There are people who can chuck a bit of meat on a hot plate, eat it when it's done and happily say they've just had barbecue (BBQ), but these people wouldn't be American: barbecueing in the USA is serious business. Ever since 16th-century Spaniards saw the Arawaks of the West Indies with prototype spatulas in their hands, staring into a smoking pit, and yelling out something in Tainos (it sounded suscipiciously like 'Honnn-eeey! The meat's nearly done'), barbecue has been the pièce de résistance of USA-style cuisine.
Like its founding country, barbecue - and everything to do with it - is big, brash, and subject to a thousand different, and passionately-held, beliefs. Everyone has a theory on the proper 'rub' (salt, sugar and spice mix), 'mop' (meat moisturiser) and 'smoke' (cooking device); heated arguments can break out over what cut of meat is the best; sauce recipes are passed down from generation to generation like family heirlooms; and as to the burning question of whether or not tomato has any business being in barbecue sauce - just don't go there.
Sauce or rub, wet or dry, there are only a few points that everyone agrees on: the meat has to be kept away from the flames and cooking time is always 'just a few more minutes' (the meat is only ready when it starts falling off the bone in tender hunks). It can be eaten with lashings of sauce and a pile of 'fixin's' (cole slaw, baked beans or candied yams), or just slapped between two slices of bread and eaten on the run. In fact there are as many different ways to experience barbecue as there are states, from dry-rub beef brisket in Texas to chopped pork shoulder, drizzled with sauce and served as a sandwich, in Memphis.
Agnews Insane Asylum
Agnews Insane Asylum (Boundary Increase) **
(added 1998 - Santa Clara County - #98001229)
Also known as Agnews State Hospital;Agnews Developmental Center;See Also:A
4000 Lafayette St., Santa Clara
(3310 acres, 6 buildings)
Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Person, Event
Architect, builder, or engineer: California State Architect
Architectural Style: Mission/Spanish Revival
Historic Person: Stocking, Leonard, et al.
Area of Significance: Social History, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Health/Medicine
Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1925-1949
Historic Function: Health Care
Historic Sub-function: Hospital, Sanatorium
Current Function: Health Care
The asylum is still in function but the historical buildings have been converted into a SUN microsystem ofice complex
Link for the new asylum is at:
AGNEWS CLOSURE PLAN (Bay Area Project):
The 2003-04 Governor's Budget directs the Department to develop a plan to close Agnews Developmental Center by July 2005. The closure plan will be developed with input from an Advisory Committee consisting of consumers currently and formerly living at Agnews, their families, employees of Agnews, regional centers, advocates, and others. Welfare and Institutions Code Section 4474.1 provides direction to the Department on much of what has to occur in the development of the plan, what issues the plan must address, the time lines for submitting the plan to the Legislature for consideration and prohibits the Department from implementing the plan without Legislative approval.
Guadalupe River Parks
The Guadalupe River is important as it is the river on which the Spanish Mission Santa Clara de Asís and el Pueblo de San José were founded in 1777. While the mission were eventually moved away from the river becoming the city of Santa Clara, the pueblo grew into the modern city of San Jose. After years of development then flooding, the banks of the river were finally designated for parkland, much of which has become Guadalupe River Park & Gardens.
The area's Master Plan calls for gardens that reflect the history of San Jose as the Garden City.
Today this series of parks stretches about three miles along the edge of downtown and includes Guadalupe Gardens, Arena Green, Ryland Park, McEnery Park, Children’s Discovery Park, Columbus Park, and Almaden Lake Park. It also forms part of the 11-mile long Guadalupe River Trail.
Guadalupe Gardens northern edge is just south of the San Jose Airport and immediately west of the river. Beginning in 1975, over 630 homes were removed from this area because of airport noise and safety concerns. In 1986, the city proposed the creation of recreational areas within this recently cleared airport approach zone. This area now consists of Courtyard Garden & Taylor Street Rock Garden, a Visitor & Education Center, the Heritage Rose Garden, and the Historic Orchard.
Flying into San Jose
Mineta San Jose International Airport (or just SJC) is the main air gateway to the Silicon Valley. Recent (and continuing) expansions have improved the quality of the airport and have made it more accessible to other cities around the country and continent. City planners hope to make SJC the second busiest airport in the Bay Area (after San Francisco and Oakland). Because the airport is compact, be aware of traffic around peak travel hours.
SJC can be accessed by Highway 87 and I-880. Follow the signs to the airport.
Just out of curiousity, you'll notice that downtown San Jose's buildings are low--no more than twenty flights--because the flight path for many of SJC's flights pass directly overhead. So if you fly into San Jose, you'll see downtown pass fairly close right under you
Be careful !
The food and drinks are fairly good. Just be careful. We were overcharged for drinks. We were then treated very rudely by Scott when we questioned the bill. My friend visiting from Germany said that he had never been so insulted. We will never go back. My advice to you...if you are going to try it, count your drinks and look at your bill very carefully.