Blue Bottle Coffee to open new cafes in Oakland, San Jose

Blue Bottle Coffee continues to expand its java print across the country, with plans for 12 new locations on the East Coast, including a $6-million Brooklyn roastery.

Closer to home, the third-wave coffee empire is opening two cafes where you can enjoy their signature pour overs, espresso, cold brew and Midwife & the Baker pastries: One in a historic building on Oakland’s Piedmont Avenue and the other in the heart of San Jose’s Santana Row. There, Blue Bottle will take over the Oak Tree Lounge spot near Pinkberry.

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That location isn’t slated to open until Spring 2019. But a grand opening for Blue Bottle’s Piedmont cafe is scheduled for Nov. 4. Head to the cafe one day prior, on Nov. 3, and enjoy a Community Day with a free cup of coffee. Proceeds from all food and merchandise sales will be donated to Ecology Center, whose mission is to reduce the ecological footprint of urban residents.

Originally built in 1916 by Julia Morgan as the Fred C. Turner Stores, the red brick building on Piedmont Avenue has been home to many restaurants and retail stores. Light-toned metal panel walls and concrete tiles provide a contrast …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


Sharks, Hurricanes share a trait that’s rare in NHL: fun


RALEIGH, N.C. — A shaved beard, a Wookie defenseman and a race to the glass. Together, the Sharks and the Carolina Hurricanes are breaking the NHL free of its chains.

They call the NFL the “No Fun League”. The nickname could just as easily describe the NHL. For years, the NHL snuffed out the personality of its players, elevating the concept of team over individuals. It’s an idea that’s dripping with virtue, but too often produces cardboard characters and canned answers. Boring stuff for fans.

But in recent years, the Sharks have defied the norm by allowing its players to scribble outside of the lines. On Friday, the Sharks (5-3-1) will meet up with a team in the Carolina Hurricanes (5-3-1) that’s jumping onboard with the trend they set.

“I like individuality. I like teams getting creative and finding different ways to rally around things. For us, it was Jumbo (Joe Thornton) shaving his beard,” Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said. “Fans like that. It sells the game and it shows that these guys do have personality, which is important for people to see.”

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The Sharks embrace of individuality started when Brent Burns introduced his Wookie look in 2012-13 after the NHL returned from its lockout. Thornton, who received criticism in the past for his care-free persona, joined in the fun during the 2015-16 season when he grew his bushy-gray beard. Evander Kane acknowledged in his Players’ Tribune article last spring that the Sharks openness to personality is one of the reasons he re-signed with the club in May.

The Sharks kicked off the 2017-18 season by shaving Thornton’s beard and making light of it on social media.

End of an era … start of …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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