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LETTERS ACTUALLY, IT WAS BEN FRANKLIN... I read Warren Heiman’s letter [“’Cept for Me and My Monkey,” March 9] stating that he was comfortable giving up the constitutional rights given to all Americans for his security. More Americans have died in Iraq than died in the Twin Towers on 9/11. Don’t they count? Why would terrorists have to come to the USA to kill us when they can get it done in their own back yard? Was it Thomas Jefferson who said: “Anyone who would give up liberty for security deserves neither”? Ella Tumlin Novato

QUITE THE KIDDER I’m writing in regards to Nikki Silverstein’s recent Single in the Suburbs column [“Post Coitus,” March 9]. Since when is the Pacific Sun obliged to publish the retro-racist views of Nikki’s friend Kimberly [who preferred her sperm-bank donation to be from a blond-haired, blue-eyed donor]? Am I being “too sensitive”? I think not. Even were I not of Romanian gypsy and Cuban origins, I think I’d react just as negatively to racist-lite Aryan racial superiority ideology of such a subtle nature. On the other hand, I guess there’s also the schadenfreude aspect of blonde, blueeyed bozos like Kimberly verifying the stereotype of the “dumb blond.” After all, the Nazis gassed lot of Aryan gypsies in the course of their racial-purification programs. P.S.: If it’s a boy, the most logical

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selection for naming Kimberly’s tyke would obviously be none other than Adolf! (Just kidding...) Frank Marin County

THE ONLY THING WE HAVE TO FEAR They are selling us fear. In supposedly enlightened Marin, Homeland Security recently sponsored a drill for Marin’s new $430,000 mobile command center. The drill focused on a mockthreatening call from a person urging a pullout of U.S. troops from Iraq. Thus we are being brainwashed to fear those who want an end to war—not those who provoke and impose war. Now our government and the commercial mass media are selling fear of Iran. The superpower U.S. has drawn up plans for attacking Iran within 24 hours. The stated reasons are bogus. The real reason? Redrawing the map of the Middle East to benefit a few political and economic power brokers and expand the global dominance of the U.S. Are we going to buy into the fear? Security can never be gained by making others insecure. A U.S. war against Iran will make us all more vulnerable and must be prevented. If you are among those who reject the lies and the fear, visit the Marin Peace and Justice Coalition’s Web site, www. mpjc.org. Learn about local campaigns for peace with justice—for all the world’s people. Wendy Tanowitz Ross

SOMETHING UNPLEASANT NOW Needless, groundless guilt about having more than other people—and spreading that guilt—does not work. It only makes people miserable and resentful (or appropriately angry). Cars are more fun than bicycles and most everybody wants one. The challenge is manufacturing, driving and recycling them in an environmentally sustainable way (check out www.teslamotors.com). Unfortunately a more significant challenge for the majority of humanity is, first, getting together sufficient income to raise their children in material compassion before procreating. Thanks to the Catholic Church. “Tick, tick, tick”... Why am I expecting something unpleasant, now? Steven Brooks Mill Valley

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SINCE WHEN HAS THE PUBLIC EVER BEEN MISINFORMED? I lost my husband in Vietnam. Then, we had no idea how well our government armed and protected our young men. Supporting our troops means protecting them from being sent into the middle of a civil war inadequately equipped and under-prepared. It’s outrageous that some are labeling Democrats’ plans to provide soldiers with proper equipment and training “anti-troop.” We are sending our armed forces into conflict inadequately equipped and under-prepared. Don’t let the public be misinformed and, please, don’t be responsible for letting more of our people die for nothing! Joanne Miller Kentfield

LETTERS POLICY

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I’m commenting on We reserve the right to edit letters The Republican adthe Feb. 23 “Cat’s out and we cannot process faxed letministration doesn’t get ters. Please limit letters to 250 of the bag” column. I words. Our e-mail address: it. They are still sending agree that we need to letters@pacificsun.com under-trained and unkick our plastic conYou can also participate in our der-equipped “troops” sumption. I also believe online forum, TownSquare, at into Iraq. Troops, of we must join other www.pacificsun.com. Discuss course, are people— communities and move issues, ask questions or express men and women, boys opinions with your neighbors any to zero waste. Howevand girls; our children time day or night. er, I disagree with some Submitting a letter to the editor and grandchildren and of the comments made constitutes a granting of pertheir friends, our neighin the article. mission to the Pacific Sun and bors (well, maybe not Confusing curbside Embarcadero Publishing Co. to here in Marin!) and huprograms with Marin also publish it online, including man beings from all over supermarket programs in our online archives and as a the country. post on TownSquare. The opinions is misleading. The expressed in Letters are not necPlease see The Ground suggestion that Marin essarily those of the Pacific Sun. Truth, a documentary supermarkets are colabout Marines who have lecting plastic bags to returned from Iraq— ship off to China is not wounded for the rest of their lives in so a fact. Maybe in England it’s done, but many different ways. More than 30 percent where is the proof it is the practice in return with diagnosed mental disorders. Marin? The economics don’t work: who Let your elected officials know where is willing to pay to ship them overseas you stand on the “surge” and everything just to be burned? Locally collected else about the war in Iraq. plastic bags from supermarkets are Vivian C. Snyder usually mixed with wood chips and Mill Valley saw dust and used for a form of plastic lumber. AGAINST THE WIND Recycling is a big myth that the garI visited the Village on a couple of bage and packaging industry are leading cold, rainy late afternoons recently. us to believe in, so we can pat ourselves Many of the stores had their doors wide on the back at what a great job we are open at multiple entrances as their doing. The county manages to [put heaters blasted. The shop I visited had forth] meaningless recycling numbers a wind blowing through it, making the including counting dumped green waste shop uncomfortably cold and unwelcom- as recycled. It’s green washing, as “Mt. ing as a result. It made me want to leave Trashmore” in Novato grows. as soon as I could. More importantly, I Recycling is looking at the wrong end kept thinking how wasteful of energy of the pipe. We must begin rethinkthis is. The Village shops are not alone ing how we package and buy products. here—other shops throughout the Look at form and function, how we can county waste energy in this manner. I reuse, and eliminate, not just with plasdoubt that I am the only shopper that tic products. Let’s take the lead from thinks such a practice shows little conthe European Union, New Zealand and cern about global warming and customer many other countries and start adoptwell-being. If I leave my sprinklers on so ing, and practicing, zero waste today. that water is running down the street in With zero waste we won’t need to worry a wasteful manner, I can be fined. How about plastics and recycling. is wasting energy in so public a manner, Bruce Baum as these shops are doing, any different? Co-Chair, No Wetlands Landfill Expansion Barbara Comnes San Anselmo MARCH 23 – MARCH 29, 2007 PACIFIC SUN 7


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Bi-planning disorder Schizo county plan could lead to eco-heaven or down in the dumps BY

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he update of the Marin Countywide Plan suffers from schizophrenia. That’s the diagnosis of some members of the environmental and sustainability communities in the county. Although treatment for the county plan may not be required, the symptoms are severe enough to raise concerns about the Environmental Impact Report that will accompany it. Earlier this month, the Marin County Planning Commission voted to support the creation of a Baylands Protection Corridor for land north of Point San Pedro. Although the Protection Corridor is similar to the current Bayfront Conservation Zone, the new designation adds weight to the county’s intention to protect the environment in the area, which happens to include two of the last large parcels of undeveloped land in eastern Marin: the St. Vincent’s/Silveira properties. The Baylands Protection Corridor is the county’s attempt to reduce development there, say critics of the new designation. Not so, say county officials and others who support creating the Protection Corridor. In the county’s original 1973 plan, three planning designations were included: a coastal corridor in West Marin, an inland rural corridor and a city-centered corridor, which stretches along Highway 101. The city-centered corridor idea was not meant to allow unimpeded growth along the towns and cities strung along the freeway; it simply acknowledged that they already existed. The plan paid special

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attention to protecting ridgelines from development, including ridgelines along the city-centered corridor. Along San Pablo Bay, the 1973 plan designated the Bayfront Conservation Zone, which acknowledges the importance of wetlands and marsh habitats. The new Baylands Protection Corridor signifies an increased understanding of wetlands, according to the Campaign for Marin, a coalition of environmental groups that includes the Marin Audubon Society, the Sierra Club, the Marin Conservation League, among others. The new Protection Corridor would carry more clout during the planning process and give a clear indication of the county’s intentions, which could carry legal weight should a lawsuit stem from a county decision to restrict development on a section of property within the Protection Corridor. The proposal the Planning Commission approved for recommendation to the Board of Supervisors is a compromise that excludes property south of Point San Pedro. That decision came after residents in Strawberry and Paradise Cay voiced concern that a Protection Corridor would wreak havoc with any plans to improve their properties. The Planning Commission acceded to those concerns and voted to keep the Protection Corridor north of San Pedro Point. The corridor designation is aimed at affecting only large undeveloped parcels, say county officials. > 10 “When the county wrote its plan in 1973,

Marc Hershon

A Sausalito man has been hit with a 19-count indictment for allegedly burning down a warehouse that contained 6 million bottles of wine wor th an estimated $100 million. Mark Anderson, the proprietor of a storage business called Sausalito Cellars, was holding numerous valuable vintages at a facility in Vallejo, including rare private collections and the entire inventories of some small wineries. In October of 2005, the Vallejo warehouse caught fire under suspicious circumstances and an investigation was launched. In announcing the charges against Anderson—which include arson, tax evasion and mail fraud—federal prosecutors say the businessman started the blaze to cover up the fact that he had been embezzling his clients’ merchandise. Anderson is also facing 10 separate felony counts of embezzlement in Marin, stemming from a separate cache of missing wine valued at more than $1 million. County officials say it is unclear what, if any, effect the federal indictments will have on their case. If convicted of the arson charges alone, Anderson could face up to 20 years in prison.

Canal controversy continues In an effort to give a voice to those affected by the recent immigration raids in San Rafael and Novato, the Canal Alliance hosted an unusual press conference earlier this week. Silhouetted behind a screen that obscured their features, an anonymous collection of people discussed what they claimed were their experiences during the controversial federal action, dubbed Operation Return to Sender, which was aimed at rounding up and depor ting illegal immigrants. A teenage boy said he was punched in the jaw during a confrontation with of ficers. A woman, speaking through her sister via telephone, said she and her husband were arrested, and that their repeated requests to speak with an attorney were denied. Officials from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) depar tment maintain that agents carried out their objective in a lawful manner.

Serra files suit Outspoken attorney J. Tony Serra, a sometime Bolinas resident and former Trial Lawyer of the Year award winner, has filed suit against the Federal Bureau of Prisons, alleging that inmates are unfairly forced to labor for substandard wages. Serra recently completed a 10-month sentence at a penitentiar y in Lompoc, California, after being convicted of income tax evasion. While incarcerated, Serra says he was paid just 19 cents an hour to water the prison grounds; he’s now pushing for a mandated minimum wage for prisoners. The 13th Amendment bans both slavery and involuntary servitude, “except as a punishment for crime whereof the par ty shall have been duly convicted.”

Gun present at teen party At least one gun was flashed and quite possibly fired at the teen dance party that devolved into a brawl earlier this month, according to a > 11 repor t presented by police to the Cor te

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The recent Homeland Security raid on illegal immigrants in San Rafael’s Canal district left many crying foul—and others quietly saying it’s about time. What actions, if any, do you think should be taken in regard to the county’s illegal immigrant population?

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The immigration raid was not fair at all. People who come to the United States want a better life than they had in the country they came from. Consider if one day we might have to go over to another country to make a better life for our families. Honestly, I don’t even think stopping illegal immigrants is a good thing. A significant portion of the workforce is made up of immigrants and most of time they are making minimum wage and doing the jobs that we don’t want to do. Plus, it is not fair to go and ruin people’s lives in an unannounced raid. —Ginny Abballo, 19, Fairfax Let’s be honest, illegal immigrants play an important role in society. They do much of the work that others turn their noses up at. But they have broken a law by entering this country. Obviously raids in residential areas and armed men muscling children out of their homes is absurd, but that is a risk one takes when breaking a law. What is needed is a comprehensive immigrant-integration plan. People who have come here by unsavory means should have a readily available way to gain legal admittance to the United States. Much of the problem with illegal immigration is that people may not know how or where to go to become legal citizens. —Jenna Coughlin, 15, Corte Madera Instead of shipping immigrants back to their native countries, we need to realize that they contribute to society. There are illegal immigrants who pay taxes and work hard just like everyone else. To base our actions on those who don’t is hypocritical. Instead of governmental programs that ship immigrants back “home,” we should work on making America their real, legal home through work visas and more easily accessed citizenship programs. I’m not saying we should hand out visas and give citizenship like it means nothing, but we need to be more understanding. America has always been known as a melting pot. It is amazing that you can’t classify Americans under a certain race, because there is none—Americans are Asian, African, European, Latin American and so on. In the history of the United States, poor decisions have been made to pick and choose who is allowed in and who is not. Unlike history’s other times of atrocity, I hope we truly can say “never again” when re-evaluating our situation with immigrants. —Brittany Smith, 16, Novato

