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iTea Opening this Week in Downtown Walnut Creek

1245 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek

Downtown Walnut Creek is getting its third boba tea shop as iTea is planning to open sometime this week, possibly as early as Tuesday. A couple of blocks away are the other two, Chalogy and Mr. Green Bubble. Note the tea kettles in the bottom photo, which should make for fresh tasting boba tea made with loose-leaf tea. I look forward to trying this place out! They will be open until 11:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 9:30pm every other day. According to this menu, you can adjust both the sweetness and ice cubes 0%, 30%, 50%, 80% and standard. I will try 0% sweetness, 30% ice cubes, with sweetness provided by popping boba. Is there any reason not to get 30% ice cubes? Otherwise it’s like paying for ice with a little bit of drink. I hate drinks filled to the brim with ice!


La Fritanguera Nicaraguan Cuisine Coming to Concord

1819 Colfax St, Concord

The restaurant La Fritanguera Nicaraguan Cuisine, currently catering at Nica Lounge in Concord is opening a new restaurant a few blocks away. Check out their current menu here. “Influenced by Spanish and Caribbean cuisine” sounds intriguing, I look forward to checking this place out!

From their website:

We are driven to bring the first Nicaraguan food experience to the East Bay.
Sorry, No Burritos!
La Fritanguera offers traditional vibrant and mouthwatering combination plates. Our well balanced dishes include a blend of sweet, tangy and savory flavors that will cater to our diverse communities.

Nicaraguan food includes a mixture of native indigenous “Miskito” culture, which is also, greatly influenced by Spanish and Caribbean cuisine. These are flavors we want the East Bay to experience and devour.


Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches Opens in Lafayette

Lafayette Mercantile

Last year we learned that the Seattle-based restaurant Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches would be opening in Lafayette where La Boulange Cafe used to be and they have now opened. Check out their menu here. I had an opportunity to try their Grass-Fed Steak & Bleu cheese sandwich, made with grass-fed tri-tip steak, pt. reyes farmstead bleu, caramelized onions, roasted garlic aioli & greens To me the pungent blue cheese really pulled everything together which made for one tasty sandwich. With their organic farm located in nearby Discovery Bay and a focus on fresh, seasonal cuisine, I look forward to trying out other salads, soups and sandwiches as summer approaches!

Plenty more photos including the steak sandwich after the jump… Continue Reading


Tonli Kitchen Opening in Walnut Creek across from Pleasant Hill BART Station

7011 Sunne Ln, Walnut Creek

From the owners of the food truck Tonli Dumpling House, a new restaurant called Tonli Kitchen is planning on opening right across from the Pleasant Hill BART station on the border of Walnut Creek at the Avalon apartment complex. To get an idea of what they offer check out the Tonli Dumpling menu here. Follow them on Twitter here.

From the Roaming Hunger website:

Tonli Dumpling brings you classic Japanese street food. Authentic Japanese flavor thrives in dumplings, gyoza, ramen and Japanese curry. You’ll be saying Arigatō after you try Tonli Dumpling!


Reminder – home/made kitchen is OPEN in Moraga

337 Rheem Blvd, Moraga

The cafe restaurant home/made kitchen opened a few years ago in Moraga but recently rumors have been spreading about how they are planning to close. I checked and although there were issues several months ago they have been resolved and they plan on staying open for breakfast, lunch and special event dinners. Check out their website here and Facebook page here.