64 South Bay Accent CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: COURTESY OF THE ARTIST MICHELE GUIEU; NICK WRIGHT; COURTESY OF MIDPENINSULA REGIONAL OPEN SPACE DISTRICT; STUART NAFEY; SHUTTERSTOCK 21 ART AND MUSIC DANA STREET ROASTING COMPANY • 744 W. DANA ST., MOUNTAIN VIEW A coffee and sandwich café by day, this spot transforms itself most weekend nights and some weeknights into a hip hangout where top-notch jazz and other musicians come to play. Vocalists and bands are often those you might expect to pay much more to see in larger venues. The in-house roasted coffee—check out the cool coffee roaster on display—makes locals claim the shop as their own, but the music draws aficionados from all over the region. 19 UNCOMMON SITE S FRENCHMAN’S TOWER • OLD P AGE MILL R OAD, BETWEEN INTERSTATE 280 AND F OOTHILL EXPRESSWAY, PALO ALTO This medieval-looking, two-story brick tower is shrouded in mystery. French immigrant Paulin Caperon, aka Peter Coutts, had the tower built in 1875. Neighbors scratched their heads over what it was for, and experts still can’t figure it out. Coutts seemed to enjoy leaving people guessing; he returned to France in 1882 without a word. Now covered in hundreds of carvings of trespassers’ names, Frenchman’s Tower has been on California’s list of historic landmarks since 1969. 18 ART AND MUSIC KALEID GALLERY • 88 S . FOURTH ST., SAN JO SE Think buying art is out of reach? Think again. The gallery hosts “Two Buck Tuesdays” from 7 to 10 p.m., the third Tuesday of every month. Discover up-and-coming local artists during a free evening of live music, special performances and demonstrations. KALEID (Greek for beauty and form) serves as a hub for local artists; it came out of the Phantom Galleries program, which featured art in downtown vacant storefront windows. 20 FOOD AND DRINK SECRET MENUS • BAY AREA L OCATIONS Diners in the know often order offmenu at select restaurants. While many “secret” menu items are well known thanks to word of mouth, they remain unlisted. For example, Ike’s Place has about 50 sandwiches not appearing on its boards. Every sandwich includes Ike’s signature “Dirty Secret Sauce,” a spread combining herbs and spices. Many of In- N-Out’s secrets are now legend, like the “4x4” (four patties), or “animal style” burgers and fries. At Smashburger, order the nonadvertised, addictive deep fried pickles for a notso secret thrill. 22 OUT AND AB OUT FREMONT OLDER OPEN SPACE • END OF PR OSPECT ROAD, CUPERTINO This out-of-the-way gem of open space is great for day hikers in search of sweeping valley vistas. Named for a crusading early 20th-century journalist whose historic home still stands on the land, Fremont Older’s ultimate treasure is Hunter’s Point, where on a clear day you can see as far as San Francisco. Parking is limited to a tiny lot, so carpool with buddies or park at adjoining Stevens Creek County Park and take a hike. Dogs are allowed on leash.
South Bay Accent - Oct/Nov 2014
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