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Cars & Coffee at Blackhawk Museum on Feb 7th in Danville


Cars & Coffee:

Blackhawk Museum
3700 Blackhawk Plaza Cir, Danville
Sunday, February 7th, 2016
8:00am – 10:00am | Free

Super Bowl Sunday 2016 Edition
On the First Sunday of every month, automotive enthusiasts gather in the parking lots of the Blackhawk Museum to share their vehicles and admire the other fabulous classic cars, hot rods, sports cars, exotics and anything else with wheels and a motor that promotes the car enthusiast hobby.

This event is held rain or shine and all you have to do is show up. You bring the cars and we’ll bring he coffee.

This event is free to everyone thanks to our sponsors. The Blackhawk Museums will be open at 9am on Cars n Coffee Sundays.


Worth Ranch California BBQ & Saloon Opens in San Ramon

2410 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon

Chef Rodney Worth, owner of the Prickly Pear Cantina and the Peasant and the Pear in Danville, recently opened a new restaurant called Worth Ranch California BBQ & Saloon in San Ramon’s Courtyard Center. Check out their menu here. I tried the pulled pork sandwich with “napa cabernet bbq sauce topped with coleslaw on an artisan bun” and it was delicious! Being the coleslaw fan I am, even though the sandwich is topped with coleslaw, I chose coleslaw for my side and was not disappointed. The pulled pork was tasty as well.

From their website:

Worth Ranch, the newest addition to the Worth Group’s collection of boutique restaurants, is located in San Ramon, just 1000 feet away from the original location where the dream started over ten years ago. Worth Ranch is the first of Chef Rodney’s restaurants dedicated to his personal favorite style of cuisine-BBQ. He has been working for many years to perfect his rubs and slow cooked process for the variety of meats offered on his menu. From brisket, to ribs to tri-tip, Worth Ranch is Chef’s take on what he calls “California BBQ.” Because Worth has sampled BBQ from across the country, from Memphis to the Carolinas, from Austin to Kansas City, and everywhere in between, he thought it important for his menu to reflect his diverse tastes. And because his passion for fine food is a priority, don’t be surprised to see some interesting takes on tried and true favorites!


Pulled pork sandwich:


Navlet’s Garden Centers Closed – Will Reopen as Sloat Garden Center

800 Camino Ramon, Danville

Thanks to a reader for sending word that the Danville Navlet’s Garden Center has closed. All Navlet’s garden centers will be become Sloat Garden Centers and reopen on February 19th. Check out the Sloat Garden Center website here.

From the Navlet’s website:

After 130 years of serving local gardeners, Navlet’s Garden Centers will be closing its doors. We truly appreciate your support over the years and will always be grateful. We are fortunate to be able to pass the torch to Sloat Garden Centers, another highly respected, locally owned and operated garden center.

We are confident that you will enjoy your shopping and gardening experience with Sloat as much as you did with Navlet’s. The stores will be reopening by February 19 with many familiar faces.



Bounty From Your Garden: Fruit Trees 101 at Rodgers Ranch on Feb 9th in Pleasant Hill

Bounty From Your Garden: Fruit Trees 101:

Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM | $20

Fresh fruit! The goal of many home gardeners it to be able to wander into your garden and pick luscious, tree-ripened fruit, fruit that has not traveled hundreds of miles, or been in cold storage before hitting the grocery shelves.

Come explore the many varieties of fruit bearing trees that thrive in the varied microclimates of Contra Costa. Our class will cover all the basics, including root-stocks, multiple grafting, suppliers and year-round care.


Chalogy Asian Tea Experience + Cornology coming to Downtown Walnut Creek this May

1349 Locust St, Walnut Creek

What are the chances that not one but two Asian boba tea cafes are coming to downtown Walnut Creek?! Earlier this week we learned that Piedmont-based Mr. Green Bubble would be opening on Locust St. in downtown Walnut Creek and now another Asian boba tea shop, Chalogy, is coming to downtown Walnut Creek, also on Locust St, where House of Beads used to be. They plan to open by May.

Not only will Chalogy (from the owners of Drgaon’s Pond next door) offer hand crafted Asian tea, boba tea, and snow ice desserts but they will also be hosting the return of the flavored popcorn shop Cornology to downtown Walnut Creek. (You may remember Cornology in Broadway Plaza which closed 2 years ago). Check out their boba tea offerings here, snow ice menu here and snacks menu here. This is great news for downtown as summer approaches…

From their website:

At CHALOGY®, it’s all about offering the best flavored Asian Tea and Snow Ice that is both healthy and environmentally sustainable. We obsess over every detail that makes a quality blend to simply dazzle your taste buds with our unique blend of tea, toppings, and ice products using the freshest natural ingredients with as much organically produced, local ingredients as possible.

Located in Walnut Creek, CHALOGY is a purveyor of fine Taiwanese Boba Tea and Snow Ice from the esteemed owner’s of Dragon’s Pond in The San Francisco Bay Area.

CHALOGY® will be opening in downtown Walnut Creek, California in early May 2016. Chef Xiao Lin and partners have been busy concocting their quality interpretations of classic Boba tea and frozen desserts in their daring new ventures into the uncharted territories of beverages and desserts.

CHALOGY’s interior, designed by the award-winning Jeff Young, reflects the hip sensibilities of the surrounding area while also paying tribute to Walnut Creek’s storied past. The cafe offers the choice to observe passers-by from the bar, or watch the art of mixing drinks as it occurs in the open-kitchen.