Black Watch for commies!
While in Los Gatos (if over 21) you have to go to the Black Watch 141 1/2 N. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos 408.354.2200 for kamis.
Or shall I say a kamikazi.
They make the best ones in the area, not to mention a few other choice drinks.
Used to be a biker bar, no crowded with you name it. Scottish charm at its best.
Grap 3 friends, 4 kamis' and some dice for liars dice and roll the night away. Trying to convince the bartender my buddy Ford was napping not passed out while playing dice.
"An Afternoon in a Redwood Forest"
Years ago, it was here in charming Los Gatos where I earned my driver's license (after three attempts! Uh...).
Here the twins are shown sitting on the trunk of a possible 10000 year old tree in the Santa Cruz mountains along Summit Rd off I-17. Los Gatos is located 60 miles south of San Francisco, in the southwestern portion of Santa Clara County where the Santa Clara Valley meets the lower slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
It is bounded by San Jose where my sister and her family lives beside the E-bay Headquarters, Campbell to the north, Monte Sereno and Saratoga to the west, counties of Santa Clara and Santa Cruz to the south.
"Mountain Lions in the Past!"
Screaming Lions - Los Gatos was originally named La Rinconada de Los Gatos (Cat’s Corner) by early settlers due to the screams of mountain lions prowling in the night.
Los Gatos has a long history. From 1840, when the Mexican government granted a land patent for a 6,600 acre rancho to Sebastian Peralta and Jose Hernandez to the present time with multi-million houses, classy litttle shops and food stores and nice private schools (like where my nephews are currently studying).
Not your typical Silicon Valley
"Right by the Santa Cruz mountains"
Half of the city is in the hills, where multimillion dollar mansions were built in the boom of the Internet Years. Most of that atmosphere remain here...you don't feel like ur in a downturn when you live in that part of Silicon Valley...
"Nice cozy downtown"
Although badly damaged in the last Earthquake (1997), the downtown has been rebuilt in part and is now home to multiple cafes, restaurant and art shops. Unlike most malls, you will find there specialty store of all kinds (cycling, jogging, home decoration, specialized gardening) as well as great restaurants.
"When it's time to relax"
One of my favorite hang out is the Borders located in an old building on University Avenue. It has a huge terrasse and often has bands playing music. Right beside, there is 2 trendy restaurants. The place is packed all week-end long but is worth the visit for a good break.
Summer Groove 3
The Summer Groove is a 2 day festival of excess
Amigos y Amigas... Here are a couple of pics for your edification.
This is the "luge." A block of ice with a carved path upon which ice cold spirits flow with Olympic fervor into your mouth.