Music In Broadway Plaza

As we (very) slowly creep back towards normal with more people getting vaccinated, we are allowed to go back to some of our regular social activities – especially those ones that are outdoors and naturally socially distanced. Baseball games come to mind, for instance. But so does music in Broadway Plaza!

Every summer, Broadway Plaza hosts a summer concert series on Thursday nights in August. They are back in 2021, with two of their shows remaining. Tomorrow night, Briefcase Blues Brothers will take the stage at 7 p.m.

white and black boat on sea under blue sky

The following (and final) Thursday (Aug. 26), Tainted Love will play at the same time, in the same place. They encourage concert-goers to bring their own chairs, as there is only limited seating provided, and drinks and food will be available for purchase at the show and at the surrounding eateries.

I’ve been to a few of these in the past and they are always such a blast! And it feels great to get back out there and do something social, even if we are still under some COVID restrictions.

I Love Tacos!

There’s a new taco bar on Geary in the Sprouts shopping mall. I love tacos, so I had to give Que Onda Taco Bar a try. My first impression of the place itself is that it’s a pretty cool-looking restaurant with some funky artwork that really draws your attention.

As for the food itself…I was impressed! They have homemade tortillas, and you choose what you want on them. Like many places, guacamole is extra. I had the Birra and the grilled chicken tacos. The Birra was especially delicious. And the salsa that goes with the chips is smokey but really good.

Have you tried Que Onda yet? If you’ve visited, I’d love to hear your review of Walnut Creek’s newest taco spot. Let me know in the comments below!

I Have Been A Busy Bee

There were three closings on my clients’ homes last week. I’ve been busy! See all three below, with a short description of the processes:

Sometimes it just takes finding the right buyer for the home! I listed this home after the sellers already had moved to their new location. In a crazy market, people still want flat lots or houses with no work to be done. The market spoke, and the original listing ended up at $2,050,000. It was situated on an upslope with no flat yard and a retaining wall that needed work, along with deck repairs.  Once the price was lowered, interest increased and an offer came.

This was a great listing within walking distance to downtown Martinez. It’s a newer Mediterranean “green” townhome. It was great to work with an agent I had worked with in the past.

I represented a first-time home buyer, who decided to cancel when the sellers wouldn’t give the full credit he requested, then kind of regretted his decision. I had called the listing agent saying if the new buyers couldn’t perform, that my buyer was interested in getting back into contract. He ended up getting the full credit via a price reduction once the sellers took away the one-year home warranty. Sometimes it takes out-of-the-box thinking to make things work.

Limon Opens Up In Walnut Creek

I checked out a new taco place in Walnut Creek recently: Limon! It’s located just down the street from where Cost Plus World Market used to be located. With no shortage of Hispanic food in our town, I wanted to see how it stood up to the competition.

I thought the food there – tacos especially – was just…okay. They serve tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and a bunch of other Mexican food favorites. Limon operates a food truck in Fremont, as well as two other locations (Fremont and Martinez).

As mentioned, I thought the tacos were decent. I’m not sure they impressed me enough to go back, especially with so many good tacos in the Bay Area. I’m still a fan of Las Panchos, which has been an East Bay staple for several years now. Limon in Walnut Creek is one of three locations – the original being in San Francisco.

Have you visited Limon? What did you think about it?

NOTE: Correction – we originally confused Limon with a different restaurant of a similar name that serves Peruvian food. We regret the error!

WC Putt Putt – New Local

The temporary mini-golf course next to Mel’s has moved and expanded! They signed a six-month lease to be on the side parking area next to where KFC used to be (or for those who didn’t live here yet/don’t remember KFC, it’s in the same lot as The Habit).

Mini-golf is always a fun way to enjoy the outdoors with your family, especially during the tail-end of these COVID-19 restrictions. This course in Walnut Creek has 18 holes and only costs $10 to play. Check for open times, they are not open all week, but definitely during the weekends.

As for the property itself, the ongoing battle about height requirements must have been resolved, as Mark Hall is going to develop this location. It will take up to a year for approvals to get going, but that space has sat dormant for several years, so it will good to see some changes on this corner.

A Celebration At Capullo

The second weekend of April, Walnut Creek was hopping! Restaurants are open both inside and out. It was chilly, so we sat indoors. It did not feel like 25% capacity (maybe I’ve been sequestered so long that a small amount of people felt like a lot!).

We started the night celebrating the closing of Teresa’s condo in the Keys with champagne at Residual Sugar. Then, we were a little bit hungry so we headed to Capullo Cocina Mexicana! It offers authentic Mexican regional cuisine from five different parts of Mexico.

