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Diablo Dish: Jack London Square Heats Up with More Food and Wine

Dosa’s delish Indian cuisine comes to Walnut Creek; another Vitality Bowls opens in the East Bay; Sauced hosts a winery pop-up; plus, wine and food trucks in Livermore.


Brooklyn West Winery

A Taste of Brooklyn Arrives to Jack London Square

Who knew that part of Oakland was once called Brooklyn? Though it was 150 years ago, it’s still part of local history, so winemakers Stewart Epstein and Jeffrey Fiegel decided to launch a tasting room called Brooklyn West Winery on the Oakland Urban Wine Trail in Jack London Square.

The duo has created an approachable, fun, and unpretentious experience in the Brick House Lofts, the oldest warehouse in the Jack London Square Warehouse District (circa 1914). The tasting lounge is built around a unique centerpiece: a glass roll-up garage door that gives the space an open, airy feel.

The winery specializes in Spanish and Iberian wines, but also offers white wines from the Central Coast and reds from Amador and Sonoma counties. Regardless of what you try, the wine bound to be good: Many Brooklyn West wines have earned 90-point scores from Wine Enthusiast and have been awarded gold and silver medals at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

We can’t wait to stop by for some tasty sips…


Grocery Café Brings Burma to Oakland’s Waterfront

Though it’s hard to tell from the name, the Grocery Café will be bringing home-style Burmese cooking—think tea leaf salad, osso buco, and bone marrow—to Jack London Square next week.

Slated to open on Monday, May 29, the Grocery Café will be open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday and for brunch on Sunday, coinciding with the farmers market.



Dosa Grab-N-Go Meals Land in Walnut Creek

No longer will locals have to trek to San Francisco to sample the superb Indian food offered at Dosa, as Walnut Creek’s ENroute Market just became the first East Bay business to sell take-home goodies such as spicy Tamil lamb, chana masala, and North Indian samosas.

The Dosa offerings are just part of the story at ENroute, which owner Heather McNeil envisions as a place that marries convenience with healthy eating and delicious food. The market opens at 5:30 a.m. on weekdays to offer breakfast items like fresh-baked pastries and parfaits, but salads, burritos, sandwiches, and wraps are also on the grab-and-go menu—and ENroute is open until 9:30 p.m. on weekdays for those needing a late-night dinner.


Vitality Bowl Lands in Livermore

The wait is almost over: Vitality Bowls is opening tomorrow on First Street in Livermore. The latest franchise location will be the second for siblings Vik and Ameet Seth, who have already have a café in Brentwood.

Vitality Bowls offers a nutritious, antioxidant-rich menu that features various breakfast, lunch, and dinner items, but the restaurant chain is most famous for its açaí bowls topped with superfoods. The café also offers fresh juices and made-to-order soups, salads, and panini.

The Livermore location will be the 27th Vitality Bowls in California, joining the other East Bay locales in Danville, Dublin, Lafayette, Pleasant Hill, Pleasanton, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek.

Needless to say, there are plenty of opportunities to check out the delicious Vitality Bowl offerings.


Vasco Urbano

Vasco Urbano Pops Up at Sauced

Celebrate the three-day weekend at Sauced BBQ and Spirits in downtown Walnut Creek, where you can join in on the Vasco Urbano pop-up wine-tasting from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The Livermore winery will offer a flight of five wines for $10 on the Sauced front patio—and inside the restaurant, guests will be treated to a complimentary Sauced food item when they order one of Vasco Urbano’s wines. There will also be special deals for those interested in buying bottles of Vasco Urbano’s Rhône varieties (made with grapes from Contra Costa County, the Livermore Valley, and the Central Coast).

This is the first in a series of summer pop-ups for Vasco Urbano. The next one will take place on Monday, June 5, at Sauced in Livermore from 4 to 7 p.m.


Concannon Vineyard Goes International on June 3

It’s always a pleasure to sit back and enjoy the scenery at Concannon Vineyard in Livermore. But wine and food aficionados might want to mark June 3 on their calendars, because that’s when the winery is hosting Food Trucks at the Vineyard. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., guests can sip Concannon vinos while noshing on international bites from an array of food trucks offering Mexican food, Asian fusion, burgers, and Italian ice.

No tickets are necessary, so simply show up and enjoy the fun-filled day!

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Happy Hour Bar & Bites at
The Cooperage

Monday through Friday
3pm – 5:30pm


This isn’t your typical happy hour. This quintessential neighborhood spot offers high-quality craft cocktails on tap and tasty bites. Menu features: $10 cocktails on tap, $5 select beer & wine, $1 oysters, $7 bacon cheeseburger sliders, $7 crispy beer battered shrimp sliders, $9 sashimi-grade ahi tuna tartare. 

32 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette
​Reservations: www.thecooperagelafayette.com or 925.298.5915

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