Marin November 2020

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California’s FIRST COUPLE Bringing Marin Sensibilities to the Table

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Grit + Glamour The story of California’s First Couple — Gavin Newsom and his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom — written by a close friend.

Trekking in 2020 An epic tale of a local couple’s journey back home to Marin — from the other side of the world — at the beginning of the pandemic.


The Science of Comfort Food Now more than ever, mashed potatoes with gravy and pumpkin pie with whipped cream deserve top billing for their ability to nurture body and spirit.

For the cover, photographer Angie Silvy captures the First Couple under California oaks. This page, photos clockwise: Hilary and Gavin Newsom in Marin, Jennifer Siebel, soccer as a student at Stanford, Gavin, little league, Siebel family celebration 1992, Jennifer as a toddler, the First Couple at City Hall.



What's Hot The festive season of eating is upon us and local businesses have designed fresh charcuterie boards to savor a bit of cheer.

Currents Sausalito’s ICB artists at the de Young, a San Anselmo native championing local small businesses, coffee shops throughout the county and more.

Shop Local What do you think of when you think about fall? Probably a pumpkin. Everyone’s favorite gourds are ready to harvest by mid-fall and they look great even when not on a plate.



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Dine Listings of Marin restaurants — most of them offering delivery or takeout options.

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Susan B. Noyes, Chief Visionary Officer,

Mimi Towle, Editor

As we put our penultimate issue of 2020 to bed, our team is counting blessings amidst the turmoil created by the pandemic, politics and smokey skies. We count you as an important blessing too. One of the challenges of a print magazine is the gap from the time the files (magazine pages) are sent to the printer to the actual date the magazine arrives in your mailbox. Pre-pandemic, this was rarely a problem. But — as you also well know — Covid-19 and threats to our mail system made that more difficult this year. This issue was sent to the printer with an historical presidential election underway. Our community will be either celebrating or devastated by the results. We don’t have a crystal ball, but we do know that everyone will be yearning to come together for healing and to work towards a more positive future. As we considered the cover for such an historic election, of course the Newsoms came to mind. It’s pretty amazing that the California state Governor and First Partner are both from Marin. Regardless of where you stand on his administration’s politics, we hope that you enjoy learning a bit more about the couple. Gavin was raised here in Marin and matured into a young idealistic adult as a student at Redwood High School. After living in San Francisco and earning election as one of its youngest mayors in history, he came back to marry another Marinite and raise their family of four. They lived a somewhat normal life in Kentfield, until

duty called and they relocated to Sacramento. Some predict this is just a stop on their way to the White House. Wouldn’t that be exciting? This month also marks the beginning of the holiday season — another item for our perplexing time’s history books. Who won’t crave greater comfort as we navigate quarantine limitations? So instead of offering the usually healthy ways to “do” Thanksgiving and beyond, we’d like to promote a bit of celebration, muted and masked as it may be. Enjoy our chef partner’s go-to restaurants plus at-home recipes on page 46. Importantly, because of the financial dynamics of these crazy times, it’s also more crucial than ever that you chart a path for your family’s financial future and for the wisest end of year philanthropy. We help with this on page 44 too. Cheers to the beginning of the end of 2020. Let’s all raise a glass in gratitude and to come together for a better future following the election and to the start of the holiday season. Thank you, Susan, Mimi and the Marin and Make It Better Media Group Team.

Fun fact: The day that Gavin announced his gubernatorial candidacy, Jennifer was in the Chicago North Shore home of our publisher and Make It Better Media Group Founder, Susan B. Noyes, raising support for her outstanding documentaries. During a quiet moment together, at the kitchen counter, Susan was stunned and impressed when Jennifer casually mentioned, “My husband is announcing his campaign for Governor today. We need to quickly coordinate child care responsibilities for the day too.” Jennifer’s work has made significant impact as well. See the video of her describing it in Susan’s home at

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Exhibition of work from the late 1940’s “Probably the earliest and purest of action painters.”

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“What is not well known is that Grillo’s efforts paralleled and in some cases anticipated developments in the East. While he was in San Francisco, Grillo produced a series of paintings which, for sheer inventiveness of technique, rivaled New York’s avant garde. In their spontaneity and dramatic intensity, many of these paintings bear the hallmarks of classic gesture painting as it would be practiced by Franz Kline and Willem de Kooning. What is truly remarkable is that Grillo’s work preceded any knowledge of these artists, as de Kooning had not produced his first one-man show and Kline had not yet moved in to abstraction. And anyone tempted to find Grillo’s source of inspiration in Jackson Pollock should remember that Pollock was only just beginning to develop the drip technique that would later make him famous.” Susan Landauer “The San Francisco Years” Art of California 3

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are. Yet he was given this feature while so many Marin businesses and small business owners desperately need to tell their story, share their SMALLEST OF THE SMALL outlook, and call attention to the good work they I hope this note finds you, your family, and do in supporting our community. I hope that your staff well. The October Marin Magazine you will turn your focus instead on the small surprised me. With the pandemic’s severe businesses that actively contribute to the comeconomic impact to small businesses in Marin munity and combine purpose with profit. Those and their owners, I was disappointed to see stories are far more enlightening and inspiring. you feature and celebrate RH’s Gary Friedman. In turn, that will provide an invaluable Gary’s net worth is approximately $2.3B. service to the small business owners. RH is neither locally-minded nor ecoMost of us aren’t worth $2.3B, don’t conscious. Is he really attuned to make $500M overnight, and aren’t what makes the people of Marin Contact us rewarded with free publicity. I’d proud, as he mentions in your or editorial@marin like to see Marin Magazine find the article? His new Marin gallery, smallest of the small businesses, as an example, displaced many the new businesses, the minorityparking spaces (hundreds during owned business, the women-owned construction), therefore forcing businesses, the eco-conscious businesses, shoppers, many of whom are elderly or the businesses that are not household names, with small children, to use an overflow lot that and highlight these. These are the true emblems is a long distance if you fall into one of those of the community and indeed, something that camps. That illuminates a tacit lack of considcan make us all proud. eration for his fellow citizens. I am challenged Sincerely, to be “proud” of such hubris. The pandemic Marian McNaughton has enriched Gary and aided RH exponentially, Owner, Revente evidenced by an 800%+ increase in its stock Greenbrae, CA price. While RH has undergone two rounds of Editor Response: Marian, thank you for taking the layoffs since the pandemic started, Gary made time to write to us with such a thoughtful note. We approximately $500M overnight when RH anare big fans of your boutique and did include it in nounced its Q3 2020 earnings this September. our editorial a while back. We thought Gary’s story It is safe to say that neither Gary nor RH are of RH was interesting because it is a national brand feeling the suffering and pain that so many of us with Marin roots.



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HEARTFELT APPRECIATION Dearest Mimi and team, We are writing to tell you how appreciative and grateful we are for such a beautiful piece. The photographs and the article were so exquisitely done. Bravo to you and your team! We are receiving tremendous reviews each and every day. Well done and our sincerest thanks to you, the Marin Magazine staff, and of course to our cherished Ms. Paige Peterson. Thank you one and all. Peter and Nancy Lang

ONLINE “Eastwood's Magnum Force, Strawberry Point, swimming pool shoot up, and also where Clint asks the bad guy if he knows where San Quentin is, and then Clint says, ‘Thought you would,’” @theeandjmovement via Instagram in response to our movie locations throughout Marin post. “Thank you Marin Magazine! What a sweet surprise! Thanks for including FarmHouseUrban in your cozy Hygge roundup,” @farmhouseurban via Instagram in response to our Shop Local Hygge-themed post. “With deepest gratitude to the Ruehle family @kateborn2create and the Talbott family for their candor and sharing the truth of their experiences with their beautiful young men,” @ fullbloomday via Instagram in response to our Novato teen suicide post. “Thanks for the feature and repost of @barahonageorge photo! Can’t wait to see everyone at Sam’s,” @sams_cafe via Instagram in response to our Best of the County – Outdoor Drinks post. “@redwhalecoffee is the bomb! We use a variety of different blends of theirs in our coffee beers,” @ironspringsbrewery via Instagram in response to our Best Coffee and Coffee Shops post. “Oh yay! That’s every day for me. A couple of spots on your list I still need to visit — nice to have something to look forward to! Thanks so much for the mention,” @pumpespressobar via Instagram in response to our Best Coffee and Coffee Shops post. “Mahalo for including us @marinmagazine and @hawaiiinsider. We are looking forward to welcoming you!” @kamuelainn via Instagram in response to our What’s New in Hawaii post. “Thank you for supporting all of us! We appreciate our beautiful community!” @mandg_ burgers via Instagram in response to our New in Town post. “Standing O = Marty Griffin and all those who helped,” @bluewaterranch via Instagram in response to our Marty Griffin turns 100 post. “Wow. So glad they left it untouched. I love Marin. So beautiful!” @5damiani5 via Instagram in response to our Marty Griffin turns 100 post. “UNITE and Vote. Be firm with your Vote. FEMALES Unite NOW. Pick up the Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Torch - Her Eternal Flame. Vote Early,” @atopbanana via Instagram in response to our Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg post.

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Cassie Corless Writer, Trekking in 2020 (p.34) What was your biggest takeaway from this trip? Don’t be afraid of taking risks. Even with all the challenges we encountered, I wouldn’t take back this experience for anything. Any advice on handling stressful travel situations with a partner? When dealing with setback after setback, it’s way easier if you trust each other — and two heads are better than one. Remember, you’re all you’ve got, so stay strong, remain calm, always trust each other and don’t forget to try and laugh together when things go wrong! What are the next places on your bucket list? Patagonia, Iceland, Costa Rica, Thailand and the Maldives.

Nathan Ballard Writer, Grit + Glamour (p.28) How do Marin values differ from San Francisco values? San Francisco and Marin are among the most left-wing counties in the U.S.: Marin is 55.3% Democratic, and San Francisco is only slightly more Democratic at 56.8%. Marin is older and whiter, but we basically share the same progressive values. For the far right, “San Francisco” has long been code for a lawless, promiscuous, decadent Sodom. Marin is synonymous with redwoods, hot tubs, and mountain biking, so as an insult, “Marin values” doesn’t have quite the same impact. Any lessons from your high power job that you passed on as a father? My business is crisis communications, and so every day I am the calm voice on the phone helping

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Grateful for 26 years somebody through a difficult time. After I am gone, my kids will probably remember some of my signature phrases that they’ve overheard: “when you’re in a hole, stop digging,” or, “stay out of the weeds,” and, “can we go off the record for a minute?”

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Can you say anything more about the jailed hacker? There was some added urgency to this particular crisis. Gavin and Jennifer were scheduled to get married on Saturday, and this crisis erupted on the previous Wednesday. We were all headed to Montana for the wedding. If the mayor didn’t get the codes, it would have been hard to leave the city. Luckily, Gavin is fairly persuasive, we got the codes from the hacker, and the rest is history.

Lisa Hilgers Art Director This is your fourth Marin Magazine that you’ve designed — highlights? It’s been really fun coming back to magazine editorial work, my first passion. Loved the cover for Best of the County, that was so much fun to go back through the years. This magazine has been so near and dear to me for so long, it’s been great to work on it. And working with Mimi again after so many years.

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What was one particular feature that stands out? In some ways, “From the Ashes” does, because my mother-in-law lives in that area. I’ve also loved working with local photographers, like Jacqueline Warner for the education cover at San Domenico School — where my kids went and thrived — and Jonah Richards, who had a great drone shot of the Golden Gate Bridge. Where has your work appeared? I have a design company and have worked with local companies like Laughing Glass Cocktails, Hearst Publications, Time Warner, Marin Osher Community Center and Scoma’s Sausalito. Also in Parenting Magazine, where I worked with Mimi and a few Marin Magazine contributors including Dawn Denberg, Cynthia Rubin and Melanie Haiken.

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Top 3 Stories Online The Top Pizza Places in Marin County Wanting a pizza that’s cut above the rest? Whether you are craving an artisanal, experimental or classic pie, we guarantee that you’ll find (at least) you love.

The Day the Bay Area Sky Went Orange Red The Bay Area woke up to a collective “what is happening” the morning of September 9 this year. Was it finally the apocalypse? This post received close to 600 likes on Instagram.

Top Gram Our top Instagram post last month was by Pankaj Bhargava, @punksworld. “Sometimes when you lose your way in the fog, you end up in a beautiful place! Being in the Bay Area for the past 7 years, I haven't been lucky to get low fog in my dozen trips up north and it looked like history when I arrived. But then in the last minutes of golden hour, mother nature presented me with a beautiful fog flow through the west side of Mt. Tam. The wait was over and the sight of sun rays through the fog and trees caught my eye. I tried my best to capture the moment though it just doesn’t give justice to the real sight. I loved this shot and hope you all like it too. Thanks Marin Magazine for featuring and sharing this with all great people in our community.” Want to see your photo in print? Tag us @marinmagazine with your best snap.

What’s New in Marin in September 2020 Even with Covid-19, new businesses are still opening. Christina Mueller highlighted a few new openings and happenings to check out (safely) around Marin County in September.

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Virtual Events to Check Out Beef up your knowledge on a wide variety of topics by attending our monthly webinars. Go online to view recordings like Green River Sustainable Financial Services Webinar: The Future of Sustainable Investing and the College Cash Solutions Webinar: The Secrets to Reduce Your College Costs and keep an eye out for the virtual events of 2021 that will bring industry experts together to discuss a topic related to our current print issue.

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Via Piccola Trattoria The Cove at Tiburon welcomed this Italian restaurant from Pedro and Maria Ulloa (formerly of San Rafael’s Arrivederci) in September. Look for dishes like veal saltimbocca and handmade pappardelle alla Abruzzese (gluten-free pasta is available) at lunch and dinner with tiramisu or key lime pie for dessert. 1 Blackfield Drive #11, Tiburon 415.388.9100 viapiccolatrattoria

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E AT & DRIN K Kebabery by Meso at Left Bank Brasserie While Larkspur’s Left Bank Brasserie is open and offering a complete menu, it is also currently acting as host for virtual restaurants. Kebabery by Meso serves up a range of skewered options such as swordfish, Impossible kofta and sweet potato.

Each can be ordered as is, wrapped in lavash or served atop greens or grains with sauces and sides in the same Mediterranean style. Takeout and delivery only. 507 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur 415.927.3331 @kebaberybymeso

Lito’s Cocina Hispana at Left Bank Brasserie This concept operating as a virtual restaurant from Larkspur’s Left Bank is the work of Chef Amelito Ochoa, who started his career there 18 years ago as a dishwasher. He was soon promoted to sous chef, cooking the staff family meal each night. Lito’s food proved so popular,

he developed a menu of meat and seafood paellas, el pastor tacos plus threecheese nachos and salsa verde ribs around those meals at this new “place.” Takeout and delivery only. 507 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur leftbanklarkspur.

