Thoughtul Gourmet Blog

“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...

It is impossible to walk into Bisou Bistro, an unimposing restaurant at the edge of the Castro, and not notice the red velvet. A long banquette that runs underneath the upstairs gallery is swathed in the stuff; cherry red velvet wraps seat cushions, the wall and the lowered ceiling in its intimate embrace. It is cozy here, nooked below the gallery, a perfect spot for canoodling. Tables upstairs,...

Lasagna is back. If you are a gluten-free eater, not the “no carb” kind but the “gluten intolerant” kind, the ability to eat lasagna is a gift, an Italian-American treasure lost when the doctor who examined your blood and the lining of your gut looked into your eyes and said; “not for you.” In chef Amy Fothergill’s 2013 cookbook, The Warm Kitchen: Gluten-FreeRecipes Anyone Can Make and Everyone...

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