Exploring San Jose
On this episode of the California Now Podcast, host Soterios Johnson discusses San Jose’s incredible range of activities and attractions with three locals. First up, Johnson talks California car culture with artist and lowrider expert Ricardo “Tijuana Rick” Cortez. From zoot suits to rare magazines, Cortez takes Johnson through the rich history and cultural significance of lowriders in San Jose. The local artist also shares how to get involved with cruising events and even shares some of his favorite attractions in town.
Next, Johnson chats with Walter Magnuson, general manager of the Winchester Mystery House. Magnuson walks Johnson through the fascinating backstory and architectural oddities of the estate that helped inspire Disney's original Haunted Mansion. The two also discuss the house’s 100th anniversary celebration, paranormal activity onsite, and the movie Winchester, starring Helen Mirren.
Finally, Johnson speaks with Jessica Carreira, head pastry chef at the Michelin Award–winning Portuguese restaurant Adega. Carreira breaks down some of the restaurant’s signature desserts, extensive wine menu, and what to order at its sister pastry shop Pastelaria. The chef also shares where in San Jose she goes to sample authentic cuisines from around the world.