the 20th century, exhibits this month include Frank Stella’s Prints (thru June 25), a showcase of the American artist’s experimental printmaking over a twentyfive-year period starting in 1967. Stuart Davis: In Full Swing (thru Aug 6) is the first major exhibition in 20 years dedicated to this key figure in American Modernism. The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll (thru Aug 20) is an exhibition of iconic rock posters, photographs, costumes and textiles, ephemera and avantgarde films that celebrate the counterculture that blossomed in the years surrounding the san Francisco summer of 1967. Tues-sun, 9:30-5:15. [deyoung.famsf.org]

SAN fRANCISCO MUSEUM Of MODERN ART

The West Coast’s version of new york’s MoMA recently reopened after extensive renovations. Highlighted exhibits this month include: Tomás Saraceno: Stillness in Motion— Cloud Cities (thru May 21) offers a model for the utopian cities of the future. Visitors wind their way through and below an array of cloud-like, geometrically complex cities, suspended in the air by tethers; and Matisse/Diebenkorn (thru May 29) brings together 100 paintings and drawings—40 by Matisse and 60 by Diebenkorn—that reveal the connections between the two artists in subject, style, color and technique. Daily, 10-5; Thurs til 9. [sfmoma.org] DIsCoVER sILICon VALLEy • 11


ATTRACTIONS & MUSEUMS

LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS

49ERS MUSEUM

With 11 gallery and exhibit spaces, this museum at Levi’s stadium is dedicated to the history of the 49ers, showcasing artifacts, anecdotes, and memories—including those from their five super Bowl victories. Mon-sat, 10-6; sun, 105. [Santa Clara: 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way; 408/464-9377]

HISTORY PARK

Travel back in time at this charming park with a small-town atmosphere. Visit 27 original and replica historic buildings; hop on a trolley; browse in the Museum store; sample ice cream and candy at o’Brien’s Café; and view rotating art exhibits at the Pacific Hotel. Tues-Fri, 12-5; sat-sun, 11-5. [San Jose: Kelley Park, 1650 Senter Rd.; 408/287-2290]

INTEL MUSEUM

10,000 square feet of fun, interactive learning take you behind the

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scenes of the high-tech world. see what it’s like inside an ultra-clean, highly automated silicon chip factory; connect with technologies that give us new ways to work, learn, play, and communicate, and plenty more. Free, guided tours can be arranged in advance. souvenirs, toys, gifts and apparel are available at the museum store.

A SILICON vALLEY SPECIAL

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and stories of the high tech revolution at the COMPUTER HISTORY MUSEUM. Featuring more than 1,000 artifacts, the extensive exhibit, Revolution: The First 2,000 Years of Computing includes rare computers, audio and video, photographs, games, and hands-on displays. 100 media stations and three mini-theaters add further insight. Also see Going Places: A History of Google Maps with Street View; the PDP-1, where you can experience one of the earliest video games, Space Wars; and the Babbage Difference Engine #2, a Victorian-era computer with 8,000 parts, weighing five tons and measuring 11 feet in length. Wed-Sun, 10-5. [Mountain view: 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd.; 650/810-1010]


Free admission and parking. MonFri, 9-6; sat, 10-5. [Santa Clara: 2200 Mission College Blvd.; 408/765-5050]

NASA AMES ExPLORATION vISITOR CENTER

View models of previous and recent spacecraft missions from nAsA Ames, see one of the original Mercury capsules, learn about the innovative Kepler Mission surveying the Milky Way galaxy, see a real sample of moon rock collected by the crew of Apollo 15, or view the latest planetary images and videos in the immersive theater. Tues-Fri, 10-4; sat-sun, 12-4. [Mountain View: NASA Pkwy. off Hwy. 101; 650/604-6497]

REDWOOD CANOPY TOURS

For highflying adventure, head for Mount Hermon in the santa Cruz Mountains and enjoy the adrenaline rush of zip-lining through redwood forests. Guided tours last two hours and feature breathtaking views as you brave six zip-lines and two “sky bridges,” as high as 150 feet, learning about the forest ecology along the way. Tours by reservation. [Felton: 17 Conference Dr.; 831/430-4357; mounthermonadventures.com]

ROSICRUCIAN EGYPTIAN MUSEUM

see the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts on display in western north America. The only museum in the U.s. of authentic Egyptian design houses a fascinating collection of over 3,000 artifacts, objects, and ritual items. Marvel at the preservation of mummies thousands of years old, and descend into a full-scale underground rock tomb, complete with intricate hieroglyphics painted on the walls. Wed-Fri, 9-5; satsun, 10-6. [San Jose: 1342 Naglee Ave.; 408/947-3636]

THE TECH MUSEUM Of INNOvATION

This silicon Valley landmark is one of the nation’s premier science and technology museums. Fun handson experiences and one-of-a-kind floor programs—many supported by stanford and nAsA—inspire the DIsCoVER sILICon VALLEy • 13


ATTRACTIONS & MUSEUMS innovator in everyone, covering subjects ranging from biological design to 3D digital fabrication. Build your own “social robot;” gather information on metrics in your body; explore the field of synthetic bioengineering; learn how to crack codes like a cyber security pro, and more. There’s also an impressive, eight-story-high IMAX® dome theater—the largest in the West— which shows a rotating schedule of educational and commercial films. open daily at 10am; closing times vary. [Downtown San Jose: 201 S. Market St.; 408/294-8324; thetech.org]

THRILLS

& SUMMER fUN

CALIfORNIA’S GREAT AMERICA

This 100-acre theme park includes a complete water park inside, plus tons of heart-pumping rides with intense drops, drastic turns, and

pure speed such as Flight Deck, Demon, Drop Zone, and The Grizzly. True thrill-seekers love the Gold striker—the tallest and fastest wooden coaster in northern California. new this year is Patriot, a floorless roller coaster which dangles riders’ feet inches from the track. Families can enjoy

Experience a Japanese Jewel in Silicon Valley... Hidden in the foothills of Saratoga, this historic 18­acre estate offers the opportunity to stroll through authen!c Japanese gardens, complete with beau!ful flowers, stone lanterns, and a koi pond.

2100 Big Basin Way Saratoga www.hakone.com | 408.741.4994

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MOST MYSTERIOUS

The beautiful but bizarre Winchester Mystery House was once owned by Sarah Winchester, the eccentric heiress to the Winchester Rifle fortune. Influenced by a fortune-teller who predicted she would live as long as she continued to build her home, she lived in her unfinished mansion for 38 years amidst the daily pounding of hammers. The result is a 160-room architectural marvel combining Victorian beauty with unexplained features—such as doors opening to walls, skylights in floors and stairs leading nowhere—that make it a mystery. Also on site, the firearms and antique products museums provide historic background on Western heritage, traditions and culture. Mansion tours and garden tours are offered. Café and gift shop on site. Open 9am daily; last mansion tour at 5pm. [San jose: 525 S. Winchester Blvd.; 408/247-2000]


a plunge down Logger’s Run, riding on the world’s largest doubledecker carousel, or taking in views from the observation deck. For the younger crowd, Planet snoopy and KidZville are a blast. open weekends in May, plus May 17-18, 25 & 29-31. [Santa Clara: Great America Pkwy.; 408/988-1776]

K1 SPEED

With its professionally designed race tracks, European-style racing, and emission-free electric karts capable of reaching 40mph, K1 speed is a revolution in indoor karting. silicon Valley’s ďŹ rst electric indoor kart racing center features 65,000 sq. ft. of space equipped with televisions, a gaming area, and a huge lobby. Mon-Thurs, 1210; Fri, 11-11; sat, 1-11; sun, 107. [Santa Clara: 2925 Mead Ave.; 855/517-7333. Also in South San Francisco: 160 S. Beacon St.; 855/517-7333]

RAGING WATERS

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northern Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest water park oďŹ&#x20AC;ers 23 acres and millions of gallons of family fun. Barrel down shotgun Falls, free fall in Bombs Away, and bolt headďŹ rst through the dual- twisting sidewinder. And if lazy is what you want to be, then just put up your feet and ďŹ&#x201A;oat down the Endless River. There are plenty of options for the little ones, too. open sat-sun, 11-5, as of May 13. Full season begins May 31. [San Jose: 2333 S. White Rd.; 408/238-9900]

SANTA CRUz BEACH BOARDWALK

Visitors of all ages enjoy this vintage seaside amusement park, where 34 full-size and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rides include the historic Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster, a 1911 LooďŹ&#x20AC; carousel, the spinning coaster Undertow, and the Double shotâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a 125-foot tower that launches riders skyward at over 3 Gs, then drops them for a thrilling sense of weightlessness. In May, open for limited rides Mon-Fri, 125; sat-sun, 11-9. [Santa Cruz: 400 Beach St.; 831/426-7433] DIsCoVER sILICon VALLEy â&#x20AC;˘ 15


ATTRACTIONS & MUSEUMS

YOUNG fUN

Fun and learning go hand in hand at this museum where you’ll find 150 interactive exhibits, innovative programs and lively performances incorporating science, art, and humanities. Children and adults alike are invited to prod, test and tinker in a special blend of participatory learning and playful discovery—from exploring the properties of water to learning about the math, science and beauty of wheels, clocks, doorknobs and other circles around us. Also on exhibit, Mammoth Discovery! offers a glimpse into the history of this ancient animal. View actual skull, femur and pelvis fossils found locally, as well as a fullsize mammoth replica. Tues-sat, 10-5; sun, 12-5. [San Jose: 180 Woz Way; 408/298-5437]

GILROY GARDENS

This charming amusement park features a smorgasbord of gardenthemed rides and attractions: the spinning Artichoke Dip, swinging Banana split, whirling Garlic Twirl, and swaying Mushroom swing, just for starters. Motor through landscaped grounds aboard a replica Model-T car or enjoy a monorail ride for a bird’s-eye view of the park. not to be missed are the bizarre “Circus Trees”—grab a park map and go on a scavenger hunt to spot these famed, whimsically grafted trees. In May, open Fri, 11-5; sat-sun, 10-6. [Gilroy: 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy.; 408/840-7100]

HAPPY HOLLOW PARK & zOO

This zoo that doubles as an amusement park makes for a great family destination. Popular features include a carousel, roller coaster, petting zoo, and giant play structure. stroll the zoo to see animals such as fossas from Madagascar, lemurs, meerkats, and jaguars. A visit to the puppet theatre, followed by a stop at the gift 16 • DIsCoVER sILICon VALLEy

shop, will wrap up your day nicely. Weekends, 10-5; weekdays, 10-4. [San Jose: Kelley Park, Keyes & Senter Rds.; 408/794-6400]

