Thistle Meats is proof positive that eating meat can be an ethical and positive culinary experience. All their meat is sourced from local ranches that embrace sustainable animal husbandry. They butcher in-house and use every part of the animal.
Offerings range day to day based on what ranches supply, and you are welcome to sample nearly everything they have in their cases. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly - they answered every question I asked, from terminology to which meats came from which ranches.
Their prices are on par with the butcher counter at Whole Foods, and they offer a much wider variety, including quail/duck eggs, cheeses and jams/spreads.
Please visit Thistle Meats if you are in the area! (And, if they have rabbit sausages, I can't recommend them highly enough.)
I have been seeing Dr. Schillinger since fall 2008. When I first walked into his office, I could not stand upright. I suffered from a combination of a back injury from childhood, and muscle soreness and stiffness. I also had long-term muscle spasms, even though I didn't know it at the time.
I had never seen a chiropractor before, and didn't know what to expect. Dr. Schillinger's initial assessment was thorough, gentle, and he imparted a sense of confidence that I would not have to live in pain forever.
Through a combination of chiropractic adjustment, massage, muscle stimulation, and voluntary lifestyle changes, I improved steadily. Dr. Schillinger was with me every step of the way, always ready to help me learn more about how I could be a partner in healing myself. Five years later exactly, I still get adjusted regularly, and no one would ever know that once upon a time I had to crawl out of bed and pull myself up to my feet.
Unlike more clinical chiropractors, Dr. Schillinger has a very holistic view of the world. He embraces many different types of healing practices, and his office has a calm, homey feeling. Beyond adjustment, he can help with nutrition, yoga/stretching, strength training, and meditation. He is always available by cell phone for emergencies.
If you are looking for a chiropractor, please give him a call and give him a try!
If I lived in Calistoga, I'd eat here all the time.
Tons of sandwich options; burritos and other deli foods (stuffed potatoes, quiche, etc.) available as well.
Our sandwiches were well proportioned. I especially appreciated that the meat went to the edge of the bread, no skimping there. Not huge portions, but enough food to satisfy us after a day of wine tasting and walking around town.
They have a specialty dessert - the homemade ding dong. It's a bit pricey at $5.95 but it's 100% worth it. Every last bite was delicious.
There's indoor seating, as well as plenty of tables in the patio area.
We don't eat out much, so when we visit a restaurant for a special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) we take our time. Our meals can last 1.5 to 2 hours, and we love restaurants that celebrate slow dining. SolBar earns its 5 stars for a patient, friendly, and non-pushy staff that made us feel welcome and never tried to clear our table for another party.
The food was excellent. My husband had the flat iron steak, medium. It was cooked perfectly and the portion was very generous. I had the scallops, which were beautifully fresh and no trace of grit.
I highly recommend the Five O'Clock Shadow cocktail. The wine list is heavy on the reds, especially Pinot Noir and Cab Sav, which made us very happy. They have a quality mix of local and international wines.
The atmosphere is equal parts romantic and trendy. In the daytime, I imagine the restaurant is full of bright natural light, but at night it's dim with candle and mood lighting. There's music and a bar at the end of the room, and no sound dampening, so the restaurant does get loud.
I repeat -- if you are looking for a quiet, hushed dinner atmosphere, SolBar on a Saturday night is not the right choice. It's a noisy, exuberant atmosphere with lots of laughter mixed with quiet conversation.
We loved our dinner experience and look forward to eating at SolBar again!
My husband and I stayed here for our first anniversary. We stayed one night, and we were 100% treated like family.
The house is full of history and the grounds are rustic and lovely. The chickens roam about happily with the cats; the dogs are sweet and friendly, but spend most of their time out of the house.
Just after we parked, I picked a perfectly ripe black fig off a tree in the front yard and ate it as we walked to the front door. The grounds are full of fruit trees - fig, persimmon, apple, and of course there are grape vines.
There's a wine and cheese session starting around 4pm. Dennis will pour you his 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, made from the grape vines in the front yard, and tell you all about the California Bear Flag Revolt while you talk with other guests in the comfy living room.
Our room was very comfortable, with a full bathroom and lots of blankets and pillows. It was a very chilly night but the house is very warm.
Breakfast was served in the greenhouse room off the kitchen. The Eggs Benedict were made with natural ham and eggs fresh from the estate chickens! The fruit was perfectly ripe and most of it was from the trees outside.
As we left, we asked Dennis to clue us into the best local wineries, which he did happily. Every place we toured had a fantastic tasting and welcomed us with open arms.
We promised to drop in and just say "Hi!" the next time we're in Calistoga, and I truly can't wait to go back and visit the Bear Flag Inn!
I am lucky enough to work near Davey's deli, but it's also dangerous, because if I didn't like to cook and make my own lunches most of the time, I'd end up giving him all my money.
Everything he and his staff makes is amazing. His website gives the local sourcing and creating rundown, as well as the most recent menu; I strongly suggest you look it over before you go in, because there's lots to choose from.
I also recommend you call in your order, or email it in (instructions on website), because the lunchtime line is crazy long most days of the week.
They also do custom orders, both build-it-yourself and make-something-special-just-for-you. I had a co-worker who ate there every day; he's walk in, tell Davey to make him something good, and he'd walk out with an amazing creation every time.
There are a LOT of places to eat in Sausalito; if you're looking for a fantastic sandwich, wrap or salad, this is your best bet!
Got takeout from Pho1 last night for the first time since moving to Vallejo. I hadn't had good pho in years - this place is a neighborhood gem.
Ordered one small beef & noodle, one medium chicken & noodle, one BBQ chicken w/egg roll and noodles, and one pearl drink. $22 dollars for what felt like 22 lbs of food! And the drink was $2! Amazing prices for so much food.
Didn't finish it all, and looking forward to the leftovers for lunch today!
Everything tasted fresh and clean.
The Pho1 menu is huge, but most dishes are variations on a theme, and it gets less overwhelming.
Definitely going to be a go-to place for non-cooking nights!
Excellent bagels made the traditional way.
I highly recommend the garlic bagels -- they put a sprinkle of salt across the top, which I've never had before, and it's highly addictive.
Their coffee is delicious too.
I do wish they took credit cards, but I understand why they don't. In other words, it's cash-only, so come prepared.
Tom & Dave's coffee is the best. Hands down. It's the only brand of coffee I buy to keep at home.
I first discovered them at The Pelican Inn in Muir Beach, CA. No matter who brews it there, or when, the coffee always tastes amazing. This speaks volumes about their roasting process and quality control.
Their team is friendly and educated; their new café is charming.
Best coffee in Marin and parts beyond. Give this amazing small business your patronage!
Jan 2013 Update: We used Christian Plumbing to install a gas line from our meter to our kitchen. The two gents (Brandon and Junior) were polite, friendly and kind to our dogs. The install happened on a Saturday, which was super convenient, and they took pains to keep the inside of the house clean after crawling underneath it. Nothing but praise for this company!
We called Christian Plumbing to unclog our pipe running to the street (dratted bush roots!) but ended up getting estimates from him on a few other things, including running a gas line to our kitchen. Everything you read about this company is true - professional, punctual, and fairly priced. I sincerely hope he never moves away!