Summer 2019 from a Silicon Valley realtor

Real Estate Agent with (408) 425-1601 CA bre 1519182

                                                                    Sam Shueh

                                                                 Realty One Group

                                                                  Cupertino, CA


Three years ago, I blogged about Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California.   This morning I had to go there taking signs down and found the vendors were already lined up as early as 7 AM getting their booths ready. At 95 degrees weather there were endless visitors want to get a jump start sampling food associated with garlic. This photo shows how cooks actually prepare cooking based on a local Costoco image taken in previous years.


Just north in Morgan Hill, CA, a suburb of San Jose (aka Silicon Valley). They no longer sponsor the exotic food court in downtown. Most of these food trucks serve a variety of often fusion food not often found in other cities. One truck specializes in dessert of all kinds favored by everyone.

Morgan Hill week night food festival


 If 95 degree hot weather bothers you, Pacific Grove next to Monterey Bay, sponsors a three day latern festival. There are three days of events start with feast of pet parade, dancing and Chinese pagent day contest. The high temperature during the day is 67 deg and at night it cools to high 50s.


It is no secret that these Chinese laterns were used in the 19 century in the area by Cantonese fisherman at night to attract fish. The fishermen who used to built shacks along 17 mile beach are long gone and shacks are replaced by ocean viewing estates.   


laterns                                            Monterey Cypress tree, Pacific Grove, CA


The following is a group photo of 2019 beauties from the contest. There are more images in the link above all credited to KC Knoop.

 Pagent contestants

One event which I just learned is we benefit from local Bing cherry crops this year. In the past, I asked why the local cherries were so expensive for a small bag.  They were sold in Asia for more. The retail price there was $10.00 a pound.  This year there are several local farms encouraged local residents to pick their own for ~$3.50 a pound as a result of Trade War casulty. China has switched its source to Asia Minor for politcal reasons. California farmers including wineries can become casulties, until the differences are being resolved.


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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

I have been to Gilroy...and LOVE all things garlic !  They even had Garlic wine which made a great marinade...great post !

Jul 29, 2019 03:00 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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Good morning, Sam Shueh the first piece of news on tv today was the tragic shooting at the Garlic Festival in Gilroy California.... such a special family event and the nutties are loose there....

Jul 29, 2019 04:11 AM #2
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good morn Sam Shueh - what a wonderful festival and as I am writing this my heart goes out to the people killed in yestday's shooting.

Jul 29, 2019 05:26 AM #3
Sam Shueh
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It is sad to learn a mentally disturbed person cut through the fence started shoot people at random. At any festivals people go there to have some fun.

Jul 29, 2019 07:05 AM #4
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
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Hi Sam Shueh so sorry to have your post part of the tradegy in Gilroy. Not what anyone of us would ever expect. Thankfully you are ok and were long gone.

Jul 29, 2019 09:46 AM #5
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
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Oh my gosh what a horrible tragedy! My heart goes out to all affected.

Jul 31, 2019 11:25 AM #6
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