Crown and Crumpet British native Christopher Dean and his wife, Amy, opened their most recent outpost in Ross not far from their Greenbrae home and with the same signature look and feel as their tea salon in San Francisco’s Japantown. A tidy back patio shaded by roses and cascading pear trees is ideally suited for sipping a pot of loose leaf tea, cup of pour-over coffee or a hot chocolate. Savory croissants and crumpets are just part of the breakfast menu and a traditional sausage roll and chicken pot pie are highlights at lunch. A signature Afternoon Tea service is available on weekends. 22 Ross Common, Ross 415.772.4252 @crownandcrumpetsf

Sabor a Mexico With recipes procured from relatives selling tacos in Mexico City, Milton Meza and Hagel Meza opened their restaurant in San Rafael’s West End this summer with a nod to their Mexican roots. While fresh margaritas know no border, their novel menu items include salmon fish tacos topped with chopped onion and cilantro a la Distrito Federal and a pambazo, a sandwich stuffed with chorizo and potato is done up with a Jaliscan style sauce. A six-table patio offers outdoor seating. 1559 Fourth Street, San Rafael 415.306.9404 Balboa Café The famous Balboa Mary is just one of the highlights at the new brunch service at San Francisco’s long-running Cow Hollow café. Fluffy, Danish style ebelskivers, Mediterranean shakshuka, shrimp and grits, and heirloom tomato panzanella from chef Goran Basarov are all available weekend days at their new outdoor parklet. 3199 Fillmore Street 415.921.3944 @balboacafesf

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Wit and Wisdom The Lodge at Sonoma hosts the latest project from Marin-based chef Michael Mina. The name, a reference to Jack London’s collection of essays, similarly showcases the bounty of the region in Mina’s signature style. Pizzas, porchetta and King salmon benefit from a turn in the wood-fired oven while Dungeness crab Caesar and lobster pot pie reflect tavernstyle cooking. 1325 Broadway, Sonoma 707.931.3405 @witwisdomsonoma

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Not Your Basic Guide to All Things Pumpkin


And then there’s the pumpkin spice latte. Starbucks — American emblem and global unifier that’s as prevalent as Disney — first put out the PSL in 2003. Yes, the drink has its own acronym, sharing rarified air with the likes of RBG, R2-D2, ESPN and other entities easily recognized without superfluous characters. The festive beverage was an instant hit upon launch in spite of two glaring factors. One, it was originally called the “Fall Harvest Latte” — FHL just doesn’t have the same ring — and two, the drink contained zero amounts of pumpkin. It wasn’t until 2015 that Starbucks began including actual pumpkin in the PSL. Read more at pumpkins


Pumpkins have been grown in North America for five thousand years. According to a University of Missouri article, both Native Americans and colonists relied heavily on pumpkins. Natives dried strips of the gourds and wove them into mats while the settlers cut off the tops, removed seeds and mixed the remaining pumpkin mass with milk, spices and honey. This was later baked and is thought to be the origin of our modern pumpkin pie. Jack-o-lanterns, another integral part of pumpkin culture, have Irish roots that are actually turnip-centric. Turnips played a role in the legend of “Stingy Jack” who tricked the devil, was later refused entrance into hell and only given a burning lump of coal to guide his way. It’s said that Jack put the coal into a hollowed out turnip and has been roaming the Earth since. According to, in Ireland and Scotland, people started to make their own “Jack’s lanterns” by carving frightening faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them into windows to ward off evil spirits. When these immigrants arrived in the United States they found pumpkins to be the ideal turnip replacement.

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“Good Morning, San Anselmo!” They almost always begin like that — they, being the daily Instagram posts Staysea Colteaux has been sharing since the start of shelter-in-place. So if you’re ever unclear on how long we’ve been in this, check out her @dogvillesananselmo account. As of print time we’re on day 200-something. Following the greeting, which is screamed a la Kimberly Guilfoyle, Colteaux launches into a fervent and often profanity-laced call to action — to come out and support San Anselmo businesses. “I didn’t think I’d be doing this 200 days later,” says Colteaux over the phone. A third generation native of San Anselmo and 13-year business owner, she talks about how even prior to Covid-19 local businesses had been struggling due to the likes of Amazon and other online stores. “They want to put small business out of business,” and she’s fighting like hell to make sure that doesn’t happen. Colteaux’s business was deemed essential and was able to stay open from the beginning of the pandemic, but many of her neighbors weren’t as fortunate. Frustrated and at a loss of what to do, she took to social media. On any given morning she’ll be in her home filming a promo for Fox + Stone, a new hair salon in town, or Curate Studio, a new furniture store, or Marinitas — her favorite restaurant — but really anything that’s local. Does she have an end date? “Any time I think about stopping someone will come up to me on the street and thank me for what I’m doing, so I do it now to lift people’s spirits,” she says. “I have a vision now for doing it for a year, but we’ll see.” KP



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Creative Champions A contest was launched in March of this year to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF). The de Young Open, a juried community art exhibition, welcomed submissions from artists who live in the nine Bay Area counties and understandingly, the turnout was massive. Over 11,000 works of art were created for the show yet less than 1,000 were selected, including 13 works from 11 of Sausalito’s ICB (Industrial Center Building) artists. View the work online or at the de Young’s large Herbst galleries on the lower level from October 10, 2020 to January 3, 2021. The artists whose work will be on display are Leslie Allen of Sausalito, Sophy Bevan of Mill Valley, Maria Burtis of San Francisco, Chris Chaffin of Mill Valley, Rachel Davis of San Rafael, Bibby Gignilliat of Mill Valley, Nancy Ilg of San Rafael, Ivy Jacobsen of Fairfax, Stephen Mangum of San Francisco, Sharon Paster of Belvedere, and Carla Roth of Ross. Here are some more key numbers. KP

Rachel Davis

Sharon Paster

Leslie Allen



Bibby Gignilliat




proceeds go to artists


works selected

12,000 square-foot Herbst Exhibition Gallery

Stephen Mangum

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grit glamour The Newsoms, California’s First Couple: From Marin to the Global Stage BY NATHAN BALLARD

A quarter century ago, a mutual friend introduced me to Gavin Newsom, our future Governor, who was then my district supervisor in San Francisco. As a young Democratic campaign operative, I was struck by Gavin’s energy, intensity, and his startling command of facts and figures. It was instantly evident to me that he was a rising star in the political world. We stayed in touch as I worked on campaigns around the country. In early 2007, a tumultuous time, Gavin brought me into the mayor’s office to work as his communications director. The following week, on a trip to New York, Gavin introduced me to his future wife, Jennifer Siebel. Right away I knew she was a perfect match for

him. She was a calming presence: kind, diplomatic, but firm in her convictions. Many years of adventure with the Newsoms followed, from San Francisco to Shanghai and points in between. I once told the New York Times that working for Gavin was like being in the middle of a Tom Clancy novel — this was when we dashed out the door to negotiate with a jailed hacker who had stolen the codes to the city’s computer systems. When Gavin was Lieutenant Governor, we all ended up living in Marin County. I had moved on from my job as his spokesman, but our friendship endured. When I unexpectedly became a single dad, the Newsoms looked

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after me. One Christmas, at their home in Marin, Jennifer introduced me to my future wife, Mara. Less than two years later, Gavin officiated our wedding at the courthouse (on one hour’s notice). The Newsoms have strong ties to Marin. If Gavin ever runs for President, his opponents will certainly trot out the hackneyed attacks on “San Francisco Values.” But what often goes unheralded is the role a Marin County childhood played in shaping the Newsoms’ lives.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Gavin Newsom, 2008

Judy and Jennifer Siebel, 1976


JENNIFER THE DYNAMO The indefatigable Jennifer Siebel Newsom is more than just California’s First Partner. The mother of four — Montana, Hunter, Brooklynn, and Dutch — is also the director, writer, and producer of three serious, groundbreaking documentary films: Miss Representation,

The Mask You Live In, and The Great American Lie. On top of this, she is the founder of The Representation Project, a leading gender watchdog organization. How did Jennifer become such a dynamo? Her parents, longtime residents of Ross, led the way. Jennifer’s father, Ken Siebel, a prominent investment advisor, always carved out time to coach his daughters’ teams. Jennifer’s mom, Judy, was co-founder of the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito. Through their example, the Siebels ingrained in Jennifer both a spirit of competition and a sense of service. During high school at Branson, Jennifer excelled at varsity basketball, soccer, and tennis. She was recruited by Stanford to play soccer. After she graduated from Stanford with honors, she got her MBA from Stanford as well. Jennifer has always been a superstar,

and now she has evolved into a thought leader at the forefront of changing our society’s limiting gender stereotypes and norms. She has made a global impact. Her films have been seen by over 28 million people, and The Representation Project’s campaigns have reached more than 830 million people worldwide.

Gavin Newsom and Nathan Ballard, 2008



Graduated from Redwood High School


Graduated from Santa Clara University, B.S. in political science


Co-founded PlumpJack Wine Store on Fillmore with Billy Getty, since then has expanded to a diverse collection of hospitality and lifestyle businesses including the Marina’s Balboa Café


Appointed by Willie Brown to serve on the city’s Parking and Traffic Commission

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g THE SOURCE OF GAVIN’S GRIT Tessa Newsom moved her two kids from San Francisco to Corte Madera when Gavin was eight and Hilary was seven. Gavin had been having trouble in school because of his dyslexia, and Tessa believed that the public schools in Marin would provide her son with the support and opportunities he needed. Hilary and Geoff Callan, Gavin, Tessa and William Newsom, 1990s

Hilary credits her older brother’s formative years in Marin for his traits of grit and resilience. Tessa would take Gavin to Joe Wagner Field and play catch with him until the sun went down. He became a multi-sport athlete who excelled in baseball and basketball (eventually winning a partial baseball scholarship to Santa Clara University). Because of his dyslexia, reading was


Elected to Board of Supervisors in SF


At age 36 was elected to be Mayor of SF (city’s youngest mayor in a century)

hard for Gavin. At Redwood High School, he spent most lunch hours in the library, grinding through his homework so that he could go to practice in the evenings. Tessa was a hands-on single mom who also worked three jobs as she studied for her real estate license: as a buyer for I. Magnin, as a legal secretary, and as a waitress at Ramona’s, a Mexican restaurant in San Rafael. It’s no wonder Gavin became such a workhorse. Gavin and Hilary remember their mom, who passed away from cancer in 2002, as a woman with a big heart whose home was always open to friends, relatives, and boarders. Tessa’s legacy lives on. Once, thenMayor Newsom and I were visiting San Quentin State Prison. A prisoner spotted Gavin and hustled across the yard toward him. The mayor’s security detail tensed up. “Don’t worry,” said Gavin. “This is one of my brother’s good friends.” The mayor and the prisoner talked with each other for a while about the 1985 basketball season. After the prisoner left, I said, “I never knew you had a brother.” “My mom took in a foster kid who became a permanent part of our lives,” he said. “That’s the kind of person she was.” OVERCOMING SETBACKS Over two decades, I’ve seen how grit and resilience have gotten the Newsoms through some rocky times. Gavin Newsom has never been content to take the easy way. Shortly after he was sworn in as Mayor, he directed the county clerk to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Now that marriage equality is the law of the land, it’s easy to forget the scorn that was heaped upon him, especially by the


42nd Mayor of San Francisco, from 2004-2011

Democratic establishment. In 2004, “too much, too soon,” was the refrain. It was especially painful to see the bigots opposed to marriage equality wield Gavin’s own words — “whether you like it or not” — against him in the attack ads for Proposition 8 in 2008. It was a difficult time. The ballot-box defeat of marriage equality was followed by Gavin’s exit from his first race for Governor. Even the big victories have been tinged with loss and sorrow. Gavin caught the political bug from his father, Judge William Newsom, an erudite, witty champion of the environment. For decades, Judge Newsom exerted a strong influence over his son’s political trajectory. A few weeks before Gavin was to be sworn in as Governor, the judge passed away, and missed the chance to see his son’s inauguration. It’s easy to look at the glamorous, accomplished First Couple and forget the setbacks they’ve weathered in their public lives. But I admire the way they always pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and keep moving forward.

Gavin Newsom and Nathan Ballard, 2008


Directed San Francisco city-county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, even though it violated CA-Prop 22


Selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum

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Gavin Newsom’s

top picks NADINE BURKE HARRIS A Vancouver-born pediatrician, Burke Harris was appointed as California’s first surgeon general in January, 2019 by Governor Gavin Newsom. She joined the California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) staff in 2005 and was tasked with developing programs to end health

The Governor has a history of appointing boundary-breaking trailblazers for state positions — here are some of the most notable people he has selected in recent years with Bay Area backgrounds.

Lenore Anderson, Lisa Pritzker and Katie Albright. This spawned 2012’s Center for Youth Wellness which integrates primary health care, mental health and wellness, research, policy, education, and community and family support services to children and families. Burke Harris is also an advisory council member for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail campaign.


disparities in San Francisco — with support from CPMC, two years later Burke Harris became the medical director and founding physician of the Bayview Child Health Center. From 2010 to 2012, Burke Harris co-founded the Adverse Childhood Experiences project in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood in San Francisco, with colleagues Daniel Lurie from Tipping Point Foundation, Kamala Harris, Victor G. Carrion,

As Secretary for Environmental Protection, Blumenfeld oversees the state’s efforts to fight climate change, protect air and water quality, regulate pesticides and toxic substances, achieve the state’s recycling and waste reduction goals, and advance environmental justice. As a member of the Governor’s cabinet, he advises the Governor on environmental policy. From 2009 to 2016, he served under former President Barack Obama as Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the Pacific Southwest, a region that includes California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, the Pacific Islands and 148 tribal nations. Previously, Blumenfeld was Director of San Francisco’s Department of Environment from 2001 to 2009, first under former Mayor Willie Brown

and then under Gavin Newsom. He and Mayor Newsom worked effectively to make San Francisco “the most sustainable city in the nation” by developing a municipal Environment Code that includes mandatory recycling and composting, bans on Styrofoam and plastic bags, and a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Jared Blumenfeld was appointed to his position by Governor Gavin Newsom in January, 2019.


July 2008

Married Jennifer Siebel in Stevensville, Montana

September 2009 First daughter Montana born


Lieutenant governor of California, from 2011-2019

June 2011 First son Hunter born


Moved from San Francisco to Kentfield

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Can’t get enough of the Newsoms? Read our interview with Gavin when we met him in Marin: marinmagazine. com/gavin-newsom


JOSH FRYDAY Josh Fryday was appointed California’s Chief Service Officer by Governor Newsom to lead service, volunteer and civic engagement efforts throughout the state in July, 2019. Fryday is a military veteran and the former Mayor of Novato, which is also his hometown. He also served as President of Golden State Opportunity (GSO), leading the expansion and implementation of the California Earned Income Tax Credit and other programs to provide financial security to millions of low-income working people in California. Prior to GSO, he served as Chief Operating Officer for NextGen Climate, a leading national organization focused on climate change and clean energy. Fryday received his law degree from UC Berkeley School of Law and clerked in the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California as well as the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office for then District Attorney Kamala Harris. He currently serves as Board Chair for Demos, a national think-tank focused on issues of democracy and economic equality.


Published his first book, Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government

July 2013

Second daughter Brooklynn born

Governor Gavin Newsom’s first appointment to the California Supreme Court is retired Justice Martin Jenkins. If confirmed, Jenkins would also be only the third Black man to serve as a justice in the state court’s history — the first in 29 years — and the court’s first openly gay justice. In the past two years Judge Jenkins has been Newsom’s judicial appointments secretary. A San Francisco native, Jenkins grew up cleaning office buildings and churches with his father, who was a clerk for the city and county of San Francisco and a janitor. After working as a prosecutor for Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, he was appointed by former President Ronald Reagan as a trial attorney in the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice. President Bill Clinton later named him to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him to the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, where he served from 2008 to 2019. He still must be confirmed by the state’s Commission on Judicial Appointments.

February 2016 Second son Dutch born


40th governor of California

CALIFORNIA AT A CROSSROADS There is a sign on Highway 101 in Marin that says: COLLEGE OF MARIN SAN QUENTIN NEXT EXIT This sign unintentionally captures the essence of the times we live in. As Gavin and Jennifer Newsom shoulder the immense responsibility of leading the Golden State, we as a society are grappling with complex choices: - Will we invest more in college or prison? - Will we tackle climate change or allow devastating wildfires and environmental disasters to continue? - Will we find a way to defeat the pandemic and reopen society? - Will our political leaders inspire us or diminish us? We are at a crossroads. During the pandemic, the national political culture has grown ever more divisive and erratic. But here in California our leadership has remained steady. This stability is in no small part because of the strengths of Gavin and Jennifer Newsom. As individuals, each one is extraordinary, but the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. This couple, with their Marin roots, have already made a deep, lasting impact on public life in California. I am confident that the next chapter in the Newsoms’ adventure will be even more inspiring.

