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Indulge in Your Favorite Comfort Foods at Wence’s Restaurant

July 20, 2016 9:03 am

Regulars appreciate family-owned Wence’s Restaurant for its fast service, quality food, and comfortable ambiance. Some diners say the atmosphere at Wence’s is nice enough for a classy meal in a welcoming ambiance. The dishes here are well-presented and delicious too, according to patrons. Try the grilled halibut, the albacore tuna melt, the white truffle mac 'n cheese, the Wence’s street tacos, the grilled swordfish, or the seafood ravioli. Come to Wence’s for Sunday brunch and order the traditional Benedict, which is said to be good enough to please the most discerning diner.

Local families say Wence’s is a good place for kids, with plenty of menu options especially for them. The place is quite popular — so it can be busy at peak times — but regulars suggest that it's a great place to have a leisurely meal.

Wence’s Restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Wence’s Restaurant
1922 Oak Park Boulevard
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
(925) 566-8971

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Interesting Facts About Chocolate You Might Not Already Know

July 13, 2016 9:03 am

You may consider yourself a bit of a chocoholic, but there’s a lot you might not know about rich, decadent chocolate. Before you grab that tasty square of dark chocolate or have a scoop of chocolate ice cream for dessert, read up on these interesting chocolate facts!

  • It takes many cocoa beans to make chocolate. Between 300 and 600 cocoa beans are needed to make just one kilogram of chocolate!
  • There are three different types of cocoa used in modern chocolate making. Forastero cocoa is harvested in the Amazon and used in 90% of the world’s chocolate; Criollo beans are grown in Central and South America and are the rarest types of beans; Trinitario beans are hybrids of the other two.
  • Cocoa beans must be roasted just like coffee beans to create chocolate.
  • Ever wondered what the percentage on a chocolate bar refers to? It describes how much of the bar’s weight comes from the cocoa bean, and it impacts the darkness of the bar.
  • Dark chocolate is good for you. It's packed with antioxidants and is believed to help reduce blood pressure and improve the cardiovascular system.
  • Eating dark chocolate every day can cut your risk of heart disease by one-third.
  • The ancient Aztecs and Mayans once used chocolate as currency. People used cocoa beans to buy food, tools and livestock.

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Black Diamond Brewing Co.: Craft Suds Come to Concord

July 6, 2016 9:02 am

If you’re looking to unwind after a hard day’s work, consider visiting Black Diamond Brewing Co. in Concord. The brewing facility offers refreshing craft beers, and patrons throughout the area feel at home in the establishment’s own tap room. Here, customers have the opportunity to embark on a tour of the brewery and sample some of the company’s famous ales. From signature brews to barrel-aged drafts, Black Diamond Brewing Co. has a little something to offer everyone. Local favorites include the Jagged Edge IPA, Rampage, and White Witch.

Black Diamond Brewing Co. is located in an unlikely spot for such an establishment in a suburban office park. However, the interior is comfortable and allows patrons to forget about the outside world. A bar seats approximately eight guests, and several tables are spread out among two rooms. Two televisions are available in the bar area, and the typical bar snacks are provided for noshing.

Black Diamond Brewing Co.
2470 Bates Avenue
Concord, CA 94520
(925) 356-0120

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