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Tasting Chowder in Bodega Bay: Saturday 11am-3pm

One of the perks of living so close to the coast is having easy access to one of my favorite dishes – fresh chowder! Opinions on what makes a great chowder run the gamut; should the potatoes be in big pieces or small, should it have a some kick, heavy on the herbs or not, [...]

By | February 7th, 2012|Food, West County|0 Comments

Learning about Local Cheese

Cheese making has a long history in and around the Petaluma area; Marin French Cheese was established in 1865 and, today, is one of many artisan cheese makers that are attracting cheese aficionados to our region. The landscape of our local cheese industry continues to evolve as more cheese makers enter the scene and a [...]

By | November 9th, 2011|Dairies, Food, Marin, North County, Petaluma, West County|0 Comments

Sonoma Zipline Exhilaration! Part II

...continued from Sonoma Zipline Exhilaration! Part I From platform three we graduated quickly from “warming up” to “hair-raising”. This zip was much farther, spanning a 300 foot deep ravine! “Relax a bit, let your left hand hang, and take a look down on this one”, we were advised. Hmm. Ok. As one person stood on [...]

By | February 18th, 2011|Family, West County|0 Comments

Sonoma Zipline Exhilaration! Part I

There was a time when I was a bit of an adrenalin junkie; I rode a motorcycle, did a bit of skydiving, and tried some rock climbing, that sort of thing. It was mostly back in my twenties, less in my thirties, and now, in my forties, I don’t feel as compelled. Maybe I’m mellowing [...]

By | February 16th, 2011|Family, West County|1 Comment

Making Apple Pies at Two Rock Ranch

Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love the colors, the smells, and flavors of the season. As the air starts to chill, the leaves begin to fall, and the autumn harvest yields ingredients for warm, tasty comfort food, I decided to inaugurate the season by honing my pie baking skills at Olympia Apple [...]

By | September 14th, 2010|Dairies, Farms, Festivals & Events, Food, Petaluma, West County|2 Comments

Doable Day Trips for Kids

Only a month left before summer is over! The kids will be going back to school and the days will start getting shorter.  Make the most of what’s left of the season by planning some excursions a bit farther from home.  If you’re looking for some new ideas here is a list of doable daytrips [...]

By | August 1st, 2010|Beaches, Family, Marin, North County, Parks, West County|0 Comments

56th Enmanji Teriyaki BBQ

Yesterday was the 56th year that the Enmanji Temple in Sebastopol has done their annual teriyaki BBQ.   That is a lot of years of barbequed chicken!  It was our first year attending and as former Japan expats we were happy to find a local connection to the summer festivities we enjoyed during our time in [...]

By | July 12th, 2010|Family, Festivals & Events, West County|0 Comments

A Bread Pilgrimage

Is twenty minutes too far to drive for a loaf of bread?  Not when that bread is an Egyptian loaf from Wild Flour Bread in Freestone, freshly baked in their brick oven and loaded with bits of fig, pear, and ginger.  Pair that with a nice hot latte spiked with cardamom for a delicious start [...]

By | June 9th, 2010|West County|0 Comments

Let’s Go Fly a Kite!

The good weather this last weekend was worth celebrating.  It has been a long rainy spring, which has happily brought us out of our drought but has definitely had me in the doldrums lately.  In honor of the sunny days I wanted some good frolicsome fun so we loaded up the car and [...]

By | June 3rd, 2010|Beaches, Family, Parks, West County|0 Comments

Experiencing Osmosis

For centuries people have endeavored to find ways to relax and rejuvenate, from your birch slapping Russians in their steamy banyas to the rigorous scrub of a Moroccan hammam and, of course, Calistoga’s hot mud baths.  I love a good soak, sauna, or scrub.  The nearly scathing hot baths of Japan are one of my [...]

By | April 9th, 2010|Spas, West County|1 Comment