Archive for March, 2009

Restaurant review – Taqueria Tlaquepaque in San Jose

 | March 19, 2009 1:36 pm

More coming soon about my trip, but for now just a quick post to let you know to check out Taqueria Tlaquepaque if you’re in the San Jose area.

This local restaurant is so popular they opened two more within a few miles of the first.  I split a plate of nachos with my friend Sonya.  I’m not sure what made them so great because they were so simple, but they were fantastic.  Everything in the restaurant is made from scratch so that probably has something to do with it.

Here’s the Yelp pages for the three locations.  1, 2, and 3.  There’s a lot of people are complaining about the service there, but I thought they were reasonably quick.  One warning, there’s no hostess there to greet you at the door.  To get in line for a table, put your name on the notebook by the door.  I can see how if you’re new to the restaurant you might miss that and end up waiting a lot longer than you should.

This post is making me hungry.  I think I’d better finish up here at the library and get nachos one last time before I leave town.

Announcing the Great National Trails Research Road Trip!

 | March 7, 2009 8:06 pm

The KJAZZ pledge drive is over! It was quite a success, but kept me VERY busy this last month. I’ve barely had a chance to start planning my next road trip, but I’ll be leaving late next week. I’m focusing on doing research and interviews on the National Trails. This trip I’ll be heading up again through California, Oregon and Washington. Not sure yet how I’m heading back down. Much of it will depend on the weather I suppose.

I’m looking forward to seeing some friends in the Bay Area, Portland and Seattle, but mostly this will be a working trip. I’ll have 6 weeks or so on the road and already I’m feeling overwhelmed by everything I want to research and see. I’ll be passing through areas tied to the following trails:

  • Juan Batista de Anza
  • Pacific Crest
  • Pony Express
  • California
  • Oregon
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Nez Perce

Depending on what the return route ends up being I may cross the Continental Divide Trail or the Morman Trail as well.

Yesterday, I spoke for a long time with Travis Boley who manages the Oregon-California Trail Association and he’s been fantastic in helping me get a start on figuring out who to contact and hopefully interview while I’m out on the road. Looking for more suggestions though.

Anyone have favorite historic or trail related spots? Any ideas for topics for some short-form (6-10 minute) audio documentaries or people to interview?

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