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One of Marin’s finest golfers of the 1970s a job...this is what I do.” But it wasn’t was facing something of a personal dilemma long before that when Kimzey was 30 years ago this week—should he give up juggling a pair of careers that may have marijuana if it would lower his handicap? ultimately kept him out of Mill Valley Larry Kimzey, a “conhigh society: selling firmed pot head” of pyramid schemes eight years, according and dealing drugs. to Sun reporter George When the pyramidFrazier, wasn’t taking scheme/drug-dealing lightly the possibility scene turned sour of sacrificing his pas(“people were getting sion for the “greener” killed...”), he took a in favor of his passion job scrubbing pots and for the greens. But, pans at the famous alas, he worried his freTrident restaurant. quent lighting of the Just when it seemed chronic was hurting his his career in the sershort game. vice industry might be “It’s affecting my taking off (he’d been memory,” lamented promoted to vegetable Kimzey, whose aver- Kimzey: Doesn’t ‘smoke dope with the slicer), Kimzey’s fate age score was then in older guys.’ took a turn: He cut the 80s. “And what is his foot on a piece of putting but memory—trying to remember glass while leaving the Sausalito restaurant. that ‘touch’ or ‘feel’ of putting.” The 26- Several months and one worker’s compenyear-old held dreams of going pro, sation suit later and our hero was but was concerned that he too often $10,000 richer. “ends up looking like a spazo around Still, that kind of money doesn’t the greens.” last too long being an out-of-work Kimzey, at the time, was living in golf fanatic in Marin. “I pinch pena dilapidated truck near Sausalito’s nies, but I’m spending money and Gate 5 and he estimated his cost of I just don’t like it,” said Kimzey. living at about $250 a month. He was “Golf, food, chicks. My money just also the newest member of the prestigious dribbles away.” Mill Valley Men’s Golf Club. Kimzey, now 56, currently lives in San “That long-hair freako often seen Francisco and has upgraded from a truck to hitch-hiking between Sausalito and Mill an apartment. Aside from that, he says, not Valley with a golf bag over his shoulder is much has changed. Kimzey,” wrote the reporter. “I’m still the last of the independents. I But why, in the words of Frazier, would didn’t go corporate. I’m still just a smallthe posh Mill Valley Men’s Golf Club time chiseler just like I was then,” he says. “totally accept...a stoned golf nut”? Kimzey still hits the links with regularKimzey put it down to two primary ity—he’s won flights in the San Francisco qualities his fellow golfers were looking City Golf Championship and has an 8 for in a clubmember: “I don’t run off at handicap. All this despite never having the mouth in a crazed manner...and I don’t abandoned the loco weed. smoke dope with the older guys.” “The one thing that has been universal At this juncture in his life, Kimzey conin my life these 30 years has been golf and sidered golf his chosen profession. “I don’t pot,” reflects Kimzey. “You’re right, that’s play golf for pleasure,” he said. “It’s like two things.” <

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UPFRONT < 8 Bi-planning disorder we had no notion of global warming and environment change,” says Kiki LaPorta, president of Sustainable Marin and Sustainable San Rafael. “When that plan was drafted, we really didn’t understand the impact and the compelling evidence that is now before us, and the urgent need to develop solutions commensurate with the problem.” LaPorta and others in the sustainable community give credit to the county for even tackling environmental and sustainability issues in the current update of the Countywide Plan. Although no one is completely certain, Marin may be the first county in the country to frame its countywide plan on the issue of sustainability. That hasn’t gone unnoticed among environmentalists and Marin residents who are pushing for sustainability, re-use and zero waste measures. “Marin County should be commended for not only going through this process,” says LaPorta, “but also for inviting and enticing so many different components to he discussion.” One of those components is the proposed creation of the Baylands Protection Corridor. Those who think that creating the Protection Corridor would automatically reduce the amount of development allowed on the St. Vincent/Silveira properties may be surprised. The designation and the uses allowed on the properties, as well

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as the number of homes allowed on them, are all different issues, according to county Planning Commissioner Don Dickenson. The Baylands Protection corridor would require a developer to compile an Environmental Impact Report for a proposed project. And development would be allowed only if a developer assures protection of Wildlife Movement Corridors and provides other protections for plants and animals. That means a developer could propose a project, and as long as the number of units falls within general guidelines, those units could be placed to meet the mandates of the Protection Corridor. In other words: build over there rather than over here. The preliminary vision for the St. Vincent’s/Silveira properties calls for a maximum of about 500 homes. There’s also a possibility that a facility for seniors and some affordable housing would be allowed. But that total pales in comparison to a St. Vincent’s proposal to build 766 units on its property alone. The vote to recommend the Baylands Protection Corridor to the Board of Supervisors was only a straw vote, according to Dickenson. The Planning Commission cannot take a formal vote until the final EIR for the Countywide Plan is ready for review and certification. The vote earlier this month was on a draft version of the EIR. The real fireworks over the St. Vincent’s/Silveira properties are likely

to begin when the Planning Commission takes up the plan’s Built Environment Element April 23. According to Dickenson, the discussion will focus on what uses will be allowed and the number of homes and buildings that will be allowed on the properties. So, where does the schizophrenia come into the picture? Critics say that while the county looks as if it’s leaning toward passage of a Baylands Protection Corridor, signifying an increased sensitivity toward the bayside environment, the Countywide Plan’s draft EIR fails to deal adequately with the impact of a proposed increase in the capacity at the Redwood Landfill, located just north of Novato. “Taking the Redwood Landfill’s current operations and future plans as a given is inconsistent with the purpose behind the proposed Baylands [Protection] Corridor...that recognizes the need of protecting Marin’s environmental resources and the need to limit development on unstable soil which may be below sea level and on bay mud.” That’s one of the objections Christopher Gilkerson, co-chair of No Wetlands Landfill Expansion, included in a letter to the county as part of the public input process. The group has been fighting a proposal submitted by Waste Management, Inc. to increase the size of the landfill. Although the company acceded to objections and reduced the size of the increase it’s proposing, No

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Wetlands says the company still would add between 7 and 15 million unacceptable cubic yards of waste to the landfill. If the county really wants to follow a reduced environmental-footprint policy, as outlined in Countywide Plan, say Gilkerson and members of the sustainability community, then county leaders should act specifically on zero-waste and re-use policies that have been bubbling into the public consciousness. “The Countywide Plan fails to address the removal of organics [from material deposited in the landfill], which is roughly 40 percent of the dump. Organics generate methane gas 23 times more harmful than carbon dioxide. Removing organics from the dump would significantly reduce Marin’s contribution to global warming,” writes Gilkerson. In his letter, Gilkerson also asserts that the assumption included in the plan that waste (in the year 2000) accounted for 3 percent of the greenhouse gas generation in the county is wrong—by a lot. He writes that the 3 percent figure comes from “inferential hearsay and an outdated factual record and is contrary to the professed seriousness of the Plan when it comes to climate change and how to reduce Marin’s contribution to global warming.” The objection is not without merit, considering that many experts say gas emissions from landfills around the world account for a significant portion of methane emissions. These same experts assert that virtually every landfill currently in existence will fail eventually, leaving a toxic legacy of profound proportions. The answer, say zero-waste and sustainability supporters, lies with efforts to promote recycling, re-use and zero waste. Those goals, professed as general policy in the general plan, just don’t jibe with the realities of a landfill site, say sustainability proponents, especially when the Redwood Landfill, as part of its business plan, wants

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to become a regional site that accepts more waste from outside the county. Gilkerson and others are calling for the county to match its rhetoric in the Countywide Plan update and promote what they say are obvious alternatives to increasing the size of a local landfill: banning green waste and creating a countywide composting program, adopting a mitigation fee for dumping material in the landfill and creating a “comprehensive resource recovery park.” The mitigation fee would go toward funding the zero-waste policy the county already has adopted. LaPorta reiterates her praise for the county’s efforts to build sustainability as a framework for the Countywide Plan update. And she says reducing the footprint of county residents also is a critical goal. According to a chart in the plan update, Marin’s ecological footprint is 215,000 acres per capita. Italy’s ecological footprint is 9 acres per capita. LaPorta notes that the update will include procedures “that will allow us to circle back” to determine progress toward reducing environmental impacts. In some ways, citizens are in front of the politicians these days, on the international, national and local levels. While the county has come a long way toward recognizing the importance of reducing waste and greenhouse gases, the sustainability community has been organizing a campaign to persuade each city and town in Marin to join the zero-waste movement. Sustainable San Rafael is working on a zero-waste resolution it plans to present soon to the City Council for approval. Fairfax recently became the first town in the county to adopt its own zero-waste resolution. LaPorta says the sustainability community wants to get every city and town in the county on board the zerowaste train by April 22—Earth Day. < Contact the writers at meagher_seidman@ yahoo.com.

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’ve been a Sarah Vowell fan since I first heard her read one of her best stories—the one in which she promises her father that, after he dies, she’ll shoot his ashes out of his homemade cannon. It’s typical Vowell: A hilarious chronicle of growing up in a “house divided,” describing how she, an Allen Ginsberg-reading Democrat, relates to her Republican gunsmith father. As the left-leaning Vowell’s career advanced from NPR commentator to best-selling author in an era rife with conservative airwaves and book deals, it wouldn’t be her last “house divided” story. When you first hear Vowell’s chirpy voice, you might think you’re listening to a 12-year-old girl; even she has described it as being “straight out of second grade.” But when you listen to her entertaining, quirky takes on the world, you know she’s an extremely intelligent woman and talented writer. The acclaimed author of four best-selling books, her latest is Assassination Vacation, an account of the first three assassinated presidents and their murderers, which she’s somehow made both educational and absurdly funny. Vowell is also a contributing editor for NPR’s This American Life. On Thursday, March 29, Vowell will bring her unique perspective to the stage of the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center. Here’s what Vowell has to say about NPR’s “liberal bias,” her work with

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During my research for this interview, I Googled you and got 454,000 listings, though I confess, I never made it past page 2. Do you ever Google yourself? No. It sounds terrifying. Because you would find what people say about you, right? I don’t want to know. My mother likes me. Isn’t that enough? So you’ve probably never read your Wikipedia listing? Someone I met the other day told me that it talks about my wheat allergy. It does. That’s not part of my official bio. It has lots of personal information, including that Conan O’Brien, Seth Green and Stephen Colbert are your friends. I know they were voices on your audio books, but I have this picture in my mind of you hanging out with them. Is that true? Wait. Let me tell those guys to quiet down. Do the four of you spend all day together riffing on Bush? Seth Green is a friend of a friend and


UPFRONT I needed someone about his age for the audio book. When I’m doing audio books, I like to get a lot of different voices to break it up, so it’s not always my voice. Speaking of your voice—a writer on Glorious Noise, a rock critic Web site, says he likes your writing, but he wants your voice banned from the radio. He wrote, “The inside of my ears actually get chapped if I listen to her with headphones.” I can understand that. A lot of regulars on This American Life sound like people who shouldn’t be on the radio, including Ira Glass. If you want the mellow tones of old-time radio or the bombastic prose of talk radio, you probably shouldn’t listen to our show. I wouldn’t call very many of us dulcet. Does public radio have a liberal bias? I’ve thought about the left leanings of public broadcasting. This is a stereotype, but there’s the pay scale. If you’re Mr. Free Market, every man for himself, you’re not going to go into a business that is poorly paid. I’m a businesswoman. I can’t make a living working completely for public radio. I guess I could if I wanted to live in a studio in Coney Island. I don’t do anything just for the money, but I need it to eat. I’ve liked branching out for that reason. What can we expect from your appearance at the Osher Marin JCC next week? I read for an hour from my books or new pieces that I’m working on and take questions for a half hour. It depends on the situation or my mood. When Rosa Parks died, I read my piece about idiots who compare themselves to Rosa Parks. Question and answer is a third of the program, so it’s important to me. It will go from a question about the Iraq war to another meticulous, specific question about Buffy the Vampire Slayer. When you were the music critic for SF Weekly, did you get to Marin much? I can tell you’re really going to write down what I say next. [loooong pause] I’ve been to Marin a few times. Nice views. I remember having more conversations in San Francisco about goat cheese than anywhere else I’ve ever lived. Funny stuff. Have you ever done stand-up? There used to be a stand-up showcase on the Lower East Side where I’d read in between the stand-up acts. Some comedians are continually inspiring to me. Which ones? I love Demetri Martin. He’s incredibly inventive and linguistically exciting. He’ll use the word “dude” and “isotope” in the same sentence. Don Rickles is one of my all-time heroes. I want things I write to be funny when it calls for it, but it’s not the only goal. Sometimes what I write is really, really sad. That’s good. I want there to be a lot of life in WWW.PACIFICSUN.COM

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When I read your books, I actually hear your voice in my head. I’m a sound-oriented writer. It comes from growing up as a musician. Everything I write, I read aloud. If it doesn’t sound right to my ears, I’ll change it, even if it says what I want to say. I write rhythmically. I’ll need a word that says what I want to say, but then I’ll need it to be three syllables. That’s fairly intentional. I’m an American writer. The writers I always respond to are the more musical ones, the more vernacular. Whitman. Twain. Melville. They’re musical writers and American ones, too.

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Did they influence your writing style? Maybe Twain for the folksy sarcasm. I started out as a critic and there were critics early on who were the foundation for what I wanted to be as a writer. Pauline Kael, Lester Bangs. Greil Marcus. I still write as a critic, even though I’m not writing record reviews anymore. It’s how I approach any given topic. Critics are analytic and emotional. Generally, the things I write about have an emotional reaction, too. The rock critics I love gave themselves permission to voice their opinions on other people. That was important, especially for someone like me.

