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Above the Brim

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

Beer and Cheese @ The Big Easy

I have it on good authority (as well as personal experience) that contrary to popular belief, cheese actually pairs better with beer than with wine. I can’t remember the chemistry exactly, but attend Janet Fletcher’s event at The Big Easy and you will learn all about why beer pairs so well with cheese. (I know, that’s almost blasphemy considering we are in the heart of wine country…but then again, we are also in the heart of beer country now too, so it’s… Read More »

Fools For The River Fundraiser

Fools for the River is a roaming downtown Petaluma food party, all to benefit the Petaluma Floathouse. Fools for the River is an all-day, all-night, all-out foodie fest for river lovers like you. River-side Restaurants will honor your Fools tickets with treats designed especially for this event. You can share your ticket with others, buy several to make a crowd, and use them all day and night, whenever the business is open. Celebrate our river-side restaurants! Only 100 tickets will be sold,… Read More »

The Food Trucks Are Coming!!!

              Yes, we already have a couple of good food trucks, like El Roy’s on Washington and Lakeville, but The Block Petaluma is promising a whole new experience.     Although details are still in the works, so far I have gleaned that they will be located at 101 E Washington (in the Autozone parking lot, across from Groco) and will be opened four days a week, year round.  There will be outdoor seating,… Read More »

Petaluma Restaurant Week

Well, okay, it’s actually Sonoma County Restaurant Week.  Coming to an end on March 15, it’s not too late to take advantage of the 6th annual Sonoma County Restaurant Week. This event celebrates all the great cuisine of Sonoma County. Depending on the restaurant, prices are $10, $15, or $20 for a two-course lunch, and $19, $29 or $39 for a three-course dinner. There are no tickets required, although reservations are suggested as this has become a fairly popular week for dining… Read More »


***This is an extended version of the article that appeared in the Argus-Courier newspaper on January 15, 2015.***   “Farm to Fourchette” comes to North Petaluma When you come to a fork in the road, take it. – Yogi Berra Fourchette (French for “fork”) burst onto the Petaluma food scene early last year, providing fast, healthy lunch options delivered directly to the cubical warriors of our local business parks. Starting with simple “grab and go” tables in the lobbies of several… Read More »

No Password Needed to Enter The Big Easy (EXTENDED ARTICLE)

***This is an extended version of the article that appeared in the Argus-Courier newspaper on January 1, 2015.***   “This is the Big Easy. Folks have a certain way of doing things down here.” – Remy McSwain – “The Big Easy” (1987) More than just the latest in a string of music venues to open in historic downtown, The Big Easy is a throwback to the age of flappers, flasks, and fedoras. It salutes Petaluma’s bygone era of back alley… Read More »

Graffit Vandal Caught

Petaluma360 reports that the misguided youth that has been tagging public spaces all over the West Coast with “berg” and “greb” has finally been identified.  He was arrested at his parent’s home, here in Petaluma.  Although most are please, there seem to be a few that are defending him and his actions. http://www.petaluma360.com/news/3264144-181/prolific-tagger-caught-in-petaluma   I will admit that in my travels I have seen graffiti that was truly beautiful.  If it hadn’t been defacing public and private property it would… Read More »

Storm of the Millennium

MY STORM ADVICE… Do NOT stay inside. Okay, I’m not suggesting that you stay outside exclusively but I’d highly recommend dawning your rain gear (if you have any) and at least walking up and down your street…maybe walk around the block if you are feeling adventurous. First off, it will make being back inside feel that much more special and will really make you appreciate having a warm roof over your head. Second, it will help dispel the myth(s) that… Read More »

Something for everyone at Roaring Donkey (EXTENDED ARTICLE)

***This is an extended version of the article that appeared in the Argus-Courier newspaper on November 6, 2014.***   My first foray into Jamison’s Roaring Donkey came one warm and sleepy August afternoon. Barkeep Justin knew his stuff and suggested a Petaluma Hills Porterluma…which scored huge points as it is one of my favorites.  Although pleasant and comfortable, when I looking around I had trouble figuring out what kind of bar Roaring Donkey was trying to be.  To top it… Read More »

Dear Pyrex…

There is nothing quite so disheartening (and infuriating?) as a measuring cup that “spills” instead of “pours.” I shouldn’t have to pour at a microscopically precise angle and an infinitesimally precise volume in order to have it pour properly. I’m talking to you Pyrex!!! You deliver never ending disappointment. You suck in all sizes. Maybe instead of producing infinite capacity options you should concentrate on produce just one single cup that pours properly. Your big one is especially frustrating in… Read More »