Pelosi Team - Your source for local community events and real estate expertise. 
In this issue...
  • Happy Valentine's Day
  • Did You Know?
  • Groundhog Day
  • Super Bowl LII
  • Recipe of the Month
  • Real Estate News
  • Restaurant of the Month
 Happy Valentine's Day!
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Happy Heart Day! I know it's cold and dreary out, (at least it was when I started this article) so grab the ones you love and give them a big smooch! This is a great opportunity to spread the LOVE!
 Did you know?
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Jewelry is the most popular Valentine's Day gift: 20 percent of consumers are expected to buy jewelry, spending a total of $4.3 billion, the NRF said.

**You see that everyone. Time to visit the jewelry store!

Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day is Friday February 2nd. I know we are all hoping he does not see his shadow and that spring is just around the corner. If he does see it, we will have to brace ourselves for this winter weather to continue. Of course, we are more fortunate in our area of the country. We are not covered in snow and ice (although I'm sure Tahoe would like some more snow). Rest assured that if the Grouundhog does see his shadow, he's only right 39% of the time ;)

Have all of you seen the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray? How many of us can relate? I know I can. Right now, I feel like I am living 6th Grade boys basketball games over and over ;)

Here's hoping for an early spring!!

Super Bowl LII
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Sunday February 4th, 2018 is Super Bowl LII. It starts at 3:30pm PST and is on NBC.

It is the Philadelphia Eagles vs. The New England Patriots and will be held in Minneapolis, MN.

Justin Timberlake is doing the half time show! He should be great!
Open Table - Diner's Choice Top 10 Best Overall Restaurants
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I love looking for new restaurants in the area and Open Table is always a great place to start my research. I love reading the reviews from other diners. They just came out with their Top 10 Overall Best Restaurants in the Bay Area. Check it out!!

Rivoli Restaurant - Berkeley http://www.rivolirestaurant.com/

Pucquio - Oakland

Trabocco - Alameda

Massimo Ristorante - Walnut Creek

Belotti Ristorante e Bottega - Oakland

Esin Restaurant and Bar - Danville

NM Cafe at Neiman Marcus - Walnut Creek

Reve - Lafayette

Va de Vi Bistro & Wine Bar - Walnut Creek

Wood Tavern - Oakland

Recipe of the Month
Need a new recipe for Game Day? Try out this Hot Wing Dip from BHG.
Hot Wing Dip
Makes: 10 servings
Makes: 2 tablespoons dip and 4 celery pieces
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Slow Cook: 3 hrs to 4 hrs (LOW)

Ingredients
  • 8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), cut up
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup bottled Buffalo wing sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons bottled reduced-calorie blue cheese salad dressing
  • 1 cup chopped cooked chicken breast
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 1 fresh jalapeno chile pepper, seeded and minced*
  • 20 stalks celery, halved crosswise


Directions
  1. In a 1 1/2-quart slow cooker combine cream cheese, wing sauce, dressing, chicken, finely chopped celery, and jalapeno pepper.
  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours. If no heat setting is available, cook for 3 hours. Serve with celery pieces.

Test Kitchen Tip:

Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.

Real Estate News
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With the start of a new year, there are always new decorating trends emerging. This year is all about ceilings! I read a great article on HGTV that inspired me to re-think my ceilings. Generally, I would say just roll a fresh coat of paint across the ceiling and call it done. However, people are getting creative and these ideas are amazing! Thank you HGTV for the inpiration!

Style with Shiplap - Farmhouse Style
Coffered Ceiling - Bold and Modern
Wow with Wood - Cabin Inspired
Exposed Beam Ceiling - Show Stopper
Bold Color - Jaw dropping appeal
Apply Wallpaper - Unexpected
Statement Stripes - Standout Ceiling
Industrial Flair - Star of the Show
Not-So-Basic Black - Depth and Contrast
Tile Takeover - Absolutely Welcomed

Here are some pics of my four favorites (1-4 above):
Restaurant of the Month
Dos Coyotes Border Cafe
We love hearing from our readers! A big thank you to Sean Ortiz for telling us about Dos Coyotes Restaurant in Concord, located in the Willows Shopping Center.

It is "Southwestern Cuisine" and it is delicious. Sean recommends the Green Chile Stew and Albondigas. Legit Red and Green chile.

It has four stars on Yelp with 316 Reviews. Only two dollar signs! $$

Here is the address:
1975 Diamond Blvd, Ste B150
Concord, CA 94520
Phone: 925-676-0400


Head over and check it out!

If you have topics about our local East Bay scene that you would like to see covered in Beyond the Fence, please send me an email at janel@pelositeam.com and I'll do my best to include your suggestions. 
Janel Pelosi |  Pelosi Team | 925.408.8990 | janel@pelositeam.com