Thoughtul Gourmet Blog

Americans like to tailgate. Hanging out in parking lots with grills, boom boxes and the occasional Nerf football is a weekend ritual for many. At the three Marin locations of Off the Grid (OtG) mobile food markets – Larkspur, Novato and now San Anselmo - tailgating requires only that you bring a hearty appetite.Kalua pork, summer squash and BLT tacos from Taco GuysThere are over 200 rotating...

Looking at Anar Restaurant from the street, it would be hard to tell this new lunch and dinner spot was open for business. Housed in a non-descript building on an industrial stretch of Harrison Street, its single window tinted in defense against the sun, Anar looks desolate. Push open the shaded door and the scene changes. White linen-draped tables filled with nearby office workers exchange...

“Glamorous” is not a word often associated with West Marin. Here, oyster farms operate cheek-by-jowl with dairy farms and agricultural projects of all kinds. Tack and farm supply shops outnumber fashionable boutiques. Fog is revered for its year-round ability to cool off grapes and goats. West Marin Food & Farm Tours, run by West Marin native, Elizabeth Hill, began showcasing the fruits of...

Get thee to Sausalito for The Sausalito Woman’s Club Preservation Society's Harvest Festival & Market on Saturday, September 27th, from 3-7 PM.The usually private  and historic landmark clubhouse in Sausalito (120 Central Avenue) plays host for the event.  $40 gets you in the door; proceeds to benefit the Sausalito Woman’s Club Preservation Society, a...

When cooking outdoors, my family relies on a gas grill. (No judgments, please!) Cleaning and prepping the grill was always the most challenging part of grill cooking until I discovered Grill Wipes. Produced by , Grate Chef, a company that develops products for the backyard griller, Grill Wipes clean and oil your grill without any mess. Really.Grill Wipe pads look like sliced cheeseThat means no...

Let me get this out of the way upfront: I do not own a Panini press. But I do like sandwiches. Ideal platforms to showcase leftovers, sandwiches have a structured elegance, the layers of ingredients ensuring the capture of all the flavor components. To enjoy Kathy Strah’s 2013 “The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook,” you do not need to own a Panini press (though it helps) or to love sandwiches (...

With construction underway at their new location at 115 San Anselmo Ave (across the driveway from MH Bread & Butter), Greenbrae’s Bistro Vis à Vis will soon become San Anselmo’s Bistro Vis à Vis. The final meal, i.e., the last supper, at the Bon Air Shopping Center location will be Saturday, September 14 with a limited operating schedule until then (see below).After re-opening, anticipated...

Trademark southern touch intact, new executive chef Tim Humphrey has taken over the stoves at Tiburon Tavern. Humphrey, who built his career working as sous chef to his executive chef brother, Joseph, brings the same caliber of experience (Meadowood, Murray Circle at Cavallo Point, Dixie) in fine dining to the fore at Tiburon Tavern. Tiburon Tavern watermelon tomato saladAs Humphrey works to...

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