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You didn’t feel like you had permission to voice your opinions? I come from nowhere. I went to a state school. My parents didn’t go to college. I’m not an authority on anything. There was a faith rock critics had in themselves that I found inspirational. They could make an international incident of one bad Dylan record. There’s not this dismissal of what’s called popular culture—the idea of which drives me nuts; there’s no popular culture, there’s just American culture. The way those critics were writing about records—with so much freedom, heart, humor and intelligence—was inspirational to a young writer. You’re now helping young writers with your volunteer work at 826, the organization that works with students to develop their writing skills. What are you doing there? Working with 826 is one of the most remarkable things that ever happened to me. I’m on the National Advisory Board and I’ve spent quite a bit of time at 826 Valencia in San Francisco. I love having all the young writers working in the same room together. It echoes what Dave Eggers does. [Eggers, the San Francisco-based author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, co-founded 826 and started the literary magazine McSweeney’s.] He’s always been good at bringing writers together. That’s been such an important part of my life, not just as a writer, but as a person. It’s like a family. That ethos of let’s get together and put on a show, write a book or make a magazine. It filters down to the programs at 826—communitarian, unpretentious, yet intellectually rigorous. > 121

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nder the category of Press Release Watch, there have been some interesting developments from our elected state officials. Over the past month or so we’ve been receiving what seems like almost one release a day from state Senator Carole Migden. Until recently, releases from her office were sparse. Don’t know whether it’s due to the veteran media staffer she hired recently or to the fact that Assemblymember Mark Leno has announced he’s challenging her in next year’s primary. Maybe both. We also began receiving releases from Leno’s office, though Marin is not in his Assembly district. And to add to the intrigue, we received a joint release from Leno and new Marin Assemblymember Jared Huffman about their coastal protection research legislation. Senate leader Don Perata has made it clear he is circling the Senate Democratic Caucus wagons around Migden. The Migden-Leno match will be interesting to follow by itself, but there’s also a larger picture playing out. Senators don’t like to be challenged in primaries by termed-out assemblymembers. Leno, who is likable and well regarded by colleagues in both the Assembly and Senate, is taking on not just Migden—but also the buddy system of senators defending their own.

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For many years one of the joys of summer for me has been the presence of the San Francisco Early Music Society’s baroque, renaissance, music and dance workshops at Dominican University. They put together a worldclass early music faculty and have drawn students from all over the country. Among the major attractions has been Dutch musician Marion Verbruggen, considered by some to be the “world’s greatest recorder player.” Unfortunately for locals, SFEMS is leaving Dominican and will not be in residence this June. Fortunately, they are only moving up the road to Sonoma State University— which is another story. www.sfems.org. O  O  O  O

After many years of fundraising based on a major gift from Donald and Maureen Green, Sonoma State has launched construction of the Green Music Center. The University says its concert hall “has been designed to become one of the great concert halls of the world modeled after Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood in Massachusetts. In addition to its brilliant acoustics, a signature feature of the hall will be the rear wall, which will be opened to lawns accommodating up to 10,000 additional concertgoers.” Greenmusiccenter.sonoma.edu. This promises to be an exciting regional center for music and, when completed, should provide a happy home for SFEMS, which this year has scheduled its Baroque Music & Dance Workshop for June 17-23, and its Medieval and Renaissance Workshop for June 24-30. Verbruggen groupies will be happy to know that she is listed as a faculty member for the former. <

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²ÊImportant Reminder of the Day: Just because it seems like a funny idea, doesn’t mean you should do it. While walking along Cijos in San Rafael recently, a smirking teen decided it would be a funny idea to push a large, garbage-laden Dumpster out into traffic. After giving the wheeled trash holder a hearty shove, the young prankster sauntered off as the bin lurched on the edge of the curb, teetering dangerously in the direction of oncoming cars. Fortunately, our young zero wasn’t quite strong enough to cause the mayhem he was hoping for, and the receptacle stayed put.—Jacob Shafer


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Hello, gorgeous. My name is Bond. James Bond. But you know that already, don’t you, my dear. Like my arch nemeses at SPECTRE, you think you know everything about me—how I like my martinis (shaken), how I like my cars (fast), how I like my women (faster). You also know I settle for nothing but the best. The best for England, the best for MI6 and the best for James Bond. Which is why I’ve accepted M’s most outrageous assignment yet—to find the Best of Marin. Where should my cross-dressing arch rival Ernst Stavro Blofeld go in Mill Valley to purchase fine-quality lingerie? To which Strawberry Village men’s clothier should I turn when Auric Goldfinger’s crotch-seeking laser singes my inseam? Should Scaramanga’s stealing of the heat-storing Solex Agitator affect my choice of Fairfax ice-cream shop? You see my dilemma. I’ve felt a certain fondness for Marin ever since my climactic battle with that madman Max Zorin on the Golden Gate Bridge in 1984. After saving the Bay Area from a massive earthquake on that mission, I dined that evening at the Valhalla, stayed the night in the Tamalpais Motel and brunched the next morning at the Paradise Drive Denny’s. I forever fell in love with Marin that day. Marin and I have many things in common—we’re sophisticated, well traveled and highly educated. Like Marin, I have a short fuse when it comes to nuclear proliferation or megalomaniacs holding the planet ransom with a giant diamond-powered laser. Also like Marin, I rose to super-cool prominence in the 1960s, before lapsing into bloated self-parody in the ’70s. Today we both stand before a precipice of pop-culture insignificance—trying to find our place in a 21st century of hip-hop chic, metrosexual cool and self-reflexive irony. Marin and I will face this future of uncertainty together. And we will once and for all vanquish our greatest-ever foe: cultural irrelevance. And with Marin in mind, I leave with these parting words: Nobody does it better, makes me feel sad for the rest Nobody does it half as good as you Baby, you’re the best...

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THE J.W. PEPPER AWARD FOR BEST AMERICAN RESTAURANT Buckeye Roadhouse, Best of Marin in four separate categories, prides itself on being a home away from home for diners—and managing partners Robert Price and Peter Schumacher are anything but complacent about that. They strive to make their customers “happy, one table at a time.” They have certainly proven there’s far more to American cuisine than a slab of meat alongside a pile of potatoes. The classic American dishes, including prime rib, several fish offerings and vegetarian lasagna, are tweaked just enough to spark the taste buds. Each dish is prepared with seasonal and fresh ingredients, sustainably and locally grown as much as possible. The warm, elegant surroundings and friendly, professional service contribute to an outstanding dining experience. SUN: What should I expect when I come to the county’s “best American restaurant”? BUCKEYE: The perfectly grilled steak. Q: What does “American restaurant” mean to you? A: Using fresh local ingredients in a manner that showcases them for their inherent qualities rather than the preparation or technique used. Q: You won for best American restaurant. But do you serve French fries or the more patriotically American “Freedom fries”? A: French fries, Brussels sprouts, spaghetti Bolognese, Bavarian (or Boston) cream pie, Philly cheesesteak, Chicago pizza, Denver omelet...these are just names, what matters is how the ingredients are selected and treated by the chef. -----------------------------Buckeye Roadhouse

15 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley, 331.2600 2ND Bubba’s Diner, San Anselmo 3RD Lark Creek Inn, Larkspur

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LIVE AND LET PIE AWARD FOR BEST BAKERY The smell of freshly roasted coffee wafts into the streets of historic downtown Larkspur. From its authentic Italian interior to its handcrafted delicacies made on-site, Emporio Rulli, this emperor of eateries, transports you straight to the culinary capital of the Mediterranean. Signor Rulli’s flaky creations are inspired by pastry chefs in Milan and Turin. As you sip a cappuccino or savor a fine vino in the sparkling café, WWW.PACIFICSUN.COM

whisper a gracious grazie to Romulus. -----------------------------Emporio Rulli

464 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur, 924.7478 2ND Sweet Things, Tiburon 3RD Debbie Does Dessert, San Anselmo

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THE TOMORROW NEVER FRIES AWARD FOR BEST BREAKFAST Owner Tori Monahan has been in business for 20 years, and is thrilled to have won another award for her Half Day Café in Kentfield—located across the street from the College of Marin—which specializes in scrumptious breakfasts and brunches. Monahan’s business philosophy is simple: She sticks with fresh and familiar ingredients and provides customers with lots of menu options, focusing on details and quality. She graciously credits her fine staff with making the café a success; she says she only hires people who “want to be there,” and declares that her employees make the homey café what it is. While the Half Day’s renowned for making all of its own baked goods, the orange currant scones are a standout. -----------------------------Half Day Café

848 College Ave., Kentfield, 459.0291 2ND Dipsea Café, Mill Valley 3RD Easy Street Café, San Anselmo

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THE HAI FAT AWARD FOR BEST BURGER While they may have originated on foreign shores, hamburgers are without question a singularly American food item; we order them often and consume them with passion. But with all the low-rate, fast-food options out there, it’s important to honor those who take the business of burgers seriously. That’s why a place like Barney’s Gourmet Hamburgers is such a delight—they take pride in crafting something that others merely slap together, and the finished product proves their efforts are worth the while. It starts with quality ingredients (and no hydrogenated fats) and ends with a staff that knows how to make exactly what you want. “If we have it, we’ll make it for you,” says owner Kamran Nassiri of special orders and requests. “There’s no such thing as a ‘no.’ ” -----------------------------Barney’s Gourmet Hamburgers

1020 Court St., San Rafael, 454.4594

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BEST BURRITO While it’s hard to completely screw up a burrito—so long as you have a few simple ingredients and the ability to move your hands and wrists in a rolling motion—it’s also difficult to make one that stands out in the crowd. That task has been accomplished by Taqueria San Jose, a little holein-the-wall joint tucked under the freeway in San Rafael. Driving by, it’s easy to miss—but you should make every effort not to. The menu is loaded with great, authentic Mexican options, perhaps none tastier than the super burrito, which comes loaded with beans, rice, guac, sour cream, salsa and your choice of meat. (For adventurous types, the list of available fixins includes lengua and cabeza; grab your Spanish-English dictionary if you need a clue.) The end result is a gooey, spicy, lick-the-foil-andwish-you-had-more hunk of goodness. And for those pinching pennies, the prices are as low as the grub is delicious.

-----------------------------Taqueria San Jose

615 Fourth St., San Rafael, 455.0999 2ND Lucinda’s, Mill Valley 3RD Taco Jane’s, San Anselmo

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BEST CENTRAL MARIN RESTAURANT This is Il Fornaio’s 20th year in Marin. The concept started as a school for bakers outside of Milan, while the first American Il Fornaio opened as a retail bakery in S.F. (There are 22 U.S. restaurants now, but no longer any bakeries.) What’s kept them going strong in Marin, according to personable VP of Marketing Mike Mindel, is their consistency in food and service, and authentic Italian cuisine. The Corte Madera Town Center was an underperforming business when they moved in, according to Mindel, and they took something of a risk. Luckily, the Town Center has been successful since then; Il Fornaio has thrived along with it. Offering customers a great wine list, excellent bread and a true knowledge and appreciation of things Italian, it won’t > 18 MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2007 PACIFIC SUN 17


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< 17 Eat Another Day be a surprise to see Il Fornaio back in the winner’s circle next year. SUN: Did you ever think you’d be operating a topnotch Italian restaurant in a shopping mall? IL FORNAIO: The foot traffic from surrounding businesses, free parking and easy directions are an advantage. Q: On the downside, you’ve got to compete from a culinary standpoint with Baja Fresh Mexican Grill. A: For some people (being in a mall) is a turnoff. We are fortunate that our restaurant orients toward an unobstructed view of Mt. Tam, which is why we chose this site 20 years ago. Q: Il Fornaio means “the baker” in Italian. Why that name for a sophisticated lunch/dinner destination? A: Well, we started out as a school for bakers outside of Milan in the early ’70s and the original Il Fornaios were small neighborhood bakeries in Italy. The concept was imported to the U.S. in the early ’80s as a retail bakery concept, but that proved unsuccessful. Q: When did the Baker start “rolling in the dough”? A: It wasn’t until the retail bakery was combined with a restaurant that Il Fornaio took off in the U.S. The name is a way we acknowledge and celebrate our heritage as a bakery. -----------------------------Il Fornaio

223 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, 927.4400 2ND Lark Creek Inn, Larkspur 3RD Marin Joe’s, Corte Madera

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CHEAPEST WAY TO SATISFY YOUR HUNGER PRIOR TO THE EIGHT-HOUR ANTONIONI RETROSPECTIVE When you find yourself in the urban nexus that is San Rafael’s Fourth Street with stomach growling and a matter of minutes before the movie starts at the Rafael, sprint across the street to Original Buffalo Wings and put in your order for a platter of poultry and a side of housemade potato chips. While your wings are afrying, dash the two blocks

to See’s Candies and avail yourself of the most soul-enriching chocolates east of the Pacific (Scharffen Berger, Schmarffen Berger)—we’re especially partial to the dark bordeaux, the raspberry truffles, the maple walnuts, the orange creams and the divinity puffs, but that’s just us. Race back to 1119 as the establishment’s spicy, smoky, deliriously delicious example of upstate New York cuisine is emerging from the fryer along with those thick, luscious potato chips and dig in, paper napkins flying, crunchy celery sticks and pungent blue cheese dip close at hand. There’s just enough time to polish off the bonbons before showtime, belly full, senses sated, pocketbook unbowed. -----------------------------Original Buffalo Wings

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THE CHEU MI AWARD FOR BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT Fans of Jennie Low’s fabulous Chinese food will be thrilled that Ms. Low is opening up another restaurant in Petaluma in June 2007. While Petaluma palates will be sharpened by the taste of Jennie’s succulent dishes, southern Marinites will be upset to hear that she is reluctantly leaving her Mill Valley location after more than 20 years. Low expresses sadness that her longtime landlord’s decision to renegotiate her lease on unfavorable terms has caused her to lose her precious Mill Valley locale. She started as a cooking teacher for College of Marin more than 20 years ago, and her loyal customers have been her “family,” she says, and a solid source of support after her husband’s untimely death last year. As a chef, Jennie still makes all the sauces for her tasty plates, and says that her favorite dishes to make are stir-fries, and traditional Chinese food like Kung Pao tofu, lemon chicken and fried rice. She personally enjoys good pasta, however! SUN: What’s a can’t-miss dish I should order from your menu? JENNIE: Hopefully, each and every dish should be “can’t miss” every time

since I personally make all the sauces; however, I would have to say that we receive more compliments for our won ton soup—“always fresh and consistently good” are some of the comments from my customers. Q: How has Chinese cuisine been affected by the American market? A: The modern Chinese are beginning to like the sweeter dishes. When I was young, we would never think of combining sweet and sour together—that’s a very American thing. I would have to say a favorite on my menu that is not very traditional is Mango Chicken—the young and old seem to enjoy it! Q: If you could write a fortune cookie to yourself, what would it say? A: My fortune cookie would read: “You will be blessed with wonderful family and friends.” I have two great, loving daughters and they have given me three wonderful grandsons. I am so fortunate to have such a close relationship with them—I couldn’t manage the restaurants without them! My loyal and wonderful customers are more like my friends. I am grateful to them for all their support through the years—I can’t express in words how much they mean to me. They’re the ones I keep cooking for! -----------------------------Jennie Low’s Chinese Cuisine

