Friday, May 31, 2013

Patxi's Pizza San Jose Location Now Open!

A new restaurant featuring both Chicago-style deep dish and thin-crust pizzas is now open at Crescent Village in North San Jose. This is far from your typical cookie-cutter chain pizza place. It has an innovative Pic-a-Pie system that lets you order a Chicago-style pizza without having to wait the typical 35min for it to bake, and since it is Silicon Valley of course you do this on a tablet. They have 3-wheel delivery bikes that will transport residents of Crescent Village to and front the restaurant and also be used to deliver pizzas. Various "green" elements have been used in construction including salvaged wood from Cal Memorial Stadium and antique furnishings. There is also a full bar and out door seating. Sounds like a great addition to the area! For more info, check out the press release below:

Update: Pic-a-Pie and 3-wheel bikes are coming soon.


Today partners Francisco “Patxi” Azpiroz and William Freeman announce the much-anticipated opening of their ninth Bay Area location, their first in San Jose.

Patxi’s Pizza (pronounced PAH-cheese. ‘t’ before ‘x’), one of the most loved pizza restaurants in San Francisco, opens their first San Jose location tomorrow, Tuesday, May 21 at 11 AM in the new resort-style mixed-use apartment complex at Crescent Village at 3350 Zanker Road, Suite 30, San Jose, CA, 95134.

Says Freeman of the opening, “We’re thrilled to bring Patxi’s to San Jose—we feel like the area is really underserved in terms of dining. Plus, what goes better with the tech industry than pizza? We think our customers coming from the tech space in particular will enjoy the launch of our Predictive Pizza Ordering System, Pic-a-Pie, not to mention ordering our pies for delivery to their offices or getting out and enjoying happy hour with coworkers. We think Patxi’s will be a great addition to the neighborhood.”

COMING SOON: Patxi’s San Jose is excited to introduce special 3-wheel style delivery bikes that will be used to transport residents of Crescent Village to and from the restaurant. Patxi’s will also use these alternative, green modes of transportation to deliver hot, fresh pizzas to the Crescent Village residents.

The Restaurant
Upon entering the space, in the  newly constructed resort-style mixed-use complex, guests are welcomed to an inviting space with a rustic, yet contemporary atmosphere.
  • Industrial-style chrome lighting fixtures, exposed brick walls and reclaimed wood coupled with the warm color scheme and inviting floor plan bring a rustic yet modern feel to the 80-seat dining room.
  • Salvaged wood from Cal Memorial Stadium at UC Berkeley (c. 1923) was used to create the custom bar- and table-tops created for Patxi’s by local Berkeley furniture purveyor, The Wooden Duck.
  • Antique mirrors hang above the full bar with seating for 11, making it the perfect locale for a casual lunch with friends, intimate after-work drinks or a company happy hour, and includes handicapped seating.
  • An open kitchen window invites guests to watch as their pizzas and small plates are handcrafted to complete the dining experience. Guests who enjoy dining al fresco will delight in the open patio dining space for 20.
  • For guests’ convenience Patxi’s and the new Crescent Village offer complimentary underground parking.