ROARING CAMP RAILROADS

Ride authentic 1800s narrow- and standard-gauge steam trains through the redwoods with conductors narrating the history of the railroad and scenery along the way. The Redwood Forest steam Train winds through redwoods, while the santa Cruz Beach Train travels to the santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and back. Redwood Forest departures daily in May: Mon-Fri, 11; sat-sun, 11, 12:30 & 2. santa Cruz Beach departures on weekends only. [Felton: 5401 Graham Hill Rd.; 831/335-4484]

ESTATES

& GARDENS ALLIED ARTS GUILD

This beautifully renovated historic property is home to an array of artists’ studios and stores. Browse the quaint shops to find one-of-akind apparel, jewelry and ceramics and stroll the exquisite gardens and spanish Colonial buildings. Monsat, 10-5. [Menlo Park: 75 Arbor Rd.; 650/322-2405]

WORTH THE DRIvE

Located at the ocean’s edge, the world renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium is a window to the magical marine world—home to sea otters, sharks, seahorses, tuna, penguins and thousands of other marine animals. In addition to changing special exhibitions, permanent exhibits include a towering three-story kelp forest; touch pools and other hands-on exhibits; a walk-through wave-crash tunnel; and a million-gallon open sea exhibit. Don’t miss the exhibit, Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes, featuring the greatest variety ever of rarely seen cephalopods, plus art and artifacts tracing 4,000 years of fascination with these many-armed masters of disguise. Daily, 10-5. [Monterey: 886 Cannery Row; 831/648-4888]

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CHILDREN’S DISCOvERY MUSEUM


ATTRACTIONS & MUSEUMS

fILOLI CENTER

one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century, this 654-acre property includes a 36,000square-foot Georgian country mansion, decorated with 17thand 18th-century furnishings, as well as a spectacular 16-acre English Renaissance garden. House and garden tours and docent-led hikes on trails around the area are offered. open Feboct: Tues-sat, 10-3:30; sun, 113:30. [Woodside: 86 Cañada Rd.; 650/364-8300]

tributing to West Coast communities. Thurs-sun, 12-4. [San Jose: 535 N. First St.; 408/294-3138]

SAN MATEO COUNTY HISTORY MUSEUM

Housed in the 1910 old Courthouse of Redwood City, this museum presents permanent displays on the history of the Peninsula.

Learn how transportation helped shape the area and explore how residents from the ohlone Indians to post-Gold Rush Americans used natural resources to build their towns. Rotating exhibits highlight such subjects as historical forms of transportation, sports and art. Tuessun, 10-4. [Redwood City: 750 Middlefield Rd.; 650/299-0104] v

HAKONE GARDENS

These peaceful Japanese-style gardens nestled in the saratoga hills are replete with waterfalls, ponds, and imported plants and patterned after the Zen gardens of the mid-17th century. Three formal buildings embody the elements of traditional Japanese architecture. Mon-Fri, 10-5; sat-sun, 11-5. [Saratoga: 21000 Big Basin Way; 408/741-4994]

vILLA MONTALvO

This graceful Mediterranean-style villa built in 1912 is now a public park that sits amidst 175 acres of stunning gardens, offering some of the best manicured hiking trails in the Bay Area. Mon-Thurs, 8-7; Fri-sun, 9-5. [Saratoga: 15400 Montalvo Rd.; 408/961-5800]

HISTORY

jAPANESE AMERICAN MUSEUM Of SAN jOSE

Located in san Jose’s Japantown—one of only three such historic neighborhoods remaining in the U.s.—this museum showcases exhibits chronicling more than a century of Japanese American history. Visitors will learn about early immigration of Japanese to America, their leadership in the agricultural community, their incarceration during World War II, and the challenges they faced while adapting and conDIsCoVER sILICon VALLEy • 17


Exploring the wineries of Santa Clara valley & the Santa Cruz Mountains

From the San Francisco Peninsula to Monterey, winemakers have found grape-growing perfection in the coastal climate of the Santa Cruz region and the warm, rolling hills of southern Santa Clara County. Defined by the rugged Santa Cruz Mountains, these two distinctive landscapes and climates host more than 75 small, familyrun wineries. Since the first Spanish settlements 200 years ago, vineyards have flourished in these sunlit canyons and foothills crowned by stands of oak and redwood. In the late 1800s, European entrepreneurs arrived with cuttings of Zinfandel and Riesling and began planting vineyards along the east-facing slopes. More recently, growing acclaim for the region’s wines has led to a boom in new plantings. Whether touring the rolling back roads of the southern Santa Clara County vineyards or the more precipitous slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains, you’ll encounter unforgettable scenery along with some of the world’s most distinctive wines. For further information on Santa Clara Valley wineries, visit santaclarawines.com; for Santa Cruz Mountain wineries, visit scmwa.com.

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TASTING ROOMS

BIG BASIN vINEYARDS

Thurs, sun, Mon: 12-5; Fri-sat: 12-7. [Saratoga: 14598 Big Basin Way; 408/564-7346]

BONNY DOON vINEYARD

Daily, 11-4:30. [Davenport: 450 Hwy 1; 831/819-6789]

BURRELL SCHOOL vINEYARDS

sat-sun, 11-5. [Los Gatos: 24060 Summit Rd.; 408/353-6290]

BYINGTON WINERY

Daily, 11-5. [Los Gatos: 21850 Bear Creek Rd.; 408/354-1111]

CINNABAR WINERY

sun-Thurs, 12-6; Fri-sat, 12-5. [Saratoga: 14612 Big Basin Way; 408/867-1012]

CLOS LACHANCE

Daily, 11-4:30. [San Martin: 1 Hummingbird Ln.; 408/6861050]

COOPER-GARROD vINEYARDS

Weekdays, 12-5; weekends, 11-5. [Saratoga: 22645 Garrod Rd.; 408/867-7116]


DAvID BRUCE WINERY

Fri, 12-3; sat-sun, 11-4. (Los Gatos 21439 Bear Creek Rd.; 408/399-5907]

GUGLIELMO WINERY

This third generation, familyowned winery produces a wide variety of award-winning varietals from more than 100 acres of santa Clara Valley estate vineyards, as well as from other premium winegrowing regions within California. Tasting daily, 10-5. (Morgan Hill: 1480 E. Main Ave.; 408/7792145]

net/ Merlot blend. The pleasant grounds include a picnic area and a bocce ball court. open daily, 10-5. [Half Moon Bay: 12341 San Mateo Rd.; 650/726-9463]

MORGAN HILL CELLARS

Tues-sun, 10-5. [Morgan Hill: 1645 San Pedro Ave.; 408/779-7389]

MOUNTAIN WINERY

Thurs-sun, 12-5. [Saratoga: 14831 Pierce Rd.; 408/741-2822]

PICCHETTI WINERY

HECKER PASS WINERY

Tasting daily, 11-5. [Cupertino. 13100 Montebello Rd.; 408/7411310]

j. LOHR vINEYARDS & WINES

Fri-sun, 12-5. [Los Gatos: 24040 Summit Rd.; 408/353-2500]

Daily, 10-5. (Gilroy: 4605 Hecker Pass Hwy.; 408/842-8755] Family owned and founded by Jerry Lohr in 1974, J. Lohr crafts an array of acclaimed wines from 3,700-acre estate vineyards in Paso Robles, Monterey and napa Valley. Tasting daily, 10-5. (San Jose: 1000 Lenzen Ave.; 408/918-2160]

jASON-STEPHENS WINERY

Daily 12-4:45pm. [Gilroy: 11775 Watsonville Rd.; 408/846-8463]

LA NEBBIA WINERY

Full-bodied reds made of grapes sourced from premium California wine-growing regions include sangiovese, Zinfandel, and a Caber-

REGALE WINERY

RIDGE vINEYARDS

sat-sun, 11-5; weekdays by reservation. [Cupertino: 17100 Monte Bello Rd.; 408/867-3233]

SARAH’S vINEYARD

Daily, 12-5. [Gilroy: 4005 Hecker Pass Hwy.; 408/847-1947]

SAvANNAH-CHANELLE

Daily, 9-5. [Saratoga: 23600 Congress Springs Rd.; 408/741-2930]

SOLIS WINERY

Daily, 11-5. [Gilroy: 3920 Hecker Pass Hwy.; 408/847-6306]

STORRS WINERY

Daily, 12-5. [Santa Cruz: Old Sash Mill; 831/458-5030]

SURf CITY vINTNERS

Focused on eclectic wines and casual settings, a cluster of microboutique wineries—including santa Cruz Mountain, MJA, silver Mountain, and Equinox—makes this former warehouse space a popular tasting destination. [West Santa Cruz: At Swift & Ingalls Sts.; surfcityvintners.com]

SYCAMORE CREEK vINEYARDS

Thurs, Fri, Mon, 12-5; sat-sun, 115. [Morgan Hill: 12775 Uvas Rd.; 408/779-4738]

TESTAROSSA WINERY

sample acclaimed Chardonnays and Pinot noirs in the tasting room or on the outdoor Wine Bar deck. Daily, 11-5. [Los Gatos: 300A College Ave.; 408/354-6150]

THOMAS fOGARTY WINERY

Thurs-sun, 11-5. [Woodside: 19501 Skyline Blvd.; 650/8516777]

THOMAS KRUSE WINERY

Tues-sun, 12-5pm. [Gilroy: 3200 Dryden Ave.; 408/842-7016] v

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The area’s beaches are ruggedly beautiful, many wind-swept or protected by high cliffs. find a private cove, soak up the sun with other beachgoers, examine tide pools, or walk down long stretches of sand. A few may even venture into the frigid water. Located on the northwest side of santa Cruz, the beautiful, moonshaped Natural Bridges State Beach features a natural rock arch that gives the beach its name. The bridge provides an excellent vantage point from which to view seals, otters, and migrating whales. With a backdrop of sandy cliffs, secluded, clothing-optional Panther Beach (about 7 miles north of santa Cruz) is a picturesque spot with caves to explore. A mile or so further north, just past Bonny Doon Road, Shark Fin Cove is a small pocket beach with spectacular sea stacks, and slightly north yet, Davenport Beach is a dramatic, secluded beach in a protected cove—a choice spot for surfers and windsurfers. Continue north to reach the beautiful cliff-backed Greyhound Rock Beach, popular for whale watching and tide pooling, or carry on past Año nuevo state Refuge and come to the open, peaceful, duned Gazos Creek State Beach. Further north, the beautiful, secluded Bean Hollow State Beach invites strolling, tide pooling, fishing, and beachcombing; at the northern end, Pebble Beach is known for its unusual honeycomb-like sandstone rock formations and its water-worn pebbles. The state beaches of Pescadero and San Gregorio offer long stroll-worthy stretches of sand along dramatic bluffs while north of Half Moon Bay, the long, curved Montara Beach is cradled by imposing bluffs and popular with surfers. steep trails at the northern end of the beach lead to Gray Whale Cove State Beach, a scenic and sheltered clothing-optional cove. 20 • DIsCoVER sILICon VALLEy

