Mariposa Gluten-Free Bakery Coming to Downtown Lafayette

Park Plaza, Lafayette

The gluten-free bakery Mariposa, with locations in the Ferry Building in San Francisco and Oakland is opening a third store next spring right in downtown Lafayette in the new Park Plaza development, the same block where Squirrel’s Coffee Shop used to be. According to Inside Scoop, “Mariposa will occupy a 2,900-square-foot space in which it will run a retail café offering gluten-free baked goods (some of which will be baked on-site), as well as a seasonally changing selection of breakfast and lunch items, such as sandwiches.” Check out the article here.

From the Mariposa website:

Mariposa started in 2004 because founder Patti Furey Crane was gluten-intolerant, baking a lot of baked goods to satisfy her own cravings and there were few gluten-free artisan baked goods available on the market at that time.

Walnut Creek Winter Feastival – Food Trucks in Downtown Walnut Creek Tonight 6 – 8pm

Walnut Creek Holiday Feastival:

Downtown Walnut Creek
1555 Mt. Diablo Blvd, 1350 N. Main St, 1403 N. Main St.
Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Food Trucks at 3 different locations in downtown.  Great for a family outing or a midweek date night:
Canasta Kitchen
Ebbetts Good To Go
Union Bank
1555 Mt. Diablo Blvd

Tacos de los Altos
Yummi BBQ
Mechanics Bank
1350 N. Main St

United Bites
Savourie Street​
Jos. A Bank
1403 N. Main St (parking off Cypress St)

Parada Kitchen Peruvian Restaurant Opening this Spring near Pleasant Hill BART

7001 Sunne Ln, Walnut Creek

Thanks to a reader for an update about the Peruvian restaurant that is planning to open in the Contra Costa Transit Center near the Pleasant Hill BART station this spring. Last year we learned it was going to be called Mochica, and now it will be known as Parada Kitchen. Check out their Facebook page here.

Halloween Party at Corners Tavern in Walnut Creek Tomorrow Night


Halloween Party at Corners Tavern:

Corners Tavern
1342 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek
Friday, October 31st, 2014
9:00pm – 12:00am | $10/$15
Another great upcoming event here at Corners: Our First Ever Halloween Party!

Drinks, Costume Contest and Overall Great times with us, Bacardi, Frida Kahlo Tequila and Crystal Head Vodka!

Call and get your tickets now!

Daphne’s Greek Restaurant Closes in Downtown Pleasant Hill

55 Crescent Dr, Pleasant Hill

The California Greek restaurant Daphne’s has closed in downtown Pleasant Hill on Crescent Dr. Their Walnut Creek location in Ygnacio Plaza where Sports Basement is located is still open.

According to the Pleasant HIll architectural commission it will be replaced by Yalla Mediterranean with proposed changes such as new colors, a new entrance canopy and a new trellis feature.


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.