Last week I had the opportunity to check out six kitchens on the Lafayette Juniors Kitchen Tour so I have decided to make Kitchen of the Day posts to show off some of these gorgeous kitchens around Lafayette. Held every year in May, the Lafayette Juniors Kitchen Tour is incredibly well organized with volunteer helpers stationed throughout. For those embarking on a remodel of their own homes or are curious how nice homes in this area can be, this tour is a must-see! In addition there are several charity recipients such as New Day for Children so it’s for a good cause.
This kitchen in located on a hillside in Lafayette and has amazing views of Mt. Diablo. As you can see from the above photo, there is plenty of island seating and prep areas. Some of my favorite parts of this kitchen are the marble countertops and pendant lighting which you can see in the photo below.
Photos of the dog food bowl drawer and view outside after the jump…
Lottie’s Creamery root beer float
Last month at Lottie’s Creamery grand opening in Walnut Creek I learned that root beer floats were going to be offered and was excited to see how they tasted. It turns out that Cake in Lafayette has decided to get into the ice cream business as well, albeit on a smaller scale and also offers root beer floats with home made organic ice cream. Being the root beer float loving guy I am I had to try them both out.
Both Lottie’s and Cake offer one scoop of home made vanilla ice cream in a glass of root beer. Vanilla beans were visible in both floats, yeah! Lottie’s comes with a massively wide straw to slurp the ice cream through while Cake comes with a spoon. Lottie’s uses bottled Jones root beer while Cake uses Devil’s Canyon root beer on tap. Lottie’s ice cream is hard while Cake uses soft serve ice cream that is chilled so it’s not too soft. (Cake will be offering soft serve ice cream for sale very soon!) Price-wise a Lottie’s float will run you $5.50 and is available in black cherry and orange cream, while a Cake root beer float comes to $4.50.
As for taste, it’s even-steven, they are both incredible!
Cake root beer float
Last week I noted that a new pop up boutique Lesley Evers would be opening in downtown Lafayette in La Fiesta Square and they have now opened. They also have a location in Rockridge. Lesley Evers is a local designer living in the East Bay. Read more about her here.
If you’re a fan of mid-century design you’ll love the inside of this store.
Front of the store:
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Dance on Film Series – Brigadoon:
Lafayette Library & Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette
Thursday, June 6th, 2013
6:30pm | $5
Diablo Ballet and The Lafayette Library & Learning Center bring back the popular, summer Dance on Film series beginning Thursday, June 6th 6:30 PM, with the 1954 musical movie classic Brigadoon.
For information, visit www.DiabloBallet.org or call the Lafayette Library at 925-283-6513.
From the era of MGM’s classic film musicals comes Brigadoon, starring Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse. Lerner and Loewe’s legendary Broadway musical tells the story of two American tourists who stumble upon an enchanted Scottish village that comes alive every 100 years. The score features such classics as “The Heather on the Hill,” ”I’ll Go Home with Bonnie Jean,” and ”Almost Like Being in Love.”
Before the screening, Lauren Jonas, Diablo Ballet’s Artistic Director, and film critic Beau Behan will share fascinating facts about the making of the film. Behan has been featured on NBC Bay Area, NBC News and Boston Globe, and can be seen on the TV show, Beau’s Flicks & Nix, every Friday at 6PM on the Comcast Hometown Network, CHN 104.
Dance on Film celebrates some of the finest examples of dance captured in popular movies. The series debuted last year to sold-out screenings and enthusiastic audiences.
Admission is $5 for all ages. Everyone is invited to enter a free drawing to win tickets to attend a future Diablo Ballet performance.
The Dance on Film series continues all summer with additional screenings:
Wednesday, July 1oth 6:30 PM Singin‘ In the Rain
Thursday August 15th 6:30 PM Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Proceeds benefit the Lafayette Library and Learning Foundation. All screenings take place in the Lafayette Library’s Community Hall, located at 3491 Mt Diablo Blvd in Lafayette.
For more information, visit www.Diabloballet.org or call the Lafayette Library at 925-283-6513.
Last week I noted that San Francisco based Roam Artisan Burgers would be opening its first location outside San Francisco in Lafayette and according to the owner they’re planning on an early October opening. Stay tuned for updates…
Spotted outside a store in Lafayette, the sign says, “No Yogurt allowed in store”. Does this means ice cream and smoothies are ok?
Gold Coast Chamber Players Presents Transcendent:
Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette
Saturday, May 11th, 2013
7:30pm – 9:00pm | $35
Through the bleakness of World War II comes Olivier Messiaen’s sublime Quartet for the End of Time. Keynote speaker Rebecca Rischin reveals the circumstances under which the Quartet was created.
Quartet for the End of Time for clarinet, violin, cello, piano – Olivier Messiaen
Kay Stern, violin (Concertmaster, San Francisco Opera)
Tony Striplen, clarinet (San Francisco Opera)
Christopher Costanza, cello (St. Lawrence String Quartet)
Yana Reznik, piano, www.yanareznik.com
General Admission $35.00, Senior $30.00, Student $10.00
Order tickets by calling (925)283-3728 or online at: www. gcplayers.tix.com
The Treasure Trove is moving from their location next to where Petar’s used to be in downtown Lafayette to a new location behind Peet’s Coffee in the Lafayette Plaza Center where Whole Foods is. The address is 3506-H Mt. Diablo Blvd.
From their website:
The Treasure Trove is a custom interiors studio specializing in window treatments, wallpapers, upholstery, bed coverings, decorative pillows, slipcovers, cushions, carpeting, and other home furnishings.
Music and the Brain Lecture by Daniel Levitin:
Mighty Fine Guitars
85 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette
Friday, May 10th, 2013
8:00pm | $25
Daniel Levitin is an award-winning scientist, musician, author and record producer.
He is the author of two books: the international bestsellers “This Is Your Brain on Music” and “The World in Six Songs.” He is also the James McGill Professor of Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal, where he runs the Laboratory for Music Cognition, Perception and Expertise. Needless to say, I am thrilled to have him speak to us Mighty Fine folks.
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