Restaurants

Bonehead’s Texas BBQ Opens in Lafayette

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3422 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Bonehead’s Texas BBQ opened last week in Lafayette, replacing Bo’s Barbecue that closed last year. Check out their menu here. The inside looks really nice and spacious with several TVs gracing the walls. There is also plenty of outdoor seating on their patio.

From their Facebook page:

Bonehead’s Texas BBQ is the brainchild of a Silicon Valley salesman who chose to do something he loved rather than continue to put up with the daily commute. As a hobby, Dave Roberson (aka Duroc) has been smoking for friends, family, churches, and large groups for 25 plus years. His first smoker was made from a 55-gallon drum, a stolen grocery cart, (he says someone else stole it, he just didn’t know where to return it to—yeah, right, Dave) and a couple of lawn mower tires. Yep, he’s a real bubba!

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.

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Shopping

Scuttlebutt – Restoration Hardware Relocating to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

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Broadway Pointe, Walnut Creek

The upscale home goods store Restoration Hardware, located in downtown Walnut Creek in the Broadway Pointe shopping plaza, is looking to relocate to a new flagship store across the street in Broadway Plaza according to a reliable source. It’s not definite but it looks like it would be located where the Macy’s men’s store is on the backside next to the restaurant Stanford’s. This will take place at a later phase within the Broadway Plaza plan. Stay tuned…

Events

Movie Magic Under the Stars – Into the Woods at Civic Park in Walnut Creek on June 27th

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Movie Magic Under the Stars – Into the Woods:

Civic Park
1375 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Saturday, June 27th, 2015
6:30pm | Free

Walnut Creek Downtown (WCD) and The City of Walnut Creek take families to the cinema with “Movies Under the Stars” – two nights of free, al fresco music and film-watching fun at Civic Park. “The Last Minute Band” will provide pre-movie entertainment. Families are encouraged to settle in with comfy chairs, blankets, and a picnic dinner. Please, no pets.

Real Estate

Kitchen of the Day

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This is the third kitchen featured from the 2015 Lafayette Juniors kitchen tour held last month. Check out the first and second kitchens if you missed it. In the past 12 months the Lafayette Juniors have raised over $50,000 for local non-profit organizations. Find out more about their beneficiaries here.

This Lafayette home was gorgeous. I especially liked the spacious island and clean design throughout. The living room located on a different level yet with an open layout was stunning! And the outside patio area surrounded by trees and nature is sublime; perfect for both entertaining or relaxing.

From the Lafayette Juniors description:

The contemporary kitchen was completely updated to reflect the home’s sleek contemporary spirit. A white quartz countertop balances the blue gray tones of the cabinetry and the dark hardwood flooring. Built-in appliances are placed cleanly around the perimeter of the kitchen, while a driftwood sphere pendant light adds an organic touch and sheds warmth over the center island. The home also boasts a mudroom hallway, which helps the kitchen to stay uncluttered.

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Question of the Day

Friday Question of the Day – What is on your Summer Reading List?

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Last week we learned the unfortunate news that Barnes & Noble would be closing in downtown Walnut Creek this January. This was my go-to store for book shopping and browsing but considering it’s still open for the summer, there is still time to pick up some books. (There’s also the library). A couple of weeks ago I asked about must-see summer movies. What books are on your summer reading list? Will you read it in paper form or as an e-book?

Events

Forejour – Foreigner Journey Tribute at Moraga Commons Park this Evening

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Forejour – Foreigner Journey Tribute:

Moraga Commons Park
Thursday, June 25th, 2015
6:30pm – 8:30pm | Free

You are invited to join your neighbors on Thursday evenings at the Moraga Commons Park for a relaxing free concert in the park. Bring your picnic blanket or lawn chairs to the grassy hillside in front of the band shell. Enjoy the music while your children enjoy the park. The volunteers of the Moraga Park and Recreation Foundation will even cook dinner for you with the Snack Bar opening at 6:00 pm.

Daily Life

When in Rome…

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I don’t know if New York brings out the worst in people but two incidents got me wondering. The other day I decided to check out the movie Jurassic World on a giant IMAX screen in midtown Manhattan. I bought the tickets at an online kiosk inside the theater and then headed to a short line to get upstairs. While I was waiting in line, a woman and her pre-teen daughter (around 11 or 12 years old) tried to merge into the line right in front of me. So I spoke up and mentioned the line. The mother said that they were here first. As I looked at the woman in disbelief, the daughter said to her mom innocently, “mom, they were here before us”. I smiled and thanked the daughter for her honesty and her mom for raising such a great child, and then was directed around the corner outside where I waited in another line for an hour.

A few days later I headed upstairs to the M&M store in Times Square and waited in another short, informal line with my son at a special M&M “fortune telling” machine. Sure enough, a few minutes passed by when another woman and pre-teen daughter scooted in front of us. Again, I let them know that we were there before them. The mother then said they were there first. I smiled. Unbelievably, the girl told her mom that we were actually there first. Being as pushy as these mothers were, I assumed they were native New Yorkers but when I asked the girl where she was from she said, “San Francisco”.

Did New York push them over the edge or would they behave like that everywhere?

Events

Outside @ Lesher Center – Dead Winter Carpenters on June 25th

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Outside @ Lesher Center – Dead Winter Carpenters:

Lesher Center for the Arts (outside)
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Thursday, June 25th, 2015
5:30pm – 7:00pm | Free

The place to be this summer is Outside @ Lesher Center! On Thursday, June 25, join us for the inaugural performance of Summer Sounds! This outdoor summer concert series is FREE and takes place on the outside plaza of the beautiful Lesher Center for the Arts in the heart of Downtown Walnut Creek.

After rocking out to stellar entertainment, extend your summer evening by enjoying the fine dining and shopping Downtown Walnut Creek is known for!

Dead Winter Carpenters is a five-piece Alt-Country band from North Lake Tahoe, California, whose music has been described as an Americana blend of progressive bluegrass, roots rock, and folk with an influence from the Bakersfield Sound. They have performed at prominent venues such as The Fillmore and Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, the Fox Theater in Boulder, Colorado, and the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as playing notable music festivals like High Sierra in California. They have also appeared on stage with the likes of Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, Sam Bush, The Travelin’ McCourys, and Chris Shiflett.

Restaurants

Jack’s Taps Opens in Pleasant Hill

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15 Crescent Dr, Pleasant Hill

Earlier this spring we learned that Jack’s Restaurant and Bar would be expanding in the Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center with an additional bar called Jack’s Taps and they are now open. I dropped by and checked out the inside which looks great. Priced at around $6, brews including pale ales, pilsners, porters, stouts and more are available on tap.

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