Prefer to be with the crowds? In santa Cruz itself, Cowell (Main) Beach is popular for sports such as volleyball and windsurfing. The long sandy Seabright Beach sits between the Beach Boardwalk and the santa Cruz Harbor. Just off West Cliff Drive, surfing conditions are ideal at Lighthouse Field State Beach, the location of the famed surfing mecca, Steamer Lane. With a mile of sandy shoreline, Twin Lakes State Beach is one of the area’s warmest beaches, popular for swimming and picnicking; an adjacent lake is a good location for bird watching. sand and surf front the village of Capitola at Capitola Beach; its esplanade is lined with restaurants and shops that paint a scene of summer perfection. Just south of Capitola, backed by bluffs with cypress and Monterey pine, New Brighton State Beach offers a long stretch of sand with bay views, popular with families, while fishing and swimming are popular along Seacliff State Beach in Aptos, home to the historic Palo Alto cement ship. In Half Moon Bay area, the four-mile stretch of Half Moon State Beach is the popular destination for familes, whether for picknicking, sunbathing or fishing.


Adrenaline-seekers can brave the surf off santa Cruz beaches, while beginners can enjoy paddling the gentle kelp beds of Monterey Bay, exploring the Elkhorn slough Reserve south of Watsonville, or paddling the harbor waters north Half Moon Bay. Kayak rentals and lessons are offered at Kayak Connection (831/4791121) at santa Cruz Harbor; Venture Quest Kayaking (831/4258445) at the santa Cruz Wharf; and through California Canoe & Kayak (650/728-1803) and Half Moon Bay Kayak Company (650/773-6101), both at Princeton-by-the-sea.

Charter boats ply the Pacific from santa Cruz seasonally in search of rock and ling cod, halibut, salmon, and albacore. These charter boats also offer whale watching trips, popular during the gray whale migration season, December through March. Try Stagnaro Charter Boats (831/427-0230); or Chartle Charters (831/336-2244). From Half Moon Bay, charter services include Riptide Charters (650/728-8433); Half Moon Bay Sportfishing & Tackle (650/728-3377); Queen of Hearts Sportfishing (650/581-2628); and Huli Cat Sportfishing (650/726-2926).

Protected from rough water but exposed to steady and consistent winds, santa Cruz Harbor is an ideal sailing port. For instruction, bareboat charters, or skippered charters, Pacific Yachting and Sailing (831/374-2626) at santa Cruz Harbor has a fleet of 14 sailing yachts year-round, while Chardonnay Sailing Charters (831/423-1213) offers exciting excursions for everyone from seasoned sailors to landlubbers aboard its 70-foot luxury sailing yacht.

... Perfectly positioned to catch all directions of Pacific swell, Santa Cruz beaches offer great surfing and bodyboarding. Eager to try out the famed break at Steamer Lane? Rent a board and wetsuit at Cowell’s Beach Surf Shop (831/427-2355) in Santa Cruz or O’Neill Surf Shop (831/4754151) in Capitola. For lessons, try Club Ed Surf School at the Santa Cruz Wharf (831/4640177). In Half Moon Bay, surf lessons are offered by Open Ocean Surfing (650/867-0315). DIsCoVER sILICon VALLEy • 21


Located on the southern end of san Jose, Almaden Quicksilver County Park (san Jose; 408/2683883] is full of roads once used to transport cinnabar to the reduction works. Trails through chaparral, oak woodlands, and grasslands open up to valley views. •Fremont Older Space Preserve (saratoga; 650/691-1200) in the west valley foothills offers hiking purists a treat with forested hillsides, open hayfields, a verdant canyon, and a 900-foot peak offering stunning valley views. •Further north, Rancho San Antonio Preserve (Los Altos; 650/691-1200) just off Hwy. 280 is a local favorite with 23 miles of trails through shaded creeks, open meadows, and oak woodlands, many with valley views.

The Silicon valley region is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, with gorgeous parks and preserves, a rugged coast with stunning beaches, and ideal weather most of the year. Here are some of our top picks; for more, visit dineshopplay.com California’s oldest state park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park (Boulder Creek; 831/338-8860) is home to the largest continuous stand of ancient old-growth redwoods south of san Francisco—some of which are more than 50 feet around and as tall as the statue of Liberty! More than 80 miles of trails travel from sea level to 2,000 feet past streams, waterfalls, and superb vistas of the ocean and coastal mountains. •Castle Rock State Park (Los Gatos; 408/867-2952) is a popular place to hike thanks to its unusual rock formations tailor-made for climbing. The forest here is lush and mossy, crisscrossed by 32 miles of trails. The big destination is Goat Rock—a sandstone outcropping with stunning vistas of the santa Cruz Mountains. •With over 80,000 acres of open space, Henry W. Coe State Park (Morgan Hill; 408/779-2728) is northern California’s largest state park. Rugged, varied, and beautiful, the terrain includes lofty ridges and steep canyons, plus over 250 miles of hiking trails that vary in levels of difficulty and 100 miles of rugged roads and trails for experienced mountain bikers. •overlooking Half Moon Bay, complete with a creek, towering redwoods and coastal shrubs, Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve (650/691-1200; parking at skyline Blvd. or Higgins-Purissima Rd.) offers over 20 miles of developed trails and historic logging roads. A 1,600-foot climb opens up to coastal views. 22 • DIsCoVER sILICon VALLEy

Known for its towering old-growth redwoods, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (Felton; 831/335-4598) offers 30 miles of trails, some leading to small, isolated sandy beaches on the san Lorenzo River and others to overlooks with views of the santa Cruz Mountains and peeks at Monterey Bay. •A network of trails in three separate parks of Pescadero Creek County Park (La Honda; 879-0238) lead through the hills and redwood forests of along Pescadero Creek: Memorial Park features old-growth redwoods, picnic facilities, a visitor center, a swimming area, and hiking trails; shady sam McDonald Park provides views of rolling grasslands, the Pacific ocean, and old-growth redwoods; and Heritage Grove is a magnificent old-growth redwood forest on Alpine Creek. [La Honda: At Alpine and Pescadero Rds.; 650/879-0238]


Over 70 area options range from municipal courses to private clubs, some of which are even world-renowned. Be sure to book a tee time as early as possible. Here are some highlights; for more, visit ncga.org

BOULDER CREEK GOLf CLUB

surrounded by redwoods and lakes, this 18-hole, par-65 course is both scenic and challenging. [Boulder Creek: 16901 Big Basin Hwy.; 831/338-2111]

CINNABAR HILLS GOLf CLUB

Blended with great views are 27 holes of championship-caliber golf offered in three distinct scenic courses: canyon, lake, and mountain. [San Jose: 23600 McKean Rd.; 408/323-7814]

COYOTE CREEK GOLf CLUB

Two spectacular 18-hole courses feature state-of-the-art GPs systems. [Morgan Hill: 1 Coyote Creek Golf Dr.; 408/463-1400]

CRYSTAL SPRINGS GOLf CLUB

This par-72 golf course overlooks open space. [Burlingame: 6650 Golf Course Dr.; 650/342-0603]

DELAvEAGA GOLf COURSE

Perched atop the hills surrounding santa Cruz, this course offers championship-caliber golf amid natural beauty. [Santa Cruz: 401 Upper Park Rd.; 831/423-7214]

HALf MOON BAY GOLf LINKS

ocean views are part of the pleasure at these two challenging, award-winning 18-hole courses. Private lessons and group clinics are available. [Half Moon Bay: 2000 Fairway Dr.; 650/7264438]

PALO ALTO MUNICIPAL GOLf COURSE

Facilities at this par-72 course include a practice range and putting greens. [Palo Alto: 1875 Embarcadero Rd.; 650/856-0881]

PASATIEMPO GOLf CLUB

This 18-hole, par-70 course is considered one of the top three in California. [Santa Cruz: 20 Clubhouse Rd.; 831/459-9155]

SAN jUAN OAKS GOLf CLUB

This 18-hole, par-72 course is set against a pastoral background of rolling hills and oak trees. [Hollister: 3825 Union Rd.; 831/636-6113]

SANTA CLARA GOLf & TENNIS CLUB

This 18-hole course offers a lighted practice range and putting greens. [Santa Clara: 5155 Stars and Stripes Dr.; 408/980-9515]

SHORELINE GOLf LINKS

This challenging bayside 18-hole course is set within shoreline Park. [Mountain View: 2940 N. Shoreline Blvd.; 650/969-2041]

The Best Golf in Silicon Valley

EAGLE RIDGE GOLf CLUB

This upscale club offers an 18hole course scenically nestled in the foothills. [Gilroy: 2951 Club Dr.; 408/846-4531]

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SHOPPING SHOPPING CENTERS & DESTINATIONS GILROY PREMIUM OUTLETS

shop 145 name-brand and designer outlets and enjoy savings of 25 to 65 percent every day at Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Coach, Gap outlet, J.Crew, nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, saks Fifth Avenue off 5th and more. Mon-sat, 10-9; sun, 10-7. [Gilroy: Hwy. 101, exit Leavesley Rd.; 408/842-3729]

HILLSDALE SHOPPING CENTER

The Peninsula’s largest enclosed shopping center offers a diverse selection of shopping, from fashion and jewelry to household and luxury items. you’ll find Macy’s, nordstrom and sears, plus more than 100 specialty stores including H&M, Ecco, Michael Kors, Forever 21, Banana Republic, Coach, Barnes & noble, and The Apple store. Mon-sat, 10-9; sun, 11-7. [San Mateo: Hillsdale Blvd. and El Camino Real; 650/345-8222]

SANTANA ROW

This unique European-inspired urban neighborhood houses a bevy of over 70 shops and boutiques with well-known chains such as Anthropologie, Gucci, Tommy Bahama, kate spade new york, sephora, and lululemon ath-

