A Petaluma360 Blog

Above the Brim

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


***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 »

Book Sale – HUGE SAVINGS!!!…and it helps our library.

Hey Reading Fans…The Friends of the Petaluma Library help fill the budgetary gaps that our library faces as well as sponsors such great events such as the “U.C. Master Gardeners Series (monthly programs on a variety of gardening topics), periodic art exhibits, book discussions, and many other great programs. Their main source of fundraising is their tri-anual booksale. This books sale is currently in full swing and if you haven’t been, you should give it a shop. It started today… Read More »

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… (ALTERNATE ARTICLE)

***This is an alternate version of the article that appeared in the Argus-Courier newspaper on September 25, 2014.*** 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… Read More »