Celebrate Thanksgiving in El Sobrante, Richmond CA


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are. Joyce Giraud

Are you excited about Thanksgiving memorable this year? It’s always a great time of year because you get to reunite with old friends and family over a delicious meal. The question is- will you spend your Thanksgiving this year inside your luxury home at Solace Luxury Apartments in El Sobrante, Richmond? Or does going out to eat in one of El Sobrante’s restaurants appeal to you more?

If you decide to stay inside this year, then that’s great – your friends and family will get to revel in the lovely comforts of your apartment. If you need some ideas on how to make this upcoming Thanksgiving particularly remarkable, consider checking out Pinterest to get some creative ideas on how to decorate your home.

And if you need some tips on savory recipes,check out this website.

What are you grateful this holiday season? Be sure to share in the comments below. Even if your year hasn’t gone exactly has you would have planned, there is something you can find to be grateful for. Just check out the comments below in case you can’t think of anything and remember, life has its ups and downs for most of us.

Labor Day Weekend Activities in El Sobrante


Dr. King’s last campaign was a labor struggle. Many people are aware that Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis in the spring of 1968. Less well-known is what drew him there: solidarity with city sanitation workers, who, without the benefit of union representation, were rising up to protest humiliating pay and deplorable working conditions. Thomas E. Perez

Do you enjoy what you do for work? As Labor Day approaches, its actually a wonderful opportunity to reflect and think about how you feel about your career. It’s also a great opportunity to check out events in and around El Sobrante, Richmond to have fun on this patriotic occasion.

If you want to stay in El Sobrante, Richmond and celebrate, check out this site to get some ideas on what things are happening around you. Labor Day is a wonderful transition into fall and an amazing excuse to catch up with friends, family, and neighbors.

How will you celebrate Labor Day at the end of this summer? Will you go out and check out events near Solace Apartments in El Sobrante, Richmond or will you try to celebrate with a party of your own? For fun party activities that will assist you make the most out of Labor Day, click here.

Celebrate Memorial Day in El Sobrante, Richmond CA


“… It is a proud privilege to be a soldier – a good soldier … [with] discipline, self-respect, pride in his unit and his country, a high sense of duty and obligation to comrades and to his superiors, and a self-confidence born of demonstrated ability.” -George S. Patton Jr.

This upcoming May 28th marks Memorial Day, the all-American celebration in which we honor those who have lost their lives fighting for the values and freedoms we get to enjoy every day. Many of us tend to simply think of Memorial Day as a “day off”, but you should use this as an opportunity to reflect on what it means- with the company of your closest friends and family.

If you feel compelled to honor the lives of those soldiers who fought for our country and died, consider having a small get-together at your apartments in El Sobrante, Richmond. Invite your friends and family and encourage them to bring different foods- potluck style. There are many ways you can host a little patriotic party to celebrate the rights you enjoy today. Here are some more facts on Memorial Day to educate yourself and your guests.

For tips on how to throw a memorable Memorial Day celebration, click here. So what will you do to honor those who have lost their lives in battle for our rights this year? It’s time to start making some solid plans now!

The Best Way to Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day


There are many Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations in the bay area, but only one has been a staple of the community for over one-hundred-and-fifty years. This holiday weekend, why not travel into the city for San Francisco’s famous Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival!

Now in its one-hundred-and-sixty-seventh year, the Saint Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade is an event the bay area looks forward to every year. This year, both are bigger than ever! The festival begins at 10:00 AM and cannot be contained in one location! The event will take place at both Civic Center Plaza and on Grove Street from Polk to Larkin Street. The festival will feature live entertainment from Irish entertainers, traditional food and drink, as well as activities and crafts for children. An hour after the festival begins, the parade will starts at the corner of Second and Market Streets and will feature over 5,000 performers from across the country!

This year’s Saint Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade are not to be missed! Make a plan to attend with friends and family today! The best part of all? The event is free! The festival and parade are on regardless of the weather, so be sure to check before you attend. All locations are under an hour drive from the Solace Apartment Homes in El Sobrante, Richmond CA.

