The Norcal Nomad

Traveling in Northern California

Stopping For Lunch in Lafayette, CA

Some days are meant to be spent leisurely, strolling about in a town you would like to experience for the first time, or re-experience to savor nostalgia or notice the changes. Monday  I revisited a town where I lived when my first daughter was born: Lafayette, CA. It was a beautiful walk around a lovely […]

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Changing Times in a Small Town

It was a day when I felt nostalgic, so I returned to a town I have visited before. I lived there 30 years ago and the streets are still familiar, although the buildings have changed and the businesses have updated to modern versions of their old selves or moved on to be replaced by something […]

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The Nut Tree Returns

The Nut tree in Vacaville started as a fruit stand.  In 1921 the original restaurant was opened by the Power family. It was named for a black walnut tree that shaded the property: planted in 1859 by Josiah Addison as he crossed the plains. He picked up the nut on the Gila River in Arizona. […]

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Discovering Nepenthe at Last

Dust off your sunglasses and drop that convertible top! It’s time to take the first road trip of spring. Highway 1 beckons natives and tourists alike on warm days. Its twists and turns winding through mountains and hinting at secluded sunbathing spots at the water’s edge. On this road it truly isn’t just the destination; […]

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Lazy Dog Comes to Concord

Last year El Torito vanished from the Willows Shopping Center in Concord. As the demolition dirt settled and the local goats made quick work of the vegetation by the creek nearby, Lazy Dog restaurant raised its roof and piqued our curiosity. After all, what would a restaurant named “Lazy Dog” serve? Hot dogs, perhaps? That […]

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