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San Jose, California

Do you know the way to San Jose? If you do, you’ll find a sprawling city at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay, California’s third largest. Founded in 1777 by Spanish conquistadors as a farming community to supply the Presidio in San Francisco, an agricultural center for 150 years, and dubbed the “capital of Silicon Valley in 1999, San Jose has evolved with the times. Surrounded by orange, apricot, plum, peach, and almond orchards, the city stretched out after WWII, increasing population, housing, and its tangle of freeways. The orchards became history as tract home neighborhoods exploded. Today, San Jose is a center for high tech engineering, computer and micro-processing companies with a made-over downtown core. Ethnic influences are strong on San Jose’s culinary scene, mirroring California’s immigrant history. From Mexican to Chinese, Japanese to Italian, Moroccan to Thai, and almost every country in between, there’s no lack of variety. The San Pedro Square farmers’ market is popular on Saturdays, as are Santana Row restaurants. Upscale diners flock to A.P. Stump’s for fresh, seasonal fare or Michael Mina’s Arcadia.

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Living In: Sparks, Nevada, USA
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I'm a first time mom. I live with my fiancee, so cooking has been my job for this past year. It has been my major struggle.

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Noodles and Eggs

Reviewed on Mar. 28, 2015 by LindaT   view full review
I did.i added some onion , garlic, red pepper and spinach. Found some dried porcinis I needed...

Swedish Rice Pudding

Reviewed on Mar. 28, 2015 by LindaT   view full review
Easy and delicious. a nice dessert that you probably always have the ingredients for.

Pizza-Style Portabello Mushrooms

Reviewed on Mar. 26, 2015 by LindaT   view full review
These were very tasty. I didnt add the olives since I dont care for them. These would be good...

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