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First Seaweed, Now Granola Bars?! Cancer Warnings Run Rampant

As I was checking out the granola bar selection at Lafayette Trader Joe’s I did a double take as I noticed a cancer warning about the Peanut Butter Chewy Coated & Drizzled Granola Bars:

This product can expose you to furfuryl alcohol, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer.

Well, you can imagine which granola bar box I chose, Chocolate Chip of course! Furfuryl alcohol? Sounds particularly dangerous to me. In addition to cancer I imagine growing fur in strange places if I eat one too many of these granola bars.

Note: Check out this warning about seaweed from a few years ago.

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New District Signs Popping Up in Orinda

I’ve noticed new signs popping up all over Orinda including this Orinda Theatre District sign on Moraga Way. Compared to other theater districts with multiple theaters, you might wonder exactly how many theaters are located in the Orinda Theatre district. The answer is one. A movie theater. They do host concerts there.

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San Francisco Creamery Closes over Cockroach Infestation

Thanks to a reader for pointing out this SF Gate article that shows that San Francisco Creamery in Walnut Creek was closed by health inspectors over a cockroach infestation. For ice cream in downtown Walnut Creek check out Lottie’s Creamery or CREAM.

From the article:

Violations found by the health inspector on February 25 — four days after the business reported their last pest control visit — include seven or more live cockroaches (and droppings) on the refrigerator gasket at the cook line, as well as others on top of a soybean oil container next to a food prep sink, near a dishwashing sink and inside a cockroach egg case on a hotel pan.

Dead cockroaches were found on the gasket of the walk-in freezer, near the water heater, on top of a soap dispenser, inside a cabinet were soda machine is stored and next to a freezer that stores ice cream cakes.

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Urinal of the Day

I’ve been to plenty of urinals throughout my life but the urinals at the recently opened City Center Bishop Ranch shopping plaza in San Ramon are the most privacy focused, luxurious urinals I have ever seen. It’s really quite extraordinary how the dividers rise from floor to ceiling and go so far back they even have hooks to hang your bags etc. I’m surprised they didn’t add a door for even more privacy!

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Lack of Lighting at Moraga Shopping Center “Feels Very Unsafe”


Moraga Shopping Center

I dropped by the Moraga shopping center one night where Safeway is located and it turns out the email below is spot on. Dozens of lights are out, the lights that are on are not particularly bright, and some sections don’t have adequate lighting at all. The above photo shows one section of the parking lot with non-working lights circled in yellow. Anyone know who to contact about this?

From a reader:

I am a resident of Moraga and would like to know who to contact regarding the lack of lights at the Moraga Shopping Center. It is very dangerous and I have seen too many people trip due to the lack of light, drivers finding it difficult to see people in dark clothes or small children, and it feels very unsafe. How do I contact those that own and manage the Moraga Center and ask them to take responsibility for the unsafe environment they are creating by not maintain the lights in their parking lots. Someone is going to get hurt if they have not already. The town asks us to shop and support our local businesses but not at the expense of people’s safety.

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New Parking Meters Spotted in Downtown Walnut Creek

Check out the new parking meters in downtown Walnut Creek. It looks like they chopped off the old ones and topped them with these new solar-charged high-tech models. They take ParkMobile mobile phone payments with Google/Apple payments “coming soon”. And they take coins as well, nice! Rates remain the same.

Out of curiosity I tried the ParkMobile mobile app once and it worked fine. I do miss the days when I could pull into a spot with time remaining that I could reuse. It felt like winning the parking lottery. Oh well.