We ordered chips and salsa, house margaritas, and shared the Tamales en Cream de Frijoles. I realized after the fact that it was creamy beans over the top – we both thought it was a little bland, but it was vegetarian. We kept seeing people ordering big stone bowls with steak, chicken, cactus, and prawns hanging over the edge, filled with guacamole, chorizo, and jalapeño (and served with corn tortillas).

Apparently, this is their signature dish for $40 called Capullo’s Molcajete. These are the bowls that you are often served salsa or guacamole in. They have three or four legs and are the Mexican version of a mortar and pestle. Next time I visit Capullo, this will be the order. It was large, festive, and looked amazing!

Capullo is next door to Havana and also has outdoor dining, along with the indoor seats shown in the pictures. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Where To Go Camping Near The Bay Area

It’s that time of the year when the weather heats up – and so does the desire to get outside! We live in an area where camping opportunities are plentiful. There is no shortage of beautiful campsites near the Bay Area. Here is a 7×7 story about some of the best ones within 100 miles of San Francisco.

orange camping tent near green trees

From the redwoods to the beaches, this list has it all. It even includes a few campsites on our own Mt. Diablo, if you really don’t want to travel far. But it will take you as far as Mt. Tamalpais, or the cliffs of Santa Cruz.

Personally, I prefer going all the way up to Tahoe or down 395 for my camping adventures. But for a quick, local getaway, it’s hard to beat the beauty of the Bay Area. You can pretty much pitch a tent at any campsite around here and be satisfied with the nature surrounding you.

Where is your favorite place to hike in the Bay Area? Comment below and share!

Everyone Is In For A Huge Treat!

Heather, Aron, and I have been working on getting them into a commercial space at the Rossmoor Village Shopping Center on Tice Valley Blvd. There, they will be opening The Yogurt Spot (targeted to open later this summer). It has been a lifelong dream of Heather’s, who previously worked in events with Prima in downtown Walnut Creek.

A signed lease was just cemented in March. It will be a family-owned business serving the highest quality frozen desserts, from gelato and shaved ice, to many different flavors of frozen yogurt.

Heather and Aron are excited about being part of the community. Their son Aiden plays varsity football for Las Lomas and are very much looking forward to supporting the team along with a few other organizations near and dear to their hearts (such as Underdog and ARF).

The Yogurt Spot will be tucked between Starbucks and BurgerIM.

I can’t wait to see what they do with this small business yogurt stop and taste some of their frozen desserts!

New coffee shop just opened!

It looks like a new coffee shop just opened in downtown Walnut Creek! Good for them for opening during a lockdown, when so much is up in the air. I truly hope they do well! I saw their sign up in the Schroeder Insurance building a few weeks ago, but they hadn’t yet opened. I hav always admired this brick building it has such a cool architectural vibe, with the faux metal panels at the front entrance to the color of the bricks and now it is open for all to enjoy.

Now, according to their website and their Instagram, they are officially open for business, though at limited hours due to the pandemic (I’m guessing). The menu looks fantastic, and I really can’t wait to walk over and give it a try. Tellus Coffee is all about the healthy, good vibes. I mean, check out that plant wall!

That reminds me a lot of Rooted Coffee, which I’ve blogged about before. They found a brick-and-mortar home in Pleasant Hill after years at the Farmer’s Market. It seems like Tellus Coffee also has a ton of potential. Their menu includes everything from coffee to avocado toast to empanadas.

Here’s to hoping that COVID ends soon and we can all give Tellus a try indoors! For now it might just be grab and go. I know I’ll be placing a to-go order and visiting with my mask in the near future. I always love seeing what a new neighborhood coffee shop can offer our community!

A new mural at Mel’s

I wrote about the new mural in downtown Walnut Creek recently. What I did not go into detail on was that Local Edition also put up a mural outside of Mel’s Diner! Check out the pictures below – it’s a really interesting, visually stunning piece, in my opinion!

The installation outside of Mel’s was created by an artist at Local Edition named Masaka. According to the Local Edition website, “the canvas framework was inspired by whimsical 1950’s themed notes tying into the present day. The curvature and canvas layers throughout the art lures viewers in with curiosity as eyes start to wander from one layer to the next. The layers tell a story that is sometimes not conveyed through flat art. The tangible nature of the piece invites you into the artist’s process, build and passion with wonder.”

The artists has extensive experience in woodworking and carving precision from his days as a craftsman and dental technician, respectively. That experience, combined with a background in graffiti, led Masaka to this fusion of cutout pop art.

Local Edition writes that the purpose of the piece outside of Mel’s is to revitalize memories of the downtown Walnut Creek leisure experiences and incorporates landmarks from as far back as 1889, like St. Paul’s Chapel, El Rey Theater, Shadelands Ranch, the Lesher Center, and Century Theaters. Magnificent!