By Sean Boyles on Lincoln Ave.
Yoake No Noraneko Mural
Yoake No Noraneko, Japanese for “Stray Cat at Dawn”. This is by local San Jose artist and tattoo artist Horitomo (https://monmoncats.com/), known for his designs of Monmon cats, “Tattoo cats”. You find this one walking down to the Guadalupe River Trail from Coleman Ave.
I like this one. I do not know what the artist was intending though I see a modern street cat walking through a San Jose garden when still dark and feeling like a big tiger, playing and connecting with his own heritage at the same time.
Guadalupe River Park Conservancy Mural
Mural by Laurel Picklum (http://laurelpicklum.com/), San Jose nature artist. This one is under Coleman Ave.
Guadalupe River Visitor Center Mural
Metro Balderas Taqueria – #Tacos
Metro Balderas Taqueria at 300 Willow St, San Jose, CA 95110
In our ongoing effort to try all the tacos in San Jose, we went as a family to Metro Balderas on Willow Street. The youngest and I have been there before and enjoyed our burritos. A while back we had had a great day walking around the area, looking at art, visiting the library, eating lunch, and hanging out, just the two of us. So on this day, we decided to share the place with the family for the great taco challenge. There were four of us, two adults and two younger ones. Tacos tasted included veggie, asada, and al pastor.
Comments in our rating document included:
-The tacos were good. I am sure I will come back again. The salsa at the table was very spicy hot and also a good flavor. I like the outside seating and overall feel of this place.
-They messed up my order. (side note- the blog author deserves some credit for the mistake on the order)
-The location was lovely, outdoor seating area, breezy, good music. The red salsa was hot and good. Tacos were plain, simple, not too much flavor. I added lime and salsa. There was lots of lettuce, some diced tomatoes.
-I was hungry. LoL
Our recorded scores showed that the tacos were good though no one was overly impressed on this particular day. Our previous experience has been more impressive. So, I know I will be going back and trying out more items as I know there is more to enjoy here.
Combined taco score for Metro Balderas Taqueria = 🌮🌮
(Taco scale info link)
A Rose is a Rose Mural
This mural is on the gym of Hoover Middle School.
San Jose Mural off of San Carlos Street
Mural by Writers Bench (@writersbench_).
Pho’ Lynn Restaurant Mural
Paramount Imports Murals
Paramount Imports has been around since the 60’s and it is the place you would go to get your psychedelic posters and black lights. These days, you can also walk around in the parking lot and take in some local artists’ murals.
While most of the murals here are rather new, this one with spider man has been around for many years. This is the one you see as you drive by on Meridian Ave. under the small Paramount Imports sign on the roof.