I have been taking private classical guitar lessons from Mike for about 15 years. (He teaches classes at West Valley Community College as well.) He is very easy going. Going to class is like visiting a friend. Mike is able to teach students of different ages and people in different stages of life, his students range from 10 to 70. He is great about motivating his students to perform in student recitals that he hosts. The important thing is that you really get a sense that he enjoys what he's doing and it shows in his enthusiasm.
We always shop here when my parents come for a visit because my Dad is a kimchee addict. He likes the Matnani kimchi they offer here the best. They also have a decent produce section as well.
These guys offer an alternative to the chain coffee stores. The staff are enthusiastic and provide great service. The coffee is high quality, and low guilt since they offer organic fair trade coffee. The staff are also knowledgeable about coffee quality and espresso makers.
They have an excellent selection of brand name and artizan hand made knives. The sales staff has aways helped me find the right knife for my needs. They also offer expert sharpening service as well as the tools for sharpening.
We go here after our weekly volleyball league. They serve late, and they have good pizza. They have a big screen tv too so you can just sit and watch the tv if you don't feel like talking. The gilroy garlic pizza is our team's favorite!
The food here is just okay and the price doesn't warrant it. Perhaps it was just the night that we were there, but there were tipsy businessmen at the bar who got a little too chatty with our table. That's not the restaurant's fault, but if you don't want tipsy chatty businessmen, ask to be seated away from the bar. It does get crowded and they don't seat you unless your whole party is there.
I like this location better than Fiesta Del Mar Too. While it's not close to the shops on Castro like the other one, the atmosphere was better and the food seemed better too. It is a lively place and there isn't much elbow room. I had the seafood (shrimp mainly) burrito which was heavenly.
I'm living in California where we get the Tillamook cheese (sharp cheddar being my favorite). But we don't get the ice cream. If you're on vacation in Oregon, you have to stop at the Tillamook visitor's center. You can watch them make cheese while eating their creamy ice cream. It's really worth the stop.
Toofu is a restaurant/store on wheels. They attend various farmers' markets in the bay area (Sunnyvale, Vallco to name the ones near my house). They make organic tofu every 45 minutes. I haven't bought their tofu, but the soy milk smoothies are very good. They use organic ingredients and unrefined sweeteners. It is a cool idea worth trying out.
This farmers' market runs on Friday mornings from 9am-1pm. The Vallco mall is undergoing construction right now, and so the market has been shoved into a tiny parking lot with limited access. Hopefully, once they have finished construction, the market will be moved back to its original location. Beyond the parking situation, this is a nice little market. Lots of moms and kids. They have a nice selection of organic produce...and of course the kettle corn.