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wake up at 5 a.m., greet our driver, get a cup of coffee and board a tiny plane to take us to Lukla “airport.” I put that in Amy’s 50th birthday was meant to be a trip of a lifetime. quotations because it is a 1,700-foot landing strip built into For two people in the restaurant business, taking a month a mountain – widely considered as one of the most dangeroff to travel is generally out of the question. Amy is a ous airports in the world. Every day of this trip is a test of my partner and hands on operator of three busy restaurants boundaries of fear, my relationship with Amy, and our ability in California and I am a director responsible for 10 restauto problem solve as a team. rants at SFO. However, with blessings from our bosses and We begin the trek from Lukla airport at 9,000 feet on partners, we begin planning our sabbatical. March 2 and it is so much harder and so much more rewardWe wanted to do something off the beaten path. I had ing than anyone could ever explain. It is simply magical and ideas of being wrapped up in beautiful sunsets in white flowy such an extremely different way of life — I consider it one of clothes, but Amy had other plans; it was her big birthday after the hardest things I’ve ever done. We are so cold every night. all. So, it was decided: a 12-day trek to Mount Everest Base No heat, no hot water, no showers and often no plumbing Camp in Nepal, then on to Bali to relax at the Four Seasons at all. But even with the challenges, and at times, pain, we for a week, and then Thailand for eight days. It was late laugh harder than we ever have with each other. Dirty, tired, February and we had spent 8 months meticulously planning cold, worried about the state of the world, we are, at least this trip that was now just a few days away. We had trained physica lly, completely removed from it a ll and more for the hike; I figured, “how hard could it be?” After all, we connected to each other than ever. would only be walking six-to-eight hours a day and stopping Every day there are more and more mountains to climb for lunch along the way while gazing at the Himalayas. I knew and altitude sickness starts to rear its ugly head. We make I had Bali and Thailand to look forward to at the end anyway. it to Base Camp at 17,500 It’s now February 15, fe et . I ju s t a b out c ol2020, and there are some lapse when we arrive, so reports on the news of a when Amy decides to do strange virus from Wuhan. a side hike over 18,500 But we aren’t nervous. I’m feet “for fun,” I stay back sure it w ill get f ig ured and attempt to recover. out before we leave on The next day a helicopter Febr ua r y 29. We beg in retrieves us and takes us pack ing a nd prepa r ing back to Lukla so we can our teams for our extended take our little plane back departure. BY CASSIE CORLESS to Kathmandu. A shower As the day grows has never sounded better. c lo s er, w e a r e g e t t i n g more concerned about the coronavirus we keep hearing about that’s gaining traction TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS BEGIN globally. But we have planned this trip for months (saving up We arrive back in the land of cell service on March 14 for over a year) and paid for much of it already, so we’re comand confront a world that has taken a turn for the worse. mitted. On February 28, we pack up the car and begin the six Trekking season typically opens on March 1, but was shut hour drive to my parent’s house in Los Angeles. There, we’d down on March 5 due to the virus. Thankfully we’re able to drop off our dog and catch a flight from LAX to Doha, Qatar, get a flight out of Lukla — did I mention it’s a tiny town in the and then to Kathmandu, Nepal. After being on the road for middle of the Himalayas that’s only accessible by airplane or an hour we realize we left one of the hiking backpacks — with a three-day walkout? Later, we learn that folks who started much of the essentials — at home. We turn around and drive their treks within a few days of ours were not as fortunate back home, convincing ourselves that this isn’t a bad omen. and ended up stuck for as long as a few weeks because planes Departure take two: we successfully arrive and my parwere grounded and the borders were beginning to close. ents drop us at the airport. We say our goodbyes, splurge on It is now March 15 and we are back in Kathmandu. We a business class upgrade for the 16-hour plane ride to Doha, have two days until our flight to Bali. Things are getting and are off without a second thought. worse and we see that Nepal is closing their border, effective immediately. It’s around 6 p.m. and we call to see if we can get an earlier flight. Our upcoming flight has already been WE’RE OFF! delayed but our agent tells us she has two seats on a flight to In Kathmandu our tour operator sets up our hotel and a meet Bali leaving in two hours. (Let’s be honest, if you have to get and greet with our guide for the trek. We are so far from home stuck somewhere, Bali isn’t the worst place.) We take it and and surrounded by such a different culture: it truly takes our do a mad dash to pack everything, get to the airport and hop breath away. We spend a day seeing the sights and preparon a red eye with a two hour layover in Malaysia. ing ourselves to embark on our trek early the next day. We

A tale of a couple’s journey home at the start of the pandemic.

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We have a 40-hour journey ahead to get home, but somehow, we were optimistic. We have to be. where we call to change our flight reservation. The date is March 19. I purchased our original flight home from Bangkok using Alaska Airlines miles, business class. The airline was an absolute hero during this time. Since they work with Emirates and many other international carriers, you can use your miles all over the world. They rebooked us with no fee from Bali to LAX, but the flight was a few days away and our time at Four Seasons was up.


Miraculously, we make the f light. Upon landing in Malaysia, Amy, who is exhausted, falls asleep in a lounge we have access to. My phone battery is at 5 percent and, in desperate need of coffee, I leave her and go roam the airport. I hop in an elevator with a woman and her baby and as it’s going down, it suddenly stops and shuts down. We are stuck, my battery is dying, Amy is asleep and our flight is leaving in 40 minutes. The call button is nonoperational and 10 minutes pass before we can get out — the adventure never ends. We m a k e it t o B a l i i n one pie c e a nd check into the Four Seasons in Ubud. It is incredible. At this juncture we decide to finish our Bali tour, cancel Thailand and return home in a week or so. We spend time in Ubud then move to the Four Seasons in Jimbaran Bay,

We decide to move to Canguu Bay and enjoy Bali while we wait for the flight, which is cancelled the next day. The virus is spreading quickly and almost all borders are closed. We start getting nervous. At this time, it is impossible to get through to any airlines and wait times are traitorous — except for Alaska. Through this whole ordeal, we have gotten through to them within 20 minutes every time we called. They tell us they will help find a way home, but there are not many flights leaving from Bali. The agent says she can book us one for tomorrow, March 22, in the evening. We take it and begin counting the hours and praying it will not be cancelled. The travel advisory rises to Level 4, which is usually for travel to extremely dangerous countries, and recommends all travelers return to the U.S. immediately. I begin to feel that we need to get out of Bali. Maybe we could get a one-way ticket to somewhere like Bangkok, a bigger hub, where there would be more flights? But I tell myself we have a ticket home, we are good to go. At 4 a.m. the next morning, Amy quietly wakes me up whispering, “Babe, our flights were cancelled.” I spring up out of bed in a rush. That’s it, I decide to buy us one-way tickets to Bangkok and call Alaska to see if they can get us a flight. I go out at 4:30 a.m. and try to use the hotel phone as my cell does not work, but the desk clerk is resistant as it is a long-distance

call. In the end, I get my way. The date is March 22. I find a one-way to Bangkok at 4 p.m. that lands at 8 p.m. Then, after 45 minutes on the phone with Alaska, they book us on a flight with Emirates from Bangkok to Dubai to LAX that leaves Bangkok at 3 a.m. We figure it’s perfect — spend seven hours in the Bangkok airport and then continue our journey home. The only looming concern is that if our flight from Bangkok gets cancelled, no other airport would allow us to leave due to closed borders. We would be stuck in the airport until we could get on a flight. And the airports were nothing but mass hysteria.


We had a plan. We rolled the dice and prepared to head to Bali Denpasar airport for our 4 p.m. flight to Bangkok. We arrive about two and a half hours early feeling good. So far, no flights are cancelled. There’s a 40-hour journey ahead of us to get home, but somehow, we are optimistic. We have to be. We wa lk into the a ir por t a f ter pay ing 200,000 rupees, about $15, for a one-hour drive. The airport is packed. We get in the big long line for our flight on Thai Airways. After waiting for 15 minutes or so, I decide to go see what it looks like up at the check-in counter. Everyone is holding these sheets of paper that the Thai Airways officials are handing out. I grab one to see what it is. On the paper it clearly states that you will not be able to check in for this flight or get on it without a letter from a local doctor declaring you “fit to fly” as well as proof of health insurance up to $100,000. It feels like a punch to the gut. This whole trip has pushed my limits and I have been so grateful for it, but this is a breaking point. I ask the officials if this policy is accurate, telling them that I was unaware of this — there had been no communication about these requirements previously. He makes it clear: they are not letting anyone through without these documents. No exceptions. I feel the world fade away in the midst of all the chaos and people. There are families crying, people yelling in different languages, people giving up and leaving. I begin to feel the heat of tears welling up in my eyes. I walk in a circle holding my head for a minute trying to snap out of my fear and anxiety in all this uncertainty. I don’t want to walk back to Amy without some sense of composure. I feel sorry for myself for a moment and then take a deep breath. Walking

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up to Amy, I tell her we need to get all our bags and go to a hospital now. I had already Googled one that is 15 minutes away. At this point, our flight leaves in an hour and a half. Amy, in all her glory, believes in me right away and says, “Let’s go.” We run to the taxi area with all our baggage. The taxi driver tells us it will be 300,000 rupees to get to the closest hospital and Amy loses it, “How dare you try to rip us off!” I can’t think of anything less important than the price of this taxi so I say, “How about 400,000, but you have to wait there for us and bring us back and you have to drive fast.” He agrees and off we go. Fast. We arrive at the hospital, trusting the driver with all our bags in his car and run in. The hospital is located inside a mall, which is already weird. Out of breath, we run up to the counter and tell them what we need. They understand, but say we must wait our turn, gesturing to the other 30 people waiting. I tell the guy that our flight is in an hour and 15 minutes and if we miss it we have no other way home. I then offer him money. He leaves and then comes back with the ER doctor who takes us to the back and gives us what feels like the longest, slowest-moving physical ever. We spend 25-30 minutes there and run out to find our taxi driver waiting diligently, ready to drive. Fast. We arrive back at the airport and show our information. They allow us through, but not before proving that we have a flight leaving Bangkok as well — to ensure that we weren’t trying to sneak into the city while the borders are closed to tourists due to the virus. We finally get our tickets and are rushing to clear immigration when a woman holding a sign for our flight asks if we are on this flight. We say yes and she simply and politely tells us to do one thing. Run. We run about a half a mile through Duty Free and are the last people on the plane before they shut the doors. Relief is not the only emotion we are feeling. We arrive in Bangkok and anxiously wait seven hours for our flight to Dubai, praying it will not be cancelled. We are able to board. Six hours later, we arrive in Dubai. We see that our next flight is still operating. Great news. We grab a glass of wine, making good use of our one-hour layover, and board the double decker Emirates plane to LAX. A flight attendant welcomes us with champagne as we sit in our pods up front, offering his congratulations. We ask,

“For what?” He says he just received a n Amy and Cassie have created a Go-Fund me account for email from corporate Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks, donate here: marinand that this is the last Emirates f light to the United States. They are grounding every flight after this one. Amy and I look at each other, say cheers, and drink. Now for our 16-hour flight home. We back out of the gate and know in this moment that it is official. We are going home. But then, our moment of relief is interrupted. The plane stops and pulls back into the gate. The captain gets on the intercom to inform us that we do not have enough flight attendants on this large plane and if they cannot find two more attendants to work the flight, we wouldn’t be able to depart. We wait for an hour in silence. No word from the crew or the pilots. Suddenly, they open the front door and let these two wonderful flight attendants in. And just like that we are airborne and on our way home. This experience taught me many things. Among the highlights: I love my partner for everything she is and cooler heads do prevail. We often reminisce about the trip together in disbelief of everything we went through trying to get home. How even in the most stressful scenarios we were able to laugh. This week, nearly five months later, the travel ban has finally lifted. Traveling and tr ying to get home during the beginning stages of Covid-19, while borders were shutting down all over the world, is one of the most unique experiences I’ve ever had. I am grateful to have had it and to have learned so much about myself and my relationship. When we landed, I had a greater appreciation for the United States than ever before. I had never been happier to be home and see my dad waiting for us at the curb. The date was March 24, 2020.

Amy and Cassie with their porter Durga and porter (Sherpa) Dipak, Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks.

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It’s the 2020 Pandemic Holiday Season

As the holidays approach — a time of year typically filled with socializing, passing appetizers and get-togethers full of merriment (laughing, talking and basically a whole lot of exhaling in public) — it is apparent that this year’s festivities will be colored by Covid-19. Let’s make the best of it. For many of us, we’ve already had a head start on one of the biggest Covid pleasantries — comfort food. As evidenced by the abundance of baking videos, rise in alcohol consumption and the common joke of the pesky Covid15 (as in pounds), most of us haven’t waited for the holidays to seek out our favorite eats, morsels of delight, a whole container of ice cream or bucket of fried chicken. What the hell, it’s 2020, right? Covid layered stress on top of anxiety and plaited fear with uncertainty that led to a shift in our eating habits, among many other changes. Now more than ever, mashed potatoes with gravy and pumpkin pie with whipped cream deserve top billing for their ability to nurture body and spirit. This holiday season let’s make “Treat Yo’ Self” our collective motto.

What is Comfort Food — how does it affect us emotionally, physically?

Professional and home chefs, in many homes called “mom,” know something about lifting a mood via the plate. The family table is a dish’s ultimate litmus test — does it smell great before it even makes it to your mouth? How is the mouthfeel, a word used by industry folks to describe the physical sensations in the mouth produced by a particular food? In On Food and Cooking, the ground-breaking book that explores the science and lore of the kitchen, science writer Harold McGee notes that “foods are mixtures of different chemicals, and the qualities that we aim to influence in the kitchen — taste, aroma, texture, color, nutritiousness — are all manifestations of chemical properties.” Comfort foods, by their very nature, appeal to us for their ability to satisfy an emotional hunger using these powerful attributes. This time of year, we are inundated with an abundance of articles and social media posts or the side-eye from that one friend preaching nirvana via proper nutrition, making us second guess the fact that we truly feel happy eating a chicken pot pie. But do indulgent foods really give us comfort? Or does such intemperance provide fleeting sensory pleasure followed by guilt or an upset stomach? Research reveals that although some so-called guilty pleasures will indeed make you feel good in the short term, your desire to reach for chocolate cake instead of carrots and celery might also depend on your mood.

What’s in a Name

Not surprisingly, comfort foods are often sought after for their ability to satisfy emotional needs, not hunger. A simple yet complex phenomena that was addressed in an article posted on Psychology Today in November, 2018. The writer examines the work of Jordan D. Troisi et al. (2015), a psychology professor at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., who conducted two studies to explore the circumstances leading to comfort food consumption. Basically, he found that individuals experiencing what he describes as, “belongingness threat” and/or social isolation will reach for the taste of comfort food (for instance a potato chip) for, well, comfort and a feeling of connectedness. Anyone working from home or not working due to a lay-off or home-schooling children due to Covid concerns can confirm Troisi’s results — that people under psychological stress turn to foods that provide emotional comfort as a readily accessible form of self-medication.

Get That Jazzy Feeling From Any Favorite Food

What qualifies as comfort food? Despite the stereotypes, Troisi, et al. note that comfort food does not always mean junk food. Simply put, comfort food is any food — animal, vegetable or mineral — that produces a pleasant emotional state. It does not carry the burden of saturated fat or excess calories or sugar or white flour or any food we are told is “bad.” Self-reported definitions of what constitutes comfort

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food emphasize the experience and context of where and with whom the meal took place, as well as the associations and relational ties to the particular food. It makes us feel good. In other words, here in Marin, comfort food, can very easily be a vegan quinoa loaf topped with avocado slices, a pork belly taco, a super-food smoothie or a bowl of pho. Yum!

Tryptophan, Serotonin and GABA, Oh My!

state of inflammation. Under normal health circumstances, these molecular messengers regulate the body’s inflammatory response, keeping pain and other negative consequences in check. “Insulin resistance also causes inflammation by increasing secretion of cytokines from immune function cells,” Ornish says. “A vicious cycle results in which insulin causes more inflammation which causes more insulin resistance.” Chronic emotional stress such as we are experiencing as a globe in 2020 also causes chronic inflammation. Dr. Ornish also recommends choosing a whole foods, plant-based diet as a tool to reduce the release of cytokines. “Meat actually has a bigger spike in your blood sugar than refined carbohydrates,” he says. “The inflammatory markers go up after consuming diets that are high in red meat or dairy in just a few weeks.” Ornish suggests replacing the so-called bad carbs, like sugars, white flour and white rice, with good carbs, like vegetables and whole grains, not with animal protein. It’s personally sustainable and better for the planet, too. That doesn’t mean avoiding the cornbread, stuffing or the spiral ham on the holiday table. “It is not an all or nothing proposition,” he says. “Enjoy some goodies, savor them to boost your mood, and eat enough whole foods to feel good the next day.”

