Fun Restaurant in Sausalito – Wine Harvest Celebration at Poggio’s

Poggio’s in Sausalito had been recommended to us by our dental hygienist. (Always an interesting place to get restaurant advice:)  But she was right. The food was tasty, the staff friendly and the place is beautiful. The main thing I noticed is that I could hear my dining companion with no shouting needed.  They have the “Poggio’s Celebration of Italy’s 2014 Wine Harvest” that has been going on since October 12th and ends the 31st. It is 20 days and 20 bottles one from each of Italy’s 20 wine regions. All are priced at 20 dollars.

It’s a fun way to learn about new wines and enjoy great food. Check them out at 777 Brideway and take in the wonderful atmospherepoggio of Sausalito.


Pumpkin Patch

It is that time of year again where kids and adults alike start getting into the holiday spirit and it all starts with pumpkins. Below are some great spots to get those pumpkins to take home. Many of these locations have great activities for the kids like bounce houses, face painting and more.

Enjoy and stay safe on Halloween!



Celebrating their 19th Season in Boo-tiful Nicasio!
5300 Nicasio Valley Road
Located 9 miles west of Highway 101 via Lucas Valley RoadA nd only 35 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge!

They are open every day from October 1st – October 31st
10 a.m. until 6:00 pm

Organic Pumpkin Patch at Marin Country Mart
2257 Larkspur Landing Circle
Larkspur 94939
(415) 461-5715
Open starting September 26, all day every day

Organic heirloom pumpkins from Marin’s Fresh Run Farm in Bolinas will be available at the Marin Country Mart Pumpkin Patch beginning September 26. There are two pumpkin patch locations, one in front of Three Twins Ice Cream, and the second at the farmers market and near the Marin Country Mart Trading Post and post office. Choose from traditional Howden jack-o-lanterns for carving and Cinderella pumpkins, which are great for carving but also delicious for eating. This is an honor system pumpkin patch: there is a payment box at the patch, and prices are set as a flat rate by size, small ($10), medium ($15), large ($20). Plus, the pumpkin patch will have two giant pumpkins on display, each weighing in at several hundred pounds each!

Ian’s Pumpkin Patch at Bon Air Center
Bon Aire Shopping Center, Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Greenbrae 94904
Shopping center pumpkin patch with bounce house and slide.

Ian’s Lazy Days Pumpkin Patch
690 Redwood Highway (at Terra Kids Outdoor play structures site)
Mill Valley 94941
A pumpkin patch with bounce houses and play structures. Off Highway 101

Kevin’s Strawberry Villa Pumpkin Patch
100 Shoreline Highway
Mill Valley 94941



238. Tiburon Art Festival 2013

The fifth annual Tiburon Art Festival takes place this weekend with 60+ artists displaying their works and, new this year, a Plein Air painting competition on Saturday. There is also a Youth Art Tent with artwork by local  youth artists, facepainting, tattoos, a crafts table and music by local youth musicians.

The festival is held on historic Ark Row, from 11 – 6 both days. The Plein Air painting competition will be held from 10 – 3 with the painting location announced at 9:45. The competitors then have five hours to go to that site, paint, and bring back their painting to be displayed and sold off at a silent auction which will close at 6 on Sunday.

Four excellent bands will be performing over the weekend, including the Doc Kraft Band, the James Moseley Band, the Low Rent Hot Club and the Sang Matiz Group. Food, wine, beer & champagne will be for sale, so you can really  make a day of the event.

Where: Main Street, Tiburon, CA 94920 (map)

When: Saturday & Sunday, August 27 – 28: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Cost: $5.00/person suggested donation

Corte Madera Town Center Farmers Market

Every Wednesday from Noon – 5 p.m. the Corte Madera Town Center Mall hosts an open air Farmers Market with a great variety of vendors including some of my favorites. The turn out is always good and the vendors seem to do a brisk trade – at least when the sun is shining, which is usually is in Corte Madera.

In addition to selling pretty much every type of fruit and vegetable that is grown in California and in season, there are a number of prepared food vendors, including empanadas, falafels, breads, pastries, honey, tea, gluten-free foods, cheeses, and smoked meats. There are also fresh flowers.