Outstanding Date Night Ideas For You


Did you know that within a short drive of the Solace Apartment Homes in El Sobrante, Richmond CA there are two excellent Italian restaurants that are perfect for date night? Whether you are looking for something for Valentine’s Day or just the weekend date out, we have got you covered!

When you visit La Strada, you will be transported to Italy. Located in San Pablo, La Strada Italian Restaurant features an excellent menu with something for everyone and a romantic atmosphere that takes you across the world in your mind. When you visit, make sure to save room for dessert!

On the other hand, if you are looking for a place with a great view, you cannot beat Salute e Vita Ristorante in Richmond. Sporting fantastic views of the harbor and an incredible, modern menu, Salute e Vita is the perfect place for a date night. Go at sunset for beautiful colors over the water and a great bottle of wine.

What are you waiting for? Make plans with your special someone tonight! La Strada Italian Restaurant is located at 2215 Church Lane, San Pablo, CA, while Salute e Vita Ristorante is located at 1900 Esplanade Drive, Richmond, CA. Both are within a fifteen-minute drive from the Solace Apartment Homes in El Sobrante, CA.

Enjoy a Delicious Morning Meal at a Nearby Restaurant

Are there mornings when you don’t feel like scrambling eggs or getting out the waffle iron?

Then head to a nearby restaurant where you are sure to enjoy a delicious meal:

Bette’s Oceanview Diner

Bette’s is a Berkeley institution that has welcomed customers since 1982. It features burgundy Naugahyde booths, stainless steel trim, and a 1957 jukebox that plays an array of tunes. Many of the diner’s customers have enjoyed meals regularly for more than a decade, and the staff often knows them by name. The cooks make the meals using fresh ingredients and are most famous for their pancake creations. Other menu items include waffles, Mexican Scrambles, and California breakfasts.


This restaurant is best known for its freshly brewed strong coffee served with heavy cream. Like Bette’s, it has many loyal customers, some of whom have walked through the doors for more than forty years. The restaurant is open seven days a week, and its diverse menu always offers one or two daily specials. Meals include cheese omelets, trout & eggs, and pumpkin pancakes.

Sam’s Log Cabin

Housed in a log cabin that dates back to 1930, Sam’s is famous for serving the best brunch in East Bay. The cabin was built from a kit and has a storied past as at one time it was a speakeasy followed by an off-track betting joint. In the kitchen, the cooks make the meals with ingredients sourced from their local food shack. Choices include buttermilk pancakes, cinnamon currant French toast, and yams n’ eggs.

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Celebrate National Pizza Month In October

October is famous for Halloween, but did you know that it’s also National Pizza Month?

No matter your favorite topping, you can enjoy a piping hot pizza at an area restaurant:

Zachary’s Chicago Pizza

Zach Zachowski and Barbara Gabel grew up in Wisconsin and later spent several years in Chicago. There they developed a love for deep dish pizza. In the early 1980s, they moved to the San Francisco Bay area with the dream of opening a pizzeria. They found a small place that had room for thirty seats, and it wasn’t long before the restaurant had many loyal customers. Just over twelve months later, Zach and Barbara opened another location to keep up with the demand. To date, the restaurant has won more than 175 “Best Pizza” awards, and favorites among customers include spinach & mushroom, barbecue chicken, and Hawaiian.

Benchmark Pizzeria

Owners Peter and Melissa Swanson opened Benchmark in 2012. Their website states that they believe making food is a craft and ingredients are the core components of good food, which is why the cooks make the pizza, pasta, cheese, sausage, and condiments on site. The thin crust pizzas are approximately eleven inches and are made from yeast dough. They’re covered in light toppings before being baked in an 800-degree oven. Two minutes later, the servers deliver the delicious creations to customers. Choices include fried sage, sausage and sweet peppers, and pancetta and ruby heart figs.

