Gilroy Garlic Festival: What to do at California’s Garlic Extravaganza

Gilroy, in Northern California, is the self-proclaimed world capital of garlic and a fun stop on Highway 101. This area has been producing garlic for decades and established their supremacy in the garlic world by launching the first Gilroy garlic festival over 40 years ago. It is a famous California event, and 2018 was the […]

Falafels Drive In: Awesome Middle Eastern Food in San Jose

As one of the most popular places for a meal in San Jose, Falafels Drive-In is always busy, but it is worth the wait. This walk-up counter spot makes falafel sandwiches and other types of Middle Eastern food, all with their own unique sauces and side dishes like the pita chip fries. I finally got […]

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose

If you are in San Jose and looking for something really unique to do, then look no further the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. This museum sits on a large property in downtown San Jose and it has rooms full of unusual artifacts plus a few acres of stuff to explore outside as well. Here is all […]

World’s Largest Monopoly in a Park in San Jose

In a small park in the middle of downtown San Jose, there is a giant Monopoly board that holds the Guinness World Record for largest in the world. While you can only play it by setting it up in advance with the city, it is still fun to see and take pictures of. Here is all […]

Garlic City Cafe: Getting Your Garlic Fix in Gilroy

When I was at Garlic World in Gilroy off Highway 101, I asked them where I could go for lunch to get my garlic fix. I was quickly told that the Garlic City Cafe in Gilroy was where it was at. I drove the ten minutes into town and sat down to a meal of what […]

Garlic World: Home of the World’s Longest Garlic Braid in Gilroy

While driving along Highway 101, a few miles south of Gilroy, I came across a huge store called Garlic World and knew that I had to pull over and check it out. I can say that this roadside stop is pretty much everything you could want in Gilroy, with garlic stuff all over, including garlic […]

Castle Rock State Park: Hiking to Castle Rock & Castle Rock Falls

Located in the hills above San Jose, Castle Rock State Park is the lesser known of the three state parks in the area, but it is still very unique and worthy of a visit. This park is popular with climbers, and you will see why when you walk around and view all of the massive rocks […]

Mission San Jose: California’s 14th Mission

Mission San Jose was the fourteenth of the Spanish California Missions, and it was founded by Father Lasuen in 1797. This mission is one that had extended periods of decline over the last two centuries, but it has been reconstructed so that it is currently a prime example of the missions system in California. I […]

Mission Santa Clara de Asís: Located in California’s Oldest University

Mission Santa Clara de Asís is located smack dab in the middle of Santa Clara University and is the only mission to be part of a school. The mission itself was founded in 1777 as the eighth mission founded by Father Serra. In 1851, the mission became the site of a college, the oldest university […]

Winchester Mystery House In San Jose, CA

By far one of the strangest places I have written about on the blog is the Winchester Mystery House, built by the Winchester rifle fortune. The house is full of mazes, corridors, doors and windows that lead to full brick walls and even a door in a second story room that drops entirely to the ground outside […]