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2006, 2024

The Experience, Richmond: El Agave Azul Night Out

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The Experience:

It’s all about the Prawns!

Step into this warm and inviting Mexican restaurant with Jalisco inspired recipes and begin your Prawn journey. For an appetizer, start with the Tequila Prawns – Tequila-seared prawns, grilled corn, garlic, jalapeños, served on a sizzling skillet.

Order their namesake salad! This Agave Salad is made with mixed greens, tomatoes, onions, corn, black beans, tortilla strips and Prawns paired with their sweet Agave Vinaigrette, Ranch or Cesar dressing.

Next, make it Prawn Tacos – Seared prawns topped with lettuce, pico de gallo and chipotle aioli. Or try the Sizzling Prawn Fajitas. Prawns served sizzling hot on a cast-iron skillet with sautéed onions, bell peppers. Served with rice, beans and choice of tortillas. If you also like crab, you can opt for the Seafood Enchiladas. Two enchiladas filled with shrimp and crab, Monterey Jack cheese, grilled corn, covered with a creamy tequila sauce. Served with white rice and vegetables.

Of course you can also choose any of your other Mexican favorites from their extensive menu of classic appetizers and traditional Mexican plates.

Quenching your thirst may include a Traditional Margarita or a Cadillac Margarita made with Mi Campo Reposado, triple sec, orange juice, sweet & sour, lime and served with a mini-Grand Marnier bottle. There is also the Purple Cadillac Margarita made with Mi Campo Reposado, triple sec, orange juice, sweet & sour, lime and a Chambord float. As a full-service bar, they offer more than 120 Tequilas.

It’s a fun night out, in this wonderfully warm ambiance, no matter your choices! And don’t forget – Agave Azul has music the 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month in the evening.

Agave Azul Hours: Mon – Thurs 11am-9pm; Fri 11am-10:30pm; Sat 10am-10:30pm; Sun 9am-9pm.  510-307-5749.


12955 San Pablo Ave
Richmond, CA 94804

2006, 2024

The Experience, Alameda: C’era Una Volta Kitchen + Catering June 26 Menu

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What’s for dinner next week?

Let Chef Rudy take care of your meals for you. Here’s the menu for Tuesday, June 25. Fill your week with a bit of Tuscany!

Choose 3 entrées, each including 2 portions plus 1 Salad & 1 Focaccia per entrée. Package Price: only $80 (or $13.33 per meal) Order by Friday June 21 and pick it up on Tuesday June 25 or have it delivered to you and you are set!

TUTTI A TAVOLA  ~ all at the table ~ A variety of menu styles with traditional, vegetarian and vegan options.

Menu for June 25:


  1. Orto Salad – Organic mixed baby greens, carrots, radishes, olives, tomatoes and a side of balsamic vinaigrette
  2. Spinach Salad – Organic baby spinach, carrots, walnuts, caramelized red onions
  3. Cali-Italia Salad – Organic mixed greens, gorgonzola cheese, walnuts, dried cranberries and side of vinaigrette (vegan upon request)


  1. Ravioli Spinaci – Spinach Ravioli & Meat Sauce (beef) – Garnish: parmigiano/black pepper
  2. Ravioli Porcini – Mushroom Ravioli with mushroom cream sauce
  3. Pasta ‘al forno’ Penne with Bechamel & all-beef Meat Sauce
  4. Roast Chicken and Saffron Rice, Carrots, Peas, Bell Pepper, Chili Flake
  5. Pizza Carciofi  – choose Traditional Mozzarella or Vegan – Artichokes, Olives & Fra’ Mani Prosciutto Cotto (cooked ham)
  6. Risotto Boscaiola *Vegan on request – Spicy Tomato Sauce, Mushrooms & Olives with sautéed rice
  7. Penne with Walnut & Basil Pesto *Vegan on request

Order by Friday, June 21, 5pm. Pickup or Delivery on Tuesday, June 25 between 11am and 6pm.

Sound good? C’era Una Volta has all your Italian favorites and Chef Rudy’s specials represent historic Tuscany flavors. They also have meal packages and family meals. Questions or to place your order: [email protected] or  510.769.4828. A tavola non s’invecchia mai – “At the table, we never grow old.”


800 W Tower Ave. inside The Hub Sports Club, formerly the Bladium


2006, 2024

The Experience, Emeryville: Townhouse Sunday Brunch

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French Toast or the Huevos Rancheros?

Give yourself a break this Sunday and make a reservation for brunch. The Townhouse kitchen crew is cooking up some of your favorites. And the patio beckons you outdoors to enjoy the beginning of long summer days .

You may want to dive into Chef Mike’s Shrimp and Grits – Gulf prawns, andouille sausage gravy, charred cherry tomatoes and cheddar grits. Or the Buttermilk Brined Fried Chicken & Waffle with fresh berries and real maple syrup. Yum. There’s a Salmon Croquette Benedict, Veggie Quiche, the infamous Townhouse Hash and even a Bootlegger Breakfast, reminiscent of the Townhouse’s checkered past.

Bar Specialties include Alex’s Bloody Mary – made with love, the Hemingway Daiquiri, an Espresso Martini and more! They serve Ghost Town’s great IPAs and East Brother’s award-winning Bo Pils on tap, along with other local craft beer, wines and bubbly. Sunday Brunch at the Townhouse truly has something for everyone in your group.

Reservations are recommended and let them know your preference for seating, though not guaranteed.  Call them now. They can’t wait to see you! (510) 652-6151.  PS Don’t forget Live Jazz Thursday evenings 6:30-9pm.

