Market watch: New farmers markets are sprouting up all over, including two at community college campuses -- San Jose City College and Cañada College. "We have the best view of any farmers market ever," Jerry Lami, executive director of the West Coast Farmers Market Association, said of Cañada's hillside location in Redwood City. His association, which first launched a certified farmers market at Cupertino Oaks last fall (9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays), has four new markets: San Jose City College, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays in Parking Lot P (Leigh Avenue); Brisbane, 3-7 p.m. Thursdays at Brisbane Park; Cañada College, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays in Parking Lot 7; Foster City, starts May 12, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays at Charter Square Shopping Center.
Restaurant changes: In San Jose, the Fairmont's Pagoda has morphed from dining room into a lounge/club. Find the music lineup at www.liveatthepagoda.com. Over at Santana Row, the transition from Roux Louisiana to Hot Tamales is complete. The new Cal-Mex eatery will hold its grand opening on Cinco de Mayo. Look for Grilled Cactus Leaves, Zero Guilt Crab Tacos, Mexican Lasagna, Bavarian Cream Churros, and tequila infusions and cocktails. www.hottamalescantina.com.
Accolades: Cesare Casella, dean of Italian studies at the International Culinary Center,
Speaking of Pépin, he squeezed in appearances at Google and Facebook during his latest trip West. He says when he mentioned his Facebook stop to daughter Claudine, she asked him, —'Did you tell them you have a Facebook page?' I said to her, 'I do?' " He does. Plus 14,000-plus followers. And his new cookbook, "Essential Pépin," comes with a cutting-edge extra: a searchable DVD of cooking techniques.
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