The holidays — and Covid — can promote stress and depression which can also push up inflammation markers and cause a host of other health problems. But foods can make us feel happy and satisfied, too. “The tryptophan that you find in some foods is a precursor for serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that tends to make people feel good,” says Dr. Dean Ornish, the founder and president of the nonprofit Preventative Medicine Research Institute and clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Like antidepressants, “This essential amino acid basically works by increasing the levels of serotonin in your blood.” Besides turkey, tryptophan is found in foods like nuts and seeds, leafy greens and whole grains. What you eat helps regulate mood and sleep and other anti-depression measures. Your digestive tract produces 90% of the serotonin found in your body and Ornish notes other gut-brain interactions. Your biome benefits digestion but because the tissue in the digestive tract is mostly nerve tisOne Day Won’t Do Damage sue, a healthy gut supports a healthy nervous system. “That Good news, for those feeling like a bit of indulgence: a study includes GABA,” says Ornish. Gamma aminobutyric acid published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2016, (GABA) is sometimes called the ‘feel-good hormone.’ When found that of the nearly 4,000 adults studied, they only boosted from high levels of bacteria such as Lactobacillus gained an average of one pound over the holidays. And it is rhamnosus, the GABA receptors in your brain alleviate nearly impossible to gain a pound in a day of indulgence. For symptoms of depression. Eat well to feel well, right? “We a person consuming 2,000 calories a day, they would need found, in our studies of more than to eat up to 3,500 additional calories to 12,000 people, that depression scores gain a pound of fat. That bloat you’re are cut in half when people make these feeling is likely from the sodium in the lifestyle changes,” Ornish confirmed. high-calorie foods. The body can retain “Eating foods high in refined starches up to five pounds of water weight. and sugars may temporarily give you a Ninety percent of the serotonin found in your lift but they ultimately actually exacbody is produced by the digestive tract. And it Shift Your Thinking About Indulgence erbate the very problem that you are helps regulate mood and sleep among a host As Covid endures, everyone is looking trying to prevent.” of other anti-depression measures. “There are for something that adds pleasure to their

Fun Fact

The Pandemic Effect on Our Immune System

One of the vexing issues associated with Covid-19 is it can provoke a human’s immune system to produce an overabundance of cytokines (known as a cytokine storm), leading to a prolonged

other gut-brain interactions,” Dr. Ornish says. Your biome, the colony of beneficial microorganisms in your gut, aids digestion but because the tissue in the digestive tract is mostly nerve tissue, a healthy gut supports a healthy nervous system. “That includes GABA, which helps people to relax,” says Ornish.

daily lives. That something is often food. So enjoy that pie with whipped cream. In a year when the little things seem like big things, that feels like the advice we need to honor the season. Resolve to eat better in 2021. Party. On.

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If You Must Counter the Overindulgence?

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We are all for enjoying the moment, savoring the deliciousness of the holidays with friends and family. Go for it! But if your aim is to reduce the release of cytokines and boost health, eat more vegetables. Leah Groppo, MS, RD, CDCES, a clinical nutritionist at Stanford University, counsels her patients to think about the benefits of the holidays — time to cook or to socialize with friends and family, even if it is a smaller group than usual. “Food should be something you enjoy but not the main reason for the celebration,” Groppo counsels. Groppo suggests looking for foods that offer satiety from fiber but without a lot of added fats and sugars. That means choosing the stir-fried green beans, slow-simmered collard greens or the green salad dressed with oil and vinegar. “Most people find benefit by putting a vegetable on their plate first and filling the majority of their plate that way,” Groppo says. She encourages families to shift their mindset around holidays and food. Can you do an activity together? A board game or a hike to shift the mindset around food? “You could also tap into something more creative like creating a book together or spend time talking about why you came together this year to celebrate this holiday.” Even small dietary changes can help relieve stress by making the body feel better, stronger, more nourished. Groppo encourages her patients to consider how they can turn Covid around and make something new. “Maybe that means making black bean brownies instead of chocolate or cauliflower mash instead of mashed potatoes,” she says. Or swapping sautéed veggies for bread in a traditional holiday breakfast casserole or baking only two cookies at a time and freezing the rest of the dough. The important thing is to focus on changes you can make. “Maybe that means more lean protein and less processed starches,” Groppo says. “Any change can be healthy.”

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Family “Office” Matters Regardless of your family’s net worth, solid and thoughtful guidance regarding assets, process and investments are more important now than ever. BY SUSAN B. NOYES


echnically, a “family office” is a concept recommended for Ultra High Net Wealth (UHNW) families. One generation amasses so much wealth—often from a business they founded—that they want or need independent full-time experts to help them manage, invest, transfer and/or donate it. Used wisely, a family office also facilitates important financial discussions and education across generations. Because UHNW parents find it as difficult to discuss money with their kids as all others do, the experts help them frame and discuss the issues and their values, as well as facilitate transactions and record-keeping. Whether or not your net worth puts you in the UHNW category though, if you have benefited financially during this pandemic—when the stock market, private equity and real estate outside of dense urban areas have risen dramatically even as our federal government took on debt that is the equivalent of our annual GDP—you can and will benefit from organizing your financial affairs as though you have a family office. In other words, whatever your net worth, at this unique inflection point in history and with respect to the US economy, it can be prudent to consult with financial experts. Engaging in thoughtful discussions about money with your family now will enable you to make use of appropriate financial and legal tools and make the best choices for your family before this year ends. In 2020, our tax laws allow each individual to transfer almost $12 million tax free to their heirs during their lifetime. That law could be changed through legislative action as early as next year. The “lifetime exemption” could be reduced or eliminated. Conventional economic thinking implies that this is likely to happen, too. Similarly, there is extraordinary need for philanthropic support during this unprecedented time that continues to be punctuated by pandemic, social unrest, environmental disasters, and political uncertainty. If you’ve gotten wealthier as others have struggled, you probably feel inspired and compelled to pay forward your good fortune. This confluence of law and facts makes it wise for families with

substantial assets to consider acting before tax laws change in order to ensure that their assets are used to support the health, education and future of heirs. This exploration may also facilitate thoughtful discussion of values and goals among family members and help avoid proving the old adage that fortunes are earned and lost over three generations. The help of expert can make this an experience that brings you closer to your loved ones, while setting up a more hopeful future for them too. To provide context and facilitate connection and discussion, ask yourself and your family the following questions. Their answers may lead to the storytelling and sharing of values that can help bind your family together, keep it strong for the future, and help you chart the wisest course for the future of your loved ones. • Why does this family capital exist? • What important family stories and traditions underlie it? • What opportunities and responsibilities does it provide? • What are your values and hopes for the future? • What are your family members’ values and hopes for the future? • What impact should capital invested in businesses or philanthropy make? Ideally, a family office includes expertise in real estate, education, health care, investments, trusts, GRATS and other wealth transfer instruments, philanthropy and tax law. Often, it will also include “concierge” services for travel and other lifestyle opportunities as well. The majority of wealth management firms offer expertise in most the of these categories now. But experts in each category also exist. The best advisors make complicated concepts easy to understand and can provide a structure for your family conversations around important, but potentially emotionally charged, issues as well. Our publications are committed to helping you ask the right questions and find the ideal resources to help you help your family and your community. We encourage you to learn about those featured in our Family Office Guide.

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Make no mistake — it’s been a rough year. But there’s very little that comfort food can’t fix. So for this month’s issue, we reached out to our chef partners in Marin to learn about both their go-to Marin comfort food take out places and their favorite easy recipes. Prepare to melt your stressors away while relaxing into these delicious meals.



[Go-to Comfort Food] When I don't want to be in the kitchen and need a little indulgence, I will order the S'mores Pie from The Buckeye. It takes me back to my childhood, roasting marshmallows around a fire pit, and every bite oozes with comfort.

[Go-to Comfort Food] Being born

and raised in Italy, when a comfort food craving hits there’s one thing and one thing only in my mind: PIZZA MARGHERITA! So the question is: do [Recipe] I lived overseas for about five years and every time I'd come I get on the first flight out to Positano or… walk a few blocks from my house home, my dad would make my favorite meal — roast chicken with gravy. down to PIZZALINA? Well, you can Being Japanese, we would eat this with Japanese rice, which I'd soak in guess the answer. Crispy on the outgravy. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner and it’s my ultimate side and soft inside of Pizzalina’s comfort meal! margaritas make me feel like I’m biting into a slice of heaven — if only I like crispy skin, so I roast my chicken at a high heat. Preheat your heaven came with organic San Marzano tomato oven to 395 degrees (my oven runs hot, so you can sauce and house made mozzarella. Maybe it does, go as high as 425). With kitchen shears, cut out I’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, pizza the backbone of a whole roasting chicken so the FROM MUG CAKE heaven is just a short walk away. chicken lays down flat (breast side up, also known TO CRISPY ROASTED But wait… don’t you famously have a wicked as "spatchcocking"). Put the backbone in a pot of sweet tooth, Duilio? Funny you should ask water with a little salt, whole peppercorns, a couCHICKEN, ENJOY THESE because indeed I do. But here to take care of that ple of bay leaves and vegetable scraps* (see note), comes Emporio Rulli to the rescue. I once ate a and leave it to simmer at the back of the stove. BELOVED RECIPES whole Rulli’s panettone in one sitting. Talk about *Note: Whenever I peel and trim carrots or cut craving it. If there was ever a panettone battle the bottoms off a celery stick or remove the tough between Marin and Milan, Rulli’s would put them all in their “scusa” outer layers of an onion, I keep these bits in a bag in the freezer and use place. Best panettone in the world, punto e basta… ahem… period. for chicken stock. Take a paper towel and pat the chicken dry. Place on a baking rack. [Recipe] Sometimes, especially when relaxing at home after a long Rub room temperature butter all over the skin, then drizzle with a work day, I get a classic “midnight” food craving. So I walk up to the bit of olive oil. Sprinkle the whole chicken with garlic salt and pepper fridge and let the tortillas roll to the rescue! My favorite thing to add (use more than you think). Roast in is scrambled eggs. Here is how I make it: oven for about 35 minutes. If chicken In a non-stick pan, I warm a couple tablespoons of olive oil on low skin starts to get too dark, place some heat, adding in a few thin onion slices. (Ok maybe a lot of thin onion foil over it until done. When a therslices) I let the onions get soft and crack two eggs right into the pan. mometer tested in the thigh reads 165 With a wooden spoon, I slowly stir back and forth very gently until the degrees, pull out of the oven. Cover eggs are halfway done. Salt and pepper them, turn off the heat and let with a loose tent of foil. Meanwhile, them finish cooking on their own. After all, I just worked all day and I put about 3 tablespoons of butter in am tired. I turn on the biggest stove burner and toss a tortilla right on a small pot over medium-high heat. the open flame to warm up or roast up if you like it a bit scorched like I When melted, add 3 tablespoons of alldo. But be careful, it’s a lightning quick process. I pour my scrambled purpose flour. Stir for a minute, until it becomes a paste. Add in your eggs on it, maybe some grated cheese, hot salsa (shaved truffles? Oh simmering chicken stock one ladle at a time. Keep adding and stirring my, don’t mind if I do) and roll it up. Bam, I go back to the couch for a until a nice thickness develops. Remove chicken from rack. Any dripwell-deserved, quick and easy midnight snack. pings from sheet pan should go right into the gravy. Season with salt and pepper. Serve and enjoy!


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TONY FARAHMAND, CAFÉ VERDE [Go-to Comfort Food] Over the yea rs, Felicia a nd I have enjoyed savoring the authentic bone broth of Miso Ramen at Uchiwa in San Rafael. (It gives us a feeling of comfort and warmth). We always completed our dining experience sharing their delectable macaroons. [Recipe] Our favorite go-to comfort food that we enjoy sharing with our kids (Marco, Shadi and Glenn) is Felicia's mom's secret recipe for eggplant parmigiana that we also serve at our restaurant. Go online for full recipe.

ingredients you can make a range of mug cakes. This is a simple vanilla mug cake recipe, but I sometimes add in chocolate, dried cherries, nuts or even swap out vanilla for almond extract and a little amaretto — depending on what I have in the cupboard. And all in all, it takes less than 10 minutes. All you’ll need is a mug and a few ingredients. I’m gluten-free so this recipe reflects that, but you can easily swap out gf flour for regular all-purpose flour.

Simple Vanilla Mug Cake

CHYNA HONEY, CAFÉ DEL SOUL [Go-to Comfort Food] My favorite comfort food is the Quinoa Nachos at Cafe del Soul. Whether I’m celebrating or commiserating they hit the spot by giving me the comfort I want without sacrificing the nutrients I need. It’s a bit of heaven I can take to-go or have delivered. [Recipe] For quick and easy comfort food at home, I love mug cake!

Wonderfully simple and super versatile, once you have the base

Ingredients 1 tablespoon oil 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 egg yolk 2 tablespoons milk (can use dairy-free options) 1/4 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour 1/8 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract Instructions Combine ingredients in a microwaveable coffee mug. Mix with a fork until combined. Microwave for 1 to 1.5 minute until desired consistency is reached. Top with sprinkles, chocolate sauce, raspberry jam or a scoop of your favorite ice-cream. Pro Tip: Wearing pajama pants while eating makes mug cake even more delicious!

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510 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo, CA 415.454.2942,

DONNA SEYMOUR AND ARMANDO LOPEZ Owner and Chef Cucina s|a is a friendly neighborhood spot that has been satisfying locals and visitors for over 20 years. Owner Donna Seymour recently renovated the dining rooms, enhanced the menu and expanded the space to include a full bar with a fine selection of spirits and craft cocktails - highlighting Italian Amaros. These new offerings complement award winning dishes cooked in a wood fired oven, house made pastas, and a seasonally changing, organic-focused menu of Southern and Central Italian dishes. Chef Armando Lopez, brings fresh spins on classic dishes and innovative, seasonal fare such as goat cheese and fig salad and pan seared scallops with saffron risotto. Guests can enjoy outdoor dining on the bridge overlooking the San Anselmo Creek. For small gatherings, an upstairs lounge is available. Due to Covid-19 precautions, Cucina s|a is currently serving dinner outdoors, with some indoor tables Tuesday - Sunday. Take out, cocktails to go, delivery and online ordering available.

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Valenti & Co


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DUILIO VALENTI Chef/Owner Serving farm fresh Italian Cuisine and small production wines in a causal yet classy setting. Everything here is house made and thoughtfully sourced. Plenty of outdoor seating with our courtyard and San Anselmo street closures during the weekend. Under our mask we are always welcoming you with a smile. Salute!

In a year that has completely transformed the restaurant industry, Comforts holds on to its core values of family, community and adaptability. Celebrating its 34th year of business, Comforts is focusing its efforts on takehome family meals, easy grab and go salads and weekend brunches. And with the holidays fast-approaching, you can enjoy delicious, comforting holiday dinners, even from sixfeet apart!

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Executive Chef

Owner and General Manager

Michael Garcia is the executive chef of the award-winning Murray Circle at Cavallo Point. Chef Garcia’s dishes offer farm-focused flavors and the freshest of local ingredients, paired with a celebrated wine list and handcrafted cocktails. All set amidst the beautiful backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. Guests are invited to enjoy breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch and dinner.

Navigating 2020 put us through our paces. Staying safe has been paramount so we transitioned our business to take-out and delivery. We also looked for ways to stay connected to customers while helping them feel connected to us. Our presence on social media increased, we launched our new website and now offer online ordering. Visit us at

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There is no region as contradictory as the desert. At once, it’s a dry, barren expanse. A monochromatic, sun-bleached brown landscape that’ s empty save for a handful of low-lying shrubs — somewhere that people are banished and left to wander with vultures circling overhead. But there’s also a certain mystique surrounding this terrain. It’s impossible to notice as you’re speeding down the highway, but at ground level the desert teems with life. Amid the rocks and bushes is an abundance of color and texture, resilient creatures and plants that have evolved to thrive in this unforgiving environment, and the most spectacular pastel pink sunsets around. Perhaps best of all, this enigmatic place doesn’t even require a flight.


