Weekend in Sunnyvale

Trip Start Nov 01, 2012
Trip End Jul 01, 2013

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

On Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, they have something over here called Black Friday. All stores have a massive sale on and everybody queues up outside shops to get the best Christmas deals (apparently it can even get quite violent at times when people start fighting over certain things, crazy Americans :-p)! Robert had to work that day, he works at a retail store called Tilly's, so I had a lie in and went downtown for the afternoon. I took the LightRail, a sort of train system that runs through San Jose, which stops right by Robert's place. Downtown San Jose was actually quite nice, it's a small city but has lots of nice restaurants and bars. I only spent an hour or two there because I had to get back home to meet Robert after work. In the evening we went to another town called Saratoga, apparently the 'Beverly Hills' of that area, to meet some of Robert's family friends for a wine walk. The place was super cute, all the Christmas lights were finally lit (of course they have to wait until the day after Thanksgiving to start all of that stuff over here) and there were lots of people out. The idea of the wine walk was that you went and picked up your wine glass at one place and then walked around the town to sample wines from different wineries in the area, I really liked the concept! Afterwards we went to a sushi restaurant in the same area, it was delicious! I tried loads of raw fish, which I surprisingly really enjoyed! After dinner we went and met some of Robert's friends downtown at the same bars we went to on my first night here, so back to the big old beers... This time he got me to try something they call a Stop Light. It's made up out of three shots, a green, yellow and red one. You're supposed to race and finish them all first, but of course I lost and ended last. Haha! It was another fun night out, Robert's friends are all really nice people!

On Saturday I went downtown again with one of Robert's housemates, Paul. We wandered around for a while and ended up stumbling across a bar he'd been telling me about the other day. It's called Single Barrel and is kind of a 'secret place' if you will. There's no sign or name or anything outside the bar, only a barrel hung up on the wall above a door entering a basement on a small side street in downtown San Jose. The bar is trying to recreate some kind of replica of a bar during the prohibition era, pretty cool! You wait upstairs with the doorman until a bartender is free, then they send you downstairs to enter this really dark underground bar. The bartender asks you which types of flavours you tend to like in drinks and then decides on which cocktail to make for you. I had something called a 'Bees Nees', it was very fresh and citrusy. Really nice! Afterwards Paul suggested going somewhere for dinner called Naglee's Park Garage, he told me they had some of the best burgers he's ever tried (coming from an American you know they'd have to be pretty damn good)! He wasn't exactly sure where it was, but we found it. I think I would have to agree with him... I had a burger with beacon and cheddar cheese, which was absolutely amazing! So thanks Paul for showing me around downtown, it was nice to have some interesting company for the day! In the evening we stayed home and relaxed, played cards etc for a while. We ended up going to a Seven Eleven and buying milk, eggs and beer so we could have cookies :-)! Haha!

On Sunday Robert had the day off, so we slept in and went to the mall with one of his housemates, Andrew, and his girlfriend, Melissa. They had some Christmas shopping to do, so we tagged along. The whole 'mall' concept never seemed to have made it over to Europe, so it's always interesting to me to see these gigantic shopping malls over here. Robert's parents arrived back from their Thanksgiving weekend that day too, so we went over there for dinner on Sunday evening. Robert's Dad, George, is Mexican and he always cooks the most delicious mexican food! We had fajita's and many many many margaritas!
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Lynn on

Mmmmmm !!! Eet en drinkfestijn in Amerika!

biancabrewer on

Ja, echt he :-)! De afgelope week is het niks anders als lekker eten en veel te veel drinken geweest! Haha! X

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