Mom & Steve’s visit
April 25th, 2011
Friday night I joined them in Los Gatos at Jessie’s work, Enoteca La Storia (a super cute wine bar) for some champagne and cheese (a lovely combination 😉 ).
Jess hard at work and me hard at drinking 😉
Jess nommin’ on some goodies
The spread (or what was left of it)
Mom & Steve (in shadows, wah!)
The only scraps we left on the cutting board
Mom, me and Steve through the window
After Jessie’s shift ended we ventured to another wine bar in downtown Los Gatos, Cin-Cin, for dinner. The restaurant offered small plates and they were fantastic! We then took a stroll down the main strip and landed at the Dolce Spazio Dessert Cafe for some gelato. Mmm, mmm, mmm!
Beautiful blue sky on the drive to SJ
Afterwards we drove back to San Jose to check out an art walk that happens on the first Friday of every month in downtown San Jose called South First Fridays. Only a couple of galleries peaked our interest: the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles and another gallery that I didn’t catch the name of that featured pieces about size (from microscopic to ginormous).
Me and Jess in front of some beautiful quilts
One of my favorite pieces. If you look closely…
…you’ll notice that the artist carved the alphabet out of the tips of these pencils. Incredible!
I felt like I walked straight into a Dr. Seuss book with these funky tree sculptures.
On Saturday, mom and Steve came out to SF for some exploring. Our first stop was lunch at Chilango Mexican restaurant. Now I’ve always been a fan of Mexican food (I mean hello, I’m half Mexican) but I have never fallen so deeply in love with a Mexican restaurant as I did with Chilango. Their food is in traditional Mexico, D.F. (the capital) style and it is SO AMAZING! A little pricey but holy hell it’s worth it.
Okay, I’m done drooling now.
My mom and I giving Chilango two thumbs up!
We then took a nice drive through the Castro, starting out at the Seward slides (see a video of me and Kevin going down the slides here, with Kevin’s crazy drop straight on his rear at the bottom of the slide), then winding our way up through the beautiful neighborhood and finally ending at Corona Heights park. Mom, Kevin and I went for a brief hike up to the top of the rock formations and really enjoyed the views of the city.
Beautiful colored rocks against a bright blue sky.
A random little “village” we came across. These little houses were maybe 6 inches tall, so cute!
Me and Kev at the top of Corona Heights
For dinner we shared our love of Ethiopian food with mom and Steve and they quickly became fans! We went to Cafe Ethiopia in the Mission which we had tried before and definitely loved (except for one of the waiters telling us, at the end of our meal, that “there are people waiting to eat”, we got the hint!)
We had a really nice visit (and lots of yummy food to boot!) with mom and Steve. Looking forward to their next visit!