A new spot for Lemonade in Walnut Creek

by foodhoe on October 13, 2016

Hey there, it’s been a while hasn’t it?  A recent death in the family had me focused on other matters for a while and I’m sorry that I neglected my site and my few faithful readers…  The verdict is that while it was good to take a breather, I still feel compelled to share my latest eating adventures with you, so let’s just move onto the food!


I have been waiting for Lemonade to open in downtown Walnut Creek, and was excited to be invited to a preview last night to check out the new restaurant which is where La Boulange used to be on Broadway Plaza.  It looks completely different with the bright, exuberantly modern design which makes it hard to miss.


They had the official ribbon cutting ceremony earlier in the day, and there were balloons and live music for the festive preview event before the grand opening today.  The sleekly modern restaurant occupies approximately 1700 square feet with two outside patios featuring an excellent living plant wall.  This is the 25th location of the popular Southern California chain that offers casual comfort food served in a modern cafeteria setting.


Lemonade’s menu offers a wide variety of back to basics dishes to entice you with the simple allure of beautifully prepared salads, hearty braised meats, satisfying sandwiches, decadent desserts, and thirst-quenching lemonades.  The first thing you see as you enter is a long stainless steel counter filled with a mind boggling number of bins of brightly colorful dishes, monitored by a crew of neatly attired and friendly staff who are eager to feed you.  There is a stack of plastic trays lined with crisp white paper that are meant for you to take and slide along the shiny stainless counter and you are encouraged to ask for samples to help you decide from the myriad options along the way.


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Southern Brunch for Dinner

by foodhoe on August 29, 2016

4001 Broadway, Oakland, CA  | 510.547.1446 | website


Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and when I saw that Clove and Hoof in Oakland was offering a special southern brunch for dinner earlier this month, I immediately went online and signed up.  I have been hearing really good things about this place (click here for a very enthusiastic review by Nerb) and couldn’t wait to finally check it out, and what better way than with my favorite meal!  Clove and Hoof is a neighborhood restaurant and whole animal butcher shop opened by John Blevins and Analiesa Gosnell, who carefully source their product from farms that don’t use antibiotics or hormones and practice responsible and humane methods of animal husbandry.  You can read more about them on their website here.  


There is a retro airstream look and feel about the place that is both homey and comfortable.  l really like the fact that they only use local ranchers who use ethical practices – Jenner Family Beef provides the beef that is pasture raised, fed a corn-free vegetarian diet, and is humanely treated.  (Shhh, I have issues related to being at the top of the food chain…)


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A fantastic tasting menu at Alexander’s Steakhouse in Cupertino

August 15, 2016
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19379 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino| 408.446.2222 | website I grew up in the Peninsula and always marvel when I visit the South Bay because it is has gone so upscale with the proliferation of tech companies that is parodied so well in the excellent show Silicon Valley.  We got a close up look at this when we visited Alexander’s Steakhouse last weekend to check out their new location in […]

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The excellent breakfast at Grand Lake Kitchen

August 2, 2016
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576 Grand Ave, Oakland 94610 | 510.922.9582 | website Hours:  9 am – 10 pm everyday but Tuesday (closed) brunch until 3 pm | happy hour 4 – 6 pm | dinner 5 – 10pm Mr. K and I really miss our old stomping grounds at Lake Merritt, and we still love to shop at the fabulous Grand Lake Farmer’s Market on Saturday, then go […]

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Tasting menu at Yuzuki Eatery

July 27, 2016
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598 Guerrero Street, (c/s 18th Street), SF | 415.556.9898 | website Mr. K and I went to Yuzuki Japanese Eatery in San Francisco recently to check out their new six-course tasting menu that provides an introduction to their Washoku menu and the Izakaya style of eating.  We enjoyed their warm hospitality and ate our way through six courses of traditional Japanese cuisine along with […]

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Dinner at Calavera 2.0

July 11, 2016
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2337 Broadway, Oakland | 510.338.3273 | website I am lucky to have friends with connections because I got to tag along when Brenda who writes Bites & Bourbon was invited to dine as a guest of the house at Calavera in Oakland last month.  We went to check out the changes in the menu since Chef Sophina Uong (@girlslantee) took […]

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Pizza at Slice House in Walnut Creek

June 14, 2016
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1500 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek | 925.448.8077 | website Last week my friend Christina who writes the delightful East Bay Dish, invited me to come along for a media preview of Slice House, which opened up earlier this month.  Occupying the ground floor, it joins Teleferic Barcelona and Rooftop Restaurant & Bar in the […]

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