American Kitchen Opens in Lafayette

71 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette

American Kitchen opened last Monday in downtown Lafayette and when I stopped by this weekend it was packed both inside and out with lots of people checking out what’s turning out to be a flourishing of newly opened eateries within downtown Lafayette. Although I was tempted to go with my usual burger, being a fan of fried chicken thanks to Oakland’s Bakesale Betty I decided to go with a fried chicken sandwich with coleslaw on a bun. Pickled beets and carrots were included as a side. I loved the cornmeal polenta crust on the juicy Mary’s chicken tenders and look forward to trying the burger next time. Actually, there’s a lot on the menu I want to try out. Has anyone tried this place out yet? What do you recommend? Check out American Kitchen on Facebook here.


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Bonehead’s Texas BBQ Opening in Lafayette

3422 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Thanks to a reader for sending word that a new barbecue restaurant called Bonehead’s Texas BBQ will be opening in the Bo’s Barbecue location in Lafayette that we learned was closing back in April. They have doing catering for several years and this looks to be their first restaurant. Check out their catering menu here and Facebook page here. Stay tuned…

From their website:

All of our products are prepared fresh daily… well most of them.  The cole slaw, tater salad and other salads are.  But our meats take days to prepare even before they’re cooked.  You see, we use rubs on our meats that we allow to soak in for up to 72 hours before they’re placed in the smoker.  That’s what makes Bonehead’s different – we’re slow – low and slow smokin’.  We use wood fired smokers only – no natural gas or charcoal.  We believe natural gas and charcoal leave a flavor that isn’t compatible to tasty food.

American Kitchen Opening this Monday, Aug. 25th in Lafayette

71 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette

Last week we learned that American Kitchen would be opening sometime this month in downtown Lafayette and good news has arrived as they are officially opening this Monday, August, 25th at 9am. Initially they will be serving breakfast from 9am – 11am and lunch from 11am – 3pm with plans for dinner service in early September. Check out their expansive menu here which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner offerings as well as pastries and drinks including coffee, tea, juices, craft beers and local wines. Check out their Facebook page here.

In addition to the great outdoor seating areas you can see in the photo above, I had a chance to get a preview of the inside which looks amazing as well. It has a great rustic ambiance that fits the outside architecture perfectly. Check out part of the dining area in the photo below.


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Friday Question of the Day – How Young is Too Young to Head a Soccer Ball?

Photo by Flickr user heisnofool

The fall kids soccer season is about to begin. Earlier this summer I read about US women soccer stars getting the word out on the dangers of children heading soccer balls with, “guidelines calling for the elimination of heading the ball by players younger than 14″ due to the potential for brain injuries. The article notes that, “many soccer organizations in the United States suggest that coaches start teaching children to head the ball only after those players turn 10″. The American Youth Soccer Association (AYSO) points out on their, Is Heading Safe, page, in bold that, “AYSO does not recommend heading below the age of ten. Coaches are not encouraged to teach or practice heading at these early ages”.

So imagine my surprise when my six year old kid comes home from soccer camp one day this summer and starts throwing the ball up in the air trying to hit it with his head. He told me that’s what they did at camp.

When I emailed the camp about their policy they replied with:

Heading is specially important because incorrect heading is not safe in the long run.
We adjust the intensity of all skills to be age-appropriate.  Heading skill is taught to the younger age by reducing the distant from where the ball is served to the player to reduce the power from the ball. This is in compliance with recommendations from all soccer organizations.

Now it turns out that the Lafayette Moraga Youth Association (LMYA) is using this soccer organization to provide, “Professional trainers [...] working directly on the field with coaches and players” and “Separate “free” skills clinics with [...] trainers”. I emailed LMYA about their soccer heading policy and did not receive a reply.

Should young kids be practicing heading soccer balls? Do other soccer organizations in this area have policies on this?

The Springhouse and Otter Creek at Mighty Fine Guitars in Lafayette on Aug. 23rd


The Springhouse and Otter Creek:

Mighty Fine Guitars
85 Lafayette Cir, Lafayette
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
8:00pm | $15 – $20

Jane Selkye from Me Jane and Plainjane, Chris Kee from Houston Jones, Jim Campilongo, The Waybacks, etc. and ace pedal steel meister David Phillips roam the Americana borderlands. Bluegrass family-band Otter Creek opens. A helluva show.

American Kitchen Now Planning on August Opening in Lafayette

71 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette

Back in June we learned that the rustic Lafayette restaurant American Kitchen, featuring natural Americana comfort foods was planning on a July soft opening but according to their Facebook page the opening has been pushed back to August. Progress is being made on the inside as well as out with what looks to be an additional dining area in front which will be great. They have also posted a dinner and lunch menu in their window. Check it out…



Summer Show Reception at Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery on Aug. 2nd in Lafayette


Summer Show Reception at Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery:

Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery
3620 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
7:00pm | Free

Summer Art Show featuring Julia Rymer, Jeffrey Sully and David Vasgerdsian

This August Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery has the pleasure and honor to exhibit 3 Bay Area artists. All 3 bring together a rich and diverse array of media. Julia Rymer’s “biological abstractions” are playful, graphite, acrylic and gouache on paper, mylar and wood. Jeffrey Sully features carved redwood and shaped mixed media paintings on wood and painter Gregory Vasgerdsian brings his fresh and bright alla prima plein heir oil paintings of impressionistic vineyard and local landscapes.