Concord is a Bay Area city in Northern California's Contra Costa County. It has an old-fashioned downtown shopping region, Todos Santos Plaza, with a year round farmer's market, free summer concert series, 4th of July Celebration, dining with some new, sizzling restaurant options, and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in time for the holiday season.
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Nationally recognized, Sunnyvale, CA is home to some of the nation’s most successful businesses and within an hour's reach of Stanford University, San Jose State University, the Pacific Ocean, and close to California’s famous redwood forests and beautiful Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada. Summer beaches, winter skiing, and Sunnyvale's great lifestyle (with 18 great parks) combine to make this a highly desirable place to live, work and visit.
Hayward is a city located in Alameda County, California in the East Bay subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area. With a 2014 population of 149,392, Hayward is the sixth largest city in the Bay Area and the third largest in Alameda County. Hayward was ranked as the 37th most populous municipality in California. It is included in the San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census. It is located primarily between Castro Valley and Union City, and lies at the eastern terminus of the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge.
Santa Rosa is a charming city north of San Francisco that has grown to become a preferred wine country destination in Sonoma County. Santa Rosa's top three things to see include museums, and a wild animal reserve guests can tour and even stay at in African-style tent cabins. Home to the Luther Burbank home and museum, the Charles Schulz Museum, and Safari West, there's lots to see and do in Santa Rosa, making it a popular vacation.
Fremont in the San Francisco Bay Area was recently selected as one of the best run cities in the U.S. What makes Fremont so special, you ask?
Among the highlights for tourists are easy access service from BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) into San Francisco. Getting to Fremont is a breeze via this paid service.
Olive Hyde Art Gallery, 123 Washington Blvd., features emerging and established artists. It hosts special events open to the public throughout the year, including a holiday reception.
Stockton is located in the Central Valley and as the largest city in San Joaquin County, it has a lot going for it. In addition to having one of California's deep water ports, the city celebrates its nautical culture with an annual Christmas boat parade in December.
Just south of San Francisco, nearly a million people reside in San Jose, best known for Silicon Valley. Yes, San Jose is the stepchild of San Francisco, but that does not mean the region does not offer a vibrant culinary scene all its own. Before tech giants came along San Jose was an area brimming with orchards and fields; apricots, cherries, walnuts, prunes and peaches, and the region still holds agriculture close to its heart. The Silicon Valley has been a good thing for culinary students; needless to say corporate chefs are in demand.
The San Diego culinary scene is booming along with a surge in sommeliers to cover its 1.4 million residents. Culinary schools in San Diego, long known for fish tacos and Mexican fare, offer insight into an energetic food scene that combines the best of old world flavors with the latest dining trends and cuisines. Residents and tourists to San Diego and points north can choose from more than 4,000 establishments serving up everything from BBQ, to sushi to fusion cooking.
Outside of New York, San Francisco is the undisputed king of the culinary arts in America. Iconic eateries like Chez Panisse and The French Laundry have elevated the food scene to near mythic status. There is such a diversity of culinary influences that one cannot state what it typical – which is why food in the Bay Area is a pilgrimage for many. Of the dozen U.S. restaurants awarded a Michelin three-star in 2015, four are in the Bay Area, two in San Francisco.
Home of the state capital, this enclave of just 500,000 people often gets treated as a second class citizen when compared to San Francisco. Yet Sacramento holds its own with the Le Cordon Bleu School and several other accredited schools offering 10 different degree and certificate programs. Though Sacramento sees lower wages than Los Angeles or San Francisco, this city has a lot to offer culinary students; namely easier access for entry level jobs and better upward mobility for your culinary career.