CaliCraft Brewing in Walnut Creek

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When we say “taste local” we mean it! Calicraft a micro brewer is opening a taproom in the Shadelands area of Walnut Creek by 2016. Perfect timing as the entire corder of Ygnacio & Oak Grove is under construction for the new Safeway Development.   To get a head start on the tastings visit your local Whole Foods (Nugget, Andronicos, Berkeley Bowl or favorite independent market) and pick up their newly announced consumer packaged items. Best known for their Cali Coast, it’s now available in 12oz 6pack cans! Thus making it safe and easy for the beach and summer outings.

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Also now available in a 4 pack 12 oz bottles is Buzzerkeley – my favorite, a unique combination of sparkling ale fermented with champagne yeast and star thistle honey – can you say hmmmm.  This beer is unique and tasty, when champagne is not available (shout out to Dawn Stom), it is one of my absolute favorites, a definite stable in my fridge, except my son tends to drink all my beer!

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Look forward to seeing you there!  If you have any other microbrew recommendations, post them here.  I know Alameda, Oakland  & Emeryville have many tasting rooms popping up.

Beauty in a drought!

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I have had a potted cactus in my backyard for years. This is the first year I completely turned off watering the back. I looked out my window and saw a beautiful white flower. Thinking it was the white rose bush, I walk out to take a look wondering how it possibly bloomed. What I found is this beautiful flower, never has this cactus produced such an exquisite work of art that I had to photograph it using various processes (odd my iPhone 6 displays them differently, my favorite was the monochromatic, but it is not showing that way on my Mac). I love them all.

Broadway Plaza Concert Series

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Ok, as I write, I realize I missed the first concert “Petty Theft” thinking it was this Friday night.  For the past few years, I have made it to at least one of the concerts.  Held at Stanford’s parking lot from 6-8:30 pm, with music at 7:00, I have always had an enjoyable evening.  Bring your own picnic, wine and treats or grab something to eat or drink from the event sponsors.  Either way what a great way to spend a warm summer night in Walnut Creek.

 

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Picture from a concert a few years ago – lots of dancing a must!

Future line ups include (note Thursday nights) :

August 13: The Unauthorized Rolling Stones

August 20: Journey Revisited

Beatles Band, Food Trucks and Downtown Walnut Creek!

firstwednesdayWalnut Creek’s downtown has ample amounts of activities: dining, shopping, people watching and celebrating. One way to engage in all of these is to join the Walnut Creek Downtown’s First Wednesday. Recently extended through June of 2016, the first Wednesday of every month, come celebrate, eat dinner and enjoy downtown Walnut Creek from 5pm – 8pm. Located on Cypress St. between N. Main and Locust. The roadway becomes pedestrian friendly, food trucks adorn the curbside and entertainers keep the energy alive. Come taste the treats of Ceviche & Co or Lexie’s Frozen Custard to name a few.

 beer-and-wineBeer & wine are also available for purchase along with cotton candy and snow cones –  mid-summer treats!  cotton candysnoconeEnjoy a few residents of Lindsey Wildlife experience and flora and fauna from The Ruth Bancroft Garden.

This Wednesday July 1st come out and celebrate while dancing in the streets to the Rubber Soles, a Beatles Tribute band. If this isn’t tempting enough, there will be shiny vintage cars from the ’50’s and ’60’s to gaze upon. Hope to see you out there!

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Good weather, parks and Movies!

Movies Under The StarsEast Bay prides itself on having a summer compared to those living in San Francisco. We enjoy nearly 100 degree days and nice evenings spent outside, not bundled up in sweaters and jackets in July! To celebrate these great evenings Walnut Creek Recreation Department offers 4 nights throughout the summer to bring the family (no pets), blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic to either Civic Park or Heather Farms and enjoy Movies Under The Stars! This years first movie night is Saturday June, 27 at Civic Park to view “Into the Woods”. If you can’t make this weekend try one of these:

  • Friday July 10 @ Heather Farm Park – “When The Game Stands Tall”
  • Saturday July 25 @ Civic Park – “The Lego Movie”
  • Friday August 7 @ Heather Farm Park – “Big Hero 6”

For movies at Heather Farm Park there is a suggested $2 donation while Civic Park (added new this year) are sponsored by the Downton Enhancement Fund.

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Get the 411 on an affordable raw dog food in Walnut Creek for your favorite pooch!

Creston Valley Meats logo 2A great perk of working in real estate is that you meet all types of people with various hobbies, interests and a wealth of knowledge. A past client and I were trading stories about our dogs as I admired the beautiful coat on his Dalmatian. He went on to tell me about the raw diet he feeds his dog and the benefits he perceives from doing so. I felt it was worth a try and have started 10562472_10204399909818390_44928985683121393_omy Weimaraner Bodie on this diet.

