Articles by Carl Foisy

Wrapped: Bacon and Beer Classic

Wrapped: Bacon and Beer Classic

An all-you-can-eat-and-drink food festival is a smug, no-apologies celebration of the freedom of adulthood through the euphoric rare chance to behave like a kid. Hundreds wearing ear-to-ear grins streamed into the Super Bowl-crowned arena with not one sport on the brain, but rather to shelve…

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SJ Q&A: Jon Gustafson, Sharks Ice

SJ Q&A: Jon Gustafson, Sharks Ice

Jon Gustafson, vice president of Sharks Ice, grew up loving hockey and has been able to make his passion his profession. He played hockey in college and professionally. For nearly two decades now, he has worked behind the scenes at Sharks Ice. Recently, Gustafson sat down…

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Super Bowl City

Super Bowl City

Super Bowl 50 is in full swing—the NFL has already been in town for a week, and with the game set, soon the teams will arrive at the practice fields of Stanford and San Jose State University. The Host Committee, which has broadcast the game…

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Super Valley: Counterculture History

Super Valley: Counterculture History

The Grateful Dead hail from Palo Alto, and last summer they celebrated their 50th year with two concerts at Levi’s Stadium. They first played a concert at a party thrown by Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters at Fifth and Santa Clara streets in San…

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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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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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