Author Archives: Beyond the Creek

Mona’s Burgers & Shakes Opens in Walnut Creek

1574 Palos Verdes Mall, Walnut Creek

Back in April we learned that Mona’s Burgers & Shakes would be opening in Palos Verdes mall where Chopin Cafe and Polish Restaurant used to be and they are now open. Check out their menu below and photos of the inside after the jump. Has anyone had a chance to try this out? How are the burgers and shakes?

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Arts & Craft Beer – Skull Crafting


Arts & Craft Beer – Skull Crafting:

Bedford Gallery
1601 Civic Dr. Walnut Creek
Thursday, July 31st, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm | $5

Admission: $5, includes complementary beer tasting
Make a badass skull craft and sip on some local craft beer. Bay Area Skull Show artists Ben Venom and Lucien Shapiro will be leading a hands-on skull themed art project and Calicraft Brewing Co. will be pouring a selection of their craft brews throughout the night.

Pieces of Chocolate Offering Wine Pairings to Accompany Private Chocolate Tastings in Danville

606 Sycamore Valley Rd, Danville

The gourmet chocolate shop Pieces of Chocolate which opened late last year, located in the Danville Livery in Danville will be offering wine pairings to accompany their chocolate tasting events next month. Check out their schedule here.

From their website:

We offer chocolate tasting events for public and private parties at our cioccolato tasting room in Danville, as well as corporate functions in and around the greater Bay area.  Most people have eaten chocolate but few have truly tasted the masterpieces of Chef Michael Barnes.  These chocolates are poured and salted by hand honoring the tradition of old world chocolatiers.  Our unique approach to tasting chocolate is deliciously fun and educational.  Fine chocolate tasting is very similiar to wine tasting in that you use different steps and senses to evaluate the quality and taste of the product.


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Whimsy Boutique Coming to Lafayette in Mid-August

3643 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

A new children’s and baby boutique called Whimsy featuring “fashion, accessories and gifts for babies, children and tweens” is coming to Lafayette next month in mid-August with a possible soft opening a week earlier. They are located in the Lafayette Shopping Center, a few stores down from Trader Joe’s.

The owner of the boutique also owns Fairies and Feathers, featuring, “fairy tutu dresses, flower girl dresses, and fairy accessories”, all original designs and hand-made.

From the Fairies and Feathers website:

Whimsy carries a wide range of beautiful clothing lines for babies, children, and tweens, and features a large selection of Fairies and Feathers dresses and accessories.


The 60s Summer of Love Band Performing at Moraga Commons Park this Thursday


The 60s Summer of Love:

Moraga Commons Park
1425 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga
Thursday, July 31st, 2014
6:30pm – 8:30pm | Free

The music of the 60s holds a special memory for those who grew up with it. It was music you could sing along with, music you could dance to, music you fell in love with. Now, one group brings all the memorable music from the 60s together for you in one great show!

The amazing vocals of the early California Beach Boys made us all dream of warm sand, fast cars and hitting the surf. Then there was the British invasion beginning with the Beatles who had us all growing our hair and rushing out to by miniskirts and go-go boots. The Motown sound rocked Detroit and music was indeed the king that united a nation. There has never been any question that music was at it’s best from 1963 to 1969.

Inspirato Luxury Destination Club Coming Soon to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Back in May I noted that Juicy Couture closed in Broadway Plaza with the possibility of a travel agency opening up in its place and it turned out to be mostly true as Inspirato, a luxury destination club is opening a retail shop at this spot.

From their website:

Imagine privileged access to a growing collection of luxury vacation residences, custom experiences, VIP events, and more, hand-selected to fit almost every interest and occasion. Imagine a 
trusted advisor committed to personalizing each trip you take, to make it better than the last. Imagine the benefits of being known and recognized every time you travel. Now imagine it all in a private club that inspires you to live life’s best moments more easily and often than you ever thought possible.  We are Inspirato with American Express – welcome to a whole new world.


Olympian Heather Petri Talk at Lafayette Library Tomorrow


Olympian Heather Petri Talk:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
5:00pm – 6:00pm | $5

Olympian Heather Petri – one of the most decorated female water polo players in the world – comes to the Lafayette Library as part of the LLLCF’s Authors and Athletes Family Series! Petri is one of only two US female water polo players to have competed in four Olympic Games, and the only to have medaled in all four. She will share her “unpublished” Cinderella story about chasing both her personal and Olympic dreams. Petri inspires her audience members to be their “best self.” $5 per person. Pay at door.