For over 50 years, ELI THOMAS MENSWEAR has offered top quality menswear from around the world. Presenting fashion-forward styles suiting all aspects of lifestyle, designers include Eton, Agave, Robert Graham, Corneliani, and many more. Mon-Fri. 9-9; Sat, 9-6; Sun, 12-5. [San jose: 350 S. Winchester Blvd., Suite 200; 408/247-1024] 24 • DIsCoVER sILICon VALLEy

letica, as well as locally owned boutiques such as smith Alder. santana Row also offers more than 20 cafes and popular restaurants, as well as nine spas and salons. [San Jose: Stevens Creek & Winchester Blvds.; 408/551-4611]

STANfORD SHOPPING CENTER

one of the few open-air centers in the nation, this prestigious shopping center is home to more than 140 world class stores, a dozen restaurants, and four department stores: Bloomingdale’s, neiman Marcus, nordstrom and Macy’s. Mon-Fri, 10-9; sat, 10-7; sun, 116. [Palo Alto: El Camino Real, adjacent to Stanford University; 650/617-8200]

TOWN & COUNTRY vILLAGE

Clay tile roofs and ivy-covered sheltered walkways made with beams of old rail lumber are hall-

marks of this Palo Alto shopping center. A variety of retail establishments, from apparel and jewelry stores to specialty shops, can be found here, as well as delis and restaurants. open daily. [Palo Alto: Embarcadero Rd. & El Camino Real; 650/325-3266]


MORNING GLORY SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

This owner-managed boutique offers an incredible selection of clothing with a vintage influence from Los Angeles, new york, Paris and Italy. Mon-sat, 10-6; sun, 125. [Burlingame: 1436 Burlingame Ave.; 650/340-0301]

PHYLLIS BOUTIqUE SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

Known for its edgy fashions, this longtime women’s boutique specializes in European and American clothing by avant garde independent designers. Mon-sat, 10-6; sun, 1-5. [Palo Alto: 540 Ramona St.; 650/323-4912]

WESTfIELD vALLEY fAIR

This diverse retail center showcases a collection of 230 shops and restaurants, such as J. Crew, Kenneth Cole, Restoration Hardware and Tiffany & Co., as well as Macy’s and nordstrom. Mon-Fri, 10-9:30; sat, 10-9; sun, 11-7. [Santa Clara: 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd.; 408/248-4451]

APPAREL/MEN’S

PATRICK jAMES SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

Established in 1962, this refined store carries a complete line of upscale, high quality men’s clothing, footwear and accessories, including lifestyle brands and luxurious sportswear. open daily. [Palo Alto: Town & Country Village; 650/328-3071]

SAM MALOUf SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

Recently designated one of Esquire Magazine’s “Top 50 Men’s Clothiers in America,” this unique store features the world’s finest global brands in men’s and women’s luxury apparel and accessories. Mon-sat, 10:30-6:30. [Burlingame: 1460 Burlingame Ave.; 650/344-1460]

APPAREL/WOMEN’S

BELLA ROSA BOUTIqUE SOUTH BAY

A destination for the modern woman, this boutique offers contemporary designer clothing, shoes and accessories. Mon-sat, 10-6; sun, 12-5. [Los Gatos: 145 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408/354-4206]

BOUTIqUE LA LUNE SOUTH BAY

Find the latest trending styles for all shapes and sizes. Featured designers include RD style, Lush, Tarte, Bella Luxx, Jessica Elliot, and many more. Tues-sat, 10-6; sun 10-5. [Los Gatos: 78 W. Main St.; 408/560-9951]

BRICK MONKEY SqUARED SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

A fun collection includes boutique clothing, jewelry, and gifts. MonThurs, 11-7; Fri-sat, 11-10; sun, 12-8. [Redwood City: 816 Middlefield Rd.; 650/367-7043]

MARGARET O’LEARY SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

Based in san Francisco, this clothing company is renowned for its rich collections of cutting-edge knitwear. open daily. [Palo Alto: Town & Country Village; 650/681-8000]

ROMI BOUTIqUE SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

This fashion forward boutique specializes in premium jeans, edgy t-shirts and designer casual wear. Mon-Fri, 10-6:30; sat, 10-7; sun, 11-6. [Palo Alto: 624 Emerson St.; 650/322-7664]

RUTI SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

This store with a striking, minimalist interior offers chic and modern apparel, footwear and accessories designed and curated by owner Ruti, whose styles reflect her Israeli roots. open daily. [Palo Alto: Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real. 650/391-9719]

SMITH ALDER SOUTH BAY

This intimate boutique represents over 30 designers, featuring unique, beautiful and artistic American-made and European womenswear, art jewelry and accessories. open daily. [San Jose: 377 Santana Row, Suite 1055; 408/260-7555]

A TOUCH Of fLAIR SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

shop for art-inspired clothing and accessories by local and national designers and artists. Mon-sat, 10-5. [Burlingame: 308 Lorton Ave.; 650/347-4626] DIsCoVER sILICon VALLEy • 25


ART GLASS

ANNIEGLASS SOUTH BAY

Handcrafted glass tableware and gifts for the home by award-winning Annie Morhauser are offered here, along with a thoughtfully curated selection of beautiful jewelry. Mon-sat, 10-9; sun, 11-7. [San Jose: 377 Santana Row; 408/753-9115]

Mon-Thurs, 11-9; Fri-sat, 11-7; sun, 12-7. [San Jose: 1066 The Alameda, 408/286-6275]

fLEA MARKET

SAN jOSE fLEA MARKET SOUTH BAY

Located ten miles north of santa Cruz, this studio offers an exquisite array of blown-glass art for the home. Mon-sat, 11-4. [Davenport: 131 Old Coast Rd.; 831/423-2532]

Visit the original flea market, the one that started the trend that has spread across the U.s. serving the Bay Area since 1960, this market is a destination for family fun. Looking for an offbeat item? you’ll probably find it here. you’ll even find a ¼ mile-long farmers’ market, dozens of restaurants and snack bars, and live entertainment. Free admission. open Wed & Fri-sun. [San Jose: 1590 Berryessa Rd.; 408/453-1110]

SCANDIA HOME SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

AzUCA SOUTH BAY

LUNDBERG STUDIOS ON THE COAST

BEDDING

From down comforters and pillows to bed linens and blankets, scandia Home offers the highest quality of bedding, combining American sensibility with European craftsmanship to bring effortless luxury to everyday life. Mon-sat, 10-7; sun, 11-5. [Palo Alto: Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real; 650/326-8583]

BOOKSTORES

KEPLER’S SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

Founded in 1955, this independent bookstore is the intellectual and cultural hub for the Peninsula, known and loved for its literary events, knowledgeable staff, and broad selection of books and magazines. Mon-sat, 9-10; sun, 9-8. [Menlo Park: 1010 El Camino Real; 650/324-4321]

RECYCLE BOOKSTORE SOUTH BAY

Combine a huge selection with a comfortable, spacious environment and you get this unique bookstore designed for those who love to browse for literature, mystery, science fiction, history, cooking, children’s, art, and more. 26 • DIsCoVER sILICon VALLEy

GIfTS

A wide array of unique items includes jewelry, art glass, handbags, wall art, pottery, sculpture, children’s items, whimsical clocks and much more. sun-Thurs, 11-6; Frisat, 11-9. [Los Gatos: 11-1/2 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408/395-1680]

HOME fURNISHINGS & ACCESSORIES BRICK MONKEY SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

Home interiors at this furnishing store highlight the handmade steel and iron Kolkka collection, as well as accent furniture, upholstery, lighting, gifts, and accessories. Mon-Fri. 10-6; sat, 10-5; sun, 124. [Redwood City: 2400 Broadway St. #120; 650/260-1155]

jEWELRY

BLACY’S fINE jEWELERS SOUTH BAY

step into the luxury world of exclusive Crisscut diamonds and elegant jewelry from internationally acclaimed designers at this comfortably intimate boutique. TuesWed, 10-5; Thurs-sat, 10-6. [Los Gatos: 51 University Ave.; 408/354-9500]

DE GALLERIE SOUTH BAY

This boutique offers a complete selection of swarovski crystal jewelry, watches, and fashion accessories as well as decorative art for the home. Mon-Fri, 12-8; sat, 118; sun, 11-7. [Milpitas: 480 Barber Lane; 408/432-1082]

GEHRKENS fINE jEWELRY SOUTH BAY

Proprietor Kenneth Gehrkens crafts elegant jewelry using the finest gems, pearls, diamonds and gold, making this jewelry store a Los Gatos favorite for well over 25 years. [Los Gatos: 3 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408/354-2557]

SHREvE & CO SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

This established retailer headquartered in san Francisco offers luxury watches, timepieces, earrings, necklaces, bridal jewelry or estate pieces. Mon-Fri, 10-7:30; sat, 106:30; sun, 11-5:30. [Palo Alto: 329 Stanford Shopping Center; 650/327-2211]

LINGERIE

CHARMELLE 28 SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

A selection from leading European designers includes Lise Charmel, simone Perele, Aubade, Prima Donna, Cosabella, Wolford, Christine Vancouver, I.D. sarrieri, Hanky Panky, Marie Jo and more. sizes range from 28A-48I. Mon-sat, 106; sun, 12-5. [Palo Alto: 547 Bryant St.; 650/323-7979]

ELA LINGERIE SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

This boutique features high-quality lingerie from leading European designers in sizes 32A–46H. Along with well-known brands such as Lise Charmel, Le Mystere, Aubade, Wolford, Prima Donna and simone Perele, Ela also features exciting new designers such as Marlies Dekkers, Fleur T and I.D. sarrieri, in styles from everyday to special occasion. Beautiful sleepwear and loungewear includes styles by Italy’s Rossella and other leading designers. Expert fittings are of-


fered by owner, Marcia. Both women and men feel welcome to shop here. Mon-sat, 11-6. [Menlo Park: 1139 Chestnut St.; 650/325-2965]

fRENCH THEfT LINGERIE SOUTH BAY

A tightly edited selection of fine bras, sleepwear, and hosiery ranges from fine European brands such as Lise Charmel, samantha Chang, and Marlies Dekkers to independent Bay Area and new york designers of limited edition luxury lingerie. Tues-Thurs, 11-6, Fri-sat; 11-7, sun 12-5. [Los Gatos: 59 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Suite A; 408/395-6529]

The Art of Being a Woman Exquisite Lingerie, Sleepwear, and Hosiery from the Finest European Designers ~Beautifully Fitted~

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ROMANTIqUES LINGERIE SOUTH BAY

