Haleh Pastry Opens in Downtown Walnut Creek

1632 N. Main St, Walnut Creek

Back in December we learned that Honey Berry closed in downtown Walnut Creek next to City Hall and thanks to everyone for sending word that the Persian bakery Haleh Pastry has opened in this spot. The desserts including cakes look amazing as you can see from the photos below. They even have Persian pistachio nuts you can buy in bulk. I can’t wait to try this place out!

I’m not sure whether GELATO on Rinehart’s clock outside will be updated to reflect the bakery. Any suggestions? How about BAKERY? PASTRY? MAJOON?


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Cars & Coffee at Blackhawk Museum on Feb 7th in Danville


Cars & Coffee:

Blackhawk Museum
3700 Blackhawk Plaza Cir, Danville
Sunday, February 7th, 2016
8:00am – 10:00am | Free

Super Bowl Sunday 2016 Edition
On the First Sunday of every month, automotive enthusiasts gather in the parking lots of the Blackhawk Museum to share their vehicles and admire the other fabulous classic cars, hot rods, sports cars, exotics and anything else with wheels and a motor that promotes the car enthusiast hobby.

This event is held rain or shine and all you have to do is show up. You bring the cars and we’ll bring he coffee.

This event is free to everyone thanks to our sponsors. The Blackhawk Museums will be open at 9am on Cars n Coffee Sundays.


Worth Ranch California BBQ & Saloon Opens in San Ramon

2410 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon

Chef Rodney Worth, owner of the Prickly Pear Cantina and the Peasant and the Pear in Danville, recently opened a new restaurant called Worth Ranch California BBQ & Saloon in San Ramon’s Courtyard Center. Check out their menu here. I tried the pulled pork sandwich with “napa cabernet bbq sauce topped with coleslaw on an artisan bun” and it was delicious! Being the coleslaw fan I am, even though the sandwich is topped with coleslaw, I chose coleslaw for my side and was not disappointed. The pulled pork was tasty as well.

From their website:

Worth Ranch, the newest addition to the Worth Group’s collection of boutique restaurants, is located in San Ramon, just 1000 feet away from the original location where the dream started over ten years ago. Worth Ranch is the first of Chef Rodney’s restaurants dedicated to his personal favorite style of cuisine-BBQ. He has been working for many years to perfect his rubs and slow cooked process for the variety of meats offered on his menu. From brisket, to ribs to tri-tip, Worth Ranch is Chef’s take on what he calls “California BBQ.” Because Worth has sampled BBQ from across the country, from Memphis to the Carolinas, from Austin to Kansas City, and everywhere in between, he thought it important for his menu to reflect his diverse tastes. And because his passion for fine food is a priority, don’t be surprised to see some interesting takes on tried and true favorites!


Pulled pork sandwich:


Bubbles, Baubles & Bling Reception at the Lafayette Art Gallery on Feb 6th


Bubbles, Baubles & Bling:

Lafayette Art Gallery
3420 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Saturday, February 6th, 2016
12:00pm – 6:00pm | Free

Please join us to drink some bubbles and see the baubles and bling we will have to select the best gift for your Valentine this year.  Our jewelers will have fresh new designs, plus other tokens of love and affection to chose from.


Navlet’s Garden Centers Closed – Will Reopen as Sloat Garden Center

800 Camino Ramon, Danville

Thanks to a reader for sending word that the Danville Navlet’s Garden Center has closed. All Navlet’s garden centers will be become Sloat Garden Centers and reopen on February 19th. Check out the Sloat Garden Center website here.

From the Navlet’s website:

After 130 years of serving local gardeners, Navlet’s Garden Centers will be closing its doors. We truly appreciate your support over the years and will always be grateful. We are fortunate to be able to pass the torch to Sloat Garden Centers, another highly respected, locally owned and operated garden center.

We are confident that you will enjoy your shopping and gardening experience with Sloat as much as you did with Navlet’s. The stores will be reopening by February 19 with many familiar faces.



Bounty From Your Garden: Fruit Trees 101 at Rodgers Ranch on Feb 9th in Pleasant Hill

Bounty From Your Garden: Fruit Trees 101:

Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM | $20

Fresh fruit! The goal of many home gardeners it to be able to wander into your garden and pick luscious, tree-ripened fruit, fruit that has not traveled hundreds of miles, or been in cold storage before hitting the grocery shelves.

Come explore the many varieties of fruit bearing trees that thrive in the varied microclimates of Contra Costa. Our class will cover all the basics, including root-stocks, multiple grafting, suppliers and year-round care.