The Sonia Show

Writer. Mocker. Beer drinker. Old movie watcher. Mother. Goober.

Tis the season to visit Concord


Yeah, so, mighty, mighty good man David and I are lucky in that we get to take time off from work around the holidays. We’ve both been on vacation since Dec. 20, which is a good thing, because we’ve been busy not seeing Santa Claus and what not.

We had a really wonderful Christmas, thanks for asking. We bought the Spawn a train set, and it was a big hit. He also got a ton of clothes (badly needed) and Elmo-related things (not so badly needed but loved by him).



Not surprisingly, we spend a lot of time in Concord during the holidays. We spent Christmas at my folks’ house, where – surprisingly, but thankfully – “Duck Dynasty” was never brought up.

The next day we went back to Concord, where David’s mother, Bette, was interviewing for an apartment. Of course, she got the apartment, because – duh – she’s awesome. It’s a great place! It’s right off Todos Santos Plaza, which is the main town square in Concord. There’s a little playground, a Half-Price Books and several restaurants, including an Old Spaghetti Factory, which I know you are going to pretend you don’t love, but if you search your heart you know that’s a lie. Plus, there’s a Starbucks and a Peet’s, so yeah, it’s got it all.

Todo Santos Plaza also includes EJ Phair, which is a pretty decent brewpub, and right next door to it a new bottle shop/taproom Hop Grenade is opening. Plus, Ale Industries is opening a taproom nearby. Hellooooo nurse! We’re going to be visiting Bette a lot, I suspect.


Debating the big slide in the Todo Santos playground. Eventually, he slid down, and then did it over and over for about 30 minutes.

Side note: In Todos Santos Plaza is there is a huge banner hanging in the square that says, “Concord: Where Families Come First.” WTF?! Where do families come second?

“Concord: Where families come first, not like those assholes in Walnut Creek … “

And on that note … Happy New Year, you guys!


Author: The Sonia Show

I'm a writer/mocker/goober/mother in San Francisco who likes to drink beer, shop, laugh and make other people laugh, podcast, watch old movies, feed my unhealthy obsession with pop culture, kick breast cancer's ass, wear orange and root for the San Francisco Giants, participate in general jackass-ery, talk about TV, eavesdrop on strangers' conversations, make nerdy “Star Wars” and “Simpsons” references, and post personal things about myself on the web for all to read, which makes me some sort of literary exhibitionist.

2 thoughts on “Tis the season to visit Concord

  1. Don’t forget Skipolini’s Pizza!

  2. so funny to read that about Todos Santos… when i lived there it was the kind of place you certainly wouldn’t be bringing your kids to play. Buy some illegal substance, absolutely, but not play with your kids. Glad to know it has cleaned itself up.

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