Sip, stroll, tipple: Edible Excursions, Lisa Rogovin's culinary walking tours through Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto and various epicurean San Francisco haunts, has added a new one, Craft Cocktails at City Center. Led by Libation Lab's M. Quinn Sweeney, the San Francisco sipping itinerary varies, but a typical jaunt might include stops at Cantina for pisco punch, Rye for a basil gimlet and Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen for a seasonal cocktail plus noshes. The biweekly tours ($113) will run on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning Oct. 24. Details: www.edibleexcursions.net.

Rocky Mountain high: Last week brought the launch of Concord's Off the Grid street food fest at the Willows Shopping Center. Now we're nearing opening day for the Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, which is slated to open there in mid-November. This is the first Northern California site for the upscale casual chain, which is decorated in a Rocky Mountains motif. The menu is so huge, we got tired just paging through the burgers, pizzas, pasta, steaks, seafood, sandwiches, salads and "wok-fired dishes" -- and there's more. Seriously. Also, cocktails and local craft beer from 21st Amendment, Drake's Brewing Company, Anchor Brewing and other Bay Area breweries. Peruse the big menu at www.lazydogrestaurants.com.

Speaking of chains: We were stoked to hear that Castro Valley was getting a gelateria -- although Rita's Italian Ices seems to be taking liberties with the concept. We're pretty sure Italians are going to take exception to anything billed as "a gelati with cherry ice and vanilla old-fashioned frozen custard." There are 65 flavors of these "traditional Italian ices," we're told, including Swedish Fish, and every one "puts the snow cone to shame." Ah. OK. So, neither traditional nor Italian. But the Pennsylvania-based "cool treats" chain has 600 stores in 21 states and more overseas, so we're curious to see how the first Northern California outpost, owned by locals Matt and Stephen Levy, will do. It's scheduled to open later this month at 3200 Castro Valley Blvd. Details: www.ritasice.com and www.ritasfranchises.com/castrovalley.

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