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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Sustainable Seafood is Easy with Real Good Fish

Posted By on Tue, May 31, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Channel Island Ridgeback prawn ceviche - ALI WUNDERMAN
  • Ali Wunderman
  • Channel Island Ridgeback prawn ceviche
When Sir Francis Drake first laid his eyes upon the San Francisco Bay, he was rumored to have remarked that it was so clear, he could see straight down to the bottom.

The opacity of our beloved body of water may have changed since then, but believe it or not, the life inside of it has continued to flourish. This ranges from edible life like nori seaweed, anchovies, and shrimp, to sightseeing wonders like great white sharks, humpback whales, and other marine mammals.

As the disconnect between urban eaters and agriculture grows, issues like overfishing become the standard, and go unnoticed by the layperson. In general, San Francisco may be more aware of these sorts of things than most cities, but there remains a tremendous amount of effort that needs to take place in order to staunch and then reverse the damage done to our oceans.

Real Good Fish is a community supported fishery with pick-up sites throughout Northern California, including Sausalito, and they're working to do exactly that. That's why they and Davey Jones Deli partnered with the crew of the Freda B to host a sustainable seafood sailing trip around the Bay over Memorial Day Weekend, which I had the chance to attend (along with about 20 others).

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Nugget Markets Fits in With Its New Home in Marin

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2015 at 5:30 PM

Admire my ultra-dreary photo of Paradise Foods turned Nugget Markets - ALI WUNDERMAN
  • Ali Wunderman
  • Admire my ultra-dreary photo of Paradise Foods turned Nugget Markets

It’s hard to imagine anyone being angered by a company whose name includes the word “Nugget,” but as always, Marin County residents know how to push the envelope.

Earlier this year, Nugget Markets, a Woodland-based company (near Sacramento), announced the purchase of Paradise Foods, a three-store grocery chain hailing from Marin. Some locals objected to the takeover, disinterested in having a non-local business occupy spaces that felt congruous with Marin’s identity.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Sushi Ran's Chef Toshi talks Winning Third Place at the Global Sushi Challenge

Posted By on Fri, Dec 11, 2015 at 2:30 PM

  • Global Sushi Challenge
San Francisco is a proud home to many world-renowned chefs, and now we can add Global Sushi Challenge 3rd place winner to that long list. Michelin-starred Chef Takatoshi Toshi of Sushi Ran in Sausalito recently brought home this accolade from Tokyo, after competing with top sushi chefs from around the globe.

Hosted by the Norwegian Seafood Council, the Global Sushi Challenge was the first of its kind, and aimed to showcase the immense talent of sushi chefs, and the breadth of the ingredients they use. Chef Toshi first qualified for the competition back in May after winning the chance to represent the entire United States, which is a pretty big win for our neck of the woods (take that, New York).

Once he returned from being a BAMF in Tokyo, Chef Toshi spoke with us about the competition and his approach when it comes to his craft. 

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Grass-Fed, Dry-Farmed: Adventures on CUESA's Meat and Potatoes Tour

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Tour members dig for potatoes at Little Organic Farm. - ERIC S. BURKETT
  • Eric S. Burkett
  • Tour members dig for potatoes at Little Organic Farm.

In a mostly harvested potato field, 46 visitors are stooped over dying potato plants, digging into the loamy soil with their bare hands beneath the overcast skies of coastal Marin County. They're harvesting German Butterballs, filling paper bags with the tubers they find.

A few women find themselves having to dig around Gibb, an Anatolian shepherd and a big friendly lug of a dog, who has decided that smack-dab in the middle of where they're digging is the perfect place to sit and soak up attention. They laugh and plead with him to move, but he falls over on his side instead.

The potato harvest was the finale to the visitors' first stop on a daylong tour of farms and butchers in Marin and Sonoma counties. Organized by Center for Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), this particular tour is called the Meat and Potatoes Farm Tour focusing on, unsurprisingly, meat and potatoes and the people who produce them.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Pt. Reyes Station Farmers Market Returns June 27, With Cowgirl Creamery!