The Menu
Patxi’s menu features a standout family of pizzas and an array of salads and small plates. Says Executive Chef / Partner Patxi Azpiroz, “Here at Patxi’s we happily renounce stovetops, deep fryers and freezers. Instead we prepare all of our dishes using fresh ingredients, sourced locally when possible.”
  • Patxi’s is perhaps most famous for their flagship Chicago-style Stuffed Pizza: a deep dish pizza with a layer of crust on the bottom, followed by toppings and cheese, all covered by another thin layer of dough, and topped with homemade sauce.  The stuffed style is also available with a whole-wheat crust.
  • New to the family, and introduced after much testing in 2012, the Thin Crust Pizza, made with extra fine, imported ‘00’ flour and hand-pulled to perfection is a new take on a traditional Italian style pizza crust.  Whole-Wheat and Gluten Free options are available for the thin crust pie.
  • The menu features chef-tested pizza topping combinations and a Create Your Own Pizzaoption, where guests can create their own pizza with myriad fresh toppings, four styles of mozzarella and over 30 different meat and veggie toppings. With vegan cheese and crust, and gluten free crust options, there is sure to be something for every diner.
  • Pic-a-Pie – COMING SOON!
Patxi’s San Jose location will soon be offering the Pic-a-Pie™ Predictive Pizza Ordering System—a proprietary, patent-pending algorithm that allows guests to enjoy Patxi’s signature Chicago-style Stuffed Pizza without the 35-minute window of time it typically takes to bake. The Pic-a-Pie™ system allows guests to Pic their Pie from a queue of near-ready pizzas shown on a sleek tablet. Pic-a-Pie™ offers guests a fast, fun and easy alternative to waiting for their pizza. Guests can “claim” their pizzas when dining in or when calling in carryout-out or delivery orders. More information available upon request.

In addition to pizza, Patxi’s features an array of small plates great for sharing including the Burrata Bruschetta, featuring creamy burrata cheese, basil pesto, and tomato confit, served with warm focaccia; and the Meatball, which is inspired by a long-time Boston-Italian family recipe and features sustainably raised beef and a Chicago-style Italian sausage braised in a house made tomato sauce and topped with basil and Grana Padano cheese.

In lieu of dessert, Patxi’s offers honey for the “bones” or crust of the pizza—the perfect way to enjoy those last remnants of crust after the meal.

Guests can also enjoy fresh salads and beverages including a full bar. Complete menu is here. Photos available upon request.

San Francisco
Fillmore: 3318 Fillmore Street San Francisco, 94123, 415.345.3995
Hayes Valley: 511 Hayes Street San Francisco, 9410, 415.558.9991
Irving: 822 Irving Street San Francisco, 94122, 415.759.9000
Noe Valley: 4042 24th Street San Francisco, 94114, 415.285.2000
Campbell: 1875 South Bascom Ave, Suite 405 The Pruneyard Shopping Center, 408.559.0700
Palo Alto: 441 Emerson Street Palo Alto, 94301, 650.473.9999
Lafayette: 3577 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Lafayette, 94549, 925.299.0700
San Jose: 3350 Zanker Road, San Jose, CA, 95134
Livermore: 2470 1st St, Livermore, CA, 94550

Cherry Hills: 3455 South University Boulevard, Unit B, Englewood CO, 80113, 303.783.2000
Cherry Creek: 185 Steele Street, Denver, CO, 80206, 303.331.1000

Founded in 2004 by two friends, entrepreneur Bill Freeman and pizza expert Francisco “Patxi” Azpiroz, Patxi’s Pizza offers authentic Chicago- and Italian-style pizza, featuring two distinct, handcrafted styles of dough, four types of mozzarella and over 30 different fresh meat and veggie toppings (ingredients sourced locally whenever possible).  Patxi’s Pizza (pronounced pah-cheese) is privately owned and operated with a total of 11 locations between the San Francisco Bay Area and Denver, CO. Patxi’s Pizza was ranked #84 by Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Hire Power Companies of 2012 and named among the Top 10 “Most Life-Changing Pizzas” of 2012 by Esquire Magazine.

Through its 52 Weeks of Giving program, Patxi’s donates a portion of its profits to local nonprofit organizations dedicated to education and children’s health and welfare – totaling over $141,000 in donations to date.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Empire Seven Studios Announces New Mural on 8th and Empire Streets

Japantown has received yet another cool mural! Bay Area artists Poesia & Sam Rodriguez have partnered with Empire Seven Studios to paint a mural on 8th and Empire Streets. The mural took a week from conception to completion and shows human figures in motion within a complex intersection of geometric shapes and bold colors. Both artists are known for their work as graffiti artists and various methods of layering and manipulating textures. The goal of this mural is to beautify the neighborhood and to build a connection through public art to bring communities together.

