Thoughtul Gourmet Blog

In Switzerland for the summer and a once-in-a-decade opportunity came our way. My sister-in-law took my 20-month old for an overnight stay on June 19, giving my husband and I the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely dinner and late-night drinks on the town. My husband made a reservation at a place called Mesa – he […]

Dish, Mill Valley The new Tamalpais Commons hotspot, Dish, opened to a full house on June 3. Focused on the Mill Valley golden triad of local-sustainable-organic, Dish offers ethnic\American comfort food, or, more plainly stated, updated American classics from long-time Mill Valley resident and restaurateur, Peter Schumacher of Bungalow 44 and Buckeye Roadhouse fame. Stop […]

Restaurant Solstice Posted by guest blogger, Ellenor Bill and I recently found ourselves in Kingston, Mass. Wary of the South Shore dining scene from years of bland spaghetti and meatballs, I was skeptical when someone recommended a restaurant named Solstice. We decided to try it. Located in a converted railroad station, Bill and I knew […]

Café Strega, Plymouth, MA My husband, Bill and I recently visited Plymouth, Mass. About an hour south of Boston on the way to Cape Cod, this is not a city known for its culinary landmarks. However we found a wonderful romantic Italian restaurant overlooking the Brewster Gardens, Café Strega. The service was just right and […]

As you can see in my post just below this one, I recently wrote about the El Dorado Kitchen (EDK) at the Sonoma Inn for Edible Marin and Wine Country magazine. A forager of edible flowers I am but I had never tried day lily or purslane and very much wanted to. Today, I gathered […]

Published by Edible Marin and Wine Country magazine, Summer 2010 The farmer’s market at this time of year offers a stunning array of summer’s abundance. The sheer quantity and variety of fresh and ripe vegetables and fruits on display is a joy for anyone who loves to cook. But oh! The basil you planted a […]

I am someone with more than one food intolerance (not technically allergic, but can’t properly digest gluten, eggs, dairy and pineapple). For special celebrations, I do not look for the most romantic or most trendy spot in town. Instead, I look for a place that is focused on the food. If the kitchen understands food, […]

Back again? So soon after your recent visit? A visit to the nearby Discovery Museum brought me back to Farley Bar, this time with sister-in-law, nephew and my 18-month old son in tow. With no spots available on the porch, we opted to sit in the bar ~ a great choice with noisy kids as […]