Roughly an eight hour drive from the Bay Area, the Mojave National Preserve is an ideal escape for those seeking a more rugged experience. Mid Hills, Hole in the Wall and other developed campgrounds are temporarily closed, but primitive vehicle camping is still permitted throughout the 1,542,776 acres of the wilderness area. All you need to do is find an existing site — a fire ring — to not cause further damage to the land, and you’re good to set up camp.

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Silent during the day, aside from warm gusts of breeze carrying sweet scents of creosote bushes and sounds of scurrying lizards, everything changes when the sun dips below the horizon. Birds begin chirping, jackrabbits start hopping around. Surroundings infuse with color without the glaring rays and hues of green, purple and maroon pop out. Even the softest looking flora is deceptively spiky. Be wary of the seemingly innocuous cholla. A cylindrical cactus, they’re also known as jumping chollas for their ability to leap from the parent plant and viciously attach to the body or clothes of passersby. It’s not uncommon to walk past one and get jabbed and left with numerous barbs lodged in you. The desert is not shy, it will assert itself. At dusk a new batch of wildlife makes itself apparent. California leaf-nosed bats fly above and howls of coyotes can be heard in the distance. All the meanwhile, scores of animals conduct their business mostly underground. Desert tortoises spend up to an astounding 98 percent of their lives underground, and Gila monsters — slow-moving venomous lizards — are an even more rare sight, spending up to 99 percent below the surface. A comfort and a

shame. With no light pollution, stargazing is magnificent. Countless constellations, the Milky Way and shooting stars are easily visible, even through the mesh top of a tent. Check out the National Park Service website for a map of primitive site locations.


Five hours from the Mojave is Sedona, Arizona. Sedona is not an indigenous name. The town is actually named after the wife of the city’s first postmaster, Sedona Arabella Miller Schnebly. Legions of people have been drawn to the area throughout the years for a multitude of reasons — twisting and towering red rocks, epic mountain biking, spiritual experiences and various vortex sites. Off of the main road, tucked into Boynton Canyon, visitors can find the best of all of those at Enchantment Resort. If it’s adventure you’re after, look no further than the Trail House. The newly built facility is the ultimate jump off point for action and where guided hikes and mountain bike rides start. With 300 miles of scenic trails, a fleet of bikes and a fleet of staff — there

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are 28 expert guides on-site — there is no shortage of options, regardless of skill level. Book a ride with a guide and venture just beyond the property grounds to either learn the basics or work on your form, or rent one of their Pivot Cycles and explore on your own. The Trail House also has gear available to purchase and is full of large maps with popular trails to inspire your next outing. Now that you’ve let go, stroll over to Mii amo spa to get connected. Meaning “one’s path or journey,” Mii amo offers meditation treatments, fitness training, mindfulness sessions as well as Native American inspired therapies. Spas, contrary to popular belief, are not only for massages — but Mii amo has those too. In the heart of it all is the Crystal Grotto. A circular room with a red dirt floor, the grotto features an oculus in the domed ceiling that’s positioned to focus the sun’s rays directly onto a quartz crystal in the

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center of the room during the summer solstice. Morning rituals open to all hotel guests are held here, but you can also book treatments like the Chakra Meditation that

take place in the room. Even “non-believing” types tend to lose time during the session, which is intended to ground, balance and connect your energy centers. Warning: weeping may occur. After departing the spa, walk the labyrinth outside and gather yourself before moseying on over to the main pool. A view that borders on illegal, the sprawling pool area is situated in the perfect spot for gazing at the curving red rocks that surround it. There is also food and drink service from Tii Gavo, an on-site Southwestern restaurant that’s been the recipient of several Eater awards. As you’re leaving town, check out the only turquoise McDonald’s arch in the world and stop by Garland’s Indian Jewelry off the 89A for your turquoise fix. The shop has been buying directly from artists for over forty years and sells everything from earrings for gifting to museum-quality woven baskets.,

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Get Your Cheese On The festive season of eating is upon us and local businesses have designed fresh ways to savor a bit of cheer. Though your get-togethers may be smaller than in years past, it is still a good time to celebrate life. CHRISTINA MUELLER Mill Valley Boards A passion for creating beautiful tablescapes led Mill Valley native Debbie Faubel to launch a business creating what she calls “grazing tables,” available for everything from birthday celebrations to weddings. A mini board is perfectly sized for one, while the large can serve up to 12. Dessert boards are also available. “They are a beautiful way to relax and enjoy,” Faubel says. millvalleyboards.square, 415.640.5951

Le Comptoir Stephen Bouillez and Susannah Dempsey, proprietors of San Rafael’s Le Comptoir bistrot and épicerie, use custom-cut slabs of Roquefort and Tomme de Savoie from giant wheels imported directly from France for each unique platter. Design your own French-themed groaning board with other regional delights such as jamon de Bayonne, Corsican coppa ham, or house-pickled chanterelles. “Bring in your board and point at what Fatted Calf

you want,” Bouillez says. All he asks is a days’ notice., 415.454.5454 Cowgirl Creamery The Good Neighbors: Victory Cheese Box from this well-loved Point Reyes Station creamery is designed as a celebration of the strength and resilience of our community. It includes a wheel of Mt. Tam and selections from other local creameries. Here! Here!, 866.433.7834 Tomales Farmstead Creamery Charcuterie boards and gift boxes feature butter and cheeses from the creamery in West Marin paired with bagel chips and jam from the other family business, Daily Driver, as well as Bay Area-made products. Pickup at Piezzi Provisions or the farm in Tomales or Daily Driver in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood., 415.852.3535

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Fatted Calf From pork crepinettes to Boerewors, a South African-style sausage, all charcuterie and salumi, mostardas and chutneys are made in-house at this Napa favorite, which delivers to Marin with advance notice. “We also provide an on-site set up and slicing service for parties and events,”

says proprietress Toponia Miller. That is, when the time is right., 707.256.3684 Mission Cheese Featuring two size options for holiday gatherings — for 4–8 or 8–12 people, this San Francisco shop and restaurant features American-made

cheeses, including Valley Ford’s Estero Gold Reserve and Nicasio Square from Nicasio Valley Cheese with options to add meat/charcuterie or pair with wines. Deliveries to Marin are offered on Fridays., 415.553.8667

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CORTE MADER A Burmatown Asian COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for takeout, Tuesday–Saturday, 3– 8 p.m. or delivery 3– 7 p.m. The small homestyle Asian fusion restaurant offers fresh, light meals like tea leaf salad and basil shrimp stir-fry, as well as curries, coconut rice and chili-garlic green beans. Extra heat optional. Prepare for a short wait if dining in, or order for takeout. 60 Corte Madera Ave, 415.945.9096 Cafe Verde Californian COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for takeout and delivery daily, 11 a.m.– 9 p.m. This revamped cafe offers Neapolitan pizza, pasta, risotto, and salads nearly all day long. Enjoy any of these items inside or out on the patio along with local and international wines and beers. 502 Tamalpais Drive, 415.927.1060 Il Fornaio Italian COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for outdoor dining and takeout daily, 5– 9 p.m. Delivery available daily, 4–9 p.m. Aside from pizzas and pastas, this upscale-Italian franchise serves a variety of salads and carb-free entrées. 223 Corte Madera Town Center, 415.927.4400

La Maison De La Reine Vietnamese COVID19 UPDATE: Open for takeout daily, 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m. Dine on family-style Vietnamese fare in the Town Center. The crunchy cabbage chicken salad with peanuts, fresh spring rolls and pho options are popular picks. 346 Corte Madera Town Center, 415.927.0288 Marin Joe's Italian COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for takeout daily, 4–8 p.m. Delivery via Dine-In Marin. A Marin mainstay for over 50 years, with a menu of soups, salads, seafood, mesquite-grilled or sautéed meats and a plethora of pasta options. 1585 Casa Buena Drive, 415.924.2081 Pig In A Pickle American COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for patio dining, takeout, and curbside service daily, 11 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Delivery via Dine-In Marin. Fresh and locally sourced brisket, pork, ribs, and chicken get star billing at this Town Center eatery. Sauces are crafted to represent various American barbecue regions, including Memphis and South Carolina. 341 Corte Madera Town Center, 415.891.3265

RH Marin American, COVID-19 update: Opened July, 2020 for outdoor dining and takeout daily, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Ride up the golden-hued elevator to the top floor to a restaurant bedecked in RH style and linger over a shaved vegetable salad, a truffled grilled cheese sandwich on Panorama Bakery sourdough or a namesake RH Burger. This rooftop sunroom boasts glass ceilings and walls for an epic view of Mount Tam and a feeling of floating above it all. 1750 Redwood Highway at The Village, Corte Madera, 628.266.2040 Veggie Grill Vegan/ Vegetarian COVID-19 UPDATE: Takeout daily, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Delivery via DoorDash. Veggie Grill is a fast-casual restaurant chain that celebrates the veggie by offering a variety of hot sandwiches and burgers, entree salads, bowls, home-style plates, shareable sides, organic teas and housemade desserts prepared only with vegetables, fruits, grains, and nuts. 147 Corte Madera Town Center, 415.945.8954 World Wrapps Californian COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for takeout daily, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Delivery via GrubHub. Owners Keith Cox and Matt Blair have

revamped this “fast food” joint to feature healthy and flavorful items like a Hawaiian poke wrap and a tahini tofu summer roll that’s vegan-friendly. Exotic housemade beverages include boba tea, mango lassi, and Vietnamese iced coffee. 208 Corte Madera Town Center, 415.927.3663

FAIRFA X Fradelizio's Italian COVID-19 UPDATE: Takeout and contactless curbside available Wednesday–Monday, 3–8 p.m. Fradelizio’s blends Northern Italian with California-inspired healthy fare, featuring natural beef and freerange chicken dishes. 35 Broadway Blvd, 415.459.1618 Iron Springs Pub & Brewery American COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for takeout, Thursday, 4–9 p.m, Friday–Sunday, 12– 9 p.m, Monday, 4-9 p.m. Pair your pick from the extensive beer list with an ale-braised barbecue pork sandwich, shrimp tacos or the houseground-chicken bacon cheeseburger. 765 Center Blvd, 415.485.1005 The Lodge American COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for patio dining and takeout, Tuesday– Sunday, 8 a.m.–9 p.m.

Delivery via Uber Eats and DoorDash. Beer, cider and wine to go in Growlers and Cans. The Lodge features all-American eats like a breakfast burrito stuffed with eggs, spinach and salsa; share plates like a sausage board served with Lodge tots and slaw; and pour-over coffee and draft beer for riders and hikers alike. 1573 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, 415.456.8084 Sorella Caffe Italian COVID-19 UPDATE: Takeout available, Tuesday–Sunday, 4:30– 8 p.m. Run by sisters Sonia and Soyara, Sorella serves fresh Italian with a northern influence. Customer favorites include the cioppino, butternut squash ravioli, and Pollo alla Sorella. Another highlight is the giant wheel of Grana Padano cheese. 107 Bolinas Rd, 415.258.4520 Way Station American COVID-19 UPDATE: Outdoor dining, takeout and delivery available, Tuesday–Friday, 4– 9 p.m.; Saturday– Sunday, 12–9 p.m. Delivery in Fairfax and San Anselmo residents via TOWN FLYR program; or GrubHub, DoorDash, Uber Eats. The ‘cue gets all the love but salads, flatbread pizzas, and a wide selection of tapped and bottled

beers plus wines round out the menu. Kidfriendly and dog-friendly with outdoor seating. 2001 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, 415.300.3099

L ARK SPUR Farmshop American COVID-19 UPDATE: Patio dining daily, 5:30–9 p.m. Takeout and curbside pickup available daily, 4–9 p.m. Located in the Marin Country Mart since 2013, Farmshop Marin has quickly become a top spot here in the county and earns raves for its avocado hummus. Indoor and outdoor seating available. 2233 Larkspur Landing Circle, 415.755.6700 Hog Island Oyster Co. Seafood COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for patio dining and takeout Wednesday–Sunday, 11:30 a.m.–8 p.m. Delivery available with DoorDash and Caviar. The full-service Marin Country Mart location features a full bar with seasonal cocktails, beer and wine and the same bay-to-bar philosophy as the Tomales Bay original. Oysters, raw and grilled are a must, then check the day’s menu to see what was most recently pulled from Marin’s waters before deciding what to eat. 2401 Larkspur Landing Circle, 628.253.5905


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Out & About / DINE Left Bank Restaurant French, COVID-19 Update: Open for patio dining and takeout, Monday–Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Delivery with DoorDash and Uber Eats. The restaurant is also playing host to "virtual" restaurant concepts for takeout and delivery only, Kebabery by Meso (Mediterranean) and Lito's Cocina Hispana (Spanish/Mexican). This authentically classic brasserie has been serving the Larkspur community for more than two decades. Whether on the patio, at the European-style bar or in the casually elegant main dining room with a huge fireplace, it’s a fun and French experience in downtown. 507 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, 415.927.3331 Marin Brewing Co. American COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for patio dining, takeout beer and food, Sunday– Thursday, 12–7 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 12– 9 p.m. Grab a cold beer made on-site and pair it with fish ’n’ chips — in this case, fresh cod dipped in Mt. Tam pale ale batter, served with steak fries and homemade tartar sauce — or anything from the allAmerican menu. 1809 Larkspur Landing Circle, 415.461.4677 Perry's American COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for patio dining (reservations strongly recommend, please call to reserve) and takeout, Monday–Thursday, 3– 9 p.m.; Friday–Sunday, Bruch 12–3 p.m.; Dinner, 3–9 p.m. Delivery via Caviar. Perry's on Magnolia has

the quintessentially American fare, bustling bar and warm personality the San Francisco original has always been famous for. Along with three separate dining rooms in a historic building, there’s outdoor dining on the patio and in the redwood grove. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch on weekends and holidays; valet parking in the evenings. 234 Magnolia Ave, 415.927.1877 Posie American COVID19 UPDATE: Open for takeout only, ThursdaySunday, 1–9 p.m. This hip artisan ice cream shop opened by Kyle Caporicci, former pastry chef of Michelin-starred Commis, is making a name for itself with seasonal flavors, homemade gluten-free cones, and vegan ice cream. For lunch, you’ll find meticulously prepared open-faced tartines and Instagram-ready pastries. Menu changes weekly. 250B Magnolia Ave, 415.891.8395 Rustic Bakery Californian COVID-19 UPDATE: Open daily, 7 a.m.–2 p.m. for counter orders to-go or curbside delivery via phone or ChowNow. Delivery via Caviar and DoorDash. Catering via ezCater. The homegrown bakery is known and loved the world over: Pope Francis famously requested Rustic Bakery flatbread and crostini when he visited the U.S. in 2015. Organic bread, croissants and pastries baked fresh each morning and salads, sandwiches, and soups for lunch make Rustic a local staple. 2017 Larkspur Landing Circle, 415.461.9900

MILL VALLEY Buckeye Roadhouse American COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for patio dining, takeout, and contactless curbside, Monday–Thursday, 4– 8 p.m; Friday–Sunday, 12–8 p.m. Delivery via Dine-In Marin. Coffee Cart open Monday– Friday 6–10 a.m. Oysters Bingo, baby back ribs, and chili-lime “brick” chicken are a few of the satisfying comfort-food menu items that have made this classic roadhouse a favorite since the ’30s. 15 Shoreline Highway, 415.331.2600 Bungalow 44 American COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for outdoor dining, takeout and curbside pick-up daily, 5–8 p.m. Reservations recommended. One of Mill Valley’s neighborhood hot spots, featuring contemporary California comfort food, signature cocktails, fine wine, and one-dollar oysters from 5–6 p.m. every day. 44 E Blithedale Ave, 415.381.2500 Cafe Del Soul Californian COVID-19 UPDATE: Takeout available, Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–7:30 p.m; Sunday, 10 a.m – 7 p.m. Healthy options become addictive at this eatery that now has locations in both Tam Valley and San Rafael. Once you stop in for the deliciously fresh quinoa wrap, you’ll want to return to try the chipotle rice bowl. A casual lunch spot and great for takeout, they also serve smoothies and pressed juices. 247 Shoreline Highway, 415.388.1852 Gravity Tavern American COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for patio dining, takeout, and curbside pickup daily,