Source: Empire Seven Studios

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

San Jose Greek Festival this Weekend!

One of the largest ethnic festivals in the South Bay is going down this weekend, and we have a free pass for you! The San Jose Greek Festival is a celebration of Greek food, music, and culture and takes place outside St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at 1260 Davis Street. The event actually runs three whole days starting this Friday.

There are a couple of new food items this year, including a vegetarian gyro. Greek is not always the most vegetarian-friendly cuisine around, but rest assured you will have some great options this year if you don't eat meat. For those that do, you can never go wrong with the lamb! Another new item this year is an olive medley that will be served at the Greek wine and cheese booth.

To get in for free, either print out the blue flier below or load it up on your phone at the festival entrance. To learn more about the festival, just click one of the links below:


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Hampton Inn Facelifts Planned Downtown San Jose Hotel

When Hampton Inn revealed the initial design for their new 162-room Downtown San Jose hotel at Santa Clara Street and Highway 87, you could hear the groans a mile away. It looked completely generic and more appropriate for a strip mall in Anywhere, USA. Personally, I think this original design looks like a convalescent home.

The good news is the second draft looks better, I'll let you be the judge of how much. I like the the improved use of glass in the corners, that is my favorite part of the new design. The textured brown walls are also a step up from the white and gray of the original. I still can't help but to think that they could have Silicon Valleyed this up much more and went with radical colors that would stand out and Aloft-style LED lighting. For something that can easily be seen from Highway 87, people walking from the HP Pavilion, and the San Pedro area... they could still do a lot more.

What do you guys think?

Source: San Jose Development Forum


Game Seven - It's Go Time!

(Hat tip to Sharks Sports and Entertainment's social sites for the image.)

Sunday night, we did it - the Sharks beat the Kings to force a Game Seven in Los Angeles.

As noted in an earlier post, Sharks fans should really care about this one.  If the Sharks manage to down the Kings in tonight's game, this will be the best shot at the Stanley Cup the team has ever had.  Other than the Sharks, there are no teams in the playoffs right now with as much defense, coupled with equally impressive offense, as the Kings.  The Boston Bruins is about as tough as an Eastern Conference team can get, and the two Western Conference teams remaining, the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks, are tough, but may not be able to weather the storm either the Sharks or the Kings may put out this post-season.

During the post-season, both Sharks coach Todd McLellan and Kings coach Darryl Sutter have heavily modified their lines for the greatest output, whether it is properly matching up against opposing players or putting together unbelievable special teams to take advantage of any power play they can get.  While some fans beg to differ, from an objective standpoint (by simply counting penalties from past game scoresheets), the referees have been pretty consistent in penalizing both sides.  In Game Six, for example, after giving the Sharks a couple power plays, the referees made some questionable calls against the Sharks, although I seemed to be okay with their decisions to give both teams chances to score on power play advantages.

Tonight's game, statistically, will be a bit of an uphill battle for the Sharks.  The most obvious conclusion is the home ice advantage for both teams (i.e. all wins have taken place on home ice).  While it is arguable the Kings outplayed the Sharks so far this series in Game Five only (based on my interpretation of puck control and scoring opportunities), the Sharks have made far more devastating errors during the Series to provide the Kings with the edge.  Many may remember Brad Stuart's giveaway in Game One or the game changing 5 on 3 penalty kill in the closing minutes of Game Two.

Predicting a Kings victory tonight would only be predicated on the obvious: the Sharks have yet to win in Los Angeles this post season.  Many seem to forget the dominating performance during Game Two due to the devastating outcome in the final two minutes.  The Sharks really need to focus on playing their game with raw, positive emotion, and allowing the team's defense to stand strong and keep the puck in the Kings' zone.  Kings' goaltender Jonathan Quick needs to be heavily screened, and the Sharks need to pepper him with shots.  (Quick is very human - remember T.J. Galiardi's snipe in Game Six?)