38 Miller Ave., Mill Valley, 388.8868; Vintage Oaks Shopping Center, Novato, 892.8838 2ND Yet Wah, San Rafael 3RD Tommy’s Wok, Sausalito

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BEST ‘CHIPPY’ Word to the wise: when you find yourself in Britain on an empty stomach, confine your diet to high tea, Indian food and fish and chips, that ubiquitous and highly satisfying amalgam of whitefish, potatoes, grease and malt vinegar that has become England’s single outstanding contribution to world cuisine. Most local examples of the genre are limp, soggy and on the bland side, but at Fish, the North Bay’s preeminent seafood venue, the fish and chips are all about crispness, lightness and the rich, meaty flavor of Alaskan halibut. The heavy battering of many an f&c outlet is upgraded here to a lighter, more delicate, almost tempura-like coating that wraps the fillets in a cumulonimbus of steam and crunch. And the chips are so crisp and airy, they’re more like tiny potato souffles than your standard French fries. A bright, citrusy housemade tartar sauce is served alongside with the traditional salt and malt vinegar, but sadly there’s no Manchester Guardian fishwrap in sight. (Caveat: Despite its rustic counter-service picnic-table setting, Fish’s prices tend towards the exorbitant.) -----------------------------Fish

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It is easy for and refreshments, themed decorations, Q: People love sporks. Do you include Marinites to pretend they are along the plus projects, games and other special acSeine rather than Magnolia Avenue as they sporks with each order? tivities to keep your crew of diminutive A: No, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t carry them. We are evolvsup coq a vin or butternut gnocchi with party animals happy and occupied. The ing all our take-out utensils to biodewild mushroom or traditional charcuterie. best part? When itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all over, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t gradable corn-based utensils and, to my Even better, chefs have a commitment to have to clean up. knowledge, there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t any biodegradable - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - preparing meals from the seasonal, local sporks available yet. and primarily organic produce grown by loBay Area Discovery Museum -----------------------------cal farmers with whom they keep in close 557 McReynolds Rd., Sausalito, 339.3900 Comforts communication (without denying their 2ND Doodlebug, San Anselmo 335 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo, 454.9840 unabashedly French roots). â&#x20AC;&#x153;We used to 3RD San Rafael Gymnastics, San Rafael 2ND Sol Food, San Rafael import everything,â&#x20AC;? says executive chef and co-proprietor Roland Passot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now I 3RD Insalataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant, San Anselmo have farmers grow speciďŹ c tomatoes.â&#x20AC;? 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A fusion of Asian, Italian Cobbâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bountiful heritage by combining Another is Double Rainbowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Southand Latin American cuisines, encompassthe traditional chicken, hard-boiled egg, western Chicken Melt, which (like every ing breakfast through dinner, ensures that bacon and blue cheese with avocado, water even the pickiest (as well as the adventurgreat sandwich) offers a lot of satisfaction chestnuts, plum tomatoes, marinated from a relatively small package. Roasted ous) eaters will ďŹ nd something among green beans, purple onion, black olives, red peppers, sautĂŠed onion rings, thick the profusion of everyday and seasonal carrots, bell peppers, garbanzos and kidney dishes to enjoy. The signature Chinese ďŹ llets of tender chicken, sharp cheddar, beans upon a bed of ďŹ eld greens and roChicken Salad remains wildly popular, and mellow Monterey jack, marinated green maine. The warm, freshly grilled chicken chilies and a touch of garlicky aioli are is offered in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;liteâ&#x20AC;? as well as vegetarian ďŹ llets interact wonderfully well with the stuffed between two slabs of olive-perversion (see Best Vegetarian Restaurant). silky avocado slices, the pungent crumbled Everything here is made from scratchâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;no fumed foccacia, then the whole megillah cheese, the smoky bacon and the gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is pressed together in a rustic old grill, basesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;using fresh, primarily organic worth of greenery, and the presentation allowing the ingredients to melt together foodstuffs from local purveyorsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Marin itself is a Technicolor-worthy sight to beinto a luscious and unholy mess that is Sun Farms, Marin Organic, etc. Not only hold. A selection of dressings is available, do the Miwas support local farms, they also habit-forming. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a thick, juicy hand< 18 Eat Another Day Jewish dishes. 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BEST ICE CREAM/YOGURT SHOP Fairfax Scoop adds to the case that Marin is indeed the promised land with its sublime selection of ice-cream ďŹ&#x201A;avors that leave aďŹ cionados rolling their eyes in ecstasy. The tiny storefront offers a deceptively simple menu of four regular and eight daily ďŹ&#x201A;avors of ice cream with housemade cones and fudge sauce for good measure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We use all organic ingredients and we make an effort to use local ingredients,â&#x20AC;? says partner and temporary manager Tim Koblenz whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s manning the shop while owners Ray and Melinda Martin are away on an around-the-world trip. Sorbet ďŹ&#x201A;avors run along the lines of blood orange and grapefruit during the winter months and inventive ďŹ&#x201A;avorsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Grasshopper (mint with spirulina and mint Newman Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) is a perennial favoriteâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;keep things lively. However, the stalwartsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and honey lavenderâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;hold their own in any taste test. The only thing keeping it real is the line of customers trying to be patient as they wait to place their order. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a common gathering spot for the community,â&#x20AC;? says Koblenz. SUN: Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your biggest selling ďŹ&#x201A;avor? SCOOP: It varies seasonally. In the fall itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local Marin Pumpkin. On a hot summer day, Tomales Bay Strawberry. At Christmas time, eggnog. Grasshopper (mint ice cream, colored green with spirulina and mixed with mint Newman Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) and Hula Dance (coconut ice cream with fudge, white chocolate and macadamia nuts) are also big sellers. Q: Ice-cream makers have tried all sorts of fruit, nut and dairy combinations. Will the next ďŹ&#x201A;avor frontier be from the bread and meat food groups? A: Bread and meat might be a little extreme, but we wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be surprised to see more movement into savory ingredients. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already seen ďŹ&#x201A;avors such as basil, corn, tomato. I think some of the suggestions that I receive such as pork ice cream will remain just a joke. Q: A hilarious one at that. In the ďŹ lm â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Strawberry & Chocolate,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ&#x201A;avor choice said a lot about their, uh...weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll say â&#x20AC;&#x153;personal life.â&#x20AC;? So weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll askâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;do you prefer strawberry or chocolate? A: Chocolate. Q: Shamelessly plug your shop in exactly 22 words. A: Our commitment to local, seasonal WWW.PACIFICSUN.COM

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BEST INDEPENDENT COFFEE HOUSE â&#x20AC;&#x153;What we do is about more than selling coffee,â&#x20AC;? says Bryan StubbleďŹ eld, owner of Marin Coffee Roasters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re proud to be a part of the community.â&#x20AC;? And indeed, Marin Coffee Roasters has engendered a great deal of loyalty from its faithful customer base, who come not just for the fair trade, organic blends and delicious, bakedon-site pastries (although those things donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt), but also for the art, the music, the ambianceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the locally grounded (pardon the pun) sense of togetherness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coffee is the second-most traded commodity in the world behind oil,â&#x20AC;? says StubbleďŹ eld. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to sell it the right way.â&#x20AC;? -----------------------------Marin Coffee Roasters

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BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT Little by little, Bombay Garden owner Balkar Singh Tamber and his chef brother are introducing the Bay Area to healthy, high-quality, authentic Indian food served in an elegantâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;yet never stuffyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;atmosphere. San Rafael is the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third location. In addition to the variety of â&#x20AC;&#x153;standardâ&#x20AC;? dishes, the Tambers have created their own versionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Bombay Chicken Masala and Bombay Lamb, for example. Vegan choices are always available. Manager Joseph Alvares keeps the whole operation running smoothlyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the one responsible for the exceptional service. As anyone involved in the restaurant biz knows, this is a labor of love, and Tamber is quite proud of being recognized by devoted diners. -----------------------------Bombay Garden

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3. Casino Royale (2006) Yes, Daniel Craig is the best Bond since Sean Connery: a tough, competent “blunt instrument” (Ian Fleming’s too-long-forgotten description of his protagonist) with charisma to burn, but the entire movie generates an excitement and snarky hipness more or less missing from the series for the past few decades.

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4. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) The cognoscenti’s pick for the top spot would be ours as well if it weren’t for the clanking presence of George Lazenby as 007; but even his witless (yet oddly engaging) interpretation of the role can’t detract from the breathtaking action sequences, the alpine setting, the John Cage-meets-Esquivel soundtrack and the one and only Diana Rigg as—gasp!—Mrs. James Bond.

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5. Dr. No (1962) The first entry in the series is still one of the best, with its startlingly hard-edged Flemingesque ’tude, gorgeous Caribbean backdrop, the all-time sexiest Bond girl in the person of Ursula Andress and, making one of the great entrances in movie history—lighting a Morland at the baccarat tables, theme music swelling behind him—Sean Connery as “Bond, James Bond.”

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6. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Faced with unusable source material (see “Your fate has been written, Mr. Bond”), the producers crafted the first totally original Bond flick out of intriguing Egyptian locations, a singular henchman named Jaws, Claude Renoir’s lush cinematography, the equally lush presence of Barbara Bach, Roger Moore’s undeniably suave presence, a sexy-romantic theme song and a truly dazzling pre-title ski chase across the Austrian Alps. It worked.

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There are Bond flicks and there are Bond flicks. Twenty-three to be exact (21 official Eon productions, plus Never Say Never Again and the campy David Niven Casino Royale from 1967). Some are better than others, some a lot better than others. Everyone has his or her favorite examples of the 007 canon, but only the martini-swilling, baccarat-playing staff members of the Pacific Sun have the straight dope on how the 23 chapters truly stack up. Our ranking of every Bond adventure follows. Eyes only.

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7. Golden Eye (1995) Finally filling 007’s shoes a decade after his contract with the shoulda-been-canceled-two-years-earlier Remington Steele denied him the historic role in 1987, Pierce Brosnan’s debut was one of the most crucial of Bond films—crucial in that it needed to succeed if the series wanted any chance of survival after the Timothy Dalton experiment sent the series into a more than half-decade hiatus. Brosnan was perhaps the most naturally comedic Bond and he—along with a great cast that included Judi Dench, Alan Cummings, Robbie Coltrane and, thankfully, Desmond Llewellyn—helped usher Bond into the post-Cold War era admirably. 8. For Your Eyes Only (1981) This lean, largely gadget-free thriller finds 007 pursuing a decoding device around the Mediterranean—no grandiose globe-threatening plot, just clever characterizations, beautiful backdrops and action aplenty (the climactic mountain-climbing scene is a heart-pounder).

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9. Octopussy (1983) Merry mishmash of whimsical camels, gorgeous acrobats, ticking bombs, runaway trains, swordfights, clown suits and an Indian fakir who plays the “James Bond Theme” on his flute. Not particularly edgy but lots of fun. Continued on page 35

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not better, than the pizza you find in Italy. Q: What herb or spice can most often make or break an Italian dish? A: Garlic, which can be overused in so many ways. It’s important how it’s stored, sliced and cooked. It can dominate or enhance a dish depending on the skill of the cook. Q: Do your chefs throw pasta on the wall to see if it’s done? A: Never. Overcooked pasta will stick on a wall. Al dente pasta, which is how we > 26

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stressful day at work, so many of us want to veg out and snack in front of the TV.” Cortisol also triggers fat storage in the adipose tissue of the abdomen, giving many of us an undesirable apple shape. However, such abdominal fat is not simply a cosmetic nightmare. It is also a health risk, sometimes leading to Cushing’s syndrome, which involves storage of fat on the inside of the abdominal cavity. That may, in turn, lead to diabetes and heart disease. Dieting Ranks 7th Among the Top 10 Stressors! Going on a diet to combat that thickened waistline may be exactly the wrong thing to do, because diets cause stress! Part of this stress comes from depriving ourselves of food we love. Even more critical is the fact that dieting forces us to think and act in ways completely contrary to what we’ve been trained to do since childhood. This is why dieters always end up saying, “I was doing really well until (an unusually stressful event)…” If you’re a stress eater, forcing yourself to do the 7th most stressful human event (dieting), paves the way for another episode of the yoyo dieting syndrome. You’ll keep repeating the pattern until something in your mental strategy changes. In fact, both Peeke and the NLM say the mind is the place to start when combating stress and overweight. If you’ve tried diets, pills, surgery or exercise more than twice and you’re still overweight, your body is not the problem. The problem lies with the way you respond to life events, including stress.

Hypnosis Changes Ingrained Patterns of Behavior Hypnosis helps change the way you think, act and respond to your environment. At Positive Changes Hypnosis, the thinking patterns and behaviors of a naturally thin person are mainlined into the subconscious to help you respond to stress, social situations and other life events, without reaching for the chips or cookies. Positive Side Effects! Stress relief is a natural side effect of hypnosis, making it ideal for the stress eaters among us. Positive Changes clients experience relief from stress, and then learn self-hypnosis techniques that help them keep tension from building up and causing weight gain. Every day in Positive Changes Hypnosis Centers across the nation, men and women are reprogramming their subconscious minds so they can finally stop struggling with food addictions, smoking, phobias and a host of other unwanted behaviors. Don’t wait another day. Call now to schedule your free consultation.