An extensive selection of underpinnings and difficult-to-find bra sizes for women of all ages and sizes includes intimates from Aubade, Cosabella, Hanky Panky, and simone Perele, and more plus dresses, skirts, pants, and tops. sun-Mon, 11-5; Tues-sat, 10-6. [Los Gatos: 51 University Ave.; 408/395-7749]

TOYS & GAMES

AUTOMOBUILD SOUTH BAY

This friendly family-run store offers a fun assortment of models, remote control cars, puzzles and building-type toys. Mon-sat, 10– 6; sun, 10-5. [Los Gatos: 21 W. Main St.; 408/402-3818]

ODDYSSEA ON THE COAST

From mind-engaging board games to fossils, rocks and terraniums, one-of-a-kind curios and products encourage an interactive arts and sciences experience. open ThursTues, 11-5. [Half Moon Bay: 617 Main St.; 650/440-4555]

SIERRA TOY SOLDIER COMPANY SOUTH BAY

High quality collectibles range from historical figures to model aircraft. Mon-sat, 10–6; sun, 12– 5. [Los Gatos: 29 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408/395-3000] v

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AMERICAN, CLASSIC

BIRK’S SOUTH BAY

This premiere dining icon caters to silicon Valley’s movers and shakers, as well as locals seeking an outstanding dining experience. Located just off highway 101 and Great America Parkway, near santa Clara’s finest hotels and Levis stadium, this first-rate establishment has a vibrant city ambiance. offering the finest steaks, chops and the freshest seafood available—cooked over almond wood and imported mesquite charcoal—the menu includes prime, grass-fed and Certified Angus Beef, organic poultry, and an impressive starter menu. With its Wine Spectator Award-winning wine list, craft beers and cocktails, Birk’s atmosphere is one of casual elegance and gracious service— perfect for any occasion. Lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:15am– 2:30pm. Dinner nightly from 5pm. Bar menu: 2:30-9:30pm. Happy Hour: Mon-

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Fri, 4-6pm & sat, 5-7pm. [Santa Clara: 3955 Freedom Circle; 408/980-6400]

HENRY’S HI-LIfE SOUTH BAY

Barbecued ribs have reigned supreme for over 50 years at this well-loved, landmark establishment, along with equally tasty barbecued steaks and chicken. Located in a nostalgically decorated old road house, this is san Jose’s popular spot to catch the sports action on TV or to go on a sharks game night. Lunch: TuesFri. Dinner nightly. [San Jose: 301 W. St. John St.; 408/295-5414]

MARIANI’S RESTAURANT SOUTH BAY

A santa Clara tradition since 1953, this storied restaurant at Mariani’s Inn serves American and Italian cuisine, with menu items such as eggs Benedict, prime rib and pastas. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; sunday champagne brunch. [Santa Clara: 2500 El Camino Real; 408/243-1431]

MENLO GRILL BISTRO & BAR SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

Casual yet sophisticated, this classic American grill serves locally sourced, California cuisine. Both bistro style indoor seating or summer outdoor fireside dining are offered. open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. [Menlo Park: Stanford Park Hotel, 100 El Camino Real; 650/330-2790]

THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

Enjoy generous servings of seafood, steak, veal, venison, pasta and homemade desserts in a rustic, candle-lit dining room. Lunch: sun from 2pm. Dinner: Wed-sun. [Woodside: 13808 Skyline Blvd.; 650/851-8541]

SHADOWBROOK ON THE COAST

A hillside “cable car” and path lead you down lush gardens with waterfalls and rock walls to this world-famous restaurant on the banks of soquel Creek where you can enjoy creative specials and tra-


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ditional offerings in an atmosphere of old-World charm. Though noted as one of the country’s most romantic restaurants, its Rock Room Bar and Lounge offers wood-oven fired pizzas and a more casual fare. Dinner nightly. [Capitola: Wharf & Capitola Rd.; 831/475-1511]

AMERICAN, NEW CALIfORNIA/ SEASONAL/

ALL SPICE SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

Husband-and-wife team sachin Chopra and shoshana Wolff have turned a 1906 Victorian house into a pioneering dining destination that showcases evocative new American Cuisine with Indian, Japanese, norwegian, and Mediterranean influences. Dinner nightly. [San Mateo: 1602 S. El Camino Real; 650/627-4303]

ARCADIA SOUTH BAY

Culinary surprises abound at this stylish eatery in the heart of downtown san Jose—precisely what you’d expect from acclaimed chef Michael Mina, known for his innovative twists on American classics. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. [San Jose: 100 W. San Carlos St.; 408/278-4555]

Fresh seafood and Prime dry aged steaks with a View of

downtown San Jose

BIRD DOG SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

Elevated cuisine in this stylish, minimalist bistro reflects a contemporary approach to a spectrum of global flavors, with an emphasis on northern California and Japanese. Located downtown. Dinner nightly. [Palo Alto: 420 Ramona St.; 650/656-8180]

CAfé CRUz ON THE COAST

This gem just south of santa Cruz offers a lively and friendly scene; an open and warm atmosphere with Tuscan fireplaces and a beautiful, heated patio; and a menu highlighting fresh California cuisine

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DINING

and great wines, with a focus on local. Full bar. Lunch & dinner: Mon-sat. [Soquel: 2621 41st Ave.; 831/476-3801]

CALAfIA CAfE SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

CIN-CIN SOUTH BAY

This stylish, Michelin-recommended neighborhood restaurant and wine bar features Contemporary American cuisine, a Wine spectator Award winning wine list and innovative cocktails. Dinner: Mon-sat. [Los Gatos: 368 Village Ln.; 408/354-8006]

MADERA SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

A menu of market-driven cuisine is centered on a wood-burning grill. Located at the Rosewood sand Hill hotel, the handsome setting includes outdoor seating with mountain views. Lunch: Mon-sat. Brunch: sun. Dinner nightly. [Menlo Park: 2825 Sand Hill Rd.; 650/561-1540]

MANRESA SOUTH BAY

Chef-proprietor David Kinch’s Michelin 3-star eatery offers exceptional farm-to-table tasting menus you won’t soon forget. A nightly tasting menu showcases the finest of each season’s products. Dinner: Wed-sun. [Los Gatos: 320 Village Ln; 408/3544330]

PARCEL 104 SOUTH BAY

Using ingredients from local growers, ranches and dairies, celebrity chef Bradley ogden’s ever-changing menu reflects what’s in season, engaging patrons’ palates with innovative creations cooked in an

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Churrascarias: A Cornucopia for Carnivores

If the thought of unlimited quantities of meat stirs your appetite, then the Brazilian-style steakhouse (churrascaria) is the place for you. Known as rodizio, this style of barbeque restaurant originating from the fireside roasts of the gaúchos of southern Brazil is centered on spit-roasted meats—in many different varieties. Pay a fixed price and eat all you can; servers circulate around the dining room with cuts freshly off the grill and carve them tableside onto your plate. The focus is on beef (if you are to have only kind, go for the sirloin, picanha), but you can also expect chicken, pork, lamb, sausage, and even pineapple. Topping it all off, you have unlimited access to a side bar with abundant choices of salads, vegetables, cold cuts and more. The challenge is, literally, how not to overdo it, and most do fail. Hungry now? Three area options will give you your fill: fOGO DE CHãO at Santana Row in San Jose (408/244-7001; lunch Mon-Fri; dinner nightly; brunch Sat-Sun); PAMPAS in downtown Palo Alto (650/327-1323; lunch Mon-Fri; dinner nightly); and ESPETUS in San Mateo (650/342-8700; lunch and dinner daily). exhibition kitchen. A custom wine cellar stocks an award-winning selection of 550 wines. Breakfast daily. Lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:30-2. Dinner: Mon-Fri, 5:30-9. [Santa Clara Marriott: 2700 Mission College Blvd.; 408/970-6104]

PIACERE SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

Piacere uses the freshest produce and seafood, as well as the finest grade meats and poultry, to create dazzling takes on contemporary American cuisine. The wine list consistently earns recognition from Wine spectator. The open-air

lounge is ideal for wine tasting or enjoying a cocktail, and is home to live music Thurs-sat. Lunch: MonFri. Brunch: sat-sun. Dinner: nightly. [San Carlos: 727 Laurel St.; 650/592-3536]

PLUMED HORSE SOUTH BAY

This revered restaurant is a special occasion destination, awarded a Michelin star seven years in a row. Creative Californian fare is served in an ultra-swank setting. Dinner nightly. [Saratoga: 14555 Big Basin Way; 408/867-4711]

EsPETUs

Run by Charlie Ayers, “the chef who fed Google,” this bustling spot serves organic, seasonal California cuisine. outdoor seating available. Lunch: Mon-Fri. Brunch: sat-sun. Dinner nightly. [Palo Alto: Town & Country Village; 650/322-9200]


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TOWN SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

Premium steaks and chops, local seafood, handcrafted cocktails, and West Coast wines are all the draw here—as is the atmosphere. Lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner nightly. Brunch: sat-sun. [San Carlos: 716 Laurel St.; 650/595-3003]

vAULT 164 SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

An eclectic, contemporary American menu includes such choices from a savory flatbread with caramelized onion, Applewood smoked bacon, and Cambozola cheese to bourbon and maple glazed pork chop. Full bar. Lunch Mon-Fri; dinner daily. [San Mateo: 164 South B St.; 650/348-8164]

vINO LOCALE SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

specializing in boutique Californian wines and seasonal, organic cuisine, this cozy European-style wine bar and bistro also offers live music nightly. Lunch: Tues-sun. Dinner nightly. [Palo Alto: 431 Kipling St.; 650/328-0450]

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Award-Winning Wine List Lunch Mon-Fri | Happy Hour Mon-Fri 3:30-6pm Dinner Nightly from 5pm

3955 Freedom Circle, Santa Clara (at 101 & Great America Pkwy) 408.980.6400 www.birksrestaurant.com

BURMESE

RANGOON RUBY SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

Burmese cuisine—a fusion of Thai, Chinese, and Indian—is taken to an elevated height at this group of Peninsula restaurants. The menu pleases the most diverse and sophisticated of palates with options such as Burmese tea leaf salad, handcrafted wok dishes and shareable family-style plates, complemented by an array of exquisite cocktails. Lunch, dinner and happy hour daily. [Palo Alto: 445 Emerson St.; 650/323-6543 & 326 University Ave.; 650/285-2770. San Carlos: 680 Laurel Ave.; 650/592-1852; Belmont: 1000 6th Ave.; 650/591-4156. Burlingame: 1219 Burlingame Ave.; 650/381-9756]

