J & P Cosentino Family Farm – Cambrian area, San Jose

Have you ever been to the J & P Cosentino Family Farm? If you’re a foodie who’s been in the Bay Area for a while, you might remember the incomparable quality of groceries at the Cosentino’s Markets or the insightful broadcasts on KLIV radio’s Produce Report by Mr. Produce himself, Phil Cosentino. While the famous fresh food family has stepped back from the spotlight in its members retirement years, you can still enjoy the taste of delicious Cosentino quality produce from the J & P Cosentino Family Farm!


J & P Cosentino Family Farm stand in Cambrian


Saratoga Rotary Art Show

2014 Saratoga Rotary Art ShowIf you enjoy art, wine tasting, festivals, or leisurely time outdoors with food and entertainment, then the Saratoga Rotary Art Show should be on your list of must-do things this weekend.  The 59th annual event takes place on the campus of West Valley College from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st.  It is hosted by the Saratoga Rotary and is sponsored by a number of local businesses.  To get all of the details, please go to this link on the Saratoga Rotary’s website:






Summer Festivals In and Near Silicon Valley: Art, Wine, Food, Dancing and More!

Art and Wine FestivalsArt and wine lovers, music enthusiasts, and foodies there’s a great season of festivals ahead in the Silicon Valley area!  Here’s a list of many of the nearby art, wine, food and street events which are sure to please!  Below please find there when, where and what for the 2015 season.   Enjoy the bountiful entertainment opportunities that await in Santa Clara County and close by. Remember, not all of these events are free entry, some are not family friendly, and parking can sometimes be tricky, so do your research and read up on the attached links before you visit!

May 16-17, Oxnard, California Strawberry Festival

May 24-25, San Ramon, the San Ramon Art & Wind Festival

May 29-31, San Jose, Japantown, 1st annual J-Town Film Fest

May 29-31, Foster City, 44th annual Arts & Wine Festival

June 5-6, San Jose, Downtown, the 8th annual SubZERO Festival

June 5-7, Menlo Park, 35th annual Nativity Carnival

June 6, Bonny Doon, 13th annual, Bonny Doon Art & Wine Festival (a benefit – must be 21 or older to attend, tickets online)

June 6-7, Sunnyvale, 41st annual Art & Wine Festival

June 17, Menlo Park, Summer Block Party

June 20, San Jose, Downtown, 34th annual Fountain Blues Festival

June 22, San Jose, Willow Glen, 18th annual Dancin’ on the Avenue

June 26-28, Oakland, 40th annual Montclair Fine Arts Sidewalk Festival

June 27, Oakland, Montclair Beer and Wine Celebration (an addition to the Montclair Fine Arts Sidewalk Festival)

Continue reading for more Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area Art & Wine Festivals! (more…)

Lanna Thai Restaurant in San Jose’s Cambrian Park Area

Lanna Thai Restaurant in San JoseTucked into the large strip mall at Camden and Union Avenues in San Jose’s Cambrian Park neighborhood (the Camden Park Shopping Center), and far too easy to miss, is a wonderful Thai food restaurant, Lanna Thai.

Normally when we want to go out for a Thai meal, we stop in at Bangkok Taste on Blossom Hill Road, which is very near to our home and has excellent food.  But that day we were having a bad spell of heat, and when we popped into Bangkok Taste, it was even hotter inside than out…so we pushed on to find a restaurant with air conditioning. (Bangkok Taste may have it and it just wasn’t working that day – I don’t know.)  Armed with a smartphone, we found one just a couple of miles away, phoned and learned that there was no wait, and headed over.

The interior of the restaurant was very pleasantly cool and the décor was inviting – a very clean, welcoming restaurant.  Service was good and the food even better. Plenty of choices on the menu for all kinds of preferences (vegetarian included).  The portions were fine too.  All around, it was a “10” – great ambiance, service, and food.

We tend to revisit the same favorites over and over, but it was good to be pushed to try something new.  If you enjoy Thai food and live in Campbell, San Jose, or Los Gatos, I would encourage you to try Lanna Thai yourself.