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Sinful Bliss Cupcakes: Sweet Treats

May 4, 2016 9:03 am

Indulge in a sweet treat from Pleasant Hill's Sinful Bliss Cupcakes. These cupcakes are definitely worth the calorie splurge. Order a couple mini cupcakes or one regular size cupcake. Regulars rave about all the flavors available here! Try the Vanilla Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter Cup, Red Velvet, Banana Pineapple, and Chocolate Nutella. Flavors rotate frequently, so there's always something new to try.

Prices are what you'd expect, about $3.25 for a regular sized gourmet cupcake. Pair your dessert with a delicious cup of coffee. You can also pick up a tray of mini cupcakes for your next party or ask Sinful Bliss to design a custom made cake.

Sinful Bliss Cupcakes
35D Crescent Drive
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
(925) 689-0200

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Butting Heads in the Office? Here’s How to Deal With Difficult Coworkers!

April 27, 2016 9:02 am

Whether your job requires collaboration or you simply want to establish friendly relationships with the people you work with, difficult co-workers can complicate things. Here are a few ways to handle bad attitudes in the workplace.

  1. Keep your cool. First and foremost, never lose your temper on a fellow employee, no matter how bad the situation gets. This will only make you lose face in front of your bosses and the rest of the office. Simply remind yourself to maintain a calm, even voice, or just walk away from the situation.
  2. Practice good conflict resolution skills. If the co-worker in question frequently disagrees or argues with you about work issues, learn how to resolve these conflicts before they start. Identify common ground by pointing out a mutual goal, and be sure to hear him or her out completely before giving your point of view.
  3. Address the issue in private. No one wants to be viewed as unprofessional, so privately point out when a co-worker is being particularly dramatic. Say something neutral, like “It seems like you’re getting very angry about this.” This might make your co-worker notice the error of his or her ways.
  4. Don’t be a pushover. It pays to be kind, but don’t let this difficult co-worker feel that he or she can walk all over you. Adopt a fair yet stern attitude that shows that you can’t be manipulated or disrespected.

Three Tips to Deal with a Passive-Aggressive Colleague [Harvard Business Review]
20 Ways to Deal with Difficult Co-Workers [iVillage]
Ten Tips for Dealing with Difficult Co-Workers [allBusiness]
How to Deal with Difficult Co-Workers [Forbes]

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Dragon’s Pond Chinese Restaurant: Classic Chinese Food

April 20, 2016 9:02 am

Come to Dragon’s Pond Chinese Restaurant, where great cuisine is always an order away. Located downtown, Dragon’s Pond is an excellent place for lunch. The luncheon specials include a number of traditional favorites, and every one is served with the soup of the day, a choice of egg roll or salad, and your choice of fried, white, or brown rice – what a tasty deal! The soup selection is especially good, with options like seaweed egg flower and a house special creation. There are many tasty entrees, but don’t look past the Dragon’s Pond specials, particularly dishes like Hunan Salmon, marinated lamb, and the drunken chicken or pork. If you’re eating gluten-free, any dish can be accommodated. And everything is available to take out!

Dragon’s Pond Chinese Restaurant
1353 Locust Street
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 926-0278


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