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DINING

CAfé/CREPERIE/ PATISSERIE

ALANA’S CAfé SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

Enjoy great quality “comfort food” cooked with the freshest seasonal produce. Breakfast items include egg scrambles, swedish oatmeal pancakes and fruit scones. For lunch (served as of 11am), try their delicious sandwiches, salads, soups and other daily specialties. Burlingame: Mon-Fri, 7-3; sat, 8-3; sun, 8-2. RWC: Mon-Fri, 7-2; satsun, 8-2. [Burlingame: 1101 Burlingame Ave.; 650/343-2075. Redwood City: 1020 Main St.; 650/366-1489]

ALExANDER’S PATISSERIE SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

This sparkling patisserie offers sweet and savory treats along with breads and gourmet sandwiches. Executive Pastry Chef Dries De-

langhe incorporates top quality ingredients as well as seasonal highlights. Mon-Wed, 8am-10pm; Thurs-sat, 8am-11pm; sun, 8am8pm. [Mountain View: 209 Castro St.; 650/864-9999]

BIjAN BAKERY & CAfé SOUTH BAY

one of san Jose’s most premier European bakeries, Bijan is known for its buttery pastries, cookies, European-style croissants, and sandwiches. open daily all day. [San Jose: 170 S. Market St.; 408971-8000]

CAffE fRASCATI SOUTH BAY

Find a little slice of Italy right in downtown san Jose. sip one of their famous cappuccinos, try a tasty panini, experience some live music, or just enjoy happy hour with friends after a long day at work. Beer and wine also offered. Mon-Thurs, 7:30am-10pm; Fri,

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7:30am-midnight; sat, 8am-midnight; sun, 8am-9pm. [San Jose: 315 S. First St.; 408/287-0400]

WHISPERS CAfé & CREPERIE SOUTH BAY

Whispers is the place to go when crêpes are on your mind, whether savory or sweet. But delicious crepes aren’t all. Whispers also offers full egg breakfasts, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and entrees from new york steak to pan-seared salmon. Coffee drinks, smoothies, beer, wine and margaritas are also available. 8am-10pm daily. [San Jose: 150 S. Second St.; 408/297-2850]

CHINESE

CHEf CHU’S SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

A Peninsula favorite since 1970, this renowned family-owned restaurant was the first to set the bar and introduce Mandarin cuisine to the area. Renowned master chef Lawrence Chu, continues to supervise operations. Perfect for large and small parties, the epic menu has something for everyone, including favorites like Hunan chicken; baked miso-glazed sea bass; crispy sichuan beef; and Lovers’ Prawns—an exclusive house special. Take-out available. Lunch and dinner daily: Mon-Fri, 11:30-9:30; sat-sun, 12-10. [Los Altos: 1067 N. San Antonio Rd.; 650/948-2696]

DARDA SOUTH BAY

A PENINSULA T R AD I T I ON S I N CE 1 9 7 0 1067 N. San Antonio Road at El Camino, Los Altos • 650.948.2696 LUNCH & DINNER • BANQUETS • COCKTAILS • GOURMET FOOD TO GO 32 • DIsCoVER sILICon VALLEy

specializing in halal Chinese cuisine, Darda uses nine unique cooking techniques to prepare delicious specialties such as mu shu dishes; fish and meat stews; chow mein; fried rice; bean curd dishes; and dim sum. seafood, poultry, beef, lamb and vegetarian entrees also on the menu. Lunch: Mon-Thurs, 11-2:30; Fri-sun, 11-3. Dinner: Mon-Thurs, 5-9:30; Fri-sun, 4:309:30. [Milpitas: Milpitas Square, 296 Barber Ct.; 408/433-5199]


MAYfLOWER SOUTH BAY

DINING

serving fine Cantonese cuisine, this restaurant is renowned for its sumptuous dim sum and fresh seafood. over 100 varieties of dim sum are served daily at lunchtime, while the regular menu highlights a tremendous variety of seafood specialties—including local and imported live crab, lobster, fish and shellfish. Dim sum, lunch and dinner daily. [Milpitas: Milpitas Square, 428 Barber Lane; 408/922-2700]

fRENCH, CONTEMPORARY

LE PAPILLON SOUTH BAY

since 1977, Le Papillon has carried out a tradition of serving the finest cuisine, beautifully presented in an elegant, quiet setting, with service to match. over the years, accolades have accumulated, including glowing reviews by the san Jose Mercury news, top ratings in Zagat surveys, and inclusion in the DiRona Awards publications. Much of the restaurant’s success is thanks to executive chef scott Cooper’s amazing culinary talents. With sumptuously prepared epicurean delights made from the freshest seasonal ingredients, his prix fixe and tasting menus reflect his passion and dedication to world-class cuisine. Private rooms available. Dinner daily. [San Jose: 410 Saratoga Ave.; 408/2963730]

A Taste of Burma PALO ALTO 445 Emerson St 650.323.6543 PALO ALTO (BURMA RUBY) 326 University Ave. 650.285.2770 SAN CARLOS 680 Laurel Ave. 650.592.1852 BELMONT 1000 6th Ave. 650.591.4156 BURLINGAME 1219 Burlingame Ave. 650.381.9756 SAN FRANCISCO 1608 Polk St. 415.610.4333

www.RangoonRuby.com

KYOTO PALACE

GASTROPUB

fARMERS UNION SOUTH BAY

Housed in a historic brick building, this gastropub dishes up tasty items from a wood-burning oven, charcoal grill and rotisserie along with craft beers, quality wines, and cocktails. Lunch and dinner daily. sunday Brunch. [151 W. Santa Clara St.; 408/277-0545]

TEPPANYAKI, SUSHI BAR & BANQUET FACILITIES Your Destination for Great Food, Drinks & Entertaining Teppan Grill ...Perfect for Birthdays! Full Lounge | Flat Screen TV for Sports | Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4-7

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DINING GREEK

DIO DEKA SOUTH BAY

This luxurious spot at Hotel Los Gatos mends classic Hellenic cuisine with contemporary Greek and Mediterranean seasonal fare. An international wine list features 30 available by the glass. Dinner nightly. [Los Gatos: 210 E Main St.; 408/354-7700]

EvvIA ESTIATORIO SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

signature Greek dishes are found

alongside local interpretations of traditional Hellenic favorites at this charming downtown restaurant, so popular you may have trouble making a reservation. Lunch: MonFri. Dinner nightly. [Palo Alto: 420 Emerson St.; 650/326-0983]

IRISH

ROSIE MCCANN’S SOUTH BAY; ON THE COAST

Blend traditional Irish food and hospitality with a contemporary California flair and you get this casual restaurant and pub with menu

favorites such as fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, grilled wild salmon and more. A lounge with full bar and live/DJ music add to the fun. Lunch & dinner daily. Brunch satsun, 9:30-2. open ‘til late. [San Jose: 355 Santana Row; 408/2471706. Santa Cruz: 1220 Pacific Ave.; 831/426-9930]

ITALIAN

CENTONOvE SOUTH BAY

At this neighborhood trattoria, a menu of wood-fired antipasti and pizzas, house-made pastas, and other Italian specialties is matched by a noteworthy list of Italian wines and beers. Lunch: Fri-sun. Dinner nightly. [Los Gatos: 109 W. Main St.; 408/384-4007]

IL fORNAIO SOUTH BAY

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Two south Bay locations serve fine classic Italian food in stylishly informal settings. A focus on Italian and California wines along with bustling exhibition kitchens are all part of Il Fornaio’s signature style. Lunch and dinner daily. [San Jose: 302 S. Market St.; 408/271-3366. Santa Clara: 2752 Augustine Dr.; 408/217-8844]

IL POSTALE SOUTH BAY

This Italian-American bistro is a popular spot in sunnyvale’s lively downtown. The menu offerings range from appetizers such as carpaccio and bruschetta to tasty pastas and entrées. Lunch: MonFri; Dinner, daily. [Sunnyvale: 100 S. Murphy Ave.; 408/733-9600]

PAESANO SOUTH BAY

“THE BEST COFFEE SHOP IN SAN JOSE” YELP.COM REVIEW

A LITTLE SLICE OF ITALY IN SAN JOSE CAFFEFRASCATI.COM

408.287.0400

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315 S. FIRST STREET SAN JOSE, CA 95113

This cozy eatery in a refurbished early 1900s home at the edge of downtown san Jose offers a mixture of delicious classics along with original dishes with a sicilian flair. Lunch: Mon-Fri, 11-2. Dinner: sun-Thurs, 5-9; Fri-sat, 5-10. [San Jose: 350 W. Julian St.; 408/2179327]


qUATTRO SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

This acclaimed Palo Alto dining venue features contemporary Italian cuisine with a California twist. House-made pastas and seasonal dishes are accompanied by thoughtfully chosen wines from California and beyond. outdoor terrace seating is available, weather permitting. Breakfast: 6:30-11am. Lunch: Mon-sat, 11:30am-2:30pm. Dinner: Daily, 5:30-10pm. Brunch: sun, 10:30am-2:30pm. [East Palo Alto: Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley, 2050 University Ave.; 650/4702889]

RISTORANTE ROCCA SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

Whimsical murals, a lofty Florentine copper and bronze ceiling and a Venetian-style balcony provide a pleasing ambiance to complement fine northern Italian cuisine, inspired by California influences. Full bar. Lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner nightly. [Burlingame: 1205 Broadway Ave.; 650/344-3900]

second floor of Campbell’s Pruneyard shopping Center. Kyoto Palace’s reputation for top-notch Japanese-style steaks, fresh seafood and sushi is only rivaled by its chefs’ renowned showmanship, which has been keeping customers coming back for more than 30 years. Choose from a variety of fresh sushi, sashimi, tempura and teriyaki, or try a special dish like lobster, scallops or filet mignon. Mon-Fri, 11:30-2 & 5-10; sat, 410; sun, 4-9. [Campbell: Pruneyard Shopping Center, 1875 S. Bascom Ave.; 408/377-6456]

Enjoy a meal that’s as delicious as it is entertaining. House specials, including steak and lobster, are prepared at each table by expert chefs who cook and serve your meal right before your eyes on a Teppan grill. Try the Genji Combination featuring steak and jumbo prawns—it’s been a favorite for more than 40 years! sushi is also available. Lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:30-2. Dinner: Mon-Thurs, 5-9:30; Fri, 510; sat, 4-10; sun, 4-9. [San Jose: 1335 N. First St.; 408/453-8120]

SHIKI SUSHI SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

Vibrant Japanese cuisine ranges from fresh sushi and appetizers such as grilled scallops to entrees such as butter salmon and miso sea bass. Lunch and dinner daily. [San Mateo: 1332 W Hillsdale Blvd.; 650/341-8988. Also in San Mateo: 1040 Park Place; 650/212-3688. Half Moon Bay: 20 Stone Pine Rd.; 650/7128886. San Carlos: 825 Laurel St.; 650/593-2275]

SERVING THE BAY AREA FOR OVER 35 YEARS

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jAPANESE

HOUSE Of GENjI SOUTH BAY

DINING

HAVE YOUR OWN “CASABLANCA” ADVENTURE...