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Visit A Bakery Near Solace Apartments

Moist cake. Crumbly cookies. Creamy tiramisu. For drool-worthy desserts, Richmond is near a bevy of fantastic bakeries. So where do you go to satisfy your sweet tooth craving?

The Crowned Cupcake

Why not try The Crowned Cupcake? Only 8 minutes away from our Solace Apartment Homes, this bakery specializes in a variety of scrumptious cupcakes. Their premium line includes such delicious flavors as Banana Cream, Mocha, and Churro while their cocktail-inspired line includes Margarita and Strawberry Daiquiri. The Crowned Cupcake’s “crown” jewel? The Crownie, a yellow cake filled with a delectable chocolate chip cookie and a brownie nestled inside. You’ll feel like royalty, indeed! They cater everything from bachelor parties, to birthdays, to even christenings so keep them in mind for your next event.

Maria’s Gourmet Pastries

Founded in 2005, Maria’s Gourmet Pastries, located on San Pablo Dam Road, houses an assortment of indulgent cakes. Classics like Red Velvet and Tres Leches are here among more exotic flavors such as Passion Fruit Mango Mousse and the retro Sock It To Me Cake. Not in the mood for cake? No worries! Maria’s also makes cookies, tarts, brownies, and cannolis, that will take your taste buds from ho hum to yum yum!

Rubicon Bakery

Featured in People Magazine, Rubicon Bakery has something for everyone. Their menu includes cakes, cupcakes, cookies, tarts, crostatas, and muffins, oh my! With such rich flavors as Chocolate Truffle Cake (made flourless) and Raspberry Chiffon, Rubicon is a delightful stop on your sweet treat trek. Fun Fact: Since its inception in 1993, Rubicon has employed over 100 workers that are either homeless or mentally disabled, helping them to improve their lives and get back on their feet. By going to Rubicon, you’re supporting your local community!

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Visit An Independent Coffee Shop Near Solace Apartments

A decade ago, Starbucks was opening a coffee shop at the rate of 3.5 coffee shops per day worldwide. But even with the ability to find a coffee franchise on practically every street corner, independent and local coffee roasters continue to thrive. Whether it’s the artsy vibe of the shop or the promise of high-end beans, many coffee drinkers choose to forgo the convenience of coffee shop drive-thrus and online ordering. These customers opt to instead trek across town for the best-tasting cup of artisan coffee they can find. Coffee is just that important.

For those of us who love great coffee or who prefer to support locally-based roasters, Richmond has several great options. Here are just a few options, in no particular order of preference:

  • Catahoula Coffee: Located off of San Pablo Avenue, Catahoula Coffee won the San Francisco Chronicle Baylist’s “Best of the Bay” for coffee in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014. This company sources their coffee beans responsibly, while also proudly giving back to the local community. For instance, Catahoula Coffee donates coffee for fundraising, with proceeds going to schools and local charities. The company also pours free coffee for Tent Cities and neighborhood council meetings.
  • Kaleidoscope Coffee: This coffee shop on Park Place offers a full-on cafe menu with interesting options. They serve up Wrecking Ball Coffee, alongside organic ice cream, beet hummus, and blueberry salsa, and locally-crafted beer and pastries. Kaleidoscope Coffee’s owner, Cassie Cushing, used to be a barista herself, and simply seeks to provide a space for good food, drinks, and story telling.
  • East Bay Coffee-San Pablo: While technically in San Pablo, coffee lovers from all over the East Bay (and Richmond) flock to this shop if they want an excellent cup of gourmet coffee. East Bay Coffee exclusively serves fair trade and/or organic coffee and offers seasonal gourmet blends. They additionally serve organic juice and locally-made desserts, and will soon be adding savory food menu items.
  • Eunice Cafe 2: Located on 46th Street at the UC Berkeley Global Campus, this local shop is more known for their sandwiches than their coffee. This cafe offers a basic coffee drink menu, alongside gelato and awesomely delicious-looking sandwiches. Options include hot sandwiches like pastrami and swiss and falafel, as well as vegetarian options like the French brie with sun-dried tomatoes.

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