International Auto Show at Moscone Center in San Francisco Nov 18th – 26th

International Auto Show:

Moscone Center
Saturday, November 18th – Sunday, November 26th, 2017
$10 (kids under 12 free)

The San Francisco Chronicle 60th Annual International Auto Show will offer Bay Area residents their first opportunity to see new 2018 model vehicles from the world’s major manufacturers, all in one place.

The San Francisco International Auto Show is Northern California’s largest and most spectacular auto exhibition. It is the only Auto Show held regionally that lures the dazzling high-tech manufacturer displays and showcases automotive innovation. The show will feature more than 600 vehicles representing the work of 35 major manufacturers for the year 2018 and beyond. It will fill the newly remodeled Moscone Center with over one million square feet of exhibit space.

Among the manufacturers scheduled to exhibit their 2018 vehicles are: Acura; Aston Martin; Audi; Bentley; BMW; Buick; Chevrolet; Chrysler; Dodge; Fiat; Ford; Genesis; GMC; Honda; Hyundai; Infiniti; Jaguar; Jeep; KIA; Lamborghini; Land Rover; Lexus; Lincoln; Lotus; Mazda; Mercedes-Benz; Ram; Nissan; Rolls Royce; Smart; Scion; Subaru; Porsche; Toyota; Volkswagen; and Volvo.

Question of the Day

Friday Question of the Day – What is your Favorite Kitchen Appliance?

Photo by Flickr user rpavich

Having a pressure cooker was never high up on my wishlist of kitchen appliances. Then I read this NY Times article about the pressure cooker Instant Pot and decided to get one. All I have to say is wow. It can cook fall-off-the-bone meats in less than an hour. Steel cut oats in 20 minutes. Real mac and cheese in 5 minutes. I’m really amazed by it. What is your favorite kitchen appliance? Do you have an electric pressure cooker? If so, what are you going to make with it for Thanksgiving?


Loving Vincent Playing at Walnut Creek Library Nov 18th

Loving Vincent:

Walnut Creek Library (Oak View Room)
1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek
Saturday, November 18th, 2017
7:30pm | $12

“Loving Vincent” is the first film made using oil paints. Altogether there are 66,000 frames that took 10 years to paint. The film is a biopic of Vincent Van Gogh, the tortured Dutch artist and focuses primarily of his last days. It is a bit of a mystery as to how, exactly, he died and the narrator seeks to solve it. The film is aesthetically beautiful and audiences have rated it at over 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. The New York Times called it hypnotic and beguiling.”

Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 4:00 and 7:00 PM.


Hofssi Chocolates & Hollie’s Homegrown Popup Shop Open through Dec 23rd in Orinda Theatre Square

Orinda Theatre Square

A new popup shop featuring Moraga-based Hofssi Chocolates and Hollie’s Homegrown farm-to-table food & gifts opened recently in the wine bar Cine Cuvée next to the Orinda movie theater. They are open every day from 11am to 5pm through December 23rd and the wine bar is still open after 5pm. You can also find Hollie’s at the Moraga and Walnut Creek Shadelands farmers market. Hofssi Chocolates will be offering their chocolates at various events which are listed here and can also be found at Diablo Foods.

From the Hollie’s Homegrown website:

Hollie’s Homegrown is a small, organic family farm in Moraga, California. We specialize in growing culinary herbs, herbal teas, and medicinal herbs for bath & body products. Grown to perfection in our own backyard (literally!), we keep a watchful eye on our precious plants like part of the family.

From the Hofssi Chocolates website:

Linda Hofmeister and Susan Rossi founded their business in Moraga California to serve Lamorinda and the greater Contra Costa County. We specialize in producing premium chocolates, gianduja, caramels, and toffee. Our elegant confections are freshly made using the finest ingredients. Our company’s motto “Conscientious Consumption” means that we are dedicated to sourcing as many organic, sustainable and local ingredients as practicable.

More photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading


Pre-Holiday Bash at Makers Market at Broadway Plaza Nov 19th

Pre-Holiday Bash at Makers Market:

Makers Market
Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek
Sunday, November 19th, 2017
12:00 – 5:00pm | Free

1198 Broadway Plaza on Sunday, November 19th from 12 – 5pm

Come sip and browse while you meet local makers at Makers Market’s Pre-Holiday Craft Fair. Discover a wide variety of American handcrafted goods in this nostalgic general store. Ring in the holidays while you mingle with local Makers outside our store, as well as the 100 Makers represented inside!

Stock up for the holidays! Receive 20% off all purchases greater than $100 by RSVPing on Eventbrite:


Gott’s Roadside Opening Early December in Downtown Walnut Creek

1275 S. Main St, Walnut Creek

Gott’s Roadside, the iconic Napa-based burger joint that we’ve been following since last year, is set to open early December in downtown Walnut Creek according to a reply on their Instagram photo. As you can see from the photo below it looks almost ready go. If you look closely at the above photo you may even notice a rainbow… While we wait for it to open check out their menu here.

Things to Do

Baking and Brushes Studio Opens in Danville Livery

Danville Livery

A new children’s baking and art studio from the owners of Tal’s Patisserie and Pinot’s Palett recently opened in the Danville Livery on Sycamore Valley Rd. To find out more about their summer camp click here.

From their website:

Baking and Brushes is a creative Baking and Art studio, offering classes, camps and parties, for children and teens.
Baking and Brushes is a one of kind studio, founded by the owners of “Tal’s Patisserie” and “Pinot’s Palette”, with the goal of providing a safe and creative environment in which kids and teens can relax, learn baking and art skills and express their creativity.

The studio offers-
Birthday parties
Holiday events
Classes and camps
Parent and me classes and parties
Girl scouts activities
Homeschooling programs


iTea (with Ramen!) Opening Nov 18th in Moraga

Moraga Shopping Center, Moraga

Not content to rest on their boba laurels, iTea is going to be soft opening this Saturday, November 18th in the Moraga shopping center near McCaulou’s and on top of various boba teas this location will be offering ramen! As you can see in the photo below, two of the ramen offerings will be shoyu tonkotsu and black garlic oil ramen and they’ll also offer snacks such as popcorn chicken. Check out their drinks menu here and here.

Note that this space used to be Asia Palace so there are existing restaurant facilities to make the ramen and other dishes. They also own the nearby Golden Palace restaurant. Thanks to everyone for sending word about this.