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Diablo Dish: Book Club Prix Fixe at Flora

Finger lickin’ literature in Uptown; Mexican swap in downtown Walnut Creek; vegan cinnamon rolls hit Concord; a knife-off in Jack London; and more Dish.


Flora’s Second Book Club Dinner Magically Appears

Oakland’s Flora will use Glen David Gold’s Carter Beats the Devil as the inspiration for conversation and a four-course prix fixe meal (plus a cocktail pairing) on Wednesday, June 26—all for just $65 at the 19th and Telegraph dining spot.

Carter Beats the Devil is a fictionalized story about famous 1920s magician Charles Carter and his mysterious involvement with the still somewhat unexplained death of President Warren G. Harding. Naturally, the menu reflects that era. 


Agave Uptown / Dana Plucinski

Patron Mexican Grill Coming to Walnut Creek

Despite what real estate agents say about homes, location isn’t necessarily everything when it comes to restaurants. Cinco de Mayo was the latest to struggle on Locust just down from the busy Bonanza Street intersection, and now Patron Mexican Grill will give it a try in the same spot.

And speaking of that location, will the old Crogan’s building across the street ever house a new restaurant? Or anything, for that matter?


Mezcal Aficionados Will Mingle at Oakland’s Agave Uptown July 3

Agave Uptown (at the corner of Franklin and Broadway) is known for its mezcal-centric bar offerings—but from 6 to 10 p.m. on July 3, the restaurant is going one step further with a $45 mezcal tasting showcase. Oaxacan small bites will accompany samples from a host of elite Mexican mezcal makers.


Courtesy of Cinnaholic

Vegan Bakery Cinnaholic Now Open in Todos Santos Plaza

The third Cinnaholic in the Bay Area is serving its vegan cinnamon rolls (and cookies and brownies) in Concord’s evolving Todos Santos Plaza—which has been shifting to more national chains (Cinnaholic and Chipotle, to name a couple) in recent months.

But for those who love the ability to choose from 20 frosting flavors or fresh toppings, all while staying vegan, a local Cinnaholic is a blessing. This location joins the one on Oxford Street in Berkeley for local fans who otherwise would have to travel to San Jose.


Round Two of Jack London Square’s Knife Fight Gauntlet

Yes, there will be knives flashing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday on the Broadway Stage in Jack London Square, but they’ll be chopping meat and vegetables as local chefs vie for the title of Knife Fight Gauntlet champion.

This is the second installment of the competition to unseat defending champion Lamont Periman, and though enjoying the show is free, sampling the chefs’ creations will cost $25. There will be live music, and those inspired to replicate the recipes (which are available) can visit the Jack London Square FarmersMarket to load up on supplies.

The final round is set for July 28. 


Sweethoney Dessert to Bring Hong Kong to Concord

No, we’re not talking about mass demonstrations over City Council policies, but desserts done Hong Kong style. Sweethoney Desserts, primarily a Southeast Asian chain, is expanding into the United States—and the latest move will be next to Dunkin’ near Treat and Clayton.

Expect puddings, jellies, ice cream and Asian treats in a casual setting, plus some soups, wings and shrimp. 


Oakland’s Plank Celebrates Summer and Carnivals

Starting the night of Saturday, June 29, and running every weekend through August, Jack London Square’s Plank will offer a special carnival-themed food and drink menu that includes a cotton candy margarita (though we’re not sure how we feel about that) and a mega banana split (hard to go wrong with this one).

There’s also live music every Thursday night and other entertainers on hand. 


Truth is Beauty / San Leandro Improvement Association

Food Trucks a Part of San Leandro’s Truth Thursday

A gathering of food trucks will supply the fuel for a 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Truth Thursday event at the San Leandro Tech Center (just off I-880) that will also include beer, wine, games, and live entertainment.

Why “Truth Thursday” you ask? Because the centerpiece of the Tech Center is sculptor Marco Cochrane’s “Truth is Beauty” statue, which is “an expression of a safe and powerful woman”—who also apparently enjoys tacos. 


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