Progress on Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Walnut Creek


Back in January I noted that construction on Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf had begun in the Sprouts Shopping Center located on Geary Rd. and N. Main St. in Walnut Creek and judging by the inside it’s getting much closer to opening now. This place has been empty for a really long time so it’s good to see significant progress being made on the inside. Stay tuned…


Ice Monster Opens in Walnut Creek

2230 Oak Grove Rd. Walnut Creek

A couple of weeks ago I noted that a new shaved snow and flavored drink shop called Ice Monster would be opening in the Nob Hill shopping center in Walnut Creek and they have now opened. Their featured offering is called shaved snow (see photo after the jump) and they also offer regular Dreyer’s ice cream as well as flavored iced tea, iced milk tea, milk shakes and smoothies.

I tried the taro flavored shaved snow with lychee jelly, m&ms, and chocolate syrup. I’m not sure how they make the shaved snow but according to a person working there they use less dairy, and no heavy cream from a recipe that comes from Taiwan where this type of ice cream is quite popular. Note that contrary to what I imagined this isn’t shaved ice with syrup aka snow cones that I loved as a kid. You may notice the $7.50 cost of a shaved snow; this is plenty for two people. They are considering adding a smaller size as well.

Click on menu for larger view:

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Veggie Grill Building Completely Gutted in Walnut Creek

1320 Locust St, Walnut Creek

Last month I noted that construction had begun on Veggie Grill in downtown Walnut Creek where the post office used to be on Locust St. and if you look in front you might not realize that it’s completely gutted and doesn’t even have a roof! The photo above is the view from the backside towards Locust St.

New Chef and Weeknight Supper Menu at Corners Tavern in Walnut Creek


From a press release:

Corners Tavern, the contemporary American gastropub nestled in downtown Walnut Creek’s Broadway Plaza, has appointed Gavin Schmidt as Executive Chef. Gavin has been with Corners Tavern since its inception and was instrumental in shaping the original and subsequent menus. Gavin’s resume prior to Corners Tavern is like reading a page from the San Francisco Chronicle’s Top 100: Coi, Campton Place, Fifth Floor, Aqua and Elisabeth Daniel; restaurants where his roles varied from Sous Chef to Executive Chef.
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“It’s Not a Wine Dinner, It’s a Beer Dinner” Dinner at Walnut Creek Yacht Club this Evening


“It’s Not a Wine Dinner, It’s a Beer Dinner” Dinner:

Walnut Creek Yacht Club
1555 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
6:00pm | $65

Local Brew from Schubros Brewery in San Ramon

Join us as we welcome Brewmaster Mike Johannsen. Mike will be on hand to talk with us about their brews their brewery, and craft brewing.

Gather on the Aft Deck 6:00
Dinner at 6:30

Cherry Rye Nico
Maine Rock Crab Stuffed Red Potatoes
sierra jack, candied jalapeño, roasted garlic
Bay Shrimp & Sweet Yellow Corn Fritters
spicy cherry onion dip
Moroccan Swordfish Meatballs
nico braised lentils, mint, lemon zest

First Course
Las Trampas Pale Ale
King Salmon Pastrami Gravlox Salad
mâche, shaved red onion, pickled fennel
golden tomato, swiss cheese, rye croutons
rubenesque dressing

Main Course
680 IPA

Meyer Ranch Beef Brisket
ipa braise, red potatoes, cippolini onions
grilled yellow zucchini, balsamic syrup
parmesan, roasted heirloom carrots
chef kev’s horseradish-beer mustard, pretzel rolls

Diablo Dark

TCHO Chocolate & Toasted Walnut Tart espresso pastry, spiced rum whipped cream
toffee cream anglaise

$65 per person
tax and gratuity are not included
family style seating and service

Sunol Ridge Restaurant and Bar Opens in Walnut Creek

1388 Locust St, Walnut Creek

Last month I noted that Sunol Ridge Restaurant and Bar would be opening soon in downtown Walnut Creek and they are now open. Previous posts show the front of the restaurant but as you can see the side entrance to their patio looks amazing as well. Check out their menus below (click the menu for a larger view).

Diablo Dish recently reported that the chef has switched to Frank Jordan, who “worked as chef de partie for Top Chef Season Six–winner Michael Voltaggio at his West Hollywood restaurant, Ink”.



Ice Monster Opening July 1st in Walnut Creek

2230 Oak Grove Rd. Walnut Creek

Yesterday I noted that a new dessert shop called Ice Monster is planning to open in the Nob Hill Shopping Center in Walnut Creek and I have some more information from the owner on what will be offered and a planned opening day of July 1st. The main offering will be shaved ice which is very exciting. I love snow cones so I’m sure I’m going to love this. Just in time for summer!

Email from the owner:

We are selling many kinds of desserts such as: ice cream, Belgian waffles, crepes, ice cream bread house (special), and shaved snow. Shave snow is our main product and it’s a new dessert that has been trending, but there are none in Walnut Creek. We are making flavored blocks of ice and we have a machine that will shave the block of ice into thin layers that drops down into a bowl. The layers become a snowy texture and we add toppings on it such as: condensed milk, fresh fruits, etc. It is much more healthier compared to ice cream and has a unique smooth texture. We are also selling many kinds of beverages such as: milk shakes, smoothies, and milk tea.



Ice Monster Coming Soon to Nob Hill Shopping Center in Walnut Creek

2230 Oak Grove Rd. Walnut Creek

Thanks to a reader for sending word about a cold desserts place called Ice Monster opening up in Citrus Marketplace on Oak Grove Rd. next to the recently opened Mexican restaurant Taqueria el Molino. Based on signs in the windows they’ll be offering bubble milk tea and “flavored snow ice cream”. Not sure whether that’ll include shaved ice but that would great if it does. Stay tuned…