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December 2014

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Threads of Hope

Diablo kicks off the holiday season with our annual celebration of community volunteers; plus, we give our first Visionary Award.

Lucky to be Alive

Nicholas Pasichuke drove from Alamo to Santa Barbara to visit friends—but he crossed paths with a mass murderer.

12 Days Of Gift Giving

This holiday season, head to the East Bay’s specialty shops for hand-selected treasures and a feel-good local vibe. The Diablo team scoured a dozen stores for this year’s most popular gifts, taking recommendations from knowledgeable staff along the way. So stress no more: We did the legwork for you. Happy shopping!
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Dining Destination

Ten new hot spots to head north for now.
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Speak of the Devil

Bah, Humbug Holidays

The nativity scenes, the menorahs, the twinkling lights . . . you just aren’t feeling it. Here are some alternative holiday events to put on your radar.

Flying High

A Livermore acrobat proves America’s Got Talent in the East Bay.

The List: December

Warm up winter with steam punk acrobats, Livermore wine, DIY art, and a masked ball.

Adam Mansbach

What I’ve learned from writing two foul-mouthed children’s books.

Hidden Wonder:  The Zonkey

One hybrid you can’t purchase this holiday season.

The Year in Review

We break down the East Bay’s best, worst, and weirdest stories of 2014.

Shopping Simplified

No, I would not like a copy of my receipt, thanks. And scouring stores for the best price or the perfect gift? Talk about tiring. Here are three ways—two apps, one gift card—to help you stay sane this holiday season.
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Food Scene

Cheap Eats: Mona’s Burgers and Shakes

Treat yourself to a “screw diet” burger paired with a tasty milkshake.

Charity Blend

One of the Tri-Valley’s best bottles supports the local arts.

Diablo Dish: December

East Bay restaurants ditch tipping, Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar comes to Dublin, and Amphora Lafayette olive oil shop opens.

Three ways to give a Better Bottle of Wine

The humdrum host gift gets an upgrade.

Toffee Treat

Put a little crunch in your holidays.

Taste, Sip, Transcend

Havana’s electric scene and powerful mojitos ushered contemporary Cuban cuisine into Contra Costa more than a decade ago. Now, on the same short Walnut Creek block, Kanishka’s Neo-Indian Gastropub has done the same for globally inspired Indian cuisine, matching craft beer to exotic spice in a space both modern and lively.
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Web Extras

Editors’ Gift Picks

What the Diablo editors are wishing for this holiday season.
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