We've seen this before.  Beating the Kings at home is a very possible situation.  (Remember when the Sharks closed out the Kings in Round One of the 2011 Playoffs?)  Look at the overall statistics and not simply the home versus away games.

Both teams are going to play tonight like it is Game Seven of the Finals, because in a way, it very might well be.

The NHL's two toughest teams are going to battle tonight.  Let us hope we emerge victorious, and turn this "homer series" into a "homer and away series."  Go Sharks!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Casual One South Market Groundbreaking Party for The San Jose Blog Readers!

I promised that when the next Downtown High-Rise broke ground, I would have a little celebration for our readers and buy a round of beers. That is exactly what is happening this Saturday, June 1st at the Market Beer Co. (in the San Pedro Square Market) at 3 PM. 

Originally, I was going to get a keg, but I think I have a much better idea... craft beer tasting! I'm going to buy at least 10 bomber bottles of a wide variety of phenomenal craft beers (IPAs, Porters, Lambics, etc). All you need to do is grab a glass and sample as many as you'd like. Just look for the bench or table covered in bottles. Hope to see you guys there!

Tokyo Flight Is Back On!

ANA is resuming direct flights from SJC to Japan starting on June 1st on shiny new (and hopefully battery-problem free) Boeing 787 aircraft. They have also upped the ante with five weekly round trips as opposed to four. Sometime in September the service will expand again to daily flights (seven each week).

Hopefully they will have some good promotions to welcome the route back to San Jose! Any guesses as to which international route SJC will land next?

Source: SVBJ, What a Trip

"787 Dreamliner interior"

"ANA Business staggered seat"

Sunday, May 26, 2013

A Must Win Situation

The NHL playoff series many have dubbed "The Homer Series," due to all wins occurring on home ice, is back in San Jose, and with the series on the line this afternoon, the Sharks must win to force a Game Seven in Los Angeles.

Despite the Kings being ahead in the series 3-2, their Game Five victory was quite possibly the first time one could suggest they outplayed the Sharks.  The Sharks need to eliminate their bad mistakes (e.g. some terrible giveaways that lead to goals) and figure out Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick (the reason the Kings have made it this far) so they can win the next two games.  The path to victory is not unattainable.  If there is one team that can beat the Kings, it is the Sharks.

Here is why the fans should care this year, more than any time in the past.  The winner of this series will be a favorite to win the Stanley Cup.  I do not state this simply because the Los Angeles Kings won last year.  The reason is both the Sharks and the Kings have strong defensive strategies, coupled with dangerous special team outputs (i.e. are particularly successful on both power plays and penalty kills).

It it interesting to watch, year after year, how much attention is given to the Eastern Conference, in particular the bold predictions how a team out of the East will be the most successful in the playoffs.  Currently, there are two teams left in the East: the Pittsburgh Penguins, a team with flashy young players, and the Boston Bruins, a rugged team with plenty of talent who won the Stanley Cup only two years ago.

The problem with the East is the focus on offense.  Undoubtedly, the goal output from that conference is high, and it is common for players to score multiple points per game.  It is easy to see why some would pick an Eastern team to win.  They can score.

Now, try to match up an Eastern Conference team with a Western Conference team and see how well they play.  For example, on one of the more rare occurrences during the regular season when the Sharks match up against a team from the East, the Sharks normally win.  The problem the East has is their inability to score against a team with an actual defense.  This is where teams like the Penguins and the Bruins will fall short.

(I have to say, though, it is nice seeing ex-Shark Douglas Murray playing so well.)

With all this attention brought to the Eastern Conference, what about the Western Conference?  Two additional dynamite teams, the Presidents' Trophy winning Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings are still fighting to win as well.

Despite being an unstoppable force for the past two decades, winning four Stanley Cups, the Red Wings are now considered to be making a Cinderella run so far this post-season, knocking out the second seeded Anaheim Ducks, and are currently at an advantage over the first seeded Blackhawks, putting them on the brink of elimination. 