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Peggy Smith and Sue Conley - COWGIRL CREAMERY
  • Cowgirl Creamery
  • Peggy Smith and Sue Conley

Because we can never get enough farmers markets during the peak season, we’re excited to learn that Point Reyes Station’s market will be returning Saturday, June 27. The only all-organic, all-local produce market in the Bay Area, it runs until early November, keeping the heavy tourist traffic on Highway One satisfied, fog or no fog.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Day Trippin': A Taste of England in the North Bay

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 2:00 PM

  • Alexis Katsilometes
  • The Pelican Inn

I adore San Francisco; it may actually prove to be the love of my life. I love it for its abounding array of activities; I love that there is a restaurant for every half a human being (or something like that); I love the constant influx of new establishments and the ability to eat and drink in this seven-by-seven area until the Zombie Apocalypse rolls around. But every once in a while, I find myself resenting even nice, unassuming people named “Karl,” having wild fantasies about men wearing appropriately baggy jeans, and entertaining the idea of inflicting physical harm on that mustachioed hipster taking seven minutes to make my artisanal coffee. Like so many others in our sustainable and organic bubble, I don’t leave nearly as often as I should. But, in keeping with my “Do cool shit” resolution that I recently made on my 30th birthday, I will be setting out to do exactly that in this piece. I will drive, bike, hike, and walk (never run), to eat and drink at locations unfamiliar to me. Because let’s face it: Getting out of the city holds far less appeal unless there is food and booze involved.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wine Country Report: Buying Olive Oil from Local Wineries

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 11:00 AM

  • McEvoy Ranch
Harvested from local spots, olive oil on salmon, bread, veggies, and cheese rocks the farm-to-table vibe we know so well (to say nothing of its use on human skin to ensure youth and vitality). With the recent March passing of innovator Nan McEvoy, I’ve been pondering her gifts to eaters near and far. McEvoy was a food world pioneer for planting olive trees in Marin County in the 1980s, when she was in her sixth decade. She launched Northern California’s extra virgin organic olive oil scene, and the estate grown, Tuscan-influenced McEvoy olive oils still rack up awards nationally and on in the international marketplace. 

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Drink of the Week: Champion's Cup at Sweetwater Café

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 11:15 AM

  • Lou Bustamante

Despite having grown up in the Bay Area, I never made it to the original Sweetwater, and arriving to the new incarnation of the music hall for brunch created more questions than expectations. Would it be filled with twirling deadheads, wealthy Marinites, or regular people? Would I be eating inside a huge, dark space? Would the cocktails come in plastic cups with juices from a soda gun?

See Also: Drink Like a Big Shot at Capo's

The Oaxacan Cross at Lolinda

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Drink of the Week: Prado at Copita

Posted By on Fri, Aug 10, 2012 at 12:30 PM

  • Lou Bustamante

The power of food to transport us with flavors and smells is what makes eating and drinking such a personal experience. It is what endeared me to the lively and cozy Copita Tequileria y Comida in Sausalito. Sitting at the bar takes me to the beaches of Jalisco, Mexico, where a yearly tradition with friends is all about sun, ceviche, tequila, and great conversations fueled by even more tequila. In other words, it takes me to my happy place.

Of the eight cocktails on the list, it was the mighty Prado ($9, blanco tequila, lime, maraschino, agave, egg white), Spanish for "meadow," that most impressed me. Complex and refreshing at the same time, it lavishes the drinker with a frothy texture and an almost minty flavor. If a last word (gin, lime, green chartreuse, maraschino) and a margarita had a baby, this would be it.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Get Your Agave On: National Tequila Day and Boozy Fun

Posted By on Tue, Jul 24, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Blue agave growing in Jalisco, Mexico - LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante
  • Blue agave growing in Jalisco, Mexico
With National Tequila Day hitting us smack dab in the Tuesday, you now have a thinly veiled excuse to go out and have some margaritas or tequila at brand new Copita, Tommy's Mexican, Mosto, or Tres for lunch and dinner. The rest of the week is boozy too, and we have a look at where to quench your thirst over the humpday and beyond.

National Tequila Day Celebration at Copita

Where: Copita, 739 Bridgeway (at Anchor), Sausalito, 331-7400

When: Tuesday, July 24

The rundown: At Joanne Weir's new Mexican restaurant and tequila bar, the celebration is happening with tequila flights. Six dollars get you a taste of three Herradura tequilas including the blanco, reposado, and añejo for the great way to celebrate the day. If straight tequila isn't your thing, belly up to the bar for one of their house margaritas.

Mezcalistas Pop-up Mezcaleria

Where: The Bold Italic, 34 Page (at Franklin)

When: Wednesday, July 25, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $60, tickets available online

The rundown: Mezcal, tequila's rustic cousin, is making serious headway into bars, and for good reason. Gone is the "worm at the bottom of the bottle" rotgut as the only choice, and now craft spirits from small villages are becoming more filling bar shelves. Learn more about the spirit, its production, and a tasting of mezcals by the Mezcalistas bloggers. Included with entry are tacos from Tamarindo restaurant's El TacoBike, and cocktails. Included in the tastings are Alipus (this will be its U.S. premiere), Pierde Almas, Del Maguey, Metl (espadin and madrecuishe -- not currently available in the Bay Area), and Wahaka.

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