12–8 p.m. Delivery via Uber Eats, Postmates and DoorDash. Updated with ingredients to reflect modern tastes, American classics like grilled chicken Waldorf salad with pickled grapes, lobster roll with toasted challah and veggie slaw, and a land and sea pasta with housemade egg pasta, pork belly and crab. 38 Miller Ave, 415.888.2108 Joe’s Taco Lounge Mexican COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for takeout, Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Cup of Joe's coffee cart, Monday–Saturday, 7 a.m.–12 p.m. Joe’s serves up fish tacos, burritos and enchiladas as well as more unusual items like Mexican pizza, tofu tostada, and crab tostadas. A colorful interior and quick service make this a fun stop. 382 Miller Ave, 415.383.8164 Piatti Ristorante and Bar Italian COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for takeout daily, 12–8 p.m. Delivery via DoorDash and Caviar. The staff prides itself on capturing the warm and welcoming atmosphere of a traditional Italian trattoria. Peruse the impressive selection of Italian wines to accompany your rustic seasonal meal. 625 Redwood Highway, 415.380.2525 Piazza D’Angelo Italian COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for patio dining (walk-in only) and takeout (including items from their new Alimentari) daily, 4–8 p.m. Delivery via DoorDash, Dine-In Marin and Uber Eats. Piazza D’Angelo evokes a traditional trattoria

dining experience. Enjoy a variety of house-made pastas, meat and seafood dishes, wood-fired pizzas, and gluten-free offerings with organic and locally sourced ingredients. 22 Miller Ave, 415.388.2000 Prabh Indian Kitchen Indian COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for patio dining and takeout, Monday–Saturday, 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Delivery via Uber Eats, DoorDash, Caviar, Grubhub. This restaurant emphasizes healthy, organic, sustainable eating in choices like chicken pakora, vegetable biryani, and basil garlic naan foods, with options for the vegan and gluten-free. At lunch, the thali menu lets you try several Indian dishes at once. 24 Sunnyside Ave, 415.384.8241 Sol Food Puerto Rican COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for takeout daily, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Delivery via Caviar. This Marin favorite has opened in Mill Valley, still serving up everyone’s favorite Puerto Rican cuisine. The line can get long, but the food is well worth it. 401 Miller Ave, 415.380.1986 The Junction American, COVID-19 update: Opened July, 2020. Open for patio dining and takeout, Monday– Friday, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 11 a.m-9 p.m. Owner Dez Fielder’s devotion to micro-produced and local beer is evident from the 30 taps and a robust can program including Woodfour New Ridge Lager, and experimental bottlings, like Barebottle Brewing’s Tangberry Typhoon, all

easy to pair with pizzas from Pizzahacker. Grab your fleece to sip one by a fire pit on the huge backyard patio. 226 Shoreline Highway, 415.888.3544 Vasco Italian COVID19 UPDATE: Open for takeout daily, 5–8 p.m. Whether at a table, the bar or the back counter, you can expect an intimate dining experience in this one-room trattoria. Try one of the pasta dishes or thincrust wood-fired pizzas. 106 Throckmorton Ave, 415.381.3343 Watershed Californian COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for patio dining and takeout daily, 12– 8 p.m. The Stemple Creek Ranch burger and fresh pastas are matched with a bevy of simply prepared, easy to share dishes (like spicy rock cod lettuce cups or lamb riblets) that reflect chef Kyle Swain’s careful sourcing and focus on local flavor. 129 Miller Ave, 415.888.2406

NOVATO Boca Pizzeria Italian COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for outdoor dining and takeout, daily 12–9 p.m. Delivery via DoorDash. Enjoy authentic pizza prepared with fresh mozzarella made in house and tomatoes imported from Italy, or go for a grilled rosemary chicken sandwich or the braised beef short rib pappardelle. Weekly specials include half off all wines by the bottle on Wednesdays and half off draft beers on Thursdays. 454 Ignacio Blvd, Novato, 415.883.2302


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Chianti Cucina Italian COVID-19 UPDATE: Takeout available, Sunday–Thursday, 4:30–7:30 p.m. and Friday–Saturday, 4:30-8 p.m. Order via phone or Drive-Thru app. This cozy eatery offers an array of Italian and American dishes, including a long list of pastas; try the housemade ravioli cooked up by chef Edgar DeLon. 7416 Redwood Highway, Novato, 415.878.0314 Finnegan's American COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for patio dining, takeout, and contactless curbside, Wednesday– Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Please call to order. Delivery via DoorDash. The dark wood paneled booths and high backs on bar stools mean it is easy to linger over Irish-inspired meals like corned beef and cabbage or nachos made with waffle fries instead of corn chips. 877 Grant Ave, Novato, 415.899.1516 Hopmonk Tavern American COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for patio dining, takeout and delivery, Sunday– Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday, 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. The beer garden-style outdoor patio and live music keep fans coming back to this Novato brewhouse. 224 Vintage Way, Novato, 415.892.6200

ROSS Crown & Crumpet American COVID-19 UPDATE: Opened September, 2020 for patio dining and takeout only, Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A tidy back patio shaded by roses and cascading pear trees is ideally

suited for sipping a pot of loose leaf tea, cup of pour-over coffee or a hot chocolate at this outpost of the Japantown original. Savory croissants and crumpets are just part of the breakfast menu and a traditional sausage roll and chicken pot pie are highlights at lunch. A signature Afternoon Tea service is available on weekends. 22 Ross Common, Ross, 415.771.4252

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Tony Tutto's Pizza COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for patio dining and take out, Wednesday–Saturday, 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m.– 8 p.m. After nine years in Mill Valley, owner Greg DiGiovine relocated to Ross.The vegan pies are still here and a gluten-free crust is now available. 16 Ross Common, Ross, 415.383.8646

SAN ANSELMO Comforts Cafe American COVID19 UPDATE: : Open for take out, delivery and curbside pick-up, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday– Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. A large takeout section offers fresh bakery items, seasonal salads, soups, sandwiches and even entrees for dinner at home. Besides the famous Chinese chicken salad, other winners are the stuffed pecancrusted French toast, and Chicken Okasan. 335 San Anselmo Ave, 415.454.9840 Cucina sa Italian COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for patio dining and take out daily, 4– 8 p.m. Delivery 4:30– 8 p.m. Homemade pastas, seasonal salads, and wood-fired

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Insalata’s Mediterranean COVID19 UPDATE: Take out available daily, 11 a.m.– 6:30 p.m. (order by 4 p.m.). Award-winning chef Heidi Krahling’s restaurant features delicious, soulful Mediterranean fare, as well as food-to-go at a counter inside. 120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, 415.457.7700 M.H. Bread and Butter Californian COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for patio dining and take out, Thursday–Monday, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. A onestop shop for everything from coffee and pastries to artisan bread, with a seasonal brunch menu. High-quality ingredients and a comfortable atmosphere make MH worth checking out. 101 San Anselmo Ave, 415.755.4575 Valenti & Co. Italian COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for courtyard dining, take out and curbside pickup, Tuesday–Sunday, from 5 p.m.; pickup 5–7 p.m. This bright and cozy space is the ideal environment for authentic Italian dishes made with local ingredients. A seat at the chef’s table gives a prime view of the open kitchen. 337 San Anselmo Ave, 415.454.7800

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SAN R AFAEL Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria Californian COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for delivery, pickup, and contactless curbside daily, 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m. A wide array of thin-crust pizzas, freshly made pastas, and salads are the ticket here, along with flameroasted lemon chicken wings, for dine-in, takeout, and delivery. Gluten-free pizza crust is available. 1242 Fourth St, 415.455.9777 Boiadeirus Steak Brazilian COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for takeout daily, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. and delivery through DoorDash or Uber Eats. The picanha is the signature cut at this Brazilian-style steakhouse where gauchos carrying grilled meats on long swords cruise the room, offering portions of up to 10 meats. A huge salad bar offers everything from feijoada and potato salad to yucca and deviled eggs. 925 Fourth St, 628.253.5854 Caribbean Spices Caribbean COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for takeout, TuesdaySunday, 4–10 p.m. Jerk chicken with just the right amount of heat is a menu highlight at this brick-and-mortar San Rafael extension of chefowner Frantz Felix’s food truck of the same name. Go for the Caribbean sangria and Haitian specialties like griot or goat curry and African American–inspired versions of creole snapper and seafood gumbo. 819 Fourth St, 415.299.2680 Flatiron American COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for takeout, Thursday–Saturday,

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4–8 p.m. Please call to order. Delivery via Grub Hub. The remodeled Flatiron is where refined American bar food lives happily in its ideal environment — with a bevy of craft beers. This polished sports bar serves noshes like chili lime cauliflower, classic sandwiches, and truffle and waffle fries in a space that also features classic arcade games. 724 B St, 415.453.4318

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Sol Food Puerto Rican COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for takeout daily, 8 a.m.–9 p.m. Sol Food whips up traditional Puerto Rican dishes just like the ones owner Sol Hernandez grew up eating. Favorites include the bistec sandwich, mofongo and anything tastes good with a dash of the signature hot sauce, also for sale by the bottle (as is the lemon-garlic salad dressing). 901 Lincoln Ave, 415.451.4765

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Le Chalet Basque French COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for patio dining, takeout, and delivery, Wednesday– Sunday, 4–8:30 p.m. Order by phone, through Dine-In Marin, or with DoorDash. This familystyle place features dishes inspired by the

Sabor a Mexico Mexican COVID-19 UPDATE: Opened June, 2020 for takeout and sidewalk dining, daily, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fresh margaritas know no border while salmon fish tacos are topped with chopped onion and cilantro a la Distrito Federal. Pambazo, a sandwich stuffed with chorizo and potato, is done up with a Jaliscan style sauce. A six table patio offers outdoor seating. 1559 Fourth St, 415.306.9404

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LaVier Cusine Mexican COVID-19 UPDATE: Open daily, 11 a.m.– 6 p.m. Please call for curbside pickup. Freerange meat and fresh seafood are the focus at this all-organic Latin fusion eatery run by Gabriela and her husband Guillermo, who hails from Yucatán. Try the popular puffy fish tacos with slaw and black beans. Brunch is served on weekends until 2 p.m. 1025 C St, 415.295.7990

RangeCafe American COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for patio dining (reservations recommended), takeout and delivery daily, 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Call or order online. The cuisine is local, seasonal, made with naturally raised ingredients and served in a casual, comfortable and refined setting, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the grand Peacock Gap lawns. 333 Biscayne Drive, 415.454.6450

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Il Davide Italian COVID19 UPDATE: Open for curbside pick-up and delivery, Tuesday– Saturday, 3–7:30 p.m. The large selection of innovative and classic Tuscan dishes and house-made pasta has kept locals coming back for years. Ingredients are organic and locally sourced where possible, and there’s a vast selection of both Italian and California wines by the glass. 901 A St, 415.454.8080

Basque regions of France and Spain, like frog legs in a garlic butter and lemon sauce, a veal calf liver sauté and sweetbreads with port wine sauce and mushrooms. 405 North San Pedro Road, 415.479.1070

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Out & About / DINE Whipper Snapper Restaurant Caribbean COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for takeout or contactless curbside, Tuesday–Sunday, 4:30 – 8 p.m. Owner/chef Bill Higgins serves tapas, sangria and reasonably priced organic dishes. The CaliforniaCaribbean lunch and dinner cuisine blends local farm-fresh ingredients with Latin flavors. Be sure to try the popular fish tacos. 1613 Fourth St, 415.256.1818

SAUSALITO Angelino Restaurant Italian COVID-19 UPDATE: Patio dining and takeout available Tuesday–Sunday, 5– 9 p.m, orders taken via phone. Angelino Pastry Bar (with classic croissants and focaccia and a raspberry-polenta Pop Tart), is open for pick-up at 8 a.m, Tuesday–Sunday. Authentic Italian eatery with handmade pastas and seasonal antipasti, showcasing cuisine of the Campania region for more than 20 years. 621 Bridgeway, 415.331.5225

Avatar’s Indian COVID19 UPDATE: Open for patio, takeout and delivery, Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5–9:30 p.m. If you’re on the hunt for innovative Indian fare, head to Avatar’s. Sip masala chai sweetened with brown sugar in this casual one-room restaurant, ideal for a quick lunch or dinner. 2656 Bridgeway, 415.332.8083 Fish Seafood COVID-19 UPDATE: Outdoor dining daily, 11:30 a.m.–8 p.m. for groups of 6 or less. Fish market is open; to-go orders via phone or website, delivery via Caviar. The ultimate place for freshly caught fare. Order the fish tacos, ceviche and a bottle of wine and take in the bay views on the open-air deck. Though cash is still king, credit cards are now accepted (woot!). 350 Harbor Drive, 415.331.3474 Kitti’s Place Thai COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for takeout, Monday–Friday, 12– 6 p.m. This home-style family restaurant has

been in Sausalito 20 years and features favorites like lettuce cups, soft spring rolls and weekly specials. 3001 Bridgeway, 415.331.0390 Poggio Italian COVID19 UPDATE: Open for patio dining, reservations recommended, Monday–Thursday, 6:30–11 a.m.and 4–8 p.m.; Friday–Sunday, 6:30–11:30 a.m. and 2–8 p.m. Call for takeout or curbside pick up. Delivery via GrubHub. Executive chef Benjamin Balesteri creates Northern Italian fare using fresh and local ingredients. 777 Bridgeway, 415.332.7771 Saylor’s Restaurant and Bar Mexican COVID19 UPDATE: Agave Terrace open for al fresco dining, Monday– Saturday, 4–8 p.m. Takeout available with same hours or delivery through Dine-In Marin, DoorDash, and Uber Eats. Chef/owner Sean Saylor uses fresh local ingredients and seafood to create a distinctively


Celebrate the flavors of fall at Comforts! Come in for our delicious weekend brunch, or order your complete Comforts’ holiday meal through our catering department. Take-out, curbside pick-up and delivery also available. Stay safe and well and happy holidays! COMFORTS

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TIBURON Luna Blu Italian COVID19 UPDATE: Outdoor dining, takeout and local delivery (Tiburon, Belvedere, Strawberry) available Wednesday– Monday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m. Executive chef Renzo Azzarello serves Sicilian seafood and homemade pastas with a Californian touch. The seasonal menu incorporates fresh and organic produce, local naturally grown meat and poultry from small farms. The restaurant complies with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, so all the seafood is sustainable. A recent expansion tripled the size of the patio to accommodate more diners. In 2014, diners voted Luna Blu one of the Top 100 Neighborhood Gem restaurants in America. 35 Main St, 415.789.5844

and traditional crab cakes with jalapeño dipping sauce are some of the popular choices. 38 Main St, 415.435.3594 Sam’s Anchor Cafe American COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for dining on the deck, takeout and delivery. Sam's boathouse feel and boat tie-ups are intact and spiffy white umbrellas and deck chairs line the waterfront patio. Allday cocktails remain a fixture as does the signature cioppino, while offerings like crab toast and a raw bar reflect the menu's enduring seafood focus. 27 Main St, 415.435.4527

Milano Italian COVID19 UPDATE: Takeout available daily, 11:45 a.m.–11 p.m. Located in the Cove Shopping Center, this familyowned neighborhood spot is known for its pasta and friendly service. Favorites, like the cheesy garlic bread and pesto, keep customers coming back. 1 Blackfield Drive, 415.388.9100

Servino Ristorante Italian COVID-19 UPDATE: Outdoor dining and takeout via online order system available, Sunday– Thursday, 4–7:30 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 4– 8 p.m. Mercato also open for online orders. Pick-up, contact-less pick-up, and delivery available. Chef and owner Angelo Servino highlights organic ingredients in an array of rustic Italian dishes, including house-made pastas, wood-oven pizzas, and seasonal specialties. Located on the bay in Tiburon, Servino also prides itself on its extensive sustainable seafood program. Savor la dolce vita on the waterfront patio. 9 Main St, 415.435.2676