If the Sharks can manage to beat the Kings, they're up against one of two teams in the Western Conference Finals: a beatable Red Wings team (just look up the Sharks's recent history against the Red Wings), or an under-performing Blackhawks team that has yet to face the revamped Sharks team.

The Sharks team has said it themselves by stating the reason their "at home success" is so high is because of the fans.  Let us all get behind our team today, tomorrow, and for as long as you can!  We must win!

We need to get in that advantageous third round position.  GO SHARKS!

Communications Hill Project is Moving Forward

If you live in South San Jose, you may want to attend a June 10th community meeting for a huge Communications Hill project. The plan involves 4,000 densely-packed homes, 60,000 SQFT of retail, a 50-acre industrial zone, and open space/trails (more steps perhaps). The meeting is taking place at 2933 St. Florian Way (Fire Station 33) at 6:30pm.

Thanks to Rob Sidhu for the tip!

TO: Residents of Chianti at Tuscany Hills Homeowners Associations.
We were just made aware of a meeting to provide an overview of the development project planned on Communications Hill will be held on:
June 10, 2013
at 6:30pm
at 2933 St. Florian Way
San Jose (Fire Station 33)
Officials from the City of San Jose and KB Homes will be at the meeting to present the plan and answer questions. The complete plan for Communications Hill includes 4,000 residential units, 60,000 sq ft of retail, a 50 acres industrial park and areas of open space and trails. The overall vision is a dense neighborhood that is very walk able.
We do not have any further details about the development or meeting, but we wanted to make you aware of this upcoming meeting.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Saturday Stats: San Jose is the Happiest City for Young Professionals!

CareerBliss has proclaimed San Jose as the happiest city in the United States for young professionals (those with less than 10 years of work experience). They analyzed employee surveys from 2012 to compile the results. The metrics included company culture, growth opportunities, work-life balance, a person's relationship to their boss, and compensation. After tallying the results San Jose came out on top. The #2 city? San Francisco. Washington D.C. came up third, Chicago grabbed fourth place, and San Diego rounded out the list in fifth.

Another interesting stat is that 294,400 of San Jose's population consists of residents aged 25-44, the group responsible for the majority of young professionals. SF only has 208,400 in that bracket. That means that San Jose roughly has 41% more young professionals than SF. The news of young talent migrating north has been greatly exaggerated.

Source: SVBJ

Friday, May 24, 2013

Dishcrawl Debuts Dine Downtown Dishes: Sneak Peek 8 Restaurants for Dine Downtown

The San Jose Downtown Association and Dishcrawl are teaming up to provide a sneak peak for the Dine Downtown Restaurant Week! This is the ultimate way to sample a bunch of different foods in one night and plan out your dining adventures. Tickets are only $5, and you can get them right over here. In addition, Discrawl will be donating a portion of each ticket sold to the Oklahoma Relief Fund to benefit those affected by the tornado (use the promo code "oktornadorelief"). The promo code will work until June 1st. More info below:


Dishcrawl Debuts Dine Downtown Dishes
Sneak Peek 8 Restaurants for Dine Downtown

San Jose, CA – Dishcrawl, popular for providing local food adventures, will be hosting a sneak preview to the annual Dine Downtown event. Join us in downtown San Jose on Wednesday, June 19th from 5-8pm, we invite you to engage your taste buds as we explore the many special offerings of our local favorites two days early.

“With participating locations like Fahrenheit and Billy Berk’s, Dine Downtown is sure to be a successful restaurant week and Dishcrawl is giving people a VIP exclusive,” says Kirby Ptacek, Dishcrawl ambassador.

With the destination set at serving quality dining experiences, the San Jose Downtown Association seeks to highlight the quality and diversity of dining options in downtown San Jose. This year, Dishcrawl will feature 8 of the participating Dine Downtown venues and dish out a unique and memorable way for people to connect over food.