 

Creston Valley Meats, is a modern day traveling butcher. Every two weeks they venture up to Northern California from the San Luis Obispo area in their white freezer van full of boxes to distribute. They offer both the Raw Diet options for dogs as well as human consumption food with a specialty of wild game.

You can follow their delivery schedule on twitter and they call/text you about a half hour before they arrive at the designated stop.  In Walnut Creek it is at the Park & Ride parking lot on Rudgear.  I jokingly refer to it as my canine drug deal.  They open their van as you say your name they hand over the items you ordered in exchange for a check.

One day a K9 police officer unit was hanging out in the parking lot and I asked if he was hear to get raw dog food too.  He had no clue what I was talking about, but went over to check it out.  Apparently it doesn’t look like a drug deal going down 😉

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I usually get a combination patty of chicken & banana or currently he is eating pork & anchovies.  I also ordered some buffalo bones and had to give a lot away because my freezer did not have enough room.  For $10, I got 20 bones. Bodie loves dinner time, I mix 2 patties with Honest Kitchen Base Mix and top if off with yogurt or cottage cheese (whole fat), he might even eat better than me – no sugar! Check them out: Creston Valley Meats or Yelp.

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2014 Gold Award Winner

insignia_GOLD_2014_Outline-012014 was a successful and fun year. I was honored at our annual Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate awards ceremony. Receiving a Gold Award distinguishes my efforts as a top performing agent in our organization. I have been fortunate to receive a top producer award since 2007. I love what I do and how rewarding it can be to help someone sell or buy possibly the biggest investment in their life.

A snapshot from the awards luncheon in San Francisco, followed by a Giants game with my son.

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Here at my office in Walnut Creek,  I find myself surrounded by an excellent and experienced manager along with other great agents and friends whom also are recognized for their performance in our organization.

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Parkmead Annual Garage Sale!

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Don’t miss out this weekend when more then 40 families in the Parkmead neighborhood will be hosting their annual garage sale on Saturday June 6, 2015 starting at 8am.

MAPS:  The two entrances to the Parkmead neighborhood will have signs with paper maps: 1. At Newell & Circle Drive  2. Lilac in 1701 driveway.  The maps  showcase participating homes, take one and start your journey!  Digital Link to Map for Smart Phone users:

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You’re bound to find everyday needs and even a few one of a kind items. Tell your friends to come on out Saturday June 6, 2015 and shop! Bring an empty car and keep an eye out for signs!

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Coffee Shop Hangout

My new found hang out! unnamed-3A few weeks ago with my friend Veronica after an early morning spin class we were meandering around Walnut Creek and she wanted to get a coffee. We stopped by Starbucks, when I remembered I had two letters to drop in the mailbox, which is still in front of the old post office. That’s when I spotted, Coffee Shop across the street on Locust. I wanted to go in check it out and decided to get a coffee, Veronica hesitantly came in with her Starbucks in hand and mentioned to Eric, our order taker, she was uncomfortable. He said he would happily buy her a new coffee and thus the evil empire corporate coffee moniker was tossed in the waste basket. unnamedI ordered the slow bar coffee, Cafe Grumpy, the coffee took a while to make and similarly to drink, transporting me back to a street side European Cafe when life was less rushed. Truly a coffee lovers paradise.

I came back on Mother’s Day to hang out on a much cherished day off, hoping to make it in time for a breakfast sandwich that smelled delicious on my first visit. I was a little late, so opted for the Pepper Jack cheese, spinach tomato grilled sandwich and added bacon. unnamed-4To complement the sandwich I ordered the orange, coconut iced latte (not always noted on the menu), delicious and sweet. Their bread is from Mint 54, just down the street, another Walnut Creek gem.

The Coffee Shop offers free wifi, password named after their coffee machine, the bright yellow one, Slayer, it’s the Porsche Carrera of coffee makers!

Give it a try! Another great place to enjoy in Walnut Creek, what do you love about the area?

Coffee Shop – 1325 Locust Street Walnut Creek

Banjo Hall of Fame Artist Live in Walnut Creek

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There’s absolutely nothing better then a crisp California morning with a hot coffee and live banjo music. Yes, I said it banjo music. Most mornings from 8 to 9, Harry Higgins and friends come together to entertain folks getting their day started with a hot drip. The group performs for fun outside Pete’s Coffee and Tea on Locust Street in Walnut Creek. If only I could start every morning listing to the beats of a Banjo Hall of Fame musician. Hopefully you can make it one morning, this video doesn’t do it justice.  Just another thing I love about living in Walnut Creek!!!