Birthday Breakfast at Sambo’s

On my fourth birthday my mom took me and my brother to have breakfast at my favorite place: Sambo’s. There were more locations, but we always frequented the one on McKee Road in our hometown of San Jose. Back to that in a minute. With its beginnings in 1957, the Sambo’s chain expanded to 1,117 restaurants in 47 states. …

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Eastridge Mall

Before the Internet, before the ‘89 quake, before Rocky and Star Wars, there was this: Eastridge Mall — the largest enclosed shopping mall in the West!Unlike the newer malls like Valley Fair — where parking is nearly impossible and the food court is so-so, or Santana Row — where people arrive in Dolce & Gabbana …

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King’s Korner

About 57 miles south of California’s most famous corner at Haight & Ashbury, is the corner that you see pictured here. (I don’t expect you to recognize it.) It’s a simple 30 foot square space on the campus of Quimby Oak — a middle school that’s nestled at the edge of the foothills in East …

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