The Petaluma Nationals are one step closer (just one win away) to earning the title of American Little League Champion.  They won their game today with 11 runs and are now scheduled to play this Saturday (August 25) for the National Title.  (If they win on Saturday, they play on Sunday for the World Championship.)

 

So, where to watch the game?  Some may watch at home, while others may prefer to watch the game at a sports bar, cheering on the team with other fans.  And there might even be some who aren’t interested at all.  If you can’t decide where to watch I have a  suggestion.

 

 

Join the rest of downtown as we celebrate the 7th Annual Taste of Petaluma (TOP).  If you are into watching the game, just about every major television downtown will be tuned in to watch the Petaluma Nationals take the title.  McNear’s, Maguire’s, TAPS, Tres Hombres, Rosso, Mi Pueblo, Brixx, Velascos, and Dempsey’s will surely have the game on.  That represent roughly every television of worth in downtown…all tuned in to watch the Petaluma Nationals!  You could go in, sit down, order some food, and watch the game…but that isn’t our style here in Petaluma.  We don’t like to limit ourselves.  We want to watch our sports but we also want to have great food and drink.  We are all about the food and about wandering around downtown on a warm Saturday afternoon.  So instead of holing up in a single location to watch the game, buy your TOP tickets and then wander from location to location sampling each restaurant’s food while catching up on the score.

 

And imagine this…even if you used your TOP tickets at ALL of the above listed restaurant’s, you will still have a ticket left over.  That’s right, NINE downtown locations with large screen TVs will be showing the game and even if you tried the food at every one YOU WOULD STILL HAVE A TICKET TO SPARE!!!  Just about every location that you would want to visit to watch the game is already part of Taste of Petaluma!!!  Could it get any better??? I think not.

 

Here is what the best TV locations in downtown will be serving for your TOP ticket:

McNear’s:  Korean Pork Mini Tacos + Sailors Punch

Maguire’s:   Beef Sliders w/Cheddar and Potato Chips w/Bacon

TAPS:   Beer Braised BBQ Pork Sliders with Orange Cream Slaw

Tres Hombres:   Mexican Spring Rolls

Rosso:   Burrata on Bruschetta w/Prosciutto, with Spaghetti + Meatballs

Rosso's Cheese - it's unreal!

Mi Pueblo:  Chicken Tamales

Brixx:   Sweetheater pizza (chicken breast, bacon, gouda & BBQ sauce) or NorCal (veggie pizza)

Velascos:   Tacos Dorados

Dempsey’s:   Carnitas Slider w/Lime Slaw & Taster of Beer

 

That’s nine locations, for nine innings.  Do you think you can even eat that much food?  Well, don’t look now but even if you stopped into every single of those locations you will still have one ticket left over.  And if you are a group of more than one, you will likely have multiple tickets to use at other locations because some of those portions are big enough to feed two people.

 

What are you going to do with your leftover ticket(s)???

 

On your walk from Rosso to Brixx you could stop in and visit…

Sugo for the best house cured salumi in the North Bay,

OR

Cordoza’s for Meatball Sliders and the lightest, tastiest cheese cakes you have ever had,

OR

Velvet Ice for Real Maria’s Lebanese Dolmadas w/Lamb

OR

High Tech Burrito for Chicken Fajita Burritos,

OR

Wild Goat Bistro for a slice of Perfect Pair or Mediterranean Pizza

OR

Powells for Gelato.

 

 

 

On your stroll from McNear’s to Maguire’s you could hit up…

Bovine Bakery for the best morning bun in town

OR

Gallery One for Preferred Sonoma Caterer’s Bahn Mi Vietnamese Sandy AND Wine

OR

Andy’s Sushi for a whole plate of samples from his menu

OR

Petaluma Market for Grilled Garlic Hanger Steak

OR

Social Club for Crab and Tomato Gazpacho

OR

Avatar Punjabi Burrito for some Blackened Chicken over rice

OR

BLUSH for 101 Casino’s Baron of Beef, sliced thin on a Parker Roll

OR

Jacqueline’s High Tea for the best scone I have ever had (honestly, and I normally hate scones)

OR

Tuscan Gardens for not only a taste of Traxx’s BBQ Tri Tip Sandwich but also Cowgirl and Clover cheese…and a sampling of Lagunitas and Petaluma Hills Beer (This Tuscan Garden stop is all for JUST ONE TICKET!!!)

 

 

On your walk from TAPS to Mi Pueblo you could mix things up with…

Art Without Labels for Grilled Wild Salmon and Rocky Mountain Chocolate.

OR

Mayfield Company for a shot at the wine bar and Cowgirl, Clover, and Pt. Reyes Blue Cheeses

OR

Copperfields for Pongo’s BBQ Chicken Satay and Sheila’s Naturals Black Jack Burrito

OR

Sonoma Cutlery for Tolay’s Lettuce wrapped Sirloin Beef

OR

I Leoni for Fallon Ranch BBQ Beef Sliders, Forget Me Not Cakes, and Stuffed Eggplant

OR

Yoga One for Lydia’s Organics, Three Twins Ice Cream and 10 MINUTES MASSAGES!!!

 

 

During your seventh inning stretch stroll from Velasco’s to Dempsey’s and stop by…

Hiros Sushi for California Rolls,

OR

Ooh La Loft for McEvoy Ranch olive oil drizzled on Straus Dairy Vanilla Ice Cream,

OR

Robindira Unsworth for Nick’s Cove Mini Crab Louis

OR

Petaluma Pie Company for Pies and PETALUMA HILLS beer tasting

OR

Genesis Fitness for Beyond the Glory’s Pulled Pork Sliders and 10 MINUTES MASSAGES!!!

OR

Riverfront Art Gallery for Springfield Place’s Heirloom Tomato Salad & Trader Joe’s desserts,

OR

Viva Cocolat for luscious chocolate fondue with a Sonoma Valley Portworks backer,

OR

Everest’s Chicken Tikka Kabob or Veggie Kabob (made with house-made grilled cheese)

OR

a killer sampler plate from Paradise Sushi (my new favorite because it is ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT and the sushi is great.)

 

 

There is music too!  Mix all of this great food, wine, beer and local bands …and the Petaluma Nationals taking the title on every TV in town and you have the makings of one heck of a great day.  And what better way to relax and ride out the TOP food coma than to lounge around the house on Sunday watching the Petaluma Nationals play for, and win, the World Little League Championship?  Or better yet, pick your favorite restaurant from Saturday’s TOP and go back on Sunday to try some items off their full
menu.

 

If anyone is wonder where I will be and what I will be doing this weekend…go back to the top of this blog and read it again…there are some clues hidden in there somewhere.