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Food & Booze in the Tri-Valley

It’s the season of twinkling lights, candy canes, and garland galore, but not all sweet things come in stockings. This year, you can have your fill of delicious seasonal offerings whether you’ve been naughty or nice. Apple cheesecake streusel, famous eggnogtinis, award-winning oatmeal raisin cookie beer, and pumpkin spice soft-serve are just a few of these exclusive holiday menu items only available in the Tri-Valley. Read below for more traditional holiday tastes with a twist, and start building your wish list.

Home for the Holidays

Range Life, Livermore

Range Life’s Home for the Holidays cocktail is crafted with rosemary infused vodka, fresh-squeezed Clementine, and cava. This Livermore hotspot sources ingredients seasonally and locally, so be sure to check out the rest of their Fall & Winter dinner and brunch menus.

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Eggnogtini

Simply Fondue, Livermore

For those looking for classic holiday flavors, you won’t want to miss Simply Fondue’s Eggnogtini, an egg-nog inspired martini. Not a fan of egg nog? Pick from 180 other mixed drinks on their extensive martini menu. 

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Apple Cheesecake

Monica's, Livermore

Monica’s is whipping up something special for this holiday season! Outside of the various seasonal sweets and treats brought to life by this local brunch spot, is something particularly delicious. Try their cheesecake topped with caramelized apples, toasted walnut streusel, and whipped cream! 

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Peppermint Mocha

The Press, Livermore & Pleasanton

Known for having an entire menu of picture-perfect avocado toasts, The Press has perfected the Peppermint Mocha and even tops each of them off with a flambé house made marshmallow. Visit one of their two Tri-Valley locations in Livermore or Pleasanton to check out the rest of their Autumnal-inspired menu. 

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Hojicha Cheese Cream Latte

Boba Bliss, Dublin

Cheese tea has taken over Instagram in foodie communities around the world, but if you haven’t heard of this tasty trend you wouldn’t be the only one. For those with a culinary curiosity who are open to trying this sweet and frothy spin on their favorite style teas, visit Boba Bliss in Dublin. Their holiday menu also includes: Tiramisu Pearl Latte, Peppermint Hot Chocolate, Hojicha Tea Latte & Taro Milk Tea! 

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Rotating Holiday Cupcakes

Smallcakes, Danville

Smallcakes in Danville has a special holiday lineup of seasonal flavors including white chocolate peppermint (pictured), candy cane oreo, pecan pie, hot cocoa, and pumpkin cookies ‘n cream. Check their instagram for updates on their exclusive offerings, which change daily! 

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Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream

Meadowlark Dairy, Pleasanton

Meadowlark Dairy is known for their scrumptious and unique soft serve flavors, and this year’s holiday menu doesn’t fail to impress us. Order up a cone of Pumpkin Spice, or try some of their other holiday flavors like Peppermint, Salted Carmel or Mint! 

Holiday Egg Nog

Beer Baron, Pleasanton & Livermore

This isn’t your dad’s egg nog. Beer Baron combines brandy, rum, Madeira, winter spices, cream, and egg to make this delicious spin on a traditional holiday beverage. They’re also offering a Hot Buttered Rum served in a Santa or reindeer mug, an Irish Coffee that’ll do more than wake you up, and their signature Grasshopper cocktail, which tastes like an Andes chocolate melting in your mouth.

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Beer

Danville Brewing Company, Danville

This tasty brew took home a bronze medal from the 2018 Best of Craft Beer awards, and now it’s back for another season. Grab a glass at Danville Brewing Company, but don’t leave before trying their signatres crispy brussels sprouts. 

Cuda Ridge Winery, Livermore, CA

Winter Food & Wine Pairing

Las Positas Vineyards

Visit Las Positas Vineyards for a unique take on winter and fall food & wine pairings. Each Sunday in December,  January and February, book a tour and tasting featuring holiday soul foods like tamales and latkes. For more information about this tour, email andrew@laspositasvineyards.com. 

Steamhouse Coffee & Kava Bar, Livermore, CA

Gingerbread Latte

The Steam House Coffee & Kava Bar, Livermore

Take a trip to The Steam House to sip on your classic holiday beverages or try new Fall flavors with a flair. The Steam House will happily whip you up a hot chocolate or white mocha, but they’re also brewing up Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Honey Cinnamon Lattes, and Caramel Apple Ciders.