I always love picking up a spinach bolani (Afghan flatbread stuffed with spinach) from the Bolani booth along with a few containers of the magical sauces that get slathered on top to make it a mouth-watering (but healthy) treat. The classic combination is spinach bolani, garlic-mint cheese (kind of like cream cheese), cilantro pesto sauce, and sweet jalapeno pepper jelly. Definitely qualifies as dinner in my book!

Where: Corte Madera Town Center Mall, Corte Madera, CA 94925 (map)

When: Wednesdays Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Corte Madera Town Center Farmers Market website

Corte Madera Shorebird Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary

There’s a wonderfully open bird and wildlife sanctuary running along the east shoreline of Corte Madera with walking and cycling paths along the perimeter and down the middle along the old railway corridor.  It’s a 31-acre, wide open marsh, starting at the northern edge of the Mariner cove housing subdivision and continuing north until the Greenbrae Boardwalk along Corte Madera Creek. It’s bounded by the Bay on the east and San Clemente Drive and Redwood Highway on the west.

Any time of year it’s an ideal spot for young kids on bikes and trikes, because it’s completely flat and the main pathway is paved. Right now it’s especially great because there are ducks with ducklings in tow – very cute!

If you arrive by car, the best way to access the sanctuary is to park by in the parking lot at The Village at Corte Madera, at the Macy’s end. Then, take the crosswalk at the light across Redwood Highway and walk just a bit south on San Clemente Drive to get to the sanctuary entrance. This will take you over the long, straight waterway that parallels Redwood Highway and you’ll then be on the paved path that was the former railway corridor. You can stay on this path all the way to the other end or, after about 200 meters, you’ll come to a sandy path on the right which you can take to go much further east into the sanctuary. It will eventually loop back north and west to the paved pathway, but in the meantime you’ll have had a wonderfully quiet and peaceful bird-watching experience.

Dogs are welcome, but please keep them on leash, especially in the Spring with the young birds that are vulnerable to predators because they can’t yet fly!

Where: San Clemente Drive and Redwood Highway, Corte Madera (map)

The Caprice

If you want an elegant waterfront setting with delicious food and unsurpassed views, The Caprice in Tiburon is your spot. The long-lived restaurant continues to serve up a classy white table-clothed atmosphere with unobstructed, over the water views of Angel Island, the Golden Gate, San Francisco and Belvedere, as it has for the past 55 years. The quality of the food is equally impressive, with lots of depth and variety on the menu and an extensive wine list.

I’m particularly fond of the extensive appetizer section of the menu, because they offer about a dozen, each of which is both mouth-watering and practically a small meal in and of itself.

The have an epic weekend brunch which should be approached only with a very large appetite to accommodate the generous and rather rich (in a good way!) servings.

Parking is non-existant along that stretch of Paradise Drive, but they offer valet parking.

Where: 2000 Paradise Drive, Tiburon, CA 94920 (map)


  • Tuesdays-Saturdays 5:00 -11:00
  • Sundays 11:00 – 2:00, 5:00 – 10:00

Phone: 415.435.3400

The Caprice website

Diamonds in the Rough

There aren’t many people these days who aren’t trying to save money when possible. One good strategy a is to find high quality used clothes, instead of buying new. Diamonds in the Rough is a great little consignment clothes store in Mill Valley, filled with beautifully organized, accurately sized and color separated clothing, shoes and accessories.

The quality of clothing and shoes is terrific. You find a lot of designer brands, and the items are gently used, clean and pressed. They have a particularly good selection of jeans, “little black dresses” and sweaters. On a recent visit, I found several gorgeous pairs of shoes, unfortunately a half-size too small, but then that’s the downside of consignment shops. There was also a beautiful Cole-Haan leather handbag that was priced at probably a quarter of what it cost new.

The owner is super friendly – always greeting visitors with a really warm smile and giving you complete freedom to wander through, without bothering you. The store is a bit hard to spot, because it sits at the back of a small parking lot on Miller, next to the Family Thrift Store.

Where: 448 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (map)

Hours: Mon – Sat: 11:00 – 6:00 / Closed Sunday

Phone: 415.388.7773

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by Anne Kennedy