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Exploring San Jose

Learn about lowrider culture, an architectural marvel, and the diverse dining scene in California’s third-largest city

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.


Ricardo Cortez, artist and lowrider culture expert

Walter Magnuson, general manager of the Winchester Mystery House

Jessica Carreira, head pastry chef at Adega


Ricardo Cortez, aka “Tijuana Rick,” is an artist and longtime local involved in lowrider culture in San Jose.

San Jose

Lowrider Magazine

San Jose Lowrider History

United Lowrider Council of San Jose

Virtual Lowrider Library

Alum Rock Park

Mark's Hot Dogs

Peters’ Bakery

Tijuana Rick Art



San Jose Museum of Art

César Chávez Family Home

Kelley Park

History Park

Walter Magnuson is the general manager of the Winchester Mystery House, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2023.

Winchester Mystery House

Walk with Spirits Tour

Axe Throwing at the Stables


Jessica Carreira is the head pastry chef at the Michelin Award-winning Portuguese restaurant Adega.



Pestiscos Adega

Little Saigon


Swaad Indian Cuisine

Santana Row

The Continental




Soterios Johnson, formerly the local host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition on radio station WNYC, moved from New York City to Davis in 2016. By combining his journalistic instincts with his personal curiosity, Johnson uses the California Now Podcast platform to develop a deeper understanding of his adopted home.