Seriously, What to Do in San Jose and Fremont?

I admit again, NorCal really isn’t my favourite place to visit.  I always felt that the culture and the vibes weren’t what I desire, and the food and things to do here were just meh.  But since I had to come here due to personal reasons, I was brought around to try different things and did a bit of research to maximize the things I could do at this place.

Regardless of how you feel about NorCal, here I’ve written a couple of things that you can go visit or eat and my opinions on them.


Accommodation (Airbnb)

A super practical, simple, and well equipped Airbnb that’s incredibly clean and with a communicative host.  There were three bedrooms each equipped with their own bathroom, own towels, the host bought a small vacuum cleaner while we were there because we requested for one, an electronic fireplace, and a comfortable living room.  The Airbnb was also in a quiet neighborhood but a less than a 10 minute drive from downtown.


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Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival

Half Moon Bay was a must visit for this trip for one reason – Barbara’s Fishtrap.

My orthopedist, who grew up in San Francisco, suggested me to go to this restaurant for the best clam chowder.  He told me that Santa Cruz usually had an annual clam chowder cook off.  So, all this time I thought Barbara’s Fishtrap was in Santa Cruz, but it actually was in Half Moon Bay.  Regardless, I visited both places.  Santa Cruz blog post will be out soonish.  My cousin also told me to visit Barbara’s Fishtrap – she was the one that told me it was in Half Moon Bay.

Anyway, to our luck, there was a Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival on the weekend I went to Barbara’s Fishtrap.  Had I just went for the restaurant, I wouldn’t have done much in Half Moon Bay and probably left shortly after.  While Half Moon Bay wasn’t the clam chowder city, it did host the largest annual pumpkin festival in the world. Continue reading Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival