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About Rivertown

My name is Houston and I am a Petalumaholic. If it has to do with Petaluma, I am reading about it, visiting it, playing in it, or eating it. I try to participate wherever I can in this community that I under-appreciated as a kid. A big fan of food, I revel in Petaluma’s vast and diverse restaurant, brewery, and winery scene and volunteer or visit every Petaluma food festival, event, or “feed” that I can. I am an Elite Yelp reviewer and in my free time blog as often as I can about the food, as well as the parades, festivals, events, people, and businesses that make Petaluma such a great place to live.

I encourage your feedback and look forward to serving the community through my Petaluma 360 blog.

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 [...]

By | December 19th, 2014|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | December 11th, 2014|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | November 6th, 2014|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | August 26th, 2014|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | August 13th, 2014|1 Comment

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 [...]

By | June 13th, 2014|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | June 7th, 2014|0 Comments

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" [...]

By | May 29th, 2014|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | May 11th, 2014|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | May 2nd, 2014|0 Comments