el camino real in santa clara and sunnyvale is jampacked with sushi restaurants, both of the japanese variety and the korean. cherry sushi appeared on the scene in the latter part of 2005, as a korean sushi joint that features live jazz at night. that's a classy combination, although it has been around ever since yoshi's opened its oakland doors and has been revived by cupertino's boas on stevens creek boulevard. sure, the jazz and asian cuisine combo is not new, but i still believe this sushi bar that replaced the old bakers' square can hold its own thanks to its well-prepared renditions of japanese restaurant classics, its ultra-stylish dcor, and attentive service.
during the silicon valley mad lunchrush, cherry serves some nice bento box style lunch combos, which arrive on a beautiful, square plate that beats the pants off of any cliched "bento" box.
like many other korean sushi restaurants in this era, cherry offers some contemporised sushi rolls, ones made with cucumber or fish in place of rice or seaweed as well as those all-too-popular deep-fried rolls. those dishes look great, and i shall try to try them soon.
PROS: well-prepared renditions of japanese restaurant classics
CONS: tough competition in the neighbourhood
charlie's caf, which was originally run by the former grateful dead cook charlie ayer is widely known as the silicon valley's premier lunchspot. every weekday, hip, young-at-heart engineers, businesspeople, lawyers, and the like fill this huge dining room and patio that has so much lively flair and cheerful personality. charlie's serves up desi (south asian), east asian, italian, mexican, burgers, vegetarian, salads, sandwiches... wow, you name it, and charlie's gots it. the variety of dessert and beverage choices also impresses all. some examples of their best dishes include their roasted squab; their stone baked style, flat pizettas, and their hip vegetable dishes that include trendy plant matter like beets or parsnips. charlie's never disappoints!
PROS: wide variety, great prices
CONS: crowded at lunch
ah, this is what everyone needs: a simple, honest mechanic. don't you get sick of slick crooks? man, i got so fed up with the theives at stevens creek auto imports' repair shop. ugh, they mistreat everyone. well, the guy at ace is totally not like that. he's so friendly and honest, so upfront with what he's charging and why. this is where i'd go to do any brakework!
PROS: honest, friendly service
CONS: just two guys running a simple shop
yeah, we all know healthcare isn't so cheap in this forsaken country. however, while we fight to fix that, we can also receive affordable, quality chiropractic care from the interns at palmer west chiropractic college's clinic. the doctors (in training) are rather professional. they are courteous and caring. this clinic is pretty cheap. you should try it out.
PROS: affordable and effective doctors (in training)
CONS: your doctor in training will eventual graduate.
i've been snowboarding for some 13 seasons now and am very particular about my equipment. i've tried all sorts of gear and have seen good and bad. when my friends ask me to help them find snowboarding equipemnt, i bring them to tri.city. people are surprised that such a big store can give such good deals. they're not sportmart! sportmart sells crappy old generation equipment. tri.city stocks the latest models of affordable to high-end equipment and gear. i've gotta say though, even though i'm a longtime freestyle boarder, i'm also an engineer, and i don't look the part. thus, i _do_ get annoyed when i have to deal with the "dude" dudes that talk a lot of boarder talk but don't really know what they're saying. snowboard stores always hire these kinds of dudes. my advice to my friends is that they just come with me to the store and ignore those poseurs. at least the tri.city guys are as bad as guys i've seen at other stores like any mountain.
PROS: best prices, best selection
CONS: like most snowboard shops, they still have those poseur salesguys
the santa clara and sunnyvale el camino real area has three major korean supermarkets: galleria plaza, hangook market, and gyopo shijang. i don't go to gyopo much simply because it doesn't look as clean (although it's probably just as good as the other two). i frequent hangook and galleria quite a bit. hangook market has the best variety, as it's the biggest of the three. the deli there's alright and the mini bbanggoobneun maeul bakery's awesome. i don't wear fur, so i don't patronise new york mopi, and i don't patronise psyche and the other li'l markets in there. however, i often buy groceries. the fish and banchan is better here at hangook than at galleria. however, the produce is fresher at galleria because they own their own farm south of san jos. also, at galleria's vesta bakery, you can get awesome, fresh, hot boonguh bbang or hodo gwaja, mmmm! the kimbap's better though here at hangook, as well as the odaeng selection.
PROS: great, wide selection, fresh fish and meat; good kimbap in deli
CONS: produce not as fresh as galleria, food court not as varied
the santa clara / sunnyvale el camino real area has three major korean supermarkets: hangook market, galleria plaza, and gyopo shijang. i don't go much to gyopo because it doesn't look as clean (but is probably just as good); but i frequent galleria and hangook. galleria market owns their own farm down south of san jos, so they have great produce. they also have an awesome "food court" or deli area. the vesta bakery there ain't bad either. however, i know i can find a better variety of products in general at hangook market. also the fish and banchan selection's better at hangook. still, galleria's great!
PROS: better, fresher produce than hangook market down the street; food court
CONS: not as much variety as hangook market down the street in sunnyvale
if you're like me, you're sick of slick salesmen at goodguys!, circuit city, best buy, and fry's that just always wanna push their extended warranty scams. ugh! well, digital city is a great local alternative to those franchise megastores. the people here are just plain good neighbors. you'll feel like you're patronizing the business of a good friend. they'll give you a good deal. i recently got a great deal on a car stereo there, and the installation went really smoothly.
PROS: good prices, friendly, honest service
CONS: only one location, as far as i know
we all know so many christian churches in this nation are so judgemental and not very welcoming. well, i'm glad great exchange covenenant church is one of those that is not judgemental and is welcoming. the staff and congregation there are very welcoming to anyone who's the slightest bit curious about spirituality. there's no pressure. this isn't a cult. it's a good place to check out. i recommend you at least just go in on a sunday and listen to the messages and the awesome music.
PROS: welcoming to anyone while also able to enrich the deeply spiritual
CONS: they'll need a bigger place _soon_!
dr. ahn doesn't use anything really fancy, and his office is pretty plain. however, he runs a good, honest business and is very efficient. i appreciate that he doesn't just try to make money off of me or milk my insurance.
PROS: honest guy, efficient
CONS: nothing fancy