Then we met up with one of Dave's best friends (who was at the conference as a exhibitor) to investigate San Jose's San Pedro Square farmers' markets. The square itself is blocked off to traffic every Friday to host the market, where vendors line the street selling the best of San Jose (and a few other non-local odds and ends). Not only did they have a HUGE variety of fresh fruits and veggies, but they also had live music, nuts, meats, cheeses, beeswax candles, jewelry, prepared foods, chocolates, coffees, teas, and clothes. I'd do my clothes shopping there any day (which is saying a lot from me who hates shopping for clothes)!
I refrained from buying any clothes though, as Dave picked up some free shirts for me from the conference (why buy clothes when you can get them for free?).We did pick up a few goodies - Dave got a loaf of cinnamon bread and I got a tiny loaf of vegan pumpkin bread (I just had to do it). I came close to buying some seasoned almonds, but held back as we are planning to hit the Aptos Farmers' Market tomorrow, which is far larger and more impressive than the San Jose market (at least the Friday one). In other words, I was pacing myself! Anyway, after securing our few purchases, we had a quick lunch and were stationed in front of our hotel by 1PM, waiting for Dave's brother-in-law (aka our ride over the hill to Santa Cruz and a week of true holiday with Dave's family).
We'll be staying with Dave's mom for the duration of our holiday, with plans to visit the farmer's market, catch the latest Harry Potter flick and, with any luck, Food Inc which wasn't carried by either of our theaters back at home, as well as relax and enjoy family.
Vacation has truly just begun!