Salt & Pepper American COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for patio dining and takeout daily, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5–8 p.m. With its hardwood floors and blue-checkered tablecloths, the sun-filled, one-room restaurant is an area favorite. Scallops, ribeye steak, a beef burger

Via Piccola Trattoria Italian COVID-19 UPDATE: Opened August, 2020. Patio dining and takeout available, Monday–Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 4-9 p.m. Pedro and Maria Ulloa (formerly of San Rafael’s Arrivederci)

opened a new spot with dishes like veal saltimbocca and handmade pappardelle alla Abruzzese (gluten-free pasta is available) at lunch and dinner with tiramisu or key lime pie for dessert. 1 Blackfield Dr. #11, Tiburon, 415.388.9100 Waypoint Pizza Pizza COVID-19 UPDATE: Takeout and delivery available, Sunday–Thursday, 12–8:30 p.m.; Friday– Saturday, 12–9 p.m. Family-friendly, with cooked-to-order gourmet pies, slices, fresh salads and, for sports fans, a large-screen TV. Order online for quick pickup or delivery. 15 Main St, 415.435.3440

WEST MARIN Nick’s Cove American COVID-19 UPDATE: Outdoor dining and takeout available daily, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Flower bouquets available for Saturday pickup at William Tell House via the Tomales Farmers' Market. This escape along Tomales Bay is famous for barbecued local oysters, Dungeness crab mac ’n’ cheese and cocktails incorporating homegrown ingredients. Large windows in the 120-seat restaurant provide picturesque views of Tomales Bay and Hog Island and a fireplace in the main dining room makes the most of fog-whipped and rainy days. 23240 Highway 1, Marshall, 415.663.1033

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LAURA BELLUOMINI, OWNER AND FOUNDER AT MARIN HOME CARE Marin Home Care is a local, boutique caregiving agency for Marin residents. We offer nonmedical home care by our registered Home Care Aides, and medical home health care by our registered nurses, LVNs, and CNAs. We are licensed with the Department of Social Services (HCO) and the Department of Public Health (HHA). Briefly describe your business philosophy. We are a caregiver matchmaking service, 100% personalized to you. We understand the critical role that respect, compassion, warmth and companionship play when it comes to home care. What is your competitive edge? We are independently owned and operated by Marin County residents, the only non-franchised home care agency in Marin. We only serve Marin County residents. Our narrow market focus allows a more personalized approach and gives us the opportunity to know clients personally. Describe your dream client/customer. Our dream clients are new to home care. We want to guide them through the process and build long-term relationships so that if 24/7 care is eventually required, they already have an established relationship helping them transition. What makes your work worthwhile? Making a difference in people’s lives, focusing on personalized care matchmaking, finding the right caregiver to fit each client’s needs and requests and creating long-term relationships. MARIN HOME CARE 1610 TIBURON BLVD, SUITE 201, TIBURON CA, 415.712.1917, MARINHOMECARE.COM

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ANDREW DAVIS, HEAD OF MOUNT TAMALPAIS SCHOOL Mount Tamalpais School is a co-educational K-8 independent school located in Mill Valley. We are committed to the development of knowledge and goodness within children in an academically inspiring and nurturing environment. An MTS education — vigorous, creative, and process-driven — develops children who are well prepared for their future while remaining young at heart. Briefly describe your business philosophy. We believe in joyful learning. Each day our students shine, learn about others, and contribute to a caring community. The result is good people well prepared for their future. What is your competitive edge? The unique configuration of our outstanding faculty. We are departmentalized from Kindergarten on. Math people teach math. Scientists and engineers teach STEM. Passionate teachers teaching their expertise inspire our students. What makes your work worthwhile? The “yes!” when a second-grader’s bridge spans four feet in engineering. The confident declarations of an eighth-grader closing a debate in history. I love the sounds of joyful learning. From a business standpoint, who’s your inspiration? Our mission statement. We are “committed to the development of knowledge and goodness within children in an academically inspiring and nurturing environment.” That motivates me every day. MOUNT TAMALPAIS SCHOOL 100 HARVARD AVE., MILL VALLEY, 415.383.9434, MTTAM.ORG

Marin Magazine Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation, PS Form 3526-R. 1. Publication Title: Marin Magazine. 2. Publication Number: 024-898. 3. Filing Date: September 29, 2020. 4. Issue Frequency: Monthly. 5. Number of Issues Published Annually: Twelve (12). 6. Annual Subscription Price: $12.00. 7. Complete Mailing Address of Known Office of Publication: One Harbor Drive, Suite 208, Sausalito, CA 94965. Contact Person: Susan B. Noyes; Telephone: (415) 332-4800. 8. Complete Mailing Address of Headquarters or General Business Office of Publisher: Marin Magazine, One Harbor Drive, Suite 208, Sausalito, CA 94965. 9. Full Names and Complete Mailing Addresses of Publisher, Editor and Managing Editor: Susan B. Noyes, Publisher, One Harbor Drive, Suite 208, Sausalito, CA 94965; Mimi Towle, Editor in Chief, One Harbor Drive, Suite 208, Sausalito, CA 94965; Mimi Towle, Managing Editor, One Harbor Drive, Suite 208, Sausalito, CA 94965. 10. Owner: Make It Better Media Group, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, 1150 Wilmette Ave., Suite 2, Wilmette, IL 60091; Susan Noyes, Sole Member, 1150 Wilmette Ave., Suite 2, Wilmette, IL 60091. 11. Known Bondholders, Mortgagees and Other Security Holders Owning or Holding 1 Percent or More of Total Amount of Bonds, Mortgages, or Other Securities: None. 12. (Does not apply.) 13. Publication Title: Marin Magazine. 14. Issue Date for Circulation Data: October 2020. 15. Extent and Nature of Circulation: Average Number of Copies Each Issue During Preceding 12 Months; Number of Copies of Single Issue Published Nearest to Filing Date: A. Total Number of Copies: Average: 34,197; Actual: 31,032. B. Legitimate Paid and/or Requested Distribution: 1: Outside County Paid/Requested Mail Subscriptions Stated on PS Form 3541: Average: 0; Actual 0. 2. In-County Paid/Requested Mail Subscriptions Stated on PS Form 3541: Average: 20,476; Actual: 20,242. 3. Sales Through Dealers and Carriers, Street Vendors, Counter Sales, and Other Paid or Requested Distribution Outside USPS: Average: 208; Actual: 200. 4. Requested Copies Distributed by Other Mail Classes Through the USPS: Average: 0; Actual: 0. C. Total Paid and/or Requested Circulation: Average: 20,684; Actual: 20,442. D. Nonrequested Distribution: 1. Outside County Nonrequested Copies Stated on PS Form 3541: Average: 11,262; Actual: 8,985. 2. InCounty Nonrequested Copies Stated on PS Form 3541: Average: 0; Actual: 0. 3. Nonrequested Copies Distributed Through the USPS by Other Classes of Mail: Average: 0; Actual: 0. 4) Nonrequested Copies Distributed Outside the Mail: Average: 1,918; Actual: 1,370. E. Total Nonrequested Distribution: Average: 13,180; Actual: 10,355. F. Total Distribution: Average: 33,864; Actual: 30,797. G. Copies not Distributed: Average: 333; Actual: 235. H. Total: Average: 34,197; Actual: 31,032. I. Percent Paid and/or Requested Circulation: Average: 61%; Actual: 66%. 16. Electronic Copy Circulation. (Does not apply) 17. Publication of Statement of Ownership for a Requester Publication is required and will be printed in the November 2020 issue of this publication. 18. Signature and Title of Editor, Publisher, Business Manager or Owner: Alex French, Production Director. Date: September 29, 2020.

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VIRTUAL EVENTS THRU NOV 8 MOCA: Marin’s Rock Art Scene Featuring photography, memorabilia and art from over 50 years of rock art and rock history in Marin, this panel will be hosted by Paul Liberatore, Jay Blakesberg, Dave

Getz and Jonathan Korty. (live stream panels; museum open by appointment; $10 general admission, $8 seniors and students) NOV 11 Virtually Speaking: Annette Bening Tony Award winner and A.C.T. Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon will host

Virtually Speaking, a new series of in-depth conversations with prominent icons of the industry. First up, Annette Bening, a fourtime Academy Award nominee and A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts alum. (live stream 6 p.m. PT; tickets are $10)

NOV 21-22 The Keystone of the Arch: Embodied 100 Years Vision Tammy Johnson and Yalini Dream are performing artists and culture workers with long experience in community organizing, economic justice, electoral reform and anti-violence campaigns. Their workshop will guide participants

THRU DEC 31 Bay Area Book Festival #UNBOUND Join notable authors in literary conversation that are relevant to these challenging times. Programs air Tuesday, Wednesday (Young Adult) and Thursday evenings as well as Saturday mornings for young children. Plus some Saturday night specials! (all programs are free and streamed live on YouTube)

PHILANTHROPY NOV 19 GLIDE Annual Holiday Jam: Rise Up For Change A joyful evening benefitting GLIDE’s programs and services, featuring a mix of musical performances, spoken word and celebration of GLIDE’s social justice work. The event is free to stream, donations are appreciated. (live stream 7 p.m. PT)

ARTS & LECTURES BOOK PASSAGE (LIVE) Website allows audience members to ask a question beforehand. Conversations rather than readings. NOV 11 Andrea Bemis Writer, recipe developer and photographer behind the food blog and cookbook Dishing


through practices that explore individual and group habits, and community-building using movement, vocalization and other creative tools. (live stream 12– 5 p.m. PT) powershift

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Up The Dirt. Andrea’s recipes focus on using whole, locally-sourced foods — incorporating the philosophy of eating as close to the land as possible. Her recipes have been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Well and Good NYC, and Eating Well Magazine. (live stream 4 p.m. PT) NOV 18 Deborah Tannen In her newest release, Finding My Father: His Century-Long Journey from World War I Warsaw and My Quest to Follow, Tannen traces her father’s life from turn-of-the-century Warsaw to New York City in an intimate memoir about family, memory and the stories

we tell. (live stream 4 p.m. PT) NOV 21 Deborah Madison Author of 14 cookbooks, she is revered for bringing vegetarian cooking to a wide audience via her writing and Greens restaurant. An Onion in My Pocket: My Life With Vegetables is a warm, bracingly honest memoir that gives us an insider’s look at the vegetarian movement. (live stream 4 p.m. PT) NOV 22 Jamie Ritchie Head of Sotheby’s wine presents The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia, an essential reference for oenophiles — long used

as the go-to text for the prestigious Master Sommelier examination — and the most comprehensive guide to the world of wine, featuring authoritative information on the history, culture, geography and taste of vintages around the globe. (live stream 4 p.m. PT) COMMONWEALTH (LIVE) Must preregister for these free events. NOV 4 Election Aftermath Less than a day after polls closed, will we know the victor in the race for the White House? What about control of the U.S. Senate and House? Panelists will discuss the results

of the election, covering significant local, state and national results. (live stream 12 p.m. PT) NOV 9 Rod Diridon Sr. Join a salute to one of the country’s most highly regarded transportation leaders, Rod Diridon Sr., and engage in conversation about the future of transit, especially in a time of pandemics, fires, hurricanes and floods. Bring your questions. (live stream 6 p.m. PT) NOV 10 Catching the Wind A virtual conversation with Neal Gabler, award-winning author and film critic, to discuss volume one of his new biography of Ted Kennedy — an immersive journey through the life of a complicated man and a sweeping history of the fall of liberalism. (live stream 2:30 p.m. PT) NOV 17 The Founders’ First Principles Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of First Principles, Thomas Ricks discusses the four founding fathers, their education and their devotion to the ancient Greek and Roman classics — offering a startling contrast with our leaders today and reinforcing the currently overlooked idea that learning from history is more socially productive than canceling it. (live stream 3:30 p.m. PT)


LITQUAKE FOUNDATION Ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask of some of the Bay Area’s most acclaimed authors. All Seismic Salon events

are streamed live at 5 p.m. PT. Reserve your spot, $100 per salon. Audience is capped at 10 people.

uproarious film about the boundaries (or lack thereof) in all close friendships. (available On Demand)

NOV 4 Ingrid Rojas Contreras Author of Fruit of the Drunken Tree. Ask her what it was like to ride the rocket of her first raved-about novel to an appearance on Late Night with Seth Myers. seismic

NOV 20 No Time to Die In Daniel Craig’s last outing as Bond, 007 is enlisted by CIA officer Felix Leiter who asks him to search for a missing scientist. (available On Demand)


NOV 20 Soul In this Pixar film, Jamie Foxx plays Joe Gardner, a school music teacher who has dreamed of performing jazz onstage, but before he gets the chance to, his soul is separated from his body after an unfortunate accident. Gardner must work with other souls to return to Earth before his body dies. (available On Demand)

NOV 13 The Climb A tumultuous but enduring relationship between two men across many years of laughter, heartbreak and rage. It is also the story of real-life best friends who turn their profound connection into a rich, humane and frequently

NOV 25 Happiest Season Abby (Kristen Stewart) plans to propose to her girlfriend while attending her family’s annual holiday party, but realizes that her girlfriend hasn’t yet come out to her conservative parents yet. (available On Demand)

NOV 17 Amy Tan Author of The Joy Luck Club, The Valley of Amazement, Saving Fish from Drowning. Ask her to tell you a story about singing “These Boots Are Made for Walking” on stage with Stephen King.

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• MANY HOMES, MANY HEARTS VIRTUAL GALA Supporting families on their path to achieving long-term housing, financial stability and breaking the cycle of homelessness. Raphael House is a family shelter in San Francisco whose mission is to help low-income families and families experiencing homelessness strengthen family bonds by achieving stable housing and financial independence. Their first ever virtual Gala, held on September 12, featured incredible performances and story from Amanda King, who was a Raphael House resident in 2008, now a jazz singer in Las Vegas; a special surprise performance from Michael Franti; and "Party In a Box" kits for the Gala sponsors so they could enjoy the program with a little ambiance. Over 400 livestreamers participated. All proceeds from the Gala support the families in their Residential Shelter and after-care Bridge Program and their programs that support families on their path to achieving housing and financial stability. Donations are still accepted, visit their website to learn more.

IMPACT Raphael House raises $420,000 to support families in need.

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• DOORS OF HOPE PROGRAM CREATED TO SUPPORT THREE MARIN NONPROFITS Providing local employment opportunities and giving back to community organizations. The Fresh Coat of Marin “Doors of Hope” program is creating a visual symbol of hope to homeowners, business owners, employees and those who are most in need. For a flat rate of $450, Fresh Coat Painters of Marin professionally painted front doors, donating a percentage of the proceeds to the client’s choice of one of the three participating organizations: MarinHealth, San Francisco-Marin Food Bank and Play Marin. Kim Pace, Bay Area native and owner of this outreach initiative, launched it in August 2020, and plans to continue this service through the end of December 2020. They are looking for more participation to maximize the donations. Learn more and sign up through their website.

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• MARIN COMMUNITY CLINICS’ VIRTUAL FUNDRAISING EVENT Supporting Marin Community Clinics’ Covid-19 response programs. Marin Community Clinics is one of Marin County’s key providers of medical and dental care to Marin residents. This year’s event, on June 24, was a virtual celebration that had 160 supporters participating online. In tradition with previous Summer Solstice celebrations, the Clinics honored several Community Health Champions, including Matt Willis, MD, MPH, Marin County’s Public Health Officer; Timothy Sowerby, MD, a gastroenterologist and longtime volunteer; and Melissa Osheroff, a student volunteer. Sponsors included PharMedQuest; Susan and Dennis Gilardi; the Nancy and Richard Robbins Foundation, which donated a $25,000 matching grant; Arrows Benefit Group; and Sutter Novato Community Hospital.

IMPACT $240,000 raised honoring the health champions of our community.


