A musician strums a ukulele onstage as hips sway around him in a hula dance. Laughing heartily with his friends at a nearby table, one man pinches seaweed-wrapped squares of sushi rice—authentic Hawaiian musubi—from shared plates as he talks up his latest adventures. At another table, the diners sing along with the ukulele player, eyes twinkling as the melody calls up memories of home.
This feeling of camaraderie, the spirit of aloha, is what owner Peter Be and his wife, Rena, wanted to capture when they opened Da Kine Cafe in 2010. When Rena, who was born in the Kalihi Valley on the island of Oahu, craved true Hawaiian eats, her choices were limited to lackluster mainland-style interpretations, such as lau lau wrapped in a tortilla instead of taro leaves. She put together a menu of authentic Hawaiian cuisine, with 10 variations of the hot noodle soup called saimin and 10 types of poke, which the head chef of the mainland's most famous Hawaiian restaurant dubbed the best in town. Classics such as the gravy-soaked beef patty of the loco moco fill the menu, waiting to be washed down with fresh-fruit smoothies and on-tap ales from the islands or local microbreweries. Gluten-free options are also available.
The décor reproduces the laid-back Hawaiian feel that Rena and Peter remember, so that even the restaurant’s stage wears a grass skirt. On Ohana Saturdays, visiting musicians take the stage, many of them winners of the Hawaiian islands' most prestigious music accolades, the Na Hoku Hanohano awards. Performers include slack-key-guitar player LT Smooth as well as the singer Mailani, accompanied by esteemed ukulele player Dr. Trey. Starting in the springtime, weekly festivals celebrate Hawaii's music, its dance styles, and its excessive number of festivals.
Pure Lounge is a thrumming, glossy piece of Las Vegas sprouted up in the middle of Silicon Valley. The club resides in a former theater building, now transformed into a 10,000-square-foot venue ripe for nights of energetic dancing and ample people watching under the black light that illuminates the lively dance floor. Sprays of neon purple and pink lights ignite the space, while sleekly designed tables line the walls for prime people-viewing. A full stage, complete with a catwalk, draws attention to the retinue of performers and glamorous special guests, and LED projections in the shape of a bat signal to superheroes that it’s time to party.
From their luxurious perches in leather VIP booths, partygoers can take in the Asian-influenced decor or order from a menu of Asian fusion tapas served all night. To wash down their bite-size small plates, guests might order bottle service or specialty vodka cocktails made with pineapple, cranberry, and lime juices.
Like a perfectly broken-in glove or a lucky bat, RD Academy stays with ballplayers for years and years. It also plays an important role in a ballplayer's development.
When Santa Clara University head baseball coach Dan O'Brien founded the academy, he didn't design it for just one age group, but instead as a resource that players can turn to from the moment they pick up a ball to the moment they have to pick out a college. The academy's youth camps, for instance, emphasize the game's fundamentals to kids aged 7–13. When the time comes to move up to the next level, the academy organizes high school showcases, where ballplayers can impress college coaches without hurling a fastball through their bedroom window, and then immediately repairing the window.
Celebrating its 40th season, the nonprofit Lyric Theatre regales the public with extravagantly staged productions of classic light operas. Feast ear-buds on sweet sounds performed by a volunteer troupe of opera-trained actor-singers, a full chorus, a 24-piece live orchestra, and one extremely skilled conductor's baton. The Lyric Theatre's The Sorcerer begins the quartet by mixing Victorian comedic stylings with Bollywood-inspired staging. The Gondoliers, Gilbert and Sullivan's lively tale of royal mix-ups, makes a melodic mockery of the British social system. The nautical chuckle-fests H.M.S. Pinafore and season-closer The Pirates of Penzance tickle funny bones of all ages with peppy maritime music and historically accurate knot-tying jargon.
Don't settle for an inferior brew! The java at Blue Rock Shoot will perk you right up.
Both low-fat and gluten-free menu items are offered at Blue Rock Shoot.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — Blue Rock Shoot has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Bring your whole brood to Blue Rock Shoot, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at Blue Rock Shoot.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Blue Rock Shoot's seasonally available outdoor seating.
Musical visitors frequently perform here, so patrons can enjoy live tunes with their food.
The coffee shop's "rush" is all weekend long, so diners should be prepared to wait for a table.
Blue Rock Shoot's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
You won't need to save up for a trip to Blue Rock Shoot — most meals cost less than $15.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Blue Rock Shoot.