Delicious Moroccan food... Belly dancing Thurs-Sat... Dinner 7 Days 6–10pm • Banquet Facilities for up to 300 • Cocktail Lounge

41 E. Gish at N. 1st St., San Jose • 408.453.1983 • www.menara41.com

Japanese Teppan-Yaki: The FUN Way to Dine

KYOTO PALACE SOUTH BAY

Delicious food sizzling on a teppan flat-top grill; chefs chopping, flipping and dicing food; patrons laughing and snapping photos— this is a typical scene at this fun dining spot, tucked away on the

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DINING

KOREAN

RESTAURANT CHUNGDAM SOUTH BAY

This stylish restaurant presents fine Korean flavors, with a menu ranging from hot pots, stews and seafood to barbecue meats to be grilled tableside. Lunch and dinner Mon-sat: 11-2:30; 5-9:30. [Santa Clara: 3180 El Camino Real; 408/246-1208]

LATIN AMERICAN/ SPANISH

CASCAL SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

old World taste meets new World appeal at this vibrant restaurant. Tapas-style plates and a variety of ceviches and paellas are offered in a stylish setting. Bringing together the traditions, bold flavors and warm hospitality of spain and Latin America, the delicious results are matched with sexy cocktails and live music. open daily from 11:30am for lunch, tapas and dinner. [Mountain View: 400 Castro St.; 650/940-9500]

MEDITERRANEAN

LAILI ON THE COAST

This chic Mediterranean restaurant offers a richly spiced menu with an Afghani flair. Dine in the open dining room or al fresco on the heated garden patio. Lunch and dinner: Tues-sun. [Santa Cruz: 101 B. Cooper St.; 831/423-4545]

MExICAN

CHEvYS SOUTH BAY

Home of fresh Mex, all menu items here—from fajitas and ribs to roasted salsa and tortillas—are prepared fresh to order and served in a lively border cantina-style atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily. [San Jose: 5305 Almaden Expwy.; 408/266-1815] 36 • DIsCoVER sILICon VALLEy

MEzCAL SOUTH BAY

oaxacan art, brick walls and a beautiful bar create a distinctive atmosphere in which to dine on authentic oaxacan food as well as more traditional Mexican cuisine. Full bar; patio seating available. Lunch & dinner: Mon-Fri. Dinner: sat-sun. [San Jose: 25 W. San Fernando St.; 408/283-9595]

REPOSADO SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

This fun eating house and bar offers high-end Mexican fare with great margaritas to boot. Lunch and dinner daily. [Palo Alto: 236 Hamilton Ave.; 650/833-3151]

SIxTO’S CANTINA SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

This lively restaurant with a warm, hacienda-style décor features Mexican cuisine rooted in Jaliscan tradition and made with the freshest of ingredients. open daily at 11:30 for lunch and dinner. [Burlingame: 1448 Burlingame Ave.; 650/342-7600]

MOROCCAN

MENARA MOROCCAN SOUTH BAY

This Casablanca-style restaurant dances to the beat of a different drum, with exotic architectural details, jewel-toned pillows and plush couches; belly dancing performances Thurs-sat, and authentic Moroccan cuisine, served fingerfood style. Diners are treated to their choice of six-course meals, each including a refreshing salade Moroccaines; b’stilla, a sweet and savory chicken pastry; couscous; mint tea; and baklava. Menara also offers a full bar and banquet facilities for up to 300. Be sure to try the enchanting Moroccan Magic cocktail, made with rum, sweet and sour mix, and orange and pineapple juices. Dinner: nightly 610. [San Jose: 41 E. Gish Rd. at N. First St.; 408/453-1983]

PERUvIAN

LA COSTANERA ON THE COAST

Experience the culinary richness of Peruvian cuisine at this modern fusion restaurant with a dramatic view overlooking the Pacific ocean—from ceviches and empanadas to lamb shank, slowbraised pork shoulder, paellas, and a wide variety of seafood choices. Full bar. Dinner Tues-sun. [Montara: 8150 Cabrillo Hwy.; 888/370-6801]

PORTUGUESE

ADEGA SOUTH BAY

Earning a Michelin star in its first year, this high-end bistro offers contemporary Portuguese fare in a warm environment. Dinner: Wedsun. [San Jose: 1614 Alum Rock Ave.; 408/926-9075]

SEAfOOD

CROW’S NEST ON THE COAST

Wall-to-wall windows offer ocean and harbor views. The friendly, casual atmosphere and exceptional food have made this restaurant a favorite since 1969. The menu features a delicious variety of fresh seafood, Midwestern aged beef, shellfish, pasta, and an abundant salad bar. Breads, desserts and pastries are house-baked daily. The upstairs grill serves appetizers and casual meals throughout the day; live music and dancing are offered in the lounge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. [Santa Cruz: On the beach at the Yacht Harbor; 831/476-4560]

MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S SOUTH BAY

Featuring seasonally-inspired dishes, the focus is on freshness here, from signature items highlighting a variety of seafood to handcrafted cocktails. Aged steaks, poultry, entrée salads and pasta


are also on the menu. Lunch and dinner daily. [San Jose: 170 S. Market St.; 408/283-7200]

SCOTT’S SEAfOOD SOUTH BAY

Enjoy views of downtown san Jose from the casually elegant 6th floor dining room or rooftop patio along with the ocean’s bounty at this beautifully appointed restaurant. The menu features the freshest seafood, including salmon, ahi tuna, Dungeness crab and lobster tail, as well as a range of prime dry-aged steaks, salad, chicken, and pasta. A full bar and extensive wine list complement the sophisticated menu. scott’s private dining room with fireplace and special menus are available for corporate or social events. Lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:30-5. Dinner: Mon-sat, from 5pm; sun, from 4:30pm. [Downtown San Jose: 185 Park Ave.; 408/971-1700]

THE SEA BY ALExANDER’S SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

This premier seafood dining destination distinguishes itself by focusing on rich sumptuous morsels from the sea, prepared with modern technique and flair. The talented culinary team blends contemporary cuisine with Japanese sensibility and ingredients to transform its menu into the extraordinary. Dinner: Tues-sat, 5:30-9:30pm; sun-Mon, 5:309pm. [Palo Alto: 4269 El Camino Real; 650/213-1111]

STEAKHOUSE

ALExANDER’S STEAKHOUSE SOUTH BAY

Melding innovation and tradition, this refined steakhouse features its own dry-aging room and an award-winning wine list. Preparations of American and Japanese Imported Wagyu beef reflect creative Japanese influences. Lunch: Tues-sat. Dinner nightly. [Cupertino: 19379 Stevens Creek Blvd.; 408/446-2222]

fORBES MILL SOUTH BAY

This sophisticated restaurant offers Prime Certified Angus beef and all-natural Kobe beef, along with fine seafood choices. Dinner daily. [Los Gatos: 206 North Santa Cruz Ave.; 408/395-6434]

THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY SOUTH BAY

Modeled after the great grills of new york in the 1930s and ’40s, this renowned steakhouse with a classic American menu suits all tastes. The lunch menu features salads, seafood and specialty dishes while dinner offers a wide selection of steaks and chops along with seafood and pasta. Extensive wine list. Lunch and dinner daily. [San Jose: Fairmont Hotel, 172 S. Market St.; 408/294-2244]

MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE SOUTH BAY

Morton’s prides itself on quality and consistency, featuring UsDA prime-aged steak, fresh seafood, delicious appetizers and decadent desserts. Dine in the luxurious dining room, in the bar or outside on the patio. Dinner daily. [Downtown San Jose: 177 Park Ave.; 408/947-7000]

SUNDANCE THE STEAKHOUSE SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

This upscale steakhouse, familyowned and operated for more than 40 years, features hand-cut certified Angus beef. Enjoy the slow-roasted prime rib, specially aged new york strip loin and tender filet mignon in the candlelit, mahogany dining room. In addition to award-winning beef, sundance prides itself on serving the freshest seafood and shellfish available. Pair your meal with wine from the nationally recognized list. The cozy fireplace lounge is ideal for sipping martinis and aged single-malt scotch. Lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:30-2. Dinner: Mon-Thurs, 510; Fri-sat, 5-10:30; sun, 5-9. [Palo Alto: 1921 El Camino Real; 650/321-6798]

THAI

DINING

THAIPHOON SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

This cozy restaurant serves up delectable pan-Asian cuisine. The focus is on Thai, but also has room for many classic as well as original dishes drawn from Indian and southeast Asian cooking. Lunch: Mon-sat, 11-3. Dinner: Fri-sat, 510; sun-Thurs, 5-9:30. [Palo Alto: 543 Emerson St.; 650/323-7700]

vIETNAMESE

TAMARINE SAN fRANCISCO PENINSULA

Modern Vietnamese cuisine at this sleek dining spot is enjoyed with a selection of fine wines and great cocktails. Lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner nightly. [Palo Alto: 546 University Ave.; 650/325-8500]

WINE BAR

vYNE BISTRO SOUTH BAY

This modern wine bistro in downtown san Jose is the place to go for dinner or just to relax with a glass of wine. Cozy up to the fireplace in the contemporary lounge, or sit by the floor-to-ceiling windows and watch the world go by. The food menu has been developed by experts to be varied and well balanced, with an emphasis on freshness and quality. From salads and paninis to seafood and house specials, the dishes are perfect for pairing with the diverse list of wine that is anything but standard. Mon-sat, 5-11:30pm. Happy Hour: Mon-Fri, 5-7pm. Mon, 7pm til closing: 40% off wine bottle list. [San Jose: 110 Paseo de San Antonio; 408/375-2618] v

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BARS & LOUNGES

55 SOUTH

This bar and lounge is known for its craft cocktails as well as its wine and whisky selections. sun-Thurs, 7pm-12am; Fri-sat, 7pm-1:30am. [San Jose: 55 S. 1st St.; 408/2886000)