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THE ‘DR. NOH’ AWARD FOR BEST JAPANESE RESTAURANT This bustling Fourth Street sushi bar and more reflects the energy of the perennially stylish owner and former chef Dai Takeda. With a menu renowned for its fusion-influenced “designer” sushi, Sushi To Dai For has won over Marin diners hungry for both quality sushi and a good time. At Sushi to Dai For, you can have your Funky-Monkey Crazy Roll and eat it, too. The food is not just for show: A Japan-trained sushi chef is in the kitchen. Moreover, while the party atmosphere of the menu is contagious, Takeda thinks of it as a family establishment. “We’re accessible to all,” he says. “I like people to come in with their kids and think—I am home.” -----------------------------Sushi To Dai For

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THE MONEYPENNY AWARD FOR BEST MEAL UNDER $20 Puerto Rican food isn’t well-represented on the West Coast—its practitioners have traditionally settled in New York, Boston and other northeastern locations, not here—but now a fragrant and friendly purveyor of this lusty Caribbean cuisine has opened two venues in the pan-Latin melting pot of downtown San Rafael. Sol Food isn’t a high-concept, low-quality novelty. Housed in cheerful-West Indies settings of peeling pastels, weathered ironwork, mambo music and enormous potted foliage—it’s like entering a Caribbean courtyard—the two outlets serve absolutely creditable examples of the island’s Afro-Hispanic comidas criollas (home cooking). This isn’t to say that the food is entirely authentic; the island’s predilection for the deep fryer has been tempered by Northern California’s target demographic, and salt cod and pork innards aren’t part of the program. But sink your teeth into the free-range chicken thighs reeking of garlic and oregano, the creamy, soul-satisfying pinto beans and rice, the crisp, hot fried plantains glistening with olive oil and quibbling becomes absolutely...norte. SUN: What’s the reason you’re able to keep menu prices down? SOL FOOD: There isn’t a huge markup for the food. Just enough to keep everyone happy and our fun place open. > 28 Q: Name a particularly tasty bar-

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Drawing on her Italian heritage, Heidi Insalata Krahling’s restaurant, Insalata’s, serves up excellent Mediterranean cuisine in a sophisticated, yet warm, atmosphere. Dishes are prepared with fresh—and many organic—ingredients, with a careful emphasis on letting the flavors shine through. Spices are interesting and well used—never overpowering. The wine list is chosen to complement the cuisine, and includes choices from Israel and Lebanon along with the expected selections from California, France, Italy and Spain. The added bonus? There’s a take-out counter, too. SUN: What’s a common misconception people have about Mediterranean cuisine? INSALATA’S: Many people think of it as “Middle Eastern” cuisine, whereas Mediterranean cuisine can be anything that borders that sea. Also, many of the spices people already know—and are surprised that they do. Q: Name a can’t-miss dish on your menu. A: The Portuguese Cataplana, with manila clams, tomato, chorizo, grilled bread and rouille. Looks exquisite and tastes better. Q: Complete this sentence: The greatest contribution to Mediterranean cuisine has been __________________. A: The diet itself. It keeps you healthy and happy. -----------------------------Insalata’s Restaurant

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< 26 Eat Another Day gain item on your menu. A: You can close your eyes and point to the menu and you’ll be pointing at a tasty bargain item. Crowd fave: Sandwich Bistec with side salad and a Pineapple Fizzy Lizzy. Q: I don’t think I could ever say “Fizzy Lizzy” to another adult. Any other recommendations? A: If you’re in the mood for more of a combination plate, try the Camarones Criollos with Tostones and an Agua de Coco. Q: Does this award mean you’re a great place to bring a cheap date? A: As long as that doesn’t mean you’re cheap with our staff as well, we’re OK with being Cheap Date Central. Q: Shamelessly plug your restaurant in exactly 25 words. A: Sol is incredibly particular about her ingredients. We use organic dairy, grassfed beef and free-range chicken, organic produce and the local bakery for our bread. -----------------------------Sol Food

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BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT Good Mexican food is one of the great, simple culinary pleasures, and it’s especially well-suited to this time of year; as the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, a good burrito or chimichanga is of-

ten just what the doctor ordered. And there are few more resplendent locales to enjoy a little quality south-of-the-border fare than Guaymas. Situated conveniently near the ferry terminal in picturesque downtown Tiburon, the popular eatery features incredible views of the bay and a menu to match. From traditional dishes to fresh seafood to thirst-quenching margaritas—you’ll find it all at this top-quality spot. -----------------------------Guaymas

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THE DANIEL CRAIG AWARD FOR BEST NEW RESTAURANT It’s all good—but the camarones and the steak plate catapulted this sizzling spot to two wins this year. Sol Food serves up traditional Puerto Rican cuisine at twin sites in San Rafael. It’s simple—with a backdrop of salsa and merengue, “You feel like you’re in your friends’ house,” says Sol, the owner. Diners wash down grass-fed meats and organic salads with authentic Coco Rico (a coconut soda) or Malta (a molasses-based cola). For desserts, they’ve got flan de queso and a vegan tembleque (coconut pudding). From their start at the Farmers Market, they’ve built up quite a clientele. “We have a lot of repeat customers,” smiles Sol. “Some come in twice a day.” > 32

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BEST NOVATO RESTAURANT A 44-seat bistro-style eatery with a relaxed, convivial atmosphere, Kitchen (full name Kitchen at 868 Grant) is fast becoming destination dining in Novato, despite the fact that it opened its doors just two years ago. The cuisine team of chef Jason Hoffman and sous chef Justin Close brings a level of skill and creativity that helps set the menu apart—a menu that recently expanded to include lunch service on Thursdays and Fridays. Owner Henry Hautau, a longtime Novato resident with deep roots in the community, knows what his clients want—family-friendly fine dining without the pretentious frills. And that’s exactly what he delivers, from his kitchen to you. -----------------------------Kitchen

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owned by a man who used to be chief of police at CSU Hayward? Mulberry Street’s chef/owner Ted Rowe has been in the business for 20 years and has an impressive pedigree; he’s also a professional food writer for Bellissimo Foods and for Pizza Today magazine. Ted runs a full-service restaurant with a large wine selection. Wife Barbara does the accounting and bookkeeping. Ted’s business philosophy is “to train staff well to make excellent pizzas.” Customers love the mostly vegetarian homemade soups, while “For the Love of Mushroom” is their top-selling pizza. Do yourself a favor and check out their thin-crust, handthrown pies. And by the way, the restaurant is named after the main street that runs through Little Italy in New York. -----------------------------Mulberry Street Pizzeria

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< 32 Eat Another Day in clean, seasonal food. “In 2000, we were only 20 percent organic,” notes the market’s executive director Brigitte Moran. “But now it’s huge.” Explaining how the demand for organics has arisen due to the close communications between consumers and vendors, the market reflects the community on all levels. “Organic doesn’t necessarily mean local and we’re both local and direct.” The market will soon feature the first Maringrown organic apples as well as Marin-raised organic beef and oysters. -----------------------------Civic Center Farmers Market

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world-weary lounge lizards tickling the ivories. In other words, it’s our kind of place. Leave your Corvette with the valet, wink at the doll behind the cash register and make your way into the pleasing chiaroscuro of the lounge. Find a stool at the baby grand in the corner and order a Dewar’s (neat) from the waitress. Tuck a five-spot in the brandy snifter and ask the piano man for a little Rodgers & Hart—“Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,” say, or “Spring Is Here” if you’re feeling suicidal. Sing along if you know the words, as of course you do. A dish of crackers and beer cheese appears at your elbow. The scotch slithers down your throat like Ava Gardner in a silk jumpsuit. The aroma of woodsmoke beckons from the kitchen and the second drink is on its way. Man, this is living. -----------------------------Marin Joe’s

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101 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael, 472.7272 2ND LoCoco’s Authentic Italian Pizzeria, Terra Linda 3RD LoCoco’s Italian Pizzeria & Pasta, San Anselmo

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BEST PLACE FOR A BUSINESS LUNCH Triple award-winners this year, Il Fornaio shines as a convenient spot to drop in for a business lunch. Since the location is close to 101 and serves 600 meals a day, it’s always bustling, and the extensive regional wine list and professional, attentive service should keep you and your colleagues or guests happy. The light, savory entrées (roasted meats, wood-fired pizza, grilled fish, fresh pastas, salads) reveal a classier side of Italian cooking than we often find in the U.S., while the casual elegance of the dining area gives customers a chance to relax in style on the comfortable red banquettes. Conveniently, reservations are also taken online. SUN: What makes Il Fornaio such a great place for a business lunch? IL FORNAIO: Well-trained, professional service. We like to talk about our authentic Italian food and our beautiful restaurant, but when you’re conducting an important meeting over a meal, you don’t want to

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be embarrassed by inept service. We have real pros at every position and that’s what a business diner demands. Q: What’s a good pasta to eat when conducting “business”? A: Definitely ravioli or short pastas. Long noodles can be tricky and have a tendency to be a bit messy. Q: If “business lunch” were a Mob euphemism what do you think it would mean? A: Not sure how to answer that. -----------------------------Il Fornaio

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THE MARY GOODNIGHT AWARD FOR BEST PLACE FOR A DINNER DATE Jonathan Wright, head chef at the Lark Creek Inn, knows a thing or two about rebuilding—he was working in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit. That jarring catastrophe eventually led him to Marin where he took on his current post, even as the historic Larkspur landmark was undergoing a bit of a facelift itself. Nothing on the scale of Louisiana’s beloved metropolis, of course—Wright emphasizes that what makes the Lark Creek Inn so special is its longstanding tradition of elegant, Old World-style excellence. But change can be a very good thing, and Wright says he’s looking forward to adding even more variety and quality to the menu, making his dining room the place to be for lovers and anyone seeking a romantic, fine dining experience. -----------------------------Lark Creek Inn

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THE ALBERT R. BROCCOLI AWARD FOR BEST RESTAURANT FOR VEGETARIANS Comforts may be most notable for its Chinese Chicken Salad and vast array of gourmet take-out items, but it’s also a haven for non-meateaters. In fact, even the notable salad is available with tofu instead of chicken. The vegetarian variety alongside the many omnivore offerings makes Comforts ideal for group gatherings—everyone dines happily. Vegetarians can choose among pastas—both hot and cold—cabbage rolls with lentils, veggie pot pie, chilaquilas with fresh roasted tomatoes, stuffed peppers, soft polenta with roasted vegetables and port wine reduction, the old stand-by, mac and cheese...the list is long and varied. And, as with all their dishes, they are prepared using fresh, sustainably produced ingredients—owners Glenn and Laura Miwa buy from local organic sources as much as possible. SUN: Name one thing on your menu that’s equally popular among vegetarWWW.PACIFICSUN.COM

335 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo, 454.9840 2ND Insalata’s Restaurant, San Anselmo 3RD Lotus Indian Cuisine, San Rafael

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BEST ROSS VALLEY RESTAURANT Named in honor of her father, Heidi Insalata Krahling’s establishment Insalata’s, does his memory delicious justice. Executive chef and owner of this famed restaurant, she’s built on her Italian heritage to provide upscale dining at its best. The carefully prepared menu includes flavors from far-flung regions of the Mediterranean, covering Morocco to Greece. Fine wines and captivating flavors characterize this palace to the palate. The woman in charge of the kitchen is a “Four Seasons, Endless Reasons” winner for best American Lamb Chef’s Recipe. How’s that for a tasty mouthful? -----------------------------Insalata’s Restaurant

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ians and carnivores. COMFORTS: This is easy...baked macaroni and cheese and for lactose-intolerant carnivores we sell a lot of black bean chili. These are home style “comfort” foods that seem to always attract attention from meat lovers and vegetarians alike. Q: Actually, that’s two items... A: Our Chinese tofu salad uses marinated and broiled tofu and the same ingredients as the Chinese chicken salad without the chicken. People have purchased it for the chicken lovers and they can’t tell the difference. Q: Is it ever a goal of vegetarian food to find substitutions for the flavors of meat? A: The short answer is no. Q: We’re paid by the word—we prefer long answers. A: Tempeh, firm tofu or Portobello mushrooms can portray meat entrées, but many vegetarians don’t even like the appearance of meat let alone the taste. I believe vegetarians appreciate the simple taste of freshly prepared vegetables both alone and in various combinations. We do make “burgers” with lentils or black beans that are both quite popular; they certainly do imitate a hamburger in presentation, but not in taste. Q: If you could eat one, and only one, vegetable for the rest of your life, what would it be? A: One vegetable for the rest of my life? It would be a short life, but it would be something crunchy, like radishes or carrots. -----------------------------Comforts

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< 37 Eat Another Day Haydon confidently reports, which is no small feat after 14 years in one of the most competitive of businesses. “We’re sophisticated, yet people can come in their jeans. We have a lot of regulars that makes it like a fun family.” What they come back for is one of the most wide-ranging Italian wine lists that’s notable for its affordability as well as its quality, sumptuous food (filet medallions with truffle cream sauce anyone?) and great service. -----------------------------Il Davide Restaurant

