Lafayette

Restaurants

Sideboard Opens in Downtown Lafayette

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3535 Plaza Way, Lafayette

The much anticipated opening of Danville-based comfort food restaurant Sideboard took place last week and over the weekend I dropped by to check it out and was happy to see that same casual charm their Danville location offers. I tried the skirt steak sandwich with chimichurri sauce. arugula and caramelized onions and it was delicious! I look forward to going back to try some more dishes out. Check out their morning menu here, lunch menu here, dinner menu here, and beverage menu here. Like their Danville location (and nearby Roam Burgers), you order directly at the cashier, get a tag and sit down where your food is delivered.

From their website:

Sideboard neighborhood kitchen and coffee bar is dedicated to creating handcrafted comfort food taking into account the season and availability of natural, local, organic, and sustainable ingredients whenever possible. All menu items and condiments are house made or sourced from purveyors who share our vision and passion in creating products which we believe to be the best available. Simply prepared, our rustic comfort food comes from the heart. Signature items will be available daily.

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More photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading

Shopping

piece. Expands in Lafayette Clocktower

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3569 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

In December we learned that a new luxury clothing boutique and home accessories shop called piece. opened in the Lafayette Clocktower in downtown Lafayette and they have completed their expansion next door.

From their Facebook page:

Carefully curated collection of clothing and accessories for the woman and the man, as well as special pieces for the home.

Explains owner Renee Sitzman: “One thing I’ve learned in my years in the fashion and design industries is that “perfect” comes in all price points. And that’s what you’ll find at piece. – a large variety of truly unique pieces for women, men and home across a wide range of prices.”

By design, piece. offers a wide selection of items with limited inventory to ensure that all customers who shop our locally owned stores have truly unique pieces to enjoy!

Real Estate

Kitchen of the Day

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Every year the Lafayette Juniors offer a kitchen tour featuring several magnificent kitchens and homes in Lafayette to raise money for several non profit organizations and this year the beneficiaries are: Youth Homes, Diablo Ballet’s PEEK Outreach Program, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, and Lamorinda Spirit Van. Find out more about these organizations here.

This Happy Valley kitchen and home has been featured in photo shoots for catalogs and local designers and has a serene, peaceful feel throughout. One of my favorite pieces is the lighting over the dining room table (see below). How cool is that?! As you can see in the photos after the jump, the kitchen boasts two full-sized sinks in the kitchen and plenty of counter space for prepping meals. Right outside is a beautiful looking pool and patio area surrounded by lush gardens which looks like the perfect place to relax and hang out with friends and family!

From the Lafayette Juniors description:

The updated classic home boasts a light, airy and open space that serves as a backdrop for many photo shoots for catalogs and local designers. As is appropriate to the transitional style of the home, the homeowner has mixed modern and traditional by using reclaimed wood floors, stainless steel materials, and industrial lighting. The tasteful kitchen features two honed Calacatta marble countertops, one with a prep sink and wine fridge. Three elegant pendant lights illuminate the center island and echo the nickel faucets. The dining area offers views of the pool and well-tended garden that boasts white flowers throughout. Thoughtful details are evident in all areas of the home and kitchen, including the kitchen millwork and the coordinating fridge and oven handles. The homeowner created a serene space where friends and family are encouraged to unwind.

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Restaurants

Sideboard Neighborhood Kitchen & Coffee Bar Opening May 16th in Lafayette

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Park Plaza, Lafayette

The wait is almost over as Sideboard Neighborhood Kitchen & Coffee Bar is opening this Monday, May 16th in Lafayette in the newly redeveloped Park Plaza according to Diablo Dish, and will be “open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, offering hand-roasted coffee and New American comfort food made with local, organic ingredients.” Check out their Danville morning menu here, lunch menu here, dinner menu here, and beverage menu here. I know where I going for brunch!

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Events

ComicFest 2016 at Lafayette Library on May 14th

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ComicFest 2016:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Saturday, May 14th, 2016
1:00pm – 4:00pm | Free

The Lafayette Library will be presenting ComicFest 2016. It will be a veritable cavalcade of artists and their work, along with workshops, crafts, cosplay, photobooth, scavenger hunt, raffles, prizes and more!

Guest of Honor: Joe Field, Flying Colors Comics, Founder of Free Comic Book Day.

Sign up for drawing workshops. Come meet Star Wars Bounty Hunters and Jedi Masters. Learn Light Saber choreography!

Full Program Schedule Click Here

Events

Concert at the Res at Lafayette Reservoir on May 14th

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Concert at the Res:

Lafayette Reservoir
3849 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Saturday, May 14th, 2016
11:00am – 3:00pm | Free

Entertainment includes…

The Big Band of Rossmoor
Acalanes High School Band
Stanley Middle School symphonic Orchestra
Bentley School Band
Westlake Middle School Band (Oakland)
Town Hall Theater Troupe
Lamorinda Theatre Academy.

This annual concert raises money to support the local school music programs as well as other Rotary-sponsored programs.

Though the stage is a short walk from the parking area, the Rotary Club will be providing golf cart transportation to and from the stage for those who may desire it. Public restrooms and a children’s play area are nearby, and parking is certainly available for $7 all day or at metered parking.

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase to win great prizes including weekend getaways.

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Jamie Stillway Playing at Mighty Fine Guitars on May 14th in Lafayette

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Jamie Stillway:

Big Room Theater at Mighty Fine Guitars
81 Lafayette Cir, Lafayette
Saturday, May 14th, 2016
8:00 PM | $15 – $20

Since moving to Portland, Oregon in 2002, Jamie Stillway has quietly been making her mark in the world of fingerstyle guitar. She has toured nationally and internationally, received an endorsement from Stevens Custom Guitars of Munich, and has become an in-demand instructor; teaching at the Healdsburg Guitar Festival, California Coast Music Camp, and Puget Sound Guitar Workshop. She has self-released 3 albums of original compositions, and her style of playing has brought comparisons to Leo Kottke, Django Reinhardt, Bill Frisell, Rev. Gary Davis and more. Her most recent release is a collection of solo compositions recorded live at Portland’s Secret Society Studios.