For awhile now ever since I’ve moved to San Jose, I’ve always wanted to check out the First Friday out here. I haven’t been to a First Friday in a long time back in Boston. Essentially what First Friday is is where local artists display their artwork open to the general public. There’s usually beer and wine served at these events. I like how the First Friday here is more outdoors than indoors of a gallery like how Boston was. Also, this past weekend there’s a festival called SubZero festival in collaboration of First Friday so the event last night was bigger than previous ones from what I’ve been told. There were a few stages with different bands and artists performing. There were a few food trucks, but none really appealed to me. It was pretty cool and very lively. It was nice walking around and making more use of my DSLR. I got to do a bit of networking when I was checking out this one display of a local magazine called Content. I spoke with the girl that deals with marketing for that magazine. It was really interesting how it’s all local writers, photographers, models and designers that collaborate to develop a great piece of print. It was great speaking with someone that is as passionate as myself about print design, which unfortunately is dying to the digital world. We exchanged contact information and at that moment I thought “dammit I should’ve brought my business cards!” haha. I didn’t think I’d end up talking to anyone since I was roaming around by myself.
After checking out the artwork and whatnot, I ran into the group of people I went to the Skrillex concert with. I haven’t seen them in awhile and they’re really chill, fun people. We ended up going bar hopping, which was fun. The guys were really sweet and kept buying me drinks, which I really appreciated but definitely wasn’t necessary on their end. Went to a cool kinda dive bar in downtown that’s semi new. Lots of great beer selection. After that first spot we ended up at really shady bars lol. It was an interesting night, but I had a lot of fun. One of the guys was really sweet and walked with me to my car while the others headed in another direction to their car. I got home at practically 3AM and another guy in the group texted me to make sure I got home okay. They’re such sweet people. Hopefully I’ll be able to hang out with that group more often.
Anyways, I’m gonna try to go to First Fridays more often when I can. It’s so far one of my favorite local events to check out and I believe First Fridays is a nationwide event.
On Friday afternoon after lunch, I took my friends to the Tech Museum to check out the Star Wars exhibit. I’ve been wanting to check it out and was excited that they had extended the exhibit. They were excited to check out the exhibit so I was relieved that they’d enjoy it. Before we started talking through the exhibit we asked someone to take a picture of us in front of the Star Wars sign and we all stood there doing the Spock hand gesture. Obviously we know it’s Star Trek but we just thought it’d be funny lol. It was pretty cool to see the models of the crafts and costumes. It was a small exhibit but definitely worth checking out if you’re in San Jose. We didn’t get to explore the rest of the Tech Museum as much since my friend wasn’t feeling well. We were playing with these light magnets on the wall and just played around with that and I spelled out ‘Boston’ haha. It just seemed like a big playground for adults as well as children haha. I definitely want to come back and check it out again. I heard about the Tech After Hours event that they have on Thursdays. Hopefully my next visit here will be for that. 🙂
Yesterday was definitely a lazy Sunday, but not for my palate haha. I felt like I was feasting all day long. I have to pretty much divide my gallery of “food porn” in this post haha. My friend hit me up to grab lunch with her and her younger brother, so I met up with them in Milpitas, CA. at this Thai restaurant called Banh Thai. I’ve been here once already. Food isn’t too bad. I’m pretty particular about my Thai food and hands down the best Thai food I’ve had was at my close friend’s family’s restaurant back in Boston called Dok Bua. This place isn’t too bad, but I don’t really care to come back on my own. Although, their papaya salad is on point though haha.
Thai iced tea
Red Curry Chicken
Pad Thai with Shrimp
Pad Kee Mao
After lunch I went home and killed some time until my friend was done with church. Her friend from Stockton, CA came down to hang out and once again, the feasting continues! Haha. We took him out to Palo Alto, CA which was nice. Meant to go there mainly for this ice cream cookie joint but nope. Ended up grubbing at Umami’s haha. I wasn’t too hungry, so my friend and I split an Ahi Tuna burger which was pretty good. Their fries were so good especially the “Truffle ’em” fries! If you ever go there and try those fries, ask the waiter for some garlic aioli mayo/sauce. So bomb with the fries! I’d probably go back and try an actual beef burger.
Pretty open interior. Looks more like a café than a burger joint haha
Books everywhere! World Book Encyclopedia’s brings back many childhood memories lol. That was “Google” for myself and many others back then if I wanted to “research” haha
Ahi Tuna Burger
Smother ’em fries!
Truffle ’em fries!
After Umami’s we got in line for Cream, which is an ice cream cookie sandwich spot. I like how it was just a couple doors down from Umami, so it was pretty convenient to grab dessert after dinner. The line was a bit intimidating because it got a lot longer since it was around dinner time and most people were in need of dessert afterwards. Luckily the wait wasn’t too bad. I think what backed up the line the most was once you walk in you’re trying to decide what combination you want. I felt so rushed to decide so I just kept it quite simple. I got a chocolate chip cookie with coconut ice cream. Their coconut ice cream is pretty good and it has some coconut bits in it too. Next time I’d like to spice up my selection!
Lovely assembly line
Chocolate chip cookie with coconut ice cream
After going on an unexpected “food adventure”, we headed back to San Jose and decided … LETS GO BAR HOPPING! lol …on a Sunday? haha. It was a good time though. We went to 55 South in downtown SJ. I ran into this guy I had met recently and totally forgot his band performs there on Sundays. Chatted with him for a bit and just chilled. He suggested for me to try the “Moscow Mule” which was pretty good. We just hung out and enjoyed the live music. Afterwards we headed to Chacho’s where my friend had shown me a picture of the “Hennchata”. Most of you may not know, but I LOVE Hennessy lol. So anything with Henny in it, I have to try it lol. Okay, now I just sound like an alcoholic lol. But the Hennchata was so tasty. Okay, once again I sound like an alcoholic LOL. I was joking around with my friends saying I wish there was boba in it because it tasted sorta like milk tea haha. I’d suggest trying it if you want to try something new or if you’re a Henny junkie like myself haha.
Hanging out at 55 South
Nothing wrong with double fisting LOL
Anyways, that’s all the food porn I have for now. It was a pretty spontaneous Sunday with good company! 🙂