Caroling in the Plaza in Lafayette on Dec. 23rd

Photo by Flickr user deltamike

Caroling in the Plaza:

Lafayette Plaza
Mt. Diablo Blvd. & Moraga Rd, Lafayette
7:00pm | Free

There will be caroling in the Plaza Park at the corner of Moraga Road & Mt. Diablo Blvd. on Tuesday, December 23 at 7:00pm with Mike Zappa.  This event is open to all.

Livermore Cyclery Opens in Alamo

180 Alamo Plaza, Alamo

Back in October we learned that Livermore Cyclery would be opening a new location in Alamo Plaza and thanks to a reader for sending word and a photo that they just opened. The reader points out that, “the Alamo Plaza decided to make the one and only opening in the Plaza’s rear wall directly behind Livermore Cyclery and access to Iron Horse Trail.” Check out their Facebook page here.

There is a grand opening sale going on today through Sunday:

Take UP TO 15% off all Cruiser Bicycles
Take UP TO 15% off all BMX Bicycles
Take 10% off all Kids Bicycles
Take 10% off all 2015 Bicycles

Plus 10% off Accessories, or
15% off Accessories purchased with a Bicycle!
Certain brands are excluded from sale- please call for details.

Friday Question of the Day – Do you Use Nextdoor?

Photo by Flickr user arbyreed

The other day I was at a party when someone mentioned finding something next door. Then a few others chimed in about finding things on next door as well. I thought it was odd that so many people were finding useful things next door when it turns out they found it on the web site Nextdoor. Each micro-neighborhood has their own little website where neighbors can discuss things and offer things for trade etc. I signed up to see what’s going on and it does indeed look useful, but it felt strange having to enter my full name and complete address so I deactivated my account shortly after. So for today’s question of the day, do you use Nextdoor? Have you ever heard of it? Do you find it useful? Do the privacy implications concern you?

Yalla Mediterranean Opens Today in Downtown Pleasant Hill

55 Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill

The Mediterranean restaurant Yalla Mediterranean (the very first one!) is opening today in downtown Pleasant Hill on Crescent Drive and I dropped by their preview party last night to check it out. With a spacious interior and clean, modern design including a living herb wall it looks great.

The ordering process is like Chipotle for Mediterranean food. Check out their menu here. First you choose a style, ie plate, wrap, salad or pita. Next you select a protein such as shawarma, various skewers (steak, chicken, kefta), they even offer a shalafel (half chicken shawarma/half falafel). I tried the kefta (spiced ground beef and lamb) and it tasted so good! The key to cooking the proteins is their special open-flame, rotating rotisserie grill right behind where you order. (Check out a photo of the grill after the jump). By the time you’re done selecting toppings and sides the meat is ready.  My favorite sides were the Greek eggplant and arugula & beets. There are also two kinds of hummus, traditional and spicy. For dessert try the Greek frozen yogurt that reminded me of Pinkberry. Yum!


More photos of the inside including the open-flame, rotating rotisserie grill after the jump… Continue reading

Vitality Bowls Opening in Downtown Pleasant Hill Early February

100 Crescent Dr, Pleasant Hill

Vitality Bowls which features açai bowls and opened last year in downtown Walnut Creek is opening a new location in downtown Pleasant Hill on Crescent Drive and is planning on an early February opening. Check out their açai bowl menu here. They also offer smoothies, panini sandwiches, salads, parfaits, soups and more.

From their Facebook page:

‘Twas the month before opening
And all about town,
The buzz was a startin':
“Vitality Bowls is opening downtown!!!”
So, we hung our Now Hiring posters
In our windows with care,
With hopes that great team members
Would soon apply there…

We are not only excited to begin building delicious and nutritious açai bowls for Pleasant Hill, but are also very excited to begin building an exceptional staff of knowledgeable and diligent team players! If you, or someone you know wants to join our team, please email your resume to!