Thoughtul Gourmet Blog

Photo Courtesy of Shoot That KlownThe Barbary Coast era in San Francisco is an important part of the city’s past. The louche atmosphere of 1980’s San Francisco  helped set the tone for San Francisco’s future as a haven of free love and destination for those wishing to escape the Puritan standard of life common elsewhere around the United States. Vau de Vire Society, an avant-cabaret...

I first encountered Casey Thompson’s work in August at EatDrink SF. At this annual bacchanal of San Francisco’s finest food and drink, Ms. Thompson showcased her inimitable crab macarons. It made my list of top three tastes of the event.Aveline, chef Thompson’s Union Square restaurant, is at the heart of the Warwick Hotel. Outside is cacophony, cabs swerving, buses honking, music blaring from...

As autumn deepens and the weather transitions from cool to cold, my thoughts turn to pie. Pumpkin, apple, mincemeat – the pie fillings of the season beg for warming spices and a dollop of gingered whipped cream on top. But pie is a two-part dance. The crust, too, must pull its weight. Whether single or double, a good pie crust will be substantial enough to hold the weight of its savory, fruity...

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...

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