51 Moraga Way (check-in)
Tuesday, May 1st, 2018
5:30 – 8:30pm | $40
On check in, each guest will receive a free glass of wine from Lamorinda Winegrowers Association sponsored by PG&E. Appetizers will be provided at the check-in location by several local restaurants including Genuine Goodness and Moraga based Town Bakery. Entertainment will be provided by the Miramonte Jazz band at check-in, and another jazz group will perform near the fountain. Orinda Idol competitors will be singing across the street from Piccolo Napoli.
Patrons will receive tickets to sample food at 14 different restaurants just steps away. Participants include Casa Orinda, Fourth Bore, Cine Cuvee, Republic of Cake, Piccolo Napoli and Taverna Pelligrini. Joining up this year is Saffron Indian Restaurant and Bar, opening soon in the space formerly occupied by Magnolia. Saffron is a family-run business; the family had two restaurants on the East Coast before moving to Orinda.
The Shops at Todos Santos, Concord
- Chipotle – Mexican – (menu)
- Fire Wings – chicken wings – (menu)
- Burgerim – international gourmet burgers – (menu)
- Ramen 101
Orchards Shopping Center, Walnut Creek
Thanks to a reader for sending word that Mattress Firm is coming the Orchards Shopping Center in Walnut Creek.
The Vineyard, Concord
Thanks to a reader for pointing out that Bambu, a cafe featuring Asian inspired drinks and desserts is coming soon to the Vineyard shopping center (Kmart and Lucky) in Concord. Check out their drinks menu here. These drinks look really interesting, I look forward to trying some of them like #4 Summer Delight made with red tapioca, mung bean, coconut milk, jello, grass jelly & pandan jelly.
From their Facebook page:
Refreshing, beautiful, Asian inspired drinks and desserts! We always use fresh ingredients, and refresh our batches multiple times a day to ensure only the absolute best quality and taste!
Civic Park, Walnut Creek
Thanks to a reader for sending word that new, outdoor workout equipment is now available at Civic Park in Walnut Creek. It’s located right near the bridge that leads to the parking lot. There are no chains or gears which is why it can be left in the open from what I can tell. When I tried it didn’t provide much resistance but maybe I wasn’t doing it correctly. Has anyone used this yet?
Veteran’s Memorial Building patio
115 E. Prospect Ave, Danville
Thursday, April 26th, 2018
6:00 – 9:00pm | $35
Enjoy a fun-filled evening of art appreciation, wine tasting, small bites, the latest offerings from our stores, live music, a commemorative wine glass, tote bag and complimentary trolley rides during the 15th Annual Art and Wine Stroll in downtown Danville & Danville Livery.
Select businesses in both locations of Downtown Danville & Danville Livery will stay open to host some of our area’s finest wines and serve small bites while you stroll around enjoying live music and view artwork by local artisans.
Plaza Escuela, Walnut Creek
Late last year we learned that Poke Bar would be coming to another downtown Walnut Creek spot, this time at Plaza Escuela, and their signage is now up.
From their website:
Our journey with fish began in 1989 when Yanagi Sushi was opened in the heart of Northridge, CA. Today it still stands after 26 years with a great following of regular patrons as well as a constant flow of new discoverers. With years of sushi experience under our belt, we found it was time to expand our horizons and experiment with what we know. We have been serving Poke since our early days and from its popularity. Based on our creativity, the idea for Poke Bar was incepted
1378 N. Main St, Walnut Creek
Body Time, the Berkeley-based skin care company that opened almost 50 years ago is closing all stores including their downtown Walnut Creek location which opened almost 4 years ago. For the time being the Walnut Creek location will remain open while they sell off their remaining inventory so drop by for the 50% sale going on.
Update from owner:
Yes, Body Time is closing its doors. Our warehouse rent doubled (not our Walnut Creek store) which made operating in our current form no longer feasible. Once we close our operations we will assess if we can offer our products to customers in a more cost efficient manner. We will continue to operate our Walnut Creek store for the foreseeable future while we sell our remaining inventory of products.
From their Facebook page:
We are closing everything on April 22. Our rents have almost doubled and we weren’t able to negotiate our lease. This was a big surprise for us as well as our many loyal customers. The social media will continue until the end of the month.
Photo by Flickr user mcgrayjr
Golden Gate Park’s Casting Ponds
1232 John F. Kennedy Dr, San Francisco
Saturday, April 21st – Sunday, April 22nd, 2018
8:00am – 5:00pm | Free
Both members and the public are all invited to attend this event for free to watch the world’s best Spey Casters compete. Exhibitors will be set up around the ponds and there will be a lunch and a breakfast served for a nominal fee (free to competitors) on all three days. As in past years, there will be Men’s, Women’s, and Senior Divisions of competition. Registrants will have exclusive use of the ponds on Friday as a practice day and for the duration of the competition.