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 2-9:30pm; Sunday Brunch, 11am – 3pm

Photos courtesy of Townhouse Emeryville’s Facebook page


5862 Doyle Street


1206, 2024

The Experience, Alameda: Almanac Beer Co. Collaboration

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The ballgame just got better with Ballers Love Hazy IPA!

Help welcome The Ballers to Raimondi Park! In this special collaboration, Ballers Love Hazy IPA is the perfect way to celebrate the return of professional baseball to West Oakland. This special edition IPA will be available at the ballpark all season. This Hazy India Pale Ale is dry-hopped with Mosaic, Citra & Sabro. You can also order it online in four-packs. Limited quantity.

Almanac fans get 25% off Ballers tickets for their homestand series Thursday, June 13 –  Sunday, June 16. Use code ALMANAC25 at check out.


About the Oakland Ballers

The Oakland Ballers (aka the B’s) is a new professional baseball team launched in the Spring of 2024. The B’s are part of the Pioneer League, which was founded in 1939, as its first ever West Coast franchise. The B’s are backed by more than 50 Bay Area sports fans, who believe that the true value of a sports team is its power to bring people together. The Oakland Ballers are dedicated to delivering a joyful, community focused experience for Oakland and the entire East Bay. We vow to never leave town. Built by Oakland, for Oakland, forever Oakland.

About Almanac

Almanac Beer Co. brews bold and innovative beers inspired by California’s rich pioneering and agricultural traditions. Visit their taproom and also tap into some great food! Almanac’s Barrel House, Taproom and Brewery are open 7 days a week: M-Th 12-9pm; F 12-10pm; Sa 11am – 10pm; Su  11am-8pm. Food trucks daily.  (415) 992-3438


651B W. Tower Ave

1206, 2024

The Experience, Richmond: Sailing Goat Restaurant Weekend

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Farm to table, adult social beverages + live music!

On the water at Pt San Pablo Harbor. A bayside escape to nourish the body and feed the soul, offering coastal cuisine with seasonal plates, local beer and wine to the sounds of live music. Sailing Goat has it all! Featured here is Roasted Asparagus and Lentils – roasted red onion, cilantro and coconut curry masala sauce.

Music lineup this weekend:

  • Fri, Jun 14, 5–8pm  – Maggie Forti & Three Rivers. Maggie Forti, Jeff Hobbs and John Raferty! Three Rivers is a trio that plays multi-genre sets with originals and Americana covers. “Singer-songwriter Maggie Forti blends folk-rock, Celtic, soul, and New Grass idioms to buoy her soaring, sometimes gospel-tinged voice.” ~ Derk Richardson/KPFA
  • Sat, Jun 15, 5–8pm – Los Nadies. Danceable fusion that includes Rumba Flamenca, Cumbia, Afro-Cuban, Peruvian & Brazilian music, Reggae and South American folklore with poetically and politically infused lyrics.
  • Sun, Jun 16, 5–8pm – Brazilian Happiness – Forró da Gente. Forró da Gente is a Pé de Serra trio formed by three musicians from different parts of Brazil, playing classic forró songs by artists such as Dominguinhos, Luiz Gonzaga, 3 do Nordeste, among other

Don’t worry, though we mentioned a delectable vegetarian dish, Fish & Chips is still on the menu! It’s a Harbor Classic. Sailing Goat’s home in Pt San Pablo Harbor offers up a serene gathering place for friends and family for some great beer, wine, tasty bites and music.

Weekend hours: Fri, 11:30am – 8:30pm; Sat/Sun, 11am – 8pm — Brunch Sat/Sun, 11am-4pm (Brunch & Full Menus) and Full Menu 4-8:30pm.

What to expect:

Down at Pt San Pablo Harbor, you’ll relax with wonderful vistas and the gentle lapping of water. Items from the sea and land and gardens will guide the menu. Some cooking will be outside. Stews will simmer in large pots on the stove. . And, they’ll be serving up regional small batch craft beer and wines.

There are pathways along the water and houseboats, hiking paths up the hill with fantastic views. So many options for you, your family and friends when you visit the Sailing Goat!


1900 Stenmark Dr

606, 2024

The Experience, Emeryville: Trader Vic’s Captain’s Cabin

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The Experience:

A taste of paradise on the water!

Did you know Trader Vic’s has unique private dining spaces as well as the grand Captain’s Cabin? It’s a large room with lots of glass and views, opening onto a lovely deck on the water with vistas of the Marinas and beyond to San Francisco Bay. You can host your next event or gathering in paradise, right here in Emeryville!

It’s the Tiki vibe created with music from the islands in the background and the rustic bar outside where you can opt for appetizers from the Tahitian Collection and present TV’s Mai Tai Boat! After all, the Mai Tai was invented by ‘The Trader’ Vic Bergeron and now Trader Vic’s Emeryville is home to the Mai Tai, a destination on the water in Emeryville.

Fans say this venue is fantastic and rave about the Spring Rolls, Crispy Prawns and Mai Tais. A great way to watch the sun go down.

Other tidbits

Following his history-making creation of The Original Mai Tai® in 1944, Trader Vic created over 200 signature cocktails. Best described as Paradise In A Glass®, each handcrafted cocktail is an experience all its own.

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday:

  • Lunch 12pm-3pm
  • Lounge 12pm-9:30pm
  • Dinner 5pm-9pm


9 Anchor Dr