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THE JAWS AWARD FOR BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT What is the recipe for a successful restaurant? “Great food, great service and a clean

restaurant,” says Seafood Peddler general manager Richard Mayfield. Sounds simple, but it is no small feat if you offer just about every seafood known to humankind in one of the county’s larger dining rooms. Nonetheless, since 2000, Mayfield, owner Al Sylvestein and chef Fidel Chacon have been proudly serving line-caught fish, locally grown produce to a celebrity-studded clientele who can tie up at the restaurant’s dock and eat indoors or out. Weekly specials reflect the local catch, a monthly menu makeover keeps the attention of the regulars. An Oyster bar, Ahi tartare starters, classic fish and chips and Chilean sea bass encompass the breadth of seafood choices available—but meat eaters won’t go home hungry. “On Valentine’s Day, we sold 40 percent meat, which tells you we’re an overall good restaurant,” adds Mayfield. Live music nightly makes it go down all that much easier. SUN: Name a dish on your menu your chefs seem to get right every time. SEAFOOD: The chef gets everything right. Every time. Q: Complete this sentence: The most underrated-tasting mollusk is_________. A. Mollusk is very personal to an individual’s taste. Q: Have you ever tasted dolphin? A: No, never have tasted dolphin. Q: C’mon, be honest. What’s it like? Chicken? A: NO WAY! -----------------------------Seafood Peddler

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BEST SOUTHERN MARIN RESTAURANT A warm, friendly ambiance, highly professional service, combined with the most interesting and best prepared food possible sums up the goal for the Buckeye Roadhouse, according to managing partners Robert Price and Peter Schumacher. It’s a recipe that seems to work quite well—for locals as well as destination diners. Ribs, chops and steaks; poultry and waterfowl; fish, seafood and pasta—no one goes hungry here. An always evolving menu—that pushes the envelope just a bit—with enough variety to stave off boredom, prepared using healthy, fresh and many local ingredients keeps diners coming back for more. -----------------------------Buckeye Roadhouse

15 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley, 331.2600 2ND Sushi Ran, Sausalito 3RD Poggio, Sausalito

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THE SPY WHO LOVED MEAT AWARD FOR BEST STEAKHOUSE Although not primarily a steakhouse, the Buckeye Roadhouse deserves the accolades for its steak offerings. Meat eaters enjoy the choice of several types of steaks, prepared in varying ways, with an assortment of accompaniments. Only naturally raised, hormone-free beef is used at the Buckeye—a better choice for personal and environmental health. Hankering for a truly special steak? Try the New York steak—12 ounces of Kobe beef, the most pampered meat source around, renowned for its flavor, tenderness and well-marbled texture. Truly a treat for the steak connoisseur. -----------------------------Buckeye Roadhouse

15 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley, 331.2600 2ND Izzy’s Steakhouse, Corte Madera 3RD Boca Steak & Seafood, Novato

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ries are your best bet. Q: Are you suggesting there are any not-so-good bets at Thep Lela? A: We serve hundred of meals daily. We try our best in all dishes in all circumstances. Q: What’s the biggest misconception people have about Thai food? A: People think that all Thai food is spicy, so they eat more Thai food when it’s a cold or rainy day. Q: Same crowd that would offer a drowning man a glass of water. A: Thai people eat spicy foods to stimulate their appetite when the weather is hot. Q: ‘The King and I’—inspiring or condescending? A: Could be a love story. -----------------------------Thep Lela

615 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley, 383.3444 2ND Orchid Thai Restaurant, San Anselmo 3RD Royal Thai Restaurant, San Rafael

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BEST WEST MARIN RESTAURANT A Northern California landmark, this lodge has a fabled history in local lore. More Bond-on-a-break (back rubs and fine foods) than M (no-nonsense efficiency), the Olema Inn is that perfect spot for a last-minute getaway. Fearless neighbors of the infamous San Andreas Fault and survivors of the Big One in 1906, the last time we checked, there was no Quaketini on the avant-garde menu. So, sit back, relax and take a deep breath of that subtle, salty air that permeates the rustic grounds. With their fabulous chef, organic fare and dedicated staff, you can’t find fault with the Olema. -----------------------------Olema Inn

10,000 Sir Francis Drake Bvld., Olema, 663.9559 2ND Station House Café, Pt. Reyes 3RD Rancho Nicasio Restaurant and Bar, Nicasio

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THE TWO GREAT TASTES THAT TASTE GREAT TOGETHER AWARD Why do we give power and glory and Nobel Prizes to backroom politicos and atomic scientists when we don’t even know the name of the genius who first dipped a Hershey bar into a jar of peanut butter? The black velvet of the chocolate, the earthy creaminess of the peanut butter, the salty and the sweet in harmonic convergence...Madre de Dios! Judy’s, a Berkeley-based confectioner that’s purist enough to stir their caramels in antique copper kettles over Vulcan burners, truly understands what makes a peanut butter cup great. First, its size. Unlike most peanut butter cups, which tease rather than satisfy, Judy’s is well over 2 inches in width. The chocolate itself is dense as a brick, barely sweet and thick enough to make getting to the inner core of peanut butter a real challenge. When you do it’s rich, it’s creamy and it tastes like honestto-God peanuts, a rarity among peanut butters. Other deeply satisfying items from Judy’s kitchens include chocolate-dipped English toffee, chocolate-covered graham crackers, chocolate-coconut haystacks,


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rocky road clusters and chocolate-orange sticks; they’re available in bulk (abondanza!) at Mollie Stone’s. -----------------------------Judy’s

800.223.1642, www.judyscandy.com Mollie Stone’s

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In an industry rife with cutting corners and using cheap ingredients in order to undercut the competition, Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria truly stands out. Amici’s is passionate about and takes great pride in its product—authentic East Coaststyle thin, crisp crust pizza. Dig in. -----------------------------Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria

1242 Fourth St., San Rafael, 455.9777

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There’s a big juicy, flavorful, grilled reason why Phyllis’ Giant Burgers has earned HOF status. Here’s a hint—it’s spelled B-U-R-G-E-R-S, as in choice meat, quality ingredients, fresh buns, etc. Yum. -----------------------------Phyllis’ Giant Burgers

2202 Fourth St., San Rafael, 456.0866; 924 Diablo, Novato, 898.8294

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A favorite among diners and critics for the better part of two decades, Sushi Ran is the place to go for both quality and variety. Drop by and grab a quick bite at the bar, or settle in for an extended stay and take advantage of the deliciously diverse menu. Whether it’s sushi, sashimi or a fusion dish you crave, you’ll find it all here. -----------------------------Sushi Ran

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Java junkies the county over have many enticing options when it comes to getting that caffeinated fix. Near the top of the heap—and thus here in the Hall of Fame—is Peet’s Coffee & Tea. With premium beans, blended and handroasted to perfection, Peet’s offers up rich, full-bodied brews; or, for lovers of the leaf, there’s a broad range of teas awaiting your discerning taste buds. Drink up. -----------------------------Peet’s Coffee & Tea

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â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ COLOR ME MINE â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ SAN RAFAEL 415/459-8884 www.sanrafael.colormemine.com The Color Me Mine ART ADVENTURES program is a unique combination of art and academics. Our week-long day camps for Spring Break and Summer will send your budding artist on a journey through space, take them on safari and let them dive into the sea for an adventure they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get a chance to learn about master painters as well as make their own masterpieces using a variety of techniques theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ďŹ nd fun and exciting. Come paint with us! â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ TURTLE ROCK INSTITUTE â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ CORTE MADERA 415/945-5123 www.summer.mcds.org Turtle Rock Institute is a distinctive, full-day rising K-8 summer program. At Turtle Rock, kids dive into projects that pique their interests. They can explore ďŹ lmmaking, art, sea kayaking, cooking, rock climbing, music videos, theater, lacrosse, mountain biking, sewing, web design, outdoor adventures and much, much more!! Returning this year: Turtle Rock Discovery Treks for 6th-8th graders! Kids can sign up for 1-6 weeks. 2007 program dates are Monday, June 25-Friday, August 3. (Multi-week discounts and transportation from San Francisco are available!) â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ DEVILâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GULCH RANCH CAMP â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ GG NATIONAL REC AREA 415/662-1099 www.devilsgulchranch.com A working diversiďŹ ed family farm within Golden Gate National Recreational Area. The perfect place to; learn by doing, develop an awareness for agriculture, experience rural life, develop traditional skills, and have ample time for play, exploring and adventure. Includes horses, livestock, gardens, swimming, climbing, archery, crafts and metal work. June 25th - August 17th. Open to 20 children ages 6 to 17. Open house April 7th. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ OSHER MARIN JCC â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ SAN RAFAEL 415/444-8055 www.marinjcc.org The Osher Marin JCC summer camp offers fun, friendship, and adventure for kids ages 3 through grade 10. Sessions feature sports, drama, art, music, ďŹ eld trips, swimming, and interest-based electives all within a creative and caring environment. This year, we have a new playing ďŹ eld, basketball courts, traversing wall, and playground, plus two beautiful pools, a theater, art room and classrooms.

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FOR YOUR EYES ONLY This has got to be Bond’s favorite category. Just look at the list of winners. The guy obviReaders’ Poll ously goes to fine men’s clothiers and quality hair salons. (Do Connery and Moore still THE HOLLY GOODHEAD AWARD have hair?) Dry cleaners? Check. Lingerie store? Definitely. Consignment shop? Doubt it. FOR BEST WOMEN’S HAIR SALON Consignment lingerie? Our one chance at meeting him face to face... THE ERNST STAVRO BLOFELD

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THE NICK NACK AWARD FOR BEST CONSIGNMENT SHOP Step back in time and enter the romantic ambiance of Deja Nu. Owner Gayle McClure has a keen eye for the dramatic and the best of retro, from window displays to the mix of consignment, fine vintage, contemporary and resale clothing. Manager Anita Fate says the store also carries plenty of consignment and vintage accessories, including hats, purses, jewelry, belts and scarves. Owner McClure has a second shop, Shards & Remnants, in Sebastopol, and has been in the vintage business for more than 20 years. So if you’d like to learn how to combine old and new for an individual— and great—look, this is the place. -----------------------------Deja Nu

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BEST DRY CLEANER Getting taken to the cleaners is generally not a good thing, at least as it’s used in the 42 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2007

popular parlance. All that changes if the cleaners in question are the good folks at French Laundry & Cleaners. We’ve all been there—you spill tomato sauce on that special piece of clothing, and realize that no amount of Shouting is going to get this one out; no, this job requires the special talents of a professional. Swooping in to the rescue—French Laundry! (Not to be confused with the swanky restaurant of a similar name, though both places do boast a collection of satisfied customers.) Whatever your specific cleaning need, they’re on the job—satisfaction guaranteed. Getting taken to the cleaners never felt so good. -----------------------------French Laundry & Cleaners

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For some people (men especially) going to a hair salon can be an intimidating experience. Ann Brewer Phillips realizes this, and that’s why she works extra hard to make everyone feel at ease in her establishment, Brewer Phillips. “We offer the high quality work you expect at a good salon,” she says “but not the pretension. We’re low-key; we want all our clients to have a good experience.” Being low-key doesn’t mean Ann and her crew of topnotch follicle snippers don’t take their work seriously—quite the opposite, in fact. The salon’s staff of highly trained stylists know what they’re doing; whatever your personal taste and style, they’ll give you the look you’re looking for. “I think the fact that we won Best Salon for both men and women speaks to the quality and variety of service we provide,” says Brewer Phillips. Her clientele clearly concurs. -----------------------------Brewer Phillips

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There are a few things without which Bond simply isn’t Bond. One of them is his car—and not just any car. Picture 007 behind the wheel and you’re almost assuredly conjuring up an image of a sleek Aston Martin, the ride of choice for handling tight corners, outmaneuvering various assassins and impressing mysterious women. Sean Connery first revved the engine of a DB5 model in 1964’s Goldfinger, while the latest model, the DBS, was featured in last year’s Casino Royale, with Daniel Craig cranking the ignition. While this dashing, romantic image will always be associated with the famous sports car, its name was recently in the news for another reason entirely. In an effort to reverse its declining financial fortunes, Ford Motor Co. sold its controlling stake in the brand for some $850 million to a consortium of investors, including a pair of Kuwaiti firms. It’s hard to know how Bond might feel about this development. We’re guessing as long as the cars keep coming off the assembly line and into Q’s gadget-filled quarters, he’ll remain a happy camper. And it appears production of the vehicle— which dipped to just 46 units in 1992—will continue, and likely increase, after the sell-off. That’s good news for Bond—and bad news for pursued assassins. <


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THE DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER AWARD FOR BEST JEWELER How’s this for a story—a couple of laid-back New Zealanders surfing their way up the coast from Mexico wind up in Marin County, find it to their liking and open up Johann Paul Jewelers. Perhaps not what you’d call a typical illustration of the American dream, but being typical isn’t what’s kept co-owners Johann de Blaauw and Paul Comerford in business for better than two decades. What has? How about carrying almost entirely exclusive lines of the best stones and jewelry available. Or offering full-service repairs on everything from a priceless engagement ring to an old watch. “We’ve got a wonderfully diverse clientele,” says Comerford. “Lots of them have become our friends.” -----------------------------Johann Paul Jewelers

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BEST LINGERIE It’s no surprise that Chadwicks of London continues to be a favorite among Marinites—owners Shelley and Michael Chadwick cater to their customers by providing lingerie for a variety of tastes and bodies along with personal attention in a small, relaxed atmosphere. Customers may be more sophisticated and fashion-conscious these days, but they still enjoy shopping for intimate WWW.PACIFICSUN.COM