The Korean American Community Foundation of San Francisco (KACFSF), founded in 2014, strives to build a vibrant Korean American community in the greater Bay Area where the lives of those who are most vulnerable, disadvantaged and underserved are uplifted and strengthened. Their first ever virtual gala in May featured MC Paul ‘PK’ Kim, KQED anchor Mina Kim and honored trailblazers Yul Kwon of Survivor and astronaut Soyeon Yi. They raised $475,000 in total, with their Text-to-Give goal exceeded by over 40% – bringing in $57,250 during the gala. Donations directly support continu-

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• TRANSCENDENCE THEATER 2020 VIRTUAL GALA Connecting artists and bringing joy to viewers during times of uncertainty. To Transcendence Theater concluded their 2020 online season with a virtual Gala over the weekend of September 11. The event included uplifting performances that featured the best of the best from their last 10 years — songs from West Side Story, Ragtime, Dear Evan Hansen and many more. They partnered with other nonprofits to provide the exposure to the 72,000 program viewers and showcased over 40 local wine sponsors, 14 restaurants and catering companies that helped make the season possible. The fundraising campaign expanded their online donor base by 1385 and raised $682,000 from people all around the world. Donations are still accepted. Help keep the dream alive.

ing bilingual mental health and wellness programs, providing senior meals and programs, fostering citizenship and civic engagement, supporting and advocating for survivors of domestic violence, and building the next generation of Korean American leaders.

IMPACT A worldwide audience raised $628,000 to help artists during this time.

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ALL DECKED OUT A Mill Valley Mediterranean turned modern for a growing family. BY DAWN MARGOLIS DENBERG • PHOTOS BY DAVID DUNCAN LIVINGSTON

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Marin Home / BACKSTORY To see more stunning homes and decor ideas visit marinmagazine .com/homes


ohn and Laura Winkenbach loved their Pac Heights condo and everything the city had to offer. And, with one kid in tow, inconveniences like slogging up a steep hill to take their daughter to the park were worth the effort. But when baby number two arrived, they began yearning for an easier way of life. They craved a flat, sunny yard with plenty of space for their kids to explore. And so, after seven years of city living together, the couple began researching their East Bay, North Bay and South Bay options. It didn’t take long to conclude that Marin was the perfect community to put down roots. “We made an offer on a house in Tiburon, but got outbid,” says Laura. And, while disappointed, the false start was a blessing in disguise, as the perfect place had yet to come to market. The “one,” as it turns out, was a four bedroom three-and-a-half bath Mediterranean style in nearby Mill Valley. Laura was skeptical at first. The home needed updating and she struggled to see past its nineties-era finishes.

But John convinced her that the home’s location, floor plan, and square footage ticked all the boxes. And, with a little prodding, she eventually came around. Then with the help of contractor Tony Anello of Anello Painting and Construction in Novato and interior designer Jill McCrae of JM Interiors in Mill Valley, the couple managed to turn this dated knoll-top house into their family dream home. The plan called for an extensive remodel, though the floor plan was nearly perfect, so they didn’t have to do much in terms of relocating plumbing or electrical. Highlights of the makeover included gutting the kitchen and baths, updating the lighting and laying down all new flooring. They also skim coated the textured walls to a flat finish and removed decorative elements such as pillars and columns in an effort to de-emphasize the home’s Mediterranean feel. “We wanted it to feel more contemporary,” says Laura. Warm neutral tones throughout the space did just that, while allowing the home’s water and mountain views to be focal points.

For furnishings, interior designer Jill McCrae managed to seamlessly blend high end pieces with more accessible ones. In the master bedroom, for example, she found the Winkenbachs a sale-priced bed frame from Pottery Barn Bed and flanked it with two shagreen nightstands by Made Goods. With the internal remodel complete, the family moved into their new abode. And while they had grand plans to remodel the outdoor spaces, they agreed to live in the house awhile and get a sense of how they might use it. One thing they learned after a year in the house, “Our neighborhood is much cooler than other parts of Mill Valley,” says Laura. “And the wind really kicks up at night.” To that end, they scrapped plans for a span of accordion doors recognizing it was probably not the best investment given their microclimate. They replaced an old terracotta patio with an expansive deck replete with three separate sitting areas. They also passed on a fire table figuring it wouldn’t be enough to keep them warm at night.

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THE DETAILS WHAT THEY OWN A four bedroom, three-and-a-half bath Mediterranean WHERE THEY LIVE Enchanted Knolls Neighborhood of Mill Valley INTERIOR DESIGNER Jill McCrae of JM Interiors in Mill Valley FAVORITE ASPECT “The kitchen,” says Laura. “Especially since Covid. Now that I’m not getting home from work at 6:30 and scrambling to throw a meal together, I cook all the time.”

Instead they focused on making the yard a daytime haven. Without question, John’s favorite relaxation spot is parked on one of their RH swivel chairs where he can pivot between watching his kids play in the yard and watching sports on the home’s new, outdoor TV. “Now that sports are back, you’ll find him out there most Sundays,” says Laura.

Opposite: New wide-plank oak floors give the home a more contemporary feel. Clockwise from top left: The master bedroom exemplifies how to mix high/low decor; master bath with floating tub; Chef’s kitchen with custom cabinets by Spatial Design in San Anselmo; outdoor swivel chairs by RH.

Getting the outdoor space finished wasn’t easy as Covid-19 has hit retailers hard and stores, while open, have limited stock. “I bought every outdoor pillow that had left at the Crate and Barrel in Town Center,” says Jill. Fortunately, you wouldn’t know by looking at the finished product that it was slim pickings. In fact, the Winkenbachs couldn’t be happier with the end product. “We have this little saying: ‘In Jill we Trust’ because she has a way of pulling different color palettes, pieces of furniture and textures together that we wouldn’t think of going together, but we know that with her designer’s eye it’s all going to work.”

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Vanguard Properties is pleased to welcome Eric McFarland as our new Marin County Sales Manager. Eric will oversee our talented and highly professional group of agents, bringing a wealth of managerial experience and real estate sales expertise to his position. He has earned the distinction of being one of Vanguard Properties’ Top Producers since his arrival several years ago. Eric grew up in Marin and has a deep understanding of the extraordinary lifestyle offered here.

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excited to be continually expanding our brokerage to best serve our clients throughout the Bay Area.


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Guaranteed Rate congratulates Rob Spinosa on joining 2020’s Chairman’s Circle • $100MM+ in closed loan volume, 100+ families served* • Financing solutions for those looking to buy before selling • Purchase and refinance mortgages, including jumbo cash-out refinances

Serving Marin for 18 years and running! Call me today to get started. SVP of Mortgage Lending | (415) 367-5959 | “Great to work with. On the ball. Quick to respond.”

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Cover Represented by COLLEEN CORNELL The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Realty are independent contractor sales associates, not employees. Š2020 Coldwell Banker. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker and the Coldwell Banker logos are trademarks of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. The Coldwell BankerŽ System is comprised of company owned offices which are owned by a subsidiary of Realogy Brokerage Group LLC and franchised offices which are independently owned and operated. The Coldwell Banker System fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act.

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POINT REYES | Price Upon Request Magical 5br/4ba main home w/three separate parcels, a conservatory, detached garage w/a kitchenette & an office overlooking a private Koi pond. Michael Wayne Jackson 415.483.6009 CalRE #01513285

TIBURON | $3,695,000 Waterfront property features its own boat house, boat dock, boat hoist & low tide beach. The main house includes 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and views. Tom Bolles 415.307.4036 CalRE #01866515

TIBURON | $3,299,900 4br/4.5ba home w/incredible views & top floor master suite. Whether for a hip retreat or family looking for great schools, this stylish home will please. Greg Corvi 415.548.3245 CalRE #01314816

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LARKSPUR | $2,895,000 3br/2ba waterfront home w/boat dock! Uniquely situated w/expansive views, workout room, skylights, vaulted ceilings, solar panels & Trex deck. Haven O'Halloran 415.302.4960 Angela Pennino Curley 415.518.2656 CalRE #01994847 | CalRE #01825521

NOVATO | $2,115,000 Incredible 4br/3.5ba sun-filled home with views on a half-acre hillside cul-de-sac high above the Marin Golf & Country Club! Amadeo Arnal 415.531.2599 CalRE #01756869

NOVATO | Price Upon Request Gorgeous, custom built 5br/5ba on over 1.3 acres with views!

NOVATO | $1,525,000 1.6+ acres of privacy, serenity, and views. 5br/3.5ba.

Colleen Cornell 415.215.6346 CalRE #01489999

The Stewart Team 415.899.9270 CalRE #00481493

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NOVATO | $1,495,000 Inviting 4br/2.5ba 2,804 sq ft home in Marin Country Club Estates.

SAN RAFAEL | $1,475,000 Well-maintained 4br/3ba Contemporary home w/remodeled kitchen.

Amadeo Arnal 415.531.2599 CalRE #01756869

Karyn Kambur 415.516.3221 CalRE #01785669

MILL VALLEY | $1,425,000 3br/2ba spacious home on peaceful street.

MILL VALLEY | $1,419,000 Charming Mediterranean 3br/1ba home near park w/patio and garden.

Michelle Steinhart 415.531.1384 CalRE #00957034

Kim Strub 415.218.4255 CalRE #01402651

SAN RAFAEL | $1,395,000 4br/3ba spacious home w/ outstanding views & an incomparable yard.

NOVATO | $1,200,000 4br/2.1ba home in the San Marin area.

Andy Falk 415.250.8025 CalRE #01459954

Heather Galli 415.250.4506 CalRE #01411417

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MILL VALLEY | $1,185,000 2br/2ba contemporary home w/breathtaking views & detached studio. Florence Richard 415.846.0503 Glen Barras 415.846.4186 CalRE #02093033 | CalRE #01136772

SAN RAFAEL | $1,175,000 Stunning waterfront 4br/2.5ba home in desirable neighborhood. Katherine Fong 415.720.1365 Carla Giustino 415.314.7914 CalRE #01955941 | CalRE #01215560

SAN RAFAEL | $995,000 4br/2.5ba home w/oversized yard & pool.

SAN RAFAEL | $989,000 Charming 3br/2ba single-level home on oversized corner lot.

Nina Lo Coco 415.827.9462 CalRE #01979189

Andy Falk 415.250.8025 CalRE #01459954

CORTE MADERA | $965,000 Stylish 3br/2.5ba Townhome with Bay Views.

SAN RAFAEL | Price Upon Request Charming single level 3br/2ba rancher in Marinwood!

Darlene Hanley 415.454.7600 CalRE #00945576

Abby Tanem 415.497.9542 CalRE #01301798

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MILL VALLEY | $899,000 Sold over list price! Remodeled 1br/1ba.

SAN RAFAEL | $895,000 Stunning, 3br/2.5ba waterfront home in the coveted Marin Lagoon.

Joanne Madden 415.686.0909 CalRE #01380059

Carla Giustino 415.314.7914 CalRE #01215560

FAIRFAX | $849,000 3br/2ba Manor Hill home w/views of the bay and expansive deck.

LAGUNITAS | $849,000 Completely renovated 2br storybook cottage by Lagunitas creek.

Keith Offord 415.342.4839 CalRE #02063934

Keith Offord 415.342.4839 CalRE #02063934

NOVATO | $849,000 Beautiful 3br/2ba home w/hot tub on flagstone patio.

NOVATO | $825,000 3br/2ba single-level home in Loma Verde.

Johnson Team 415.899.9260 CalRE #00985355 | CalRE #01993957

Michele Sine 415.308.6984 CalRE #02042079

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NOVATO | $799,000 Beautiful, private 3br/2.5ba w/updated kitchen, wonderful garden.

NOVATO | $749,000 2br/2.5ba Touches of Tuscany w/designer look & beautiful garden.

Jennifer A. Palacio 415.601.3130 CalRE #01208501

Jennifer A. Palacio 415.601.3130 CalRE #01208501

SAN RAFAEL | $538,000 Delightful 2br/2ba condo w/back patio in The Meadows.

NOVATO | $509,000 Bright 2br/2ba condo with inviting outdoor spaces & private patio.

Mac Pourtabib 415.497.9135 Jin Pourtabib 415.601.7053 CalRE #01771122 | CalRE #01230696

Jola Marra 415.608.4552 CalRE #01710099

SAN RAFAEL | $1,350,000 4br/2.5ba chic home w/updated kitchen.

NOVATO | $769,000 4br/2ba, never before on market!

NOVATO | $739,000 Warm, inviting, and spacious 3br/2ba.

NOVATO | $519,900 3br/2ba 2-story end-unit w/private patio.

Kim Piro-Guerrero 415.699.3866 Jerry Piro 415.515.3927 CalRE #01410251 | CalRE #00521674

Susan Coleman 415.378.2350 CalRE #01336715

Susan Coleman 415.378.2350 CalRE #01336715

Jessica Veronica Grajeda 415.608.4121 CalRE #02028581

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33 Millside Lane Mill Valley A Bit of Magic in the Woods...






Quintessential 3 bed/2 bath Mill Valley cottage brimming with charm set amongst stately redwoods. This spectacular property provides great indoor-outdoor flow to a sun-dappled deck with tranquil views of Mount Tam. Just steps to the famous Dipsea stairs and a short stroll to vibrant downtown Mill Valley.

471 San Geronimo Drive 3 5 BATHS BEDS San Geronimo Two Homes on One Lot in Idyllic San Geronimo


Step inside the oasis! Behind the garden gate; you are transported into a haven of tranquility and beauty. Surrounded by fig, persimmon, apple trees and lush greenery; the courtyard entry is nothing short of enchanting! Main house is 3BR/2BA; cottage is 2BR/1BA. Detached office/studio is perfect for zoom calls or yoga!

Beth Sasan 415.990.7186 | | Lic.# 01433542

Traci Thiercof 415.793.0111 | | Lic.# 01817886

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Personal Service, High-End Marketing, & Sharp Negotiating

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$140k over list — $1.39M San Rafael

$50k over list — $1.7M Larkspur

Julie Leitzell 415.309.7074 | | Lic.# 01496211

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4080 Lovell Valley Loop


Wine Country Living | 5 BD | 5 BA | 1 Half BA

Mill Valley

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Belvedere Island | 4 BD | 2 BA | 1 Half BA


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88 Round Hill


Contemporary Tiburon | 5 BD | 4 BA | 1 Half BA

115 Wilson Way

Secluded Larkspur Sanctuary | 4 BD | 3 BA | 1 Half BA



415.517.7720 |

Lydia Sarkissian




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Easton Point



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41 Belvedere



Bluff Point



Chateau Tiburon | 8 BD | 7 BA | 1 Half BA

European Inspired Estate | 5 BD | 6 BA | 1 Half BA

The Martha Property | 110± Acres

Belvedere’s Architectural Masterpiece | 6 BD | 5 BA | 2 Half BA


San Francisco Coming Soon

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415.517.7720 |

Lydia Sarkissian


95 Sugarloaf

Tiburon | 4 BD | 4 BA

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Go online to learn more about these famous movie locations, mvff

Selfies for Future Film

Did you know the Bay Area has appeared in hundreds of films? With the 43rd Mill Valley Film Festival missing its regular opening and closing night galas this year, we wanted to give people a chance to dress up and help earn money for an important cause. Every photo taken and posted on Instagram at a known film location raised $100 for CFI Education — an amount that was upped to $200 if the person dressed up. During the festival we had 10 days to raise $10K and with your help we did it! KASIA PAWLOWSKA


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Exquisite Turn-of-the-Century Estate

21 Center Street, San Rafael 5 Bed

4 Bath 1 Half Bath

3,605 Sq Ft


Quite simply, one of Marin’s most masterfully renovated properties and a true work of art. Originally built in 1879, this extraordinary Victorian farmhouse, separate guest cottage (legal ADU) and oversized 2-car garage, have been meticulously restored and remodeled with unparalleled quality and soul by its designer owner. Ideally sited on a gracious 12,600 sq ft. park-like level lot with lush sun-drenched lawns, magnificent trees, glorious gardens and an ideal pool site, this home is in the heart of Forbes, a sought-after enclave of tree lined streets and temperate weather. Close to shopping, restaurants, arts and culture, Marin Academy, hiking & biking trails and an easy commute location, 21 Center Street is both magical and exceptional.

McArthur Love Team 415.250.5221 | 415.377.4370 DRE 00715121 | 01327745 Compass is the brand name used for services provided by one or more of the Compass group of subsidiary companies. Compass is a real estate broker licensed by the State of California and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. License Number 01866771. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only and is compiled from sources deemed reliable but has not been verified. Changes in price, condition, sale or withdrawal may be made without notice. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footage are approximate.

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