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Above the Brim

Rivertown rants, raves and reviews from a man of many hats

Want an easy plan for Fathers’ Day?

…then do THIS!     Tickets are only $12 for adults and $7 for kids 12 years old and younger.  You aren’t going to find a better deal anyway…and nothing will make dad happier than this casual BBQ.  Tell him to throw on some shorts and flip-flops because you are taking him out for some of Petaluma’s best cuisine, at a location with ambiance galore.  One of the things I love about this BBQ is how casual it is.  You… Read More »

Day on the River

          If you haven’t been down to the river recently, you really need to.  It is turning into a wonderful hub of activity and is really starting to come into its own as Petaluma’s larger park.  Don’t have your own water craft?  …The Petaluma Small Craft Center has you covered. (I’ll be down at the docks volunteering – come say ‘hi.’)   http://petaluma.patch.com/groups/maggie–hohles-blog/p/day-on-the-river-will-be-at-boatboard-rental-centers-proposed-home http://petalumasmallcraftcenter.org/butts-in-boats/day-on-the-river/      

The Secret Kitchen…

se·cret – adjective …2. kept from the knowledge of any but the initiated or privileged.    I cannot keep the secret any longer!!!  You live/dine in Petaluma so you are clearly the “initiated” AND “privileged” and so deserve to know… “But some secrets are too delicious not to share.” – Suzanne Collins The Secret Kitchen is tucked away behind Agius Market and likely won’t be a secret for long because their food is outstanding!!! (…at the corner of Bodega and… Read More »

Happy Mother’s Day Ma!!!

Anyone that knows my mother knows that she is a giver.  She gives of herself to her family and gives of herself to her community.  It is the rare Petaluma non-profit that doesn’t have her on their roster of volunteers.  She is the first one they call when they need someone smart, caring, and energetic.  And she doesn’t care what the task is, she fills in where ever she is needed.  Whether it is handle tickets sales at the Great… Read More »

Dining out with a toddler…

…on the way to the Wild Goat Bistro with my mother and my three year old niece…   Me: What are you going to order for lunch? Niece: Bacon. Me: what?… Niece: B A C O N!!!! (…leaning forward in her seat and growling) Me: Don’t you want something else with the bacon? (…not thinking how silly that question is.) Niece: no…   This is followed by Niece giving a fairly long, serious, and unintelligible dissertation of some sort.  I… Read More »

Petaluma River Cleanup

PETALUMA RIVER CLEANUP – 20th Anniversary – Saturday, May 3, 2013 – 8am signup at the Marina, or register online using the link below. The Petaluma River is so much more than the murky strip of water that weaves through our little slice of heaven.  It is our largest park yet it gets very little of our attention, which is a shame because it is vibrant and filled with all sorts of wonderful flora and fauna.  (Although a rarity, I… Read More »

Rancho Meats

I’m a little disappointed by the local media outlets (KTVU, KPIX, etc) for not delving in a bit deeper, especially knowing that Petaluma is at the epicenter of the slow food movement.  But I can’t say I am surprised.  The more hype they can peddle, the better their ratings…although at the same time they seem to ignore that there might be a connection between that kind of business model and the fact that they are losing readership/viewership at an alarming rate.  … Read More »

Taste of Petaluma (2013)

Whether you are new to Petaluma, a Petaluma native, or are simply hankering for a walk around downtown, this weekend’s Taste of Petaluma is the perfect excuse to get out and enjoy the final days of summer. Six years ago, I moved back to Petaluma, after living in various parts of the Bay Area for close to 20 years.  Although I visited on occasionally to see friends and family, I hadn’t realized how much the downtown had changed since my… Read More »

Speakeasy 2.0 (NOW SERVING BRUNCH!!!)

Along with being one of the only places in town serving food into the witching hours beyond midnight, Speakeasy now serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm.  Yup, if you want a great brunch but don’t get up super early, you can mozy on down any time before 5pm for a world class brunch.  …and you get there after 5pm, you can expect an equally world class dinner. Four of us went to try Speakeasy’s new brunch so we could… Read More »

Happy Mother’s Day

Anyone that knows my mother knows that she is a giver.  She gives of herself to her family and gives of herself to her community.  It is the rare non-profit that doesn’t have her on their roster of volunteers.  She is the first one they call when they need someone smart, caring, and energetic.  And she doesn’t care what the task is, she fills in where ever she is needed.  Whether it is handle tickets sales at the Great Petaluma… Read More »