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BEST MEN’S CLOTHIER Featuring West Coast classic styles for men, Patrick James has been in business for 32 years, and its attentive staff offers superb personal service to keep the well-heeled clientele returning. Both sportswear and ready-to-wear items are available at this small but upscale spot; fathers and sons tend to patronize the store, and retired folks are as comfortable coming in as men in their 30s and 40s. “Service is the key,” says store manager Mischa McNab, who grew up in Marin and has always been interested in clothes. Although Patrick James now advertises on KNBR, and has 16 stores across the nation including Arizona, Oregon and Montana, its familiar rhythms keep local customers happy, as shown by the fact it has won the award for the third year. Patrick James Purveyor to Gentlemen SUN: Purvey to gentlemen a crucial piece of fashion advice. PJPG: Well, we here at Patrick James believe in classic wardrobing; however, be comfortable in trying new trends that reflect your own personal lifestyle and comfort zone. Q: We refer to ours as “slob chic.” A: Not everyone IS comfortable wearing some of the pastels or flat-front pants. But tell us what you envision and we’ll fit you in the best style that translates that look. > 44

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Seawood Photo has stayed current with the latest camera technology while not forgetting its historyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;selling photography-related items since 1947. Owner Graham Law has a love of all mediums and in educating his clients. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The more they know,â&#x20AC;? he opines, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the more fun theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have.â&#x20AC;? As such, he views Seawood as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a big toy store,â&#x20AC;? replete with Canon, Nikon, Sony equipment, a passionate staff of photographers as well as a museum of 300 antique cameras. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We still sell darkroom gear for traditionalists,â&#x20AC;? Law adds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a very artistic community and people are happy to be here. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great.â&#x20AC;? SUN: Give us one piece of advice for a ďŹ rst-time digital camera buyer. SEAWOOD: Buy it from us! But seriously, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be intimidated by the equipment

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;James Bond. You appear with the tedious inevitability of an unloved season.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Drax, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Moonrakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or the vast number of choices out there. We always ask our customers what their needs are and speciďŹ cally what type of photos they are planning on taking before recommending anything. Cameras today are easier to use than ever. Q: Predict the next great innovation in photography. A: Perhaps cameras will digitally crop out people you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t likeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or maybe improve your looks. Q: Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to need a pretty powerful camera to improve our looks. A: Every year cameras get sleeker, faster, higher resolution... Q: Of the great scientiďŹ c accomplishments of the last decade, where do you rank the elimination of â&#x20AC;&#x153;red eyeâ&#x20AC;?? A: Right up there with the iPod. -----------------------------Seawood Photo

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readers werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. With years of experience in eyewear, this business offers a variety of styles and topnotch service to match. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re anything from classy Clark Kent to fashionable Jackie-O, 20/20 can meet your needs with its colorful, contemporary and inventive designs. To ďŹ t your fashion, they offer unique frames and custom contacts (including cat-eye). Their glasses with polycarbonate lenses can be reincarnated into car bumpers. Now thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never seen before. -----------------------------20/20 Optical

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Stacey Templeton Kaplan endeavors to keep Bella a friendly and welcoming space with an attractively laid out selection of affordable, feminine clothingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;fun, trendy items along with basicsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in an attitudefree setting. The work ethic: everyone in the store is there to serve customers. With a second Best of under her belt, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear customers appreciate the effort. They also value Kaplanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to ďŹ nd the most ďŹ&#x201A;attering clothes at the best price points.

A bonus for non-fashionistas: an entire outďŹ tâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;shoes and accessories, tooâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;can be put together here. Love to shop, but canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get out during the day? Kaplan, the mother of young children, empathizes. She holds evening-time â&#x20AC;&#x153;private partiesâ&#x20AC;? where she can get to know her customers and their preferences. Having returned recently from a buying trip, Kaplan is gearing up for next season. Better stop in soon. SUN: What is your store currently carrying that is particularly trendy? BELLA: The trends we see for spring and summer are...lots of red and white. Dark jeans in blue or black that are straight leg or boot cut for day or evening, and many types of kimono-style tops in lots of pretty prints and solids. Tunic dresses worn with jeans is another trend to watch for. Q: What was your least favorite fashion trend of the last decade? A: Since the jean revolution of the last few years, separates have become the great staple of a womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wardrobe. The dress sadly has been relegated to the occasional wedding or special event. I hope that the dress will make a big comeback, as well as the skirt, but it is going to take a miracle to get women out of their favorite designer jeans. Q: Would you support legislation outlawing the wearing of white after Labor Day? > 47

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Defend your position, Mr. Bond In which Lazenby, Dalton and Connery get what they deserve... Double-O-Seven makes accomplishing seemingly impossible tasks look easy. Keeping humankind from being poisoned by Amazonian orchid extract; saving the economy when a madman wants to nuke Fort Knox; rescuing Silicon Valley from a ďŹ&#x201A;ood-induced San Andreas earthquake. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face it, the guyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clutch. Now, we at the Sun ďŹ nd few opportunities to save the earth from evil geniuses (though weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing our part to stave off Dean Singleton). Thus, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve assigned ourselves less-daring, though equally daunting, tasks. The very kind at which journalists tend to be quite giftedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;making wildly outrageous claims about things we know little about and then defending our positions through seemingly rational discourse. So with that in mind, Sun staff writers Matthew Stafford, Jacob Shafer and Jason Walsh are putting (whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left of) their reputations on the line and championing opinions other Bond fans are too frightened (read: intelligent) to champion: Timothy Dalton was the best Bond (Stafford); George Lazenby was the best Bond (Walsh); Sean Connery was among the worst (Shafer).

Take a stand, Mr. Dalton The James Bond created by Ian Fleming was not a static, stolid one-trick cardboard cutout. Over the course of 12 novels and nine short stories, 007 evolved from callow idealist (Casino Royale) to gung-ho cold warrior (Live and Let Die) to reborn romantic (On Her Majestyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Secret Service) to shambling, shell-shocked screwup (You Only Live Twice). Sean Connery was elegantly saturnine as the conďŹ dent, precision-tuned Bond of Dr. No and GoldďŹ nger, and in Casino Royale Daniel Craig essays the young and conscienceless 007 with edgy ballistic aplomb. But only Timothy Dalton could pull off the far more difďŹ cult assignment of breathing world-weary life into the middleaged Bond of The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill. Unlike Connery, George Lazenby and Roger Moore, Dalton had serious thespian credentials when he assumed the role of 007. After making his ďŹ lm debut in The Lion in Winter opposite Katharine Hepburn and Peter Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Toole, he honed his acting chops in movies like Wuthering Heights and Mary, Queen of Scots, and onstage with the Royal Shakespeare Company in King Lear, Henry V and other meaty roles. At the same time, Dalton showed off a gift for that swashbuckling wit so endemic to the Bond persona in The Master of Ballantrae and Flash Gordon, where he played a daredevil bandit leader opposite the gorgeous Ornella Muti. By the time The Living Daylights came along, Dalton was ready to take on 007: not just the secret agentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Flynn-like derring-do but the wellspring of gritty melancholia that drives and deďŹ nes his character. In Diamonds Are Forever, the movie right after On Her Majestyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Secret Service, Connery is barely fazed by his beloved wifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cold-blooded murder, bouncing back with barely a raised eyebrow in the arms of Jill St. John. Flemingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bond isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite so sanguine; he staggers through the next two books with his senses dulled, his steely will all but obliterated. Although a decade or so has passed since the murder, Daltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bond travels this same posttraumatic landscape, sorrow and anger burning eternally behind the pupils. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very important to make the man believable to stretch the fantasy,â&#x20AC;? the actor said as he was ďŹ lming The Living Daylights, but his thoughtful interpretation of Flemingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ&#x201A;awed creation wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t universally embraced by audiences accustomed to the superhuman exploits of Connery and Moore. Timothy Daltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take on the man behind the martini glass is due for reappraisal.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Matthew Stafford



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THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH If the Bond series ever loses enough of its audience, we have no doubt some idiot producer’s going to come up with an idea about giving Bond a kid, or worse, a “cool” pet as a sidekick. (Think it can’t happen? In the early ‘80s Clint Eastwood was playing straight man to an orangutan, Han Solo’s life was being saved by annoying elfish teddy bears and a 40-something Fonz was still calling the local drive-in’s toilet his “office.” Trust us, if Hollywood can ruin something, it invariably will.) If Bond ever does find himself attending Wiggles concerts or shopping at the doggie bakery, we hope he considers the following Best of Marin winners for other children/pet needs. After all, our kids and pooches will never let us forget—we can give them the world, but the world is not enough.

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‘Why can’t you just be a good boy and die?’ —Alec Trevelyan, ‘GoldenEye’ pendence Day blowout. Sausalito’s Fourth of July Parade is a different breed of cat altogether. Unlike the Twin Cities version, which is as wholesome and nutritious as a picnic at Town Park, Sausalito’s salute to independence happily reflects a century or so of highspirited municipal decadence. (Three hotels burned to the ground during one particularly convivial turn-of-the century July Fourth celebration back when opium-smoking and rum-running were popular local pastimes.) Although the town’s modern-day parade isn’t quite so dynamic as the wing-dings of yesteryear, among its frequent attractions are a posse of Smitty’s barflies, Nave Patrola—the WWI Italian infantry unit that marches, collides, screams and falls down in close if disorderly formation—and a burly, bearded ballerina in a tutu. The parade meanders from Second and Main up Bridgeway and Caledonia to Dunphy Park, where a perfectly respectable town picnic takes place complete with lemonade, tug o’ war and egg toss.

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Sandy Verdos’s mission to raise the quality of the life of animals pervades Pet Cottage. Her stock of organic, byproduct-free pet food and her extensive knowledge about animal care is endorsed by the referrals of seven area veterinarians. Verdos has 12 animals of her own at home (five cats, four dogs, two birds and a ferret, including a Katrina rescue) and she brings the same level of quality care to her customers who drive from miles around to glean some of her sage wisdom. Verdos does nutritional counseling “all day long,” she says. “I research every food I sell. I try to educate the public about what’s in dog food and feeding their pets the healthiest food possible,” she says. In 2005, Verdos moved into a 3,000-square-foot storefront, which also features a kitten room and adoption information and plenty of toys, collars and leashes. SUN: What’s an unusual pet that a lot of people buy? PET COTTAGE: We find that ferrets and geckos are very popular. We even have a customer who breeds some very colorful geckos. Q: Do any exotic animals—such as tiger cubs or Komodo dragons—ever make good pets? (We’d love a spider monkey!) A: Only if you are Tippi Hedren, the late Steve Irwin or, in a pinch, at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. Q: On a serious note, what are your thoughts about pit bulls as pets?

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BEST ART GALLERY Artisans Gallery has built a strong reputation within the Marin artistic community. The nearly three-decade-old gallery has only been in San Rafael for 14 months, but it has already held a steady stream of provocative exhibitions of regional artists’ work. Garry Lion, president of the board of directors, says that Artisans is a “nonprofit educational arts organization teaching emerging artists to market their art more effectively.” They encourage local talent, and hold juried shows that are open to all, but a part of the gallery is reserved for members’ artworks. Artists can also attend useful classes such as “How to Frame and Mat Your Art.” Artisans’ Annual Fundraising Auction happens April 18 this year. Check out one of the upcoming shows, like the high school artists’ exhibit “Rising Stars,” featured in April. -----------------------------ARTISANS GALLERY

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2 007 Martin, Michael Aragon, Dick Conte and other local luminaries still send the no nameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goateed habitues into blissful states of Jazzville. (Mal Sharpeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traditional jazz group performs a similar service Sunday afternoons.) The bar itself is moodily lit, on the tiny side, with a breeze-kissed patio out back, a shelf full of used paperbacks, a long worn-wood bar and a stage just big enough to hold a drum kit, a standup bass, an upright piano, a chanteuse and a reedman or two: the perfect setting for the collaborative, spur-of-the-moment creation of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classical music. -----------------------------no name

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< 53 Eon Productions Presents the selection is invariably impressive. And the recompense is absolutely reasonable (a cartonful of hand-picked hardcovers rarely exceeds $15 or $20). Sales are held every third Saturday of the month in the library’s lower level from 9am-4:30pm; proceeds are used to enhance the library’s collection and to fund special programs. -----------------------------Mill Valley Library

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< 54 Eon Productions Presents stocked jukebox, a prime component of the prevailing ambiance. Feel like rockin’ out? The Stones, Pink Floyd, Joe Cocker and Janis Joplin are yours for three plays at a dollar. In a more soulful mood? Just dial up Otis Redding, Sam Cooke or Marvin Gaye. Outlaws can drown their sorrows with Waylon, Patsy, George Jones and the Man in Black, and lounge lizards will find that Nat, Mel and the Chairman are in very fine voice tonight. But Paterson’s predominantly quiet, contemplative atmo is best accessorized by the box’s wide array of cool jazz: a backdrop of Miles, Bird, Trane, Diz, Stan Getz, Bill Evans, Chet Baker and Mill Valley’s own Vince Guaraldi go nicely indeed with a crackling hearth, a snifter of Lavagulin and the bliss state resulting. -----------------------------Paterson’s

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inventory of classic and contemporary music at below-bargain prices. A phased liquidation of not only the in-store stock but also treasures from the seldom-unearthed storage vault and most of the memorabilia that covers every square inch of the walls is going on as we speak, with prices decreasing each month until closing day. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your best opportunity to bring an amazing array of rock, jazz, country, folk and every shade of the blues into your life.

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THE 2002 ASTON MARTIN V12 VANQUISH AWARD FOR BEST FOREIGN CAR REPAIR Since 1982, Marin Honda has been offering new and pre-owned vehicles coupled with stellar repair service to appreciative Marin drivers. “Our success is based on TLC,” says owner Keith Ray. “We think like the customer.” A member of the Marin business community for more than 20 years, Marin Honda is an active part of its customers’ lives as much as their engines, sponsoring sports teams, donating money and resources to the Special Olympics and to the local schools. While you can be sure they know cars, Ray knows what makes the business a success. “People. It’s all about people.” -----------------------------Marin Honda

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< 73 Q Branch willing to answer questions from both the novice first-time buyer and the experienced techie. -----------------------------Marin Mac Shop

1031 C St., San Rafael, 459.9380 2ND Computer Connection, Greenbrae 3RD Creative Solutions, Novato

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THE JOHN BARRY AWARD FOR BEST PLACE TO BUY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT Bananas at Large owner J.D. Sharp, a

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2 007 Maryland native and keyboard player, moved to California shortly after the Summer of Love to join the band Mendlebaum and found himself a junior owner of Bananas by 1974. The original store started with “some used stuff, consignments and a couple of Ampeg amps,” he recalls. His love and passion for music never stopped. He took over full ownership in 1978 and has steadily grown the store into a destination for musicians far and wide. Whether you’ve got a gig later that night or need to rent something for band practice, Bananas is there to serve. Acoustic and electric guitars, banjos and resonators hold up the fretted instrument section of the shop, while Apple computers systems and Pro Tools fill out those looking to produce their own recordings. “We offer high-touch service,” says Sharp. “We really take care of people’s needs in an era when service is disappearing. We have a lot of knowledge on the floor, a lot of experience.” The secret to longevity? “Keep playing because it’s good for you and good for your mind.” SUN: What’s the most important thing novice musicians should consider when coming into your store? BANANAS: All guitars and amps are not created equal. Q: But didn’t the Supreme Court overturn separate but equal in James Brown vs. Board of Funk-u-cation? A: [Instruments] are made out of wood and earthen materials. You’re nuts to buy something in a box that you haven’t put your hands on. There are significant variations between what appear to be the same instrument or amp. Even digital keyboards feel different. So, try what you buy—these aren’t DVD players. Q: I’m thinking of starting a 20-piece allrecorder band. Any advice? A: The good news: price of entry has never been lower. You can be on your way for a pittance. The bad news: hard to find a venue that will book you! Q: My 15-year-old wants to quit school to concentrate on his rap-metal-fusion band. Will you help me talk him out of this? A: Quite seriously, music is half art, half business. Sometimes the people who are most successful are the ones with reasonJAMES HALL

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able talent, but a great nose for business. So if you’re trying to make it on pure talent alone, attach yourself to a bandmate or agent who knows which way is up. Otherwise, don’t quit the day job! -----------------------------Bananas at Large

1504 Fourth St., San Rafael. 457.7600 2ND The Magic Flute, San Rafael 3RD Amazing Grace, San Anselmo

‘I’m now aiming precisely at your groin. So speak, or forever hold your piece.’ —Bond, ‘The Man With the Golden Gun’

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BEST STARGAZING WITHOUT COMPROMISING YOUR SELF-PERCEIVED INTELLECTUAL SUPERIORITY The Mill Valley and Tiburon film festivals attract their share of luminaries; Village Music and the Sweetwater have seen several dozen legends pass through their portals; Robin Williams, Sean Penn and Robert Redford can be glimpsed tootling about Marin every now and again. But if you want to see an impressive and eclectic array of big names on a year-round basis, up-close and personal, head on over to Book Passage and stick around a while; someone famous is bound to show up. Jane Fonda, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Julia Child, Paul Theroux, Gloria Steinem, Salman Rushdie, Madeleine Albright, John McCain, Barbara Boxer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Barbara Bush, Calvin Trillin and Amy Tan are among the many authors and pseudoauthors who’ve made this nationally revered independent bookstore their favorite Marin hangout. Coming up: Joyce Carol Oates (June 7), Michael Ondaatje (June 15) and...Chuck Barris (May 17)! -----------------------------Book Passage

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THE HONEYCHILE RYDER AWARD FOR BEST TIRE SHOP Vince Ippolito and Ken Toscanini, coowners of Toscalito Tires (the name is a melding of their monikers), say that they’re not in the business of selling tires—they’re in the business of making customers happy. A family-run operation with a solid, longstanding community foundation, Toscalito carries top-name brands and employs people who understand cars, but they take pride in more than just that; it’s also about the people they see coming back year after year, satisfied with their service—that’s where the rubber meets the road. Like the tires they sell, Vince says, Toscalito is “in this for the long haul.” SUN: What’s the difference between a good tire shop and a great tire shop? TOSCALITO TIRES: Tires can be purchased anywhere, but a “great” tire shop is where you find people that appreciate and respect their customers. Q: What’s the biggest misperception the public has about tire shops? A: That tire shops only sell tires. Q: What’s the best tire for spinning donuts? A: We carry three—all made in the USA. One has a sweet tread design and is called the Old Fashion, the second, which is good for cornering and doing donuts, is called the Twist, the last one has a high-calorie content, rides soft and is called Cream Filled. Whenever you get the urge to do donuts think of Toscalito. Q: Shamelessly plug your business in exactly 36 words. A: At Toscalito, our customers are serviced first before the tires go on. We have 36 years of automotive service and repair experience. We’ve grown to be one of Marin’s largest and best respected auto repair facilities. -------------------- - - - - - - - - - Toscalito Tires

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Cain’s Tires has been under the same ownership for nearly 50 years, long enough to engender customer loyalty from multiple generations of Marinites. With topnotch service and all the best brands, it’s not hard to see why—they’ll never steer you wrong. -----------------------------Cain’s Tires

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PLENTY O'TOOLE Few at MI6 seem to own homes or even have lives outside the world of international espionage but, assuming they do, who do you think is handiest with a hammer? All right, so it’s probably Q. Bond, we’re betting, is likely pretty inept at landscape design, tree trimming (of the non-euphemistic kind) and selecting appropriate frames. So the next time he needs his toilet unclogged, we’re hoping he turns to Best of Marin.

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BEST ANTIQUES Open in the same location for a decadeand-a-half, Dove Place Antiques has established itself as the county’s premier antique and consignment store, a favorite of expert and novice browsers alike. The store specializes in an array of merchandise, ranging from American and European country furniture to tabletop antiques, including porcelain, sterling and stemware, to decorative accessories, plus primitive paintings, lighting and architectural antiques. SUN: What gives an antique value? DOVE PLACE: Factors including age, scarcity, regional trends and quality of craftsmanship make an antique valuable. But objects are filled with memory and emotion for the owner, and that gives

them a type of value, too. Q: As time passes, new items enter the “antique” realm. What should I be rooting around my garage for these days? A: Items move from the collectible to the antique realm all the time. At our store, consigners bring us a range of pieces, from 1940s art pottery to old Victorian photograph albums—and everything inbetween. However, we suggest you keep looking for Grandma’s china, sterling silver and crystal or stemware. These are categories we specialize in and which traditionally do well on the secondary market. Q: My great-grandfather’s false teeth just passed the 100-year mark. How much will you give me for them? A: What a find...If it is allowed, we’ll sell them on eBay for you! Q: Tell us more than we want to

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know. A: Some older false-teeth sets were actually made from rubber and are quite collectible, as well as the antique dental torture tools that were used a century ago. -----------------------------Dove Place Antiques

160 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo, 453.1490 2ND The Pavillion Antiques, San Anselmo 3RD Yankee Girl Antiques, San Anselmo

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BEST APPLIANCE STORE Quality appliances function well, serve your needs and are always dependable—sort of like the folks at Martin & Harris Appliances. A part of the Marin community for over 40 years, Martin & Harris carries all the top name brands you trust—Maytag, Whirlpool,

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KitchenAid—and if, on the off chance you want something they don’t have in their extensive warehouse, they’ll special order it for you. Add to that a savvy staff, speedy pickup and delivery and some of the most competitive prices around, and it’s not hard to see why these guys have attracted such a loyal, satisfied customer base. Is your refrigerator running? If not, you know where to go. -----------------------------Martin & Harris

2158 Fourth St., San Rafael, 454.2021 2ND Bay Area Built-Ins, San Rafael 3RD Standards of Excellence, San Rafael

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fur floor rugs. SUN: What’s a frequently asked question you hear from carpet buyers? CITY CARPETS: People always want to know how soon they can have their new carpets installed, and because our installers are our employees we are able to install as soon as we receive the carpet from the manufacturers. Q: We’ve been predicting the return of shag since 1982. When will we be vindicated? A: Shag is back and cooler than ever. Shag rugs made of leather, wool and nylon in a wide variety of colors and textures are available. With names like Shagtastic, Shagadelic, Shaggy > 79

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BEST CARPET CLEANERS There is a reason Elliot Atlas calls his service Carpet Confidence Stain Removal System. Atlas Window & Carpet Cleaning gets business because he means business about making carpets as spotless as they were when they were installed. This Best-of winner in two categories (see also Best Window Cleaners) has a service ethic like few others, backed by 28 years of experience. “I like doing quality work. I enjoy pleasing people,” he says. “I try to educate my clients.” SUN: What’s the difference between good carpet cleaning service and great carpet cleaning service? ATLAS: As opposed to a good carpet cleaning service, a great carpet cleaning service excels in all or most of the aspects of the carpet cleaning system—such as a great technician, high-level equipment, superior tools, excellent cleaning agents that are safe, etc. Q: Is there anything I can do to keep my carpet clean year-round? A: You may need to clean your carpets more than once a year. It may be twice, three or four times a year. It could mean that you clean certain sections more often. It depends on the situation of what happens on your carpet throughout the year. Q: Ours changes like the seasons—from white to yellow to brown... A: Having a great spot and stain removal system for between cleanings would add a great deal to maintaining a good-looking carpet. Q: How can I remove blood stains from my white carpet? Seriously, I need to know... A: I’m going to refrain from this one. If you personally would like help with that challenge, I’ll be glad to talk to you. -----------------------------Atlas Window & Carpet Cleaning

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BEST CARPETING Leather, nylon, horsehair and glass tile? “The funkier the better!” says Leigh Bakhtiari, owner of City Carpets. Boring beige is out, and custom colors (think avocado green) and patterns (mosaics, carpet tiles) are making flooring fashionable again. You don’t have to leave Marin to get polka-dot coverings or fauxWWW.PACIFICSUN.COM

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< 77 Plenty O’Toole Chic, need we say more?! Q: How do I get red wine out of my carpet? What about blood? (Don’t ask.) A: Red wine and blood can be tricky, especially if you have light-colored rugs. If you purchased an Ultra-Life Stainmaster carpet (available only at City Carpets in Marin and Sonoma counties) then you are covered for 15 years, meaning if you can’t remove the stain, we’ll replace it!

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555 E. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael, 454.4200 2ND Ken’s Carpets and Flooring, San Rafael 3ND Mertel Carpets, San Rafael

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BEST FRAME SHOP Cheap Pete’s Frame Factory Outlet’s owner Peter Gumina, a white-bearded native San Franciscan of Italian descent who resembles Lawrence Ferlinghetti, has

spent an astonishing 32 years in the frame business. With four Bay Area locations (he says the S.F. store at 7th and Geary is his highest volume shop), Cheap Pete’s serves an impressive 150,000 customers a year. Since Pete’s has won in this category for several years in a row, there’s no denying the fact that his customers like the discounted rates and no-nonsense DIY framing options at Cheap Pete’s stores. Prices haven’t gone up a great deal over the years, Gumina muses, and in fact, getting a picture framed is cheaper now than it was years ago. This savvy entrepreneur says he is scouting new locations all the time! -----------------------------Cheap Pete’s Frame Factory Outlet

all of us become more aware: for example, items in the produce department carry tags stating the number of miles each fruit or vegetable traveled to get to the shelf. Good Earth not only “walks the walk,” it is educating customers in maintaining their own health as well as the health of our community. -----------------------------Good Earth Natural Foods

221 Third St. at Montecito Plaza, San Rafael, 455.8055 2ND Frame Crafters, Greenbrae 3RD Ragged Sailor Gallery and Framery, Larkspur,

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BEST GREEN (ENVIRONMENT CONSCIOUS) BUSINESS Good Earth Natural Foods was the first business in the county to be certified green. And the store continues to push the envelope in introducing greener practices. From solar hot water to electricity sourced from wind to surfaces that don’t require industrial cleaners, owners Al Baylacq, Edwin Cariati and Mark Squire are committed to lessening the store’s “footprint.” To that end, they continue to stock more and more local goods. And they’re helping

1966 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., 454.0123 2ND Green Fusion Design Center, San Anselmo 3RD Marin Sanitary Service, San Rafael

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“Employee-owned” and “excellence” are two traits that fit Jackson’s Hardware better than a gardening glove. Bigger than a bowling alley, this local institution has kept Marin’s nuts and bolts together for decades. In addition to running a topnotch business, the employee-owners value being part of and contributing to the community. If you come to Jackson’s searching for great selection and expert service, you’ve hit the nail on the head. -----------------------------Jackson’s Hardware

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BEST HOME FURNISHINGS If hubby’s a couch potato and you need more than a La-Z-Boy to match his mood, Sunrise Home can deliver the goods for the den you’re wishing for. With their designer lines and European models, they offer furniture from footstools to futons. Settle in to a comfy recliner, kick up the leg-rest and let Sunrise bring your home a whole new look. SUN: What will be 2007’s hot item in home furnishings? SUNRISE: This year will bring us a resurgence of stronger colors—blues, reds and

even yellows. Q: We knew our yellow electric bull would come back in style. A: Yellow is very hot in apparel now and furnishings usually follow very closely on fashion’s heels so I expect to see yellow a lot! Q: I’m always tripping over my ottoman when I greet my family after work. Should I get rid of that thing? A: Ottomans are still extremely important—storage ottomans, ottomans on casters, “pull up” ottomans and benches, foot stools, cubes, etc., as well. Q: Why don’t people buy thrones anymore? A: Our society has progressively gotten more democratic so thrones don’t parallel that trend very well. We even see less use of serious host and hostess chairs at dining tables and round dining tables are huge with the “everyone is the same” concept in identical chairs—so no one is singled out as special. Q: If someone asked if you stocked a chest “large enough