Friday Question of the Day – Favorite Vietnamese Restaurant


With word that the Vietnamese restaurant Kevin’s Noodle House is reopening in Concord, and considering their Walnut Creek location has been open for a while now, I’m wondering what Vietnamese restaurants people have been going to. There is also Saigon Vietnamese Bistro on Newell Ave. that replaced Pho Saigon. So what’s your favorite Vietnamese restaurant?

All-You-Can-Eat Scoops for $5 at Smitten Lafayette on Wed. Oct. 22nd, 2 – 5pm

3545 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

All-You-Can-Eat Scoops for LPIE at Smitten Lafayette:

Help Smitten Ice Cream be a great neighbor and come enjoy all the scoops your stomach can handle! (Just make sure to bring your elastic-waist pants…)

On Wednesday, October 22nd from 2-5pm, the Brrristas at Smitten Ice Cream – Lafayette will be serving up scoops to support Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE). LPIE is a community-based education foundation run by parent volunteers working to enhance and expand the educational opportunities for students in Lafayette’s six public schools.

Tickets* = $5 for unlimited scoops of all flavors. Alll profits go directly to LPIE.

*One per ice cream eater, big or small. Valid 10/22/2014 at Lafayette shop ONLY.

Noah’s Bagels Opening this Wed. in Downtown Walnut Creek

1930 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

The sign outside the soon-to-be-open Noah’s Bagels in downtown Walnut Creek where Blockbuster Video used to be on Mt. Diablo Blvd. says “open in 3 days” so it looks like it will be officially opening this Wednesday, October 22nd. Inside looks like a typical Noah’s Bagels with plenty of seating available.


Friday Question of the Day – What is your Favorite Wine Bar?


With news this week that a new wine bar called Cine Cuvée is coming to downtown Orinda, in addition to ADEGA Wine Bar coming to downtown Walnut Creek, not to mention a new wine bar being added to the Century Theater in Walnut Creek, I’ve been wondering what are your favorite wine bars? I’m familiar with Residual Sugar, what else is out there that you recommend?

Ramen Hiroshi Opening Beginning of November in Downtown Walnut Creek

1633 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek

A new ramen and yakitori restaurant called Ramen Hiroshi will be opening the beginning of November in downtown Walnut Creek where 310 Eatery used to be on Bonanza St. Since they don’t have their alcohol license yet they’re starting with ramen initially with plans to add yakitori later on. The owner mentioned one of my favorite South Bay ramen spots Orenchi from Santa Clara so I’m very hopeful!

Jack’s Beer Bar Coming to Downtown Pleasant Hill this Spring

15 Crescent Dr, Pleasant Hill

Jack’s Restaurant and Bar is planning on opening a new beer bar with separate entrance behind their current location in downtown Pleasant Hill on Crescent Drive where Golden Nails Salon used to be. According to the owner they’re looking to get, “at least 20 tap handles and maybe some tap wines”. There will also be an opening inside to move back and forth between the restaurant and beer bar. Check out their website here.

Cine Cuvée Wine Bar Opening in Orinda

2 Theatre Square, Orinda

A new wine bar called Cine Cuvée is opening next to the Orinda Theatre where Kasper’s Hot Dogs used to be. Looks like there will be a movie/wine connection based on their Facebook page:

“Brin[g]ing cinema and wine together!”

“Cine – a combining form meaning “motion picture”
Cuvée – a type, blend, or batch of wine”

Coming Soon: