For our May day trip, Joey and I drove an hour north up to San Jose. Now, our day trip was just that, a day trip. So we didn’t have the chance to explore everything we had hoped to, nor did we stick to one particular area of the city. Our first stop was for brunch.
I actually chose this place because I knew Joey would love it. Scrambl’z is, as they say, a fun place to eat. When you walk in, there are celebrity photos covering the walls, some actually signed and some not. One of the dining room areas even has a VW van with a booth inside of it! The style of the restaurant is reminiscent of a Denny’s, so definitely family friendly and quick service.
On their menu, you can find yummy dishes that include omelettes, crepes, pancakes, and more. Joey ordered a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, the Carne Asada and Eggs, which included 2 sides of his choice (hash browns and a banana Nutella crepe). I went with some regular coffee and the Sonoma Eggs Benedict and hash browns.
We noticed that there actually weren’t too many children here, rather couples and groups of friends. So by the looks of it, it’s pretty popular among the locals.
After that hardy start to our trip, we headed into downtown to visit the Tech Interactive, or as I call it, the Tech Museum. The Tech Museum is an interactive science and tech center with a mission to "inspire the innovator in everyone." General admission was a little pricey at $25 per adult, but we were curious.
Among all of the exhibits, some that focused on the senses, robots, outer space, our favorite was all about the human anatomy. This exhibit featured actual bodies so it was a little creepy, but also really interesting. There were extremely disturbing examples of a healthy pair of lungs versus a smoker’s lungs, but also really eye-opening ones of a healthy brain versus a brain belonging to someone with Alzheimer’s.
Now, if I haven’t mentioned before, this day trip wasn’t as exciting as others because Joey and I were each having to deal with some annoying personal issues. And while in the museum, we were trying to get some content, but the lighting was just not working out in our favor. But we were able to collect our thoughts and realize we were here to enjoy ourselves, not just for the gram.
After the museum, we walked a few minutes, across the Fanime Convention going on, to the SoFA District. Photographer, Shannon Stroud, actually introduced me to this area (it’s the first place we met and did a photo shoot!), and since then I’ve been dying to go back and explore.
We found parking pretty quickly seeing as it was Memorial Day. There also weren’t very many people out and about, so the simplicity of the area was beautiful. We wandered up and down First Street admiring the murals. My favorite wall was The 100 Block Mural Project.
After walking up and down a while, we decided that we were hungry, and it was time for our last stop. On First Street, we found SoFA Market which features cuisine from all around the world. We chose the one type we had never really tried before; Cuban at Habana Cuba (we technically tried Cuban Sandwiches at Media Noche in San Francisco’s Mission District last year, but we’re not 100% certain that was traditional)!
Habana Cuba’s menu features very traditional dishes like Ropa Vieja, Tostones and more. We wanted it all! I went with the Tamal Cubano with Ropa Vieja, and Joey ordered the Lechon. Both our orders came with a side of white rice, black beans, and sweet plantains. To wash this yumminess down, I ordered a Guayaba (Guava) Agua and Joey ordered the Mango Agua.
The food was delicious, and the atmosphere at the SoFA Market was spectacular. We were able to dine outside and enjoy each other’s company under some fairy lights, the twilight, and cool breeze.
It was not the best day, but we did have the best time. We realized that as long as we’re together, we can deal with whatever comes our way.
I would love to hear some suggestions on some places we should check out next time we’re in San Jose. Like San Francisco, there are endless possibilities! Have you been to San Jose?
I hope you’ve enjoyed my day trips blog posts and IGTV videos! Feel free to let me know what other places you think I should explore!
Thanks for reading!
-The B of V