CASCAL

From flamenco to Latin jazz, live music Fri-sat at this restaurant provides a lively night scene. [Mountain View: 400 Castro St.; 650/940-9500]

THE CONTINENTAL

This airy bar with an outdoor patio is decked out with comfortable sofas. sip on craft beers and cocktails while enjoying sports on TV as well as both DJ and live music. open til 2am nightly. [San Jose: 349 S. 1st St., San Jose; 408/9823461]

[ESC]

A casual café during the day, [esc] turns into a sophisticated wine bar, Mon-Fri nights, featuring rare California wine, local cheeses and charcuterie. Fri, 6-11pm, sHUCK. is a weekly oysters and caviar event with live DJ music showcasing feel good indie pop. [East Palo Alto: Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley, 2050 University Ave.; 650/470-3848] 38 • DIsCoVER sILICon VALLEy

HEDLEY CLUB LOUNGE

This lounge at the Hotel De Anza serves up cocktails and bar bites in a 1930s atmosphere, with live jazz by local artists, Wed-sat. Mon, til 10pm; Tues-Thurs, til 11pm; Frisat, til 12:30am; sun, til 9. [San Jose: 233 W. Santa Clara St.; 408/286-1000]

THE LOBBY LOUNGE

The Fairmont san Jose’s luxurious lounge offers creative cocktails and bar snacks, along with live music nightly. Mon-sat, til 12am; sun til 11pm. [San Jose: 170 S. Market St.; 408/998-1900]

LOfT BAR AND BISTRO

Fri-sat after 10:30pm, the dining room turns into an ultra lounge, with DJs spinning house music or top 40 hits. Bar open til 1:30am, Thurs-sat. [San Jose: 90 S. 2nd St.; 408/291-0677]

their de rigueur Guinness, the full bar also offers a other beers and inventive cocktails. Live bands and DJs nightly, along with dancing. sun-Thurs, til 1am; Fri-sat, til 2am. [San Jose: 355 Santana Row; 408/247-1706]

SAN PEDRO SqUARE MARKET

With an open-air plaza and over 20 food vendors in three interior spaces, this public market offers a lively atmosphere to hang out for libations and bites, Thurs-sun. sun-Wed, 4-10pm; Thurs-sat, 4pm-12am. [San Jose: 87 N. San Pedro St.]

TANq

PAPER PLANE

This chic, underwater-themed lounge, located inside the san Jose Marriott, offers a full bar menu, an ever-changing cocktail list and an assortment of small and large plates. open daily at 4pm. [San Jose: 301 South Market St., 408/280-1300]

ROSIE MCCANN’S

This san Jose hot spot for live music is a destination for jazz and indie performances. Wed-sat, 4pm-2am; sun, 4pm til midnight. [San Jose: 374 S. First St.; 408/280-6161]

With its long bar and “alcohol wall” backdropping the exposed brick interior, this relaxed spot is the place to go for both classic and creative cocktails and bar plates. sun-Tues, til midnight; Wed-sat, til 2am. [San Jose: 72 S. 1st St.; 408/713-2625] Head to this Irish pub and restaurant for evening fun. Along with

LIvE MUSIC

CAfé STRITCH


CLUB fOx

May shows at this cabaret-style nightclub include: The Funky Godfather (May 3); The Chris Bigford Band (May 4); Rúckatan Latin Tribe (May 6); RJ Misco (May 10); DODO Orchestra (May 14); Wee Willie Walker (May 18); Walter Jebe and the Lost Roots Band (May 24); and Dutch Uncle (May 27). 8pm. [Redwood City: 2209 Broadway St.; 877/435-9849]

jj’S BLUES CLUB

The place for blues for more than 20 years, JJ’s offers live music nightly by both established and up-and-coming acts. [San Jose: 3439 Stevens Creek Blvd.; 408/243-6441]

POOR HOUSE BISTRO

Live music at this new orleans joint highlights blues and jazz, Wed-sat evenings & sun pm. In May: Maxx Cabello Jr. Band (May 5); Hot Roux (May 6); Daniel Castro Band (May 12); RJ Mischo & His Band of All Stars (May 13); Andy Santana & The West Coast Playboys (May 19); John Blues Boyd Band (May 20); JC Smith Band (May 26); and Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers (May 27). [San Jose: 91 S. Autumn St.; 408/292-5837]

THE SADDLE RACK

This nightclub with multiple dance floors offers live music, with everything from local bands to national touring acts performing both country and rock music. WedThurs, 7pm-midnight; Fri-sat, 7pm-1:30am. [Fremont: 42011 Boscell Rd.; 510/979-0535]

ROOSTER T. fEATHERS

Featuring some of the best comedians around, May performances include: Chad Daniels (May 4-7); Sugar Sammy (May 11-14); Sam Morril (May 18-21); and Carmen Lynch (May 25-28). Thurs, 8pm; Fri, 9pm; sat, 7 & 9:30pm; sun, 8pm. [Sunnyvale: 157 W. El Camino; 408/736-0921]

THE IMPROv

May highlights at this comedy club include: Jo Koy (May 4-6 & 11-13); Godfrey (May 18-21); and Brandon T. Jackson (May 25-28). Thurs, 8pm; Fri, 7:30 & 9:45pm; sat, 7 & 9:15pm; sun, 7pm. [San Jose: 62 S. 2nd St.; 408/280-7475]

CARD ROOMS

BAY 101

This popular casino offers an exciting cardroom environment, 24/7. Catch all the action with games such as Texas Hold ’em, 21st Century Blackjack, EZ Baccarat, 3-card Poker, Pai Gow Tiles, Pai Gow Poker and more. [San Jose: 1801 Bering Rd.; 408/451-8888]

CASINO M8TRIx

Head for table games, cocktails and dining at this entertainment destination, 24/7, 365 days a year. Enjoy card games including Blackjack, Baccarat, Pai Gow, Texas Hold’em, and more. [San Jose: 50 Airport Pkwy.; 408/244-3333]

ON THE COAST

THE CATALYST

one of the oldest and most venerated music venues on the local coast, this club highlights underground bands. [Santa Cruz: 1011 Pacific Ave.; 831/423-1338]

CROW’S NEST

Located right on the scenic harbor’s entrance, Crow’s nest’s spectacular upstairs lounge offers live music and dancing to a variety of styles including rock, soul, blues, reggae, and Latin rhythms. sunday is Comedy night, with nationally known headliners. [Santa Cruz: Yacht Harbor; 831/476-4560]

KUUMBWA jAzz

This highly regarded jazz center attracts artists of national and international renown at its intimate 200-seat venue. [Santa Cruz: 3202 Cedar St.; 831/427-2227]

MOE’S ALLEY

This club sizzles as a showcase for live music, with blues and soul among the specialties. 4pm-2am on show days. [Santa Cruz: 1535 Commercial Way; 831/479-1854]

RIO THEATER

A former movie palace, this location has been revived as a venue for famous touring groups, with a focus on indie bands with Americana leanings. [Santa Cruz: 1205 Soquel Ave.; 831/423-8209] v

SAvANNA jAzz

This laid-back club offers cocktails and casual bar fare along with nightly live jazz. see calendar at savannajazz.com. [San Carlos: 1189 Laurel St.; 650/453-3683]

COMEDY CLUBS

COMEDYSPORTz

Two teams of comedians compete for audience laughs while improvising scenes. Fri-sat. [San Jose: Camera 3, 288 S. Second St.; 408/985-LAFF]

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GETTING AROUND AMTRAK

SjC AIRPORT fLYER

Train service san Jose goes to oakland, sacramento, and Monterey. [800/USA-RAIL; amtrak.com]

Bus runs from san Jose Airport to santa Clara Caltrain station, from where trains head to san Jose. [408/321-2300; www.vta.org]

services connect san Francisco and the East Bay, with connections from Daly City to Fremont via san Francisco, and over to Richmond and Concord. A shuttle train runs every 15min from sFo to the Millbrae station, which connects to the Caltrain system. [510/465-2278; www.bart.gov]

shuttle service from santa Cruz to san Jose Airport. [831/423-5937]

BART

CALTRAIN

provides rail service between san Francisco and san Jose with weekday service to Gilroy. shuttle bus connection to san Jose Airport, and a connection at Millbrae station via BART to sFo are also offered. [800/660-4287 or 650/508-6200; caltrain.com]

DASH

Free shuttle service connects san Jose Diridon Transit Center with Light Rail, san Jose Convention Center, san Jose state University and more. Runs every 8-10 mins. [San Jose’s Downtown Area Shuttle; 408/321-2300; vta.org]

GREYHOUND BUS

Bus service offers connection between cities across the nation. [800/231-2222; greyhound.com]

HIGHWAY 17 ExPRESS BUS

Buses run daily from san Jose Caltrain station to santa Cruz; schedules vary. [831/425-8600; scmtd.com]

MONTEREY AIRBUS

offers shuttle service between Monterey and san Jose Airport. [831/373-7777]

SAMTRANS

Bus service runs from Palo Alto to san Francisco, connecting with 12 Caltrain stations [800/660-4287; samtrans.com] 40 • DIsCoVER sILICon VALLEy

SANTA CRUz AIRPORT fLYER vTA

Bus, light rail and paratransit services run throughout the santa

Clara County, including Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Palo Alto, san Jose, santa Clara, saratoga and sunnyvale. VTA also offers 20 free Park & Ride lots at light rail stations and transit centers, which also connect to Caltrain. [408/321-2300; vta.org] v

vISIT 511.ORG fOR MORE INfO.


SANTA CLARA/SAN jOSE AREA

Santa Clara Convention Center Levi’s Stadium Great America

Santana Row Winchester Mystery House

PALO ALTO AREA

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SILICON vALLEY AREA

Santana Row

Great Levi’s America Stadium


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WADDELL BEACH

BONNY DOON BEACH

DAVENPORT BEACH

GREYHOUND ROCK


DOWNTOWN SAN jOSE Lightrail to Alum Rock/ Santa Teresa

Lightrail to Mountain View

San Pedro Square

SAP Center

San Jose City Hall

Lightrail to Diridon Station/ Campbell

San Fernando Station

San Jose Museum of Art

Hammer Theater Center

Parkside Hall City Hyatt National rk Place Civic

CPa

Four Points by Sheraton

S 1ST ST

Westin San California San Jose Jose Theatre Marriott

San Jose Stage Museum of Quilts City Lights Theatre

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Martin Luther King Jr. Library


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