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Divine Thanksgiving Eats

November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving doesn’t always have to call for turkey! Check out this recipe that will have your guests coming back for seconds and thirds.

Earl Grey-Crusted Pork Loin with Fennel and Apples



·         3 tablespoons finely ground Earl Grey tea

·         Kosher salt

·         Pepper

·         One 3 1/2-pound boneless pork loin roast, tied

·         3 fennel bulbs, trimmed and cut through the core into 1-inch wedges

·         3 firm, sweet cooking apples, such as Gala, quartered lengthwise and cored

·         2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

·         1 tablespoon thyme leaves

1.       In a small bowl, whisk the tea with 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Rub all over the pork and set the meat fat side up on a large rimmed baking sheet. Let stand at room temperature for 45 minutes.

Get the full recipe here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Bay Area Holiday Treats

November 20, 2015

We’re so excited for the holidays! Take a look at these events happening in Livermore and Pleasanton.

Come tell your story in pictures this weekend at the Livermore Library! This event, for ages three and up, is taking place this Saturday, November 21st from 1PM to 3PM. Get more details here.

A magical holiday evening awaits you in downtown Pleasanton this weekend! Your little ones can meet Santa and you can start your holiday shopping a little early this Sunday, November 22nd from 4PM to 7PM. Get more info here.

Save the date for a musical event you won’t forget! Join other music enthusiasts on Thanksgiving weekend for seasonal favorites by Australian sensations the Ten Tenors at The Bankhead Theater on Saturday, November 28th at 2PM and 8PM. For tickets, click here.

Mark your calendar – a unique holiday treat is coming to the streets of Livermore! Lights of Livermore Holiday Tour features a one-hour private wine tasting at Concannon Vineyard and a one-hour trolley tour of the city’s holiday lights starting on Friday, December 4th. To make reservations, go here.

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The Holidays are Coming!

November 13, 2015

A fun-filled fall weekend is waiting for you in Livermore and Pleasanton. Enjoy!

 Your teens will love this movie event this weekend! A free showing of the first three Hunger Games films is happening this Saturday, November 14th at the Livermore Library at 10AM. Learn more here.

A classical music event is coming to Livermore this weekend. Join pianist Richard Cionco in concert this Saturday, November 14th at the Bankhead Theater at 8PM. For tickets, click here.

Start your holiday season early next weekend! The Pleasanton Downtown Association presents the 3rd annual Holiday Spirit Stroll on Saturday, November 21st from 5PM to 8PM for beer, wine and cocktail samplings. Get more info here.

Get your tickets today for the 3rd annual Holiday Youth Music Festival at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton on Saturday, November 28th.

Let Wente Vineyards help with your Thanksgiving feast! This take-home dinner serves 6 and includes duck fat roasted Diestel Turkey (with detailed cooking instructions), brown butter mashed potatoes, cranberry compote, Hobbs’ applewood smoked bacon biscuits and much more. Call 925.456.2424 to reserve your dinner today!

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November in the Bay Area

November 7, 2015

November is going to be so much fun! Check out the events happening in Livermore and Pleasanton this weekend.

Join in on the fun and holiday cheer! Vote for your favorite storefront in Downtown Pleasanton starting this Monday, November 9th through Monday, December 7th. Enjoy festive décor and submit your favorite design for a chance to win a $50 gift card. Get more info here.

South Pacific is coming to Pleasanton this weekend! This classic musical adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan is hitting the stage at the Firehouse Arts Center this Saturday, November 7th at 8PM and Sunday, November 8th at 2PM. For tickets click here.

Native American Pow Wow Dance is happening at the Livermore Library this weekend. Watch traditional dances this Saturday, November 7th from 1PM to 2PM. Learn more here.

Come out for the Livermore Year-Round Sunday Farmers’ Market on Sunday! Grab all of your goodies for the week from 10AM to 2PM at South L Street and Railroad Avenue. Get more details here.

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