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Tonight at the BRUNI Gallery


The Bruni Gallery is celebrating its One Year Anniversary tonight in downtown Willow Glen.

Bruni’s work on display along with the work of Mark Gray and Kristina Sablan.

Wine tasting offered by the Thomas Fogarty Winery

Live Jazz by Guitarist Tim Volpicella

BRUNI GALLERY

1171 Lincoln Ave. San Jose, CA. 95125

Feb. 18th, 2012

NOW – 10pm

408-298-4700

Admission is Free

BRUNI

Café San José


This little hole in the wall cafe located in a strip mall serves up some very tasty breakfast.

I had the Good Morning Denver and my husband had the Pancake Sandwich. Both were very good. I had a bite of his pancake and I gave him a scoop of my omelet.

Though the cafe was packed our order was up without delay. Will was our friendly waiter. He took good care of us making sure we had all that we needed.

We plan to go back soon.

Café San José

1583 Meridian Ave.
San José, CA 95125
Located between Dick’s Bakery and the Goodwill

408.265.3020

Open daily from 7:00 AM – 3 PM
Breakfast & Lunch served all day.

Café San José Website (a joy to use)

San Jose! Wanna go on a Dishcrawl?

Dishcrawl

If you’ve never been on a Dishcrawl yet, let me explain. Think of it as a Flash mob for foodies. You know you’re going to be visiting a particular area near you and you’re going to eat some great food  within walking distance of your starting point, but you don’t know who you’ll be with, what the restaurants will be, or what kind of food it will be until the morning of the event. Ahh the suspense! All that and an affordable price to boot.

I love this concept. Traveling around San Jose’s SOFA district with a bunch of people who all love food and adventure, eating at restaurants that we might not have uncovered by ourselves and food carts roll up and offer up gourmet tacos or ice cream and Karaoke? I’m hooked.

Tracy Lee ( @ladyleet on Twitter) is a natural community builder and this girl SERIOUSLY loves food. She and her team have taken a fun idea of roving dining to cities ranging from our own fair city to Ottawa, New York, Portland, Campbell, Willow Glen, and Palo Alto to name a few. Each city tour has it’s own flavor and style and the trend has taken off like wildfire. The team makes extra effort to make sure everyone is having fun and quite often you’ll hear from the owner or chef about what really sets their food apart.

Now, in addition to the traditional crawls, Dishcrawl is offering an even more personal way to explore dining and meet new people. Eat Your City events are small group dinners at local restaurants for 8-10 people at a time. At each restaurant you’ll get the focused attention of the owner and so far most of these restaurants have participated in a larger dishcrawl event so the players are familiar, almost family friends by now.

All in all the idea behind Dishcrawl is rock solid. Connect people who love food and have a sense of adventure with great food and company and a1qqllow restaurateurs to connect one-on-one with their market. We’ve been to a few of these now and we look forward to many more.

Want to see what the fuss is all about? Visit the Dishcrawl web site for information and don’t forget to check out the list of restaurants hosting the family size dinners too. Bon Apetit!

Nothing Bundt Cakes now in Willow Glen


When this cake store opened I threw caution to the wind (the diet) and bought a lovely little red velvet Bundtlet. After dinner my husband and I enjoyed it with fresh strawberries and cream.

Grand Opening is Wednesday, Aug. 24 ~ SJ Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting 11:30AM-12:30PM

Friday, Aug. 26 ~ 20% of proceeds goes to Child Advocates of Silicon Valley. (fundraiser)

Saturday, Aug. 27 ~ 10AM Free cake for a year for first 50 customers with purchase. Please only one per family. Do I camp out?

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Willow Glen:

1702 Meridian Ave Suite B (next to Starbucks)
San Jose
408-448-1000
Monday-Froday: 10AM-7P
Saturday: 10AM-6PM

Other Bay Area locations:

Los Gatos
421 N. Santa Cruz Avenue
408.395.2959
Monday-Saturday: 9AM-7PM
Sunday: 10AM-5PM

Sunnyvale
939 W. El Camino Real
408.749.7000
Monday-Saturday: 9AM-7PM
Sunday: 11AM-4PM

Dublin
6601 Dublin Blvd. Suite N
925.803.9210
Monday-Friday: 9AM-6PM
Saturday: 10AM-5PM
Sunday: 11AM-4PM

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A Merry Little Christmas


I have my ticket for the A Merry Little Christmas concert held this weekend at the Christ the Good Shepherd Church.

I’m looking forward to taking some time out of all the hustle and bustle to enjoy some Christmas sounds.

An iPad will be raffled at each concert!

SVMC

December 11 at 8 PM
December 12 at 3 PM

Buy Tickets $20 each

Christ the Good Shepherd Church

1550 Meridian Avenue San Jose, CA 95125 – (408) 266-8022

Willow Glen Lions Mixer at Chase Bank

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The Willow Glen Lions Club held its 2nd annual mixer, generously hosted by Chase Bank on Lincoln Avenue at Minnesota. Our service club was chartered just over a year ago but we have gotten quite a lot done in a short time.  Lions enjoyed meeting potential new club members who also want to give back to their community. We were all impressed when one of the bank managers ate a hot pepper from the snack tray in exchange for a $40 donation to Lions charities.

The bank building still displays its murals inside and sculptures and mosaics outside, despite recently changing hands. I wonder who the artist was? I was glad to see the murals in detail.

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Images Copyright 2010 by Katy Dickinson

Zanotto’s First Annual Wine and Food Festival


Willow Glen has been without a grocery store since the Safeway on Curtner shut down, and before that the Albertson’s on Bird, and we’re STILL waiting for that Fresh and Easy.  So the neighborhood waited with baited breath when we heard Zanotto’s was moving into a store at Foxworthy and Cherry.

As Joann reported here, now that the store is open you’ll find the quality level one expects from a family market like Zanotto’s as well as the friendly and knowledgeable staff just on the outskirts of Willow Glen.

To celebrate Zanotto’s Willow Glen is having a special Grand Opening celebration with their first annual “Wine and Food Festival” on Aug. 28.

Local wineries will be on hand to offer great wines and There will be food paired with it from the store’s deli, the BBQ and vendors on hand to sample their products too.

There will be entertainment for the kids with a strolling magician, a face painter and a balloon artist along with a band. Prizes, including a mountain bicycle and a portable basketball backboard will be given away throughout the day. Surprise prizes and gift baskets will also be given throughout the day.

Doors will open at 8:00 AM with an official ribbon cutting at 11:00 AM., and city Council members Pierluigi Oliverio and Judy Chirco and Pat Dando, President of the San Jose Chamber of Commerce will be on hand to officially open the store located at 1421 Foxworthy Ave. San Jose, CA.

$1,453 Refunded for FEMA Mistake

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Hooray! Today, after over a year of protesting, we were finally refunded the full $1,453 for flood insurance we had to buy because of a FEMA map mistake. Sometimes, you can fight City Hall and win!

On 7 July 2009, my husband and I received a letter from our mortgage holder that FEMA (the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency) had changed their FIRM (Flood Insurance Rate Map) such that our house was now in a high-risk SFHA (Special Flood Hazard Area). We were required to buy annual flood insurance for the life of our mortgage loan because of FEMA’s map change.

Our house was built around 1930 next to the Guadalupe River, also known as the Lewis Canal in what is now the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose, California. The Lewis Canal is named after its engineer, Frank Lewis (who was husband to Martha “Patty” Reed Lewis of the Donner Party). The canal was built about a hundred years ago. The property line behind our house runs down the middle of the river and includes a steep embankment that rises five feet above ground level and then drops twenty feet to the river water.

How did the FEMA map of a hundred-year-old canal and eighty-year-old house change? FEMA maps used to be drawn on a plain background. Some clever person decided to take the old maps (as is – with no change) and superimpose the lines on a background of satellite photos. The resolution of the original map and the satellite map were different. The old map was drawn on square grids and the satellite photos were taken with a round lens – so there was some mismatch and alignment error. A flat picture of the round Earth will always have such errors.

The creation of the new map caused the mortgage company’s flood area determination company (LPS National Flood) to review the situation of the mortgaged properties which might be effected. Although FEMA’s new FIRM did not include any new information with regard to the relative location of our house and the river, the new picture’s misalignment appeared to make the line indicating our house touch the line of the river. That our house is ten feet from the edge of the embankment’s retaining wall did not matter. Taking the most conservative approach, the mortgage company required us starting immediately to pay $1,453 annually for flood insurance for the duration of the mortgage.

We talked with our mortgage company with no good results. We contacted FEMA with no good results. We contacted LPS National Flood with no good results. We talked with the insurance company with no good results. Everyone said that even though the new map did not correctly reflect the physical circumstances of our house and the river, the mortgage company could require us to buy flood insurance in perpetuity based on the map. We signed up for flood insurance and continued to fight.

We eventually hired J.P. Tanner of Scotts Valley to work with FEMA to correct their map. We learned in the process that hundreds of other San Jose home owners along the river were in the same bureaucratic map-insurance mess as we were. Eventually, in April 2010, FEMA issued a LOMA (Letter of Map Amendment) formally removing our house from the flood zone. It took until today for our mortgage and insurance companies to issue paperwork and send a refund check.

Sweet Mango

I was curious when I first heard about Sweet Mango from Katy. Since it opened, and soon became the talk of the town (Willow Glen), I grew even more interested in giving Sweet Mango a try.

I was welcomed graciously by the owner, Cindy Liu, who then she assisted me with my choices. I told her that I would be doing take-out and needed one main dish.

I took home a bit more than planned. I chose Mixed Vegetables & Tofu for the $7.50 lunch price, and then the Samosas at $5.00 looked too good to pass up. And listed just below was Roti prata an Indian bread dipped in curry sauce. For another $2.50 – why not?

Ok, it wasn’t a balanced meal, but I enjoyed every bite.

Sweet Mango
Chinese & Burmese Cuisine

1040 Willow Street
San Jose, CA 95125
Open 7 Days A Week

Sunday – Thursday
11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
4:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Friday – Saturday
11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
4:30 PM – 9:30 PM

TEL: (408) 293-2268
FAX: (408) 293-5599

Pancakes for Charity, at “Hot San Jose Nights”

The Willow Glen Lions Club will be serving up pancakes at this coming weekend’s Hot San Jose Nights event – held in “Rodder’s Park” at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. All proceeds from pancake breakfast sales go to scholarships for children at Diabetes Society camp this summer. The Willow Glen Lions will also be collecting eyeglasses to be recycled – given to needy people at no charge.

Pancakes will be served July 10 & 11, 2010 Saturday & Sunday, 8-11 AM
Hot San Jose Nights just isn’t another car show, it is an event for the whole family

Entry: $10.00 or Lions Special Breakfast and Entry: $18.00
Contact Robert Cortez for group pre-purchase discount, Email: lionsbreakfast@gmail.com
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds 344 Tully Rd., San Jose, CA 95111

The Lions practiced cooking eggs, bacon, sausage, and pancakes at last night’s meeting – it was good!

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Hot San Jose Nights Event Highlights:

The Hot Rods Band, Joe Sharino Band, Elvis impersonator Rick Torres, Go Karts, Car Club Areas, Schoeppner Shows Carnival!, Nigel & Clive and the British Invasion, Bizzarro’s Collector Car Auction, Ronald McDonald House at Stanford Charity, CASINO, VendoRama indoors and outdoors!, Cruise to the Drive-In with actress Candy Clark from our featured movie AMERICAN GRAFFITI!, Swap Meet at the Fairgrounds

Images Copyright 2010 by Katy Dickinson and John Plocher

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