A ticket grants entry to the event, a cupcake, and the chance to win up to $500 of prizes courtesy of the San Jose Downtown Association. Tickets for menu offerings will be available for purchase on day of event. Entry tickets are $5 and now available for purchase here.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

RetailNext is Expanding in Downtown San Jose

RetailNext is a "big data" startup that has just raised an extra $15M and is about to sign a lease for a new space Downtown. They will be doubling their footprint from around 8,000 SQFT to between 15,000 and 16,000 SQFT. Their CEO said they like it Downtown, and cited the improving restaurant scene, proximity to the airport and hotels, and how affordable it is compared to other business districts in the Valley.

With the larger office comes more jobs. They are expecting to add 15-20 more people to the current 50-person team over the next year or year-and-a-half.

A smart strategy for Downtown would be catering more towards startups like RetailNext that could grow in San Jose as opposed to trying to hook the largest fish in the ocean with whole-building leases. We already have tons of incubators and organizations like NextSpace Downtown, plenty of infrastructure, and some success stories like Pinger and Intacct. These companies are the future of Silicon Valley, so I hope to see many more of them making Downtown their home.

Source: SVBJ

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Doctor Faustus is Playing at The Rep

The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus

A World Premiere Adaptation of Marlowe's Classic

Experience the fantastical world of "Medieval punk" (think Steampunk, but Medieval instead of Victorian) in this re-imagined adaptation of The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus.

This world premiere adaptation of Marlowe's Faust conjures a darkly bawdy, delightfully mischievous world using stylized, state-of-the art stagecraft, and leading-edge light and sound gadgetry to spirit the viewer right out of this world – projections, shadow puppets, life-size cage puppets, and actors playing multiple roles, sometimes simultaneously. All of the normally hidden aspects of a play will take place on stage – you'll see the stagehands and wardrobe folks, costumes changed, and props provided, making this not just the telling of a great story, but of how the story is told. If you love theatre that tells bvc a great story while pushing boundaries and demonstrating how theatrical theatre can be, this is one you will want to see.

Bold, ambitious, and stirring... Brandt has become a disciplined and inventive theatrical storyteller. -- San Diego Union-Tribune

Click here for tickets.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

TWO BUCK Tuesday Tonight at KALEID

from Phantom Galleries 

Join us at KALEID Gallery for this upcoming TWO BUCK Tuesday, May 21st, 7pm-10pm!

Come enjoy an inspired evening of performances, live painting, $2 art, drop-in sketching table & quirky people get together! It’s open to all ages and free!

Here are some of of the participating artists who will be joining us this time:

Artists Murphy Adams and Christine Benjamin whose feature show “The Weird and the Wonderful” is up in the main gallery will be there doing collaborative drawings which they’ll have for sale. They’ll also be on hand to answer questions about their work. Each artist will start a drawing then switch, coming up with something completely unique in the spirit of the Exquisite Corpse.

This upcoming Two Buck, get a dose of the high fashion that will be featured at the Blitz Runway show that will be on the main stage of the upcoming 6th Annual SubZERO Festival!  Lacey Bryant, one of the collaborating artists for the fashion show, will be practicing some of the face paint techniques that we will be showcasing on the runway in exchange for donations! Help us put on this awesome event and get some cool designs on your face at the same time!

The San Jose Yarnbombers will be working on their upcoming yarnstorm.  Stop in and knit or crochet a 6 inch square and you can be a part of the action!  You can also help us stitch squares together into patchwork.  We'll bring the yarn, you bring your needles or hooks.  If you have squares to drop off, this would be a great time to bring them by, too!

Lara Sophia will host a meditation, yoga, martial arts themed drawing session.  Bring your sketch pads and draw folks in poses of concentration or take a turn posing yourself while others draw you.

Live Art By:

David Mejia

Erica Atreya

Jeff Bramschreiber

Nik Caesar

Felipe Jimenez

John Hageman

Al Preciado & friends
Enjoy Live Music By Rebelskamp!

TWO BUCK Tuesday is May 21st, 7pm-10pm!

88 South Fourth Street (@ San Fernando)
San Jose, CA 95112
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, noon -7pm
Free admission