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Super Valley: Outdoor Recreation

Super Valley: Outdoor Recreation

Alum Rock Park and Almaden Quicksilver County Park are two destinations for nature lovers within the city limits of San Jose. The 3,988-acre Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve and the Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve offer high level views of the valley floor. The…

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Super Valley: Wine Trails, Tasting Rooms & Wine Bars

Super Valley: Wine Trails, Tasting Rooms & Wine Bars

Three distinct wine countries, each with their own appellation, surround Silicon Valley. They are easy to get to, generally less crowded and offer better values than regions to the north. The 28-mile Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail loop has revived America’s original premium wine region….

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Super Valley: Speed City’s Sports Stars

Super Valley: Speed City’s Sports Stars

San Jose earned the nickname “Speed City” thanks to Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who blazed their way to historyat the 1968 Summer Olympics. The San Jose State track stars and their raised fists are commemorated in a massive statue on the school’s campus. Before…

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Super Valley: Microbrewers & Craft Beer Pubs

Super Valley: Microbrewers & Craft Beer Pubs

Could football, as we know it, even exist without beer? Interesting question, though there’s no need to entertain the thought, as the South Bay and Peninsula are home to plenty of great microbreweries and craft beer pubs. Gordon Biersch, a pioneer in the microbrew movement,…

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More than Bubbly at Mimosas in South SJ

More than Bubbly at Mimosas in South SJ

Of course, the menu at Mimosas Cafe begins with their eponymous cocktail. For $8 diners can order anything from the classic, with fresh squeezed orange juice, to more creative concoctions like prickly pear or papaya. We opted for coffee instead of champagne on this particular…

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Super Valley: Skate Through Life

Super Valley: Skate Through Life

The area that produced such legendary skateboarders as Steve Caballero and the late Tim Brauch keeps rolling. Circle-A Skateboards at 108 Paseo de San Antonio is a good place to pick up a deck. And even with the region’s gloriously warm weather, ice skating is…

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Super Valley: Asian Teas & Sweets

Super Valley: Asian Teas & Sweets

Big straws, melon flavors and chewy tapioca pearls made from cassava root have become part of Silicon Valley’s culture and character. Boba Bar is right in  the thick of things at 310 S. Third St. Tucked way inside Grand Century’s East San Jose shopping plaza…

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Super Valley: Did You Say Coffee?

Super Valley: Did You Say Coffee?

Local roasters and artisanal coffee houses keep Silicon Valley’s creative juices flowing. The Chromatic small batch roaster is located in downtown San Jose, with a flagship coffee shop at 5237 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara. Another boutique roaster founded in San Jose and now based…

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Super Valley: We Craft Our Cocktails

Super Valley: We Craft Our Cocktails

Downtown San Jose has the craft cocktail scene on lock, and the indie appreciation for spirits all began at the speakeasy-style saloon Haberdasher (originally known as Single Barrel) at 43 W. San Salvador St. in the SoFA District. The basement bar pours smoky and sweet,…

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Hometown Noodles Nails Traditional Hunan Heat

Hometown Noodles Nails Traditional Hunan Heat

The sandwich board menu outside of Hometown Noodles’ front door is written in Mandarin without translation. That wouldn’t be a surprise in Mountain View or Cupertino, areas with large Chinese populations, but not in south San Jose. Inside, the restaurant is a cozy and tastefully decorated…

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