Lottie’s Creamery at Walnut Creek and Concord Farmers Markets


Lottie’s Creamery has been selling brownie ice cream sandwiches for a while now at the Concord farmers market at Todos Santos Plaza on Thursdays and now they are also available at the Locust St. Walnut Creek farmers market on Sundays. Check out the varied selection below, most of which are not even available at their N. Main St. location in downtown Walnut Creek. Check out their Facebook page here.


home/made kitchen cafe & bakery Opening Soon in Moraga

337 Rheem Blvd, Moraga

Back in March of last year we learned that home/made kitchen cafe & bakery would be moving from the Haceinda to Rheem Blvd. where Mondello’s used to be in Moraga (a few doors down from 24 Hour Fitness) and lots of progress is being made including what looks like a large patio area in front. According to their website they are planning for a summer opening. Check out their menu here.

From their website:

home/made kitchen brings something fresh to the table, literally. Many of our ingredients are sourced from organic, local, sustainable farms and everything is made in house. The result is authentic, inspired California cuisine.

Located at 337 Rheem Boulevard in Moraga, the cafe will open this summer with approximately 40 seats indoors and 20 seats outdoors. The hours of operation will be Monday-Friday 6am-7pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-3pm. Breakfast will be served all day with lunch in the afternoon, as well as packaged take out meals for dinner.   - See more at:

Century Movie Theater in Walnut Creek to begin Serving Alcohol Next Year

1201 Locust St, Walnut Creek

Crazy in Suburbia recently pointed out that Century Theatres in downtown Walnut Creek will soon begin serving wine and beer. A manager I spoke with believes the new wine bar will open next year and may be similar to the one in Napa. Has anyone drank wine in a movie theater? This will be a new experience for me.

From the 2012 Napa theater press release:

With the opening of the new Century Napa Valley and XD Theatre, Cinemark proudly introduces the CineVino Wine Bar, with a luxurious lounge, serving locally produced wines and beers. Favorites such as Trinchero Family Estates, Francis Ford Coppola Wineries, Lagunitas Brewing Company, and the Napa Smith Brewery will be featured at the CineVino Wine Bar, complemented by small plate food selections which will pair nicely with the drink offerings.

Mona’s Burgers & Shakes Opens in Walnut Creek

1574 Palos Verdes Mall, Walnut Creek

Back in April we learned that Mona’s Burgers & Shakes would be opening in Palos Verdes mall where Chopin Cafe and Polish Restaurant used to be and they are now open. Check out their menu below and photos of the inside after the jump. Has anyone had a chance to try this out? How are the burgers and shakes?

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Pieces of Chocolate Offering Wine Pairings to Accompany Private Chocolate Tastings in Danville

606 Sycamore Valley Rd, Danville

The gourmet chocolate shop Pieces of Chocolate which opened late last year, located in the Danville Livery in Danville will be offering wine pairings to accompany their chocolate tasting events next month. Check out their schedule here.

From their website:

We offer chocolate tasting events for public and private parties at our cioccolato tasting room in Danville, as well as corporate functions in and around the greater Bay area.  Most people have eaten chocolate but few have truly tasted the masterpieces of Chef Michael Barnes.  These chocolates are poured and salted by hand honoring the tradition of old world chocolatiers.  Our unique approach to tasting chocolate is deliciously fun and educational.  Fine chocolate tasting is very similiar to wine tasting in that you use different steps and senses to evaluate the quality and taste of the product.


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The Hop Grenade Taproom & Bottleshop Opens in Concord

2151 Salvio St, Concord

A couple of weeks ago we learned that The Hop Grenade Taproom & Bottleshop would be opening very soon in Concord across from Todos Santos Plaza in Concord and they are now open. The recording studio is in back with a large window you can peer into while they’re recording. Check out their bar menu here and their current beer menu here.

Mona’s Burgers & Shakes Opening Soon in Walnut Creek

1574 Palos Verdes Mall, Walnut Creek

Back in April I noted that Mona’s Burgers and Shakes would be opening in the Palos Verdes mall in Walnut Creek this summer and they are progressing with their signage up now and a Craigslist post looking for servers, cooks and cashiers. Their Facebook page is subtitled, “burger restaurant, hot dog joint, salad bar”.

BZ Grill Asian Kitchen Opens in Danville

202 Sycamore Valley Rd. W, Danville

Diablo Dish recently reported that a new casual, Asian restaurant called BZ Grill Asian Kitchen has opened in the Danville Livery. As you can see on the wall menu below (click to enlarge), step 1 is to choose a protein (grill or wok style), and step 2 is to choose a base like rice, noodles or salad. Each box comes with “Korean style broccoli, bean sprouts, pickled veggies & Asian slaw”.

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