Casa del Alfajor Rico Pan Bakery opened recently in the Park & Shop shopping center in Concord where Bonjour Bakery & Cafe used to be. I liked how they reused the Bakery & Cafe signage. Has anyone had a chance to try the alfajors? How do they compare to Sabores del Sur in Walnut Creek?
Bonjour Bakery & Cafe, which opened a few years ago in the Park & Shop shopping center in Concord and served Japanese/Korean-style baked goods, has closed. A sign in the windows points to a new bakery opening called Casa del Affajor. According to this Wikipedia article:
An alfajor is a traditional confection found in Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, El Salvador, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Spain, Paraguay, Venezuela, Southern Brazil, and the Philippines. The archetypal alfajor entered Iberia during the period of al-Andalus. It is produced in the form of a small cylinder and is sold either individually or in boxes containing several pieces.
Over the summer we learned that a new poke restaurant called Fresh Box would be coming to the Park ‘N’ Shop in Concord near Mimi’s Cafe and they are now open. This is the same owner as STEAMBOAT located in the same shopping center. Check out their menu here. They have a soft open special where you can get a free regular ice cream sandwich after checking into their Facebook page before November 1st. Also 31% off if you come dressed in costume on Halloween.
A new poke restaurant called Fresh Box Poke is coming to the Park ‘N’ Shop in Concord all the way at the far end on the side near Mimi’s Cafe. A sign about this restaurant was posted on the window of the nearby restaurant STEAMBOAT so it may be related. Stay tuned…
STIX Eatery, a new restaurant featuring Southeast Asian cooking from Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam is soft opening very soon, possibly this week in the Park ‘N’ Shop center where McDonald’s used to be. Check out their menu here and check for updates on their Facebook page here. This place looks intriguing, I look forward to trying this place out! I’ve had plenty of Thai and Vietnamese food but I don’t believe I’ve ever tried Singaporean cuisine before. What are some recommended dishes to try?
Walk through the bustling streets of many a Southeast Asian-city and you’ll find your senses bombarded by the aromas, vibrancy, and the variety of food available. Southeast Asian countries are known for their spiced-infused flavors, perfectly balanced by the use of brighter ingredients like ginger or lime. The use of chili for heat and tamarind for tartness bring a pleasant tang to the cuisine and leaves you wanting more.
The STIX Eatery menu composition: 40% skewers, 60% non-skewer deliciousness, and 100% delectable. As our name suggests, we focus heavily on grilling succulent, well-seasoned meat on sticks. However, in no way does that mean we neglect the quality of the other 60% of our cuisine. We simply want to give our customers as many options as possible–because who doesn’t like variety when it comes to food?
Steamboat restaurant, featuring hot pot and skewers recently opened in Park N’ Shop in Concord where Jason’s Sushi & Hot Pot Restaurant used to be. Check out the Yelp reviews here. The temporary menu is listed below.
Rockin Crawfish, the Cajun restaurant from Oakland has opened a new location in Concord at the Park ‘N’ Shop in Concord. Check out their food menu here and beverage menu here. The inside has a fun, eclectic feel with records, guitars, license plates and of course artistic drawings of crawfish plastered on the walls. There is plenty of seating and large bar area throughout. Check out the photos of the inside below to get a feel for how it looks.
It’s been a while since I’ve been to New Orleans and this cuisine was so tempting that I ordered the crawfish boil ($13.99/market price). You choose the spiciness when ordering (I chose original which, although is less than mild, still had plenty kick for me), and after a short while a pound of piping hot crawfish in a clear, plastic bag along with a bib and a plate of lemons and a salty pepper dipping powder is ready to devour. The waitress explained that most people squeeze the lemons into the powder so you can dip the crawfish. First, you remove the shell from the head and suck the juice out. Then you remove the meat from the tail, dip into the sauce, and enjoy. Nothing else is edible. Crawfish don’t have much meat but there are plenty of crawfish in the bag. I recommend getting a side of steamed rice. It’s quite a bit of work but it’s delicious and if ever there were a place to enjoy cajun cooking this is it!
More photos of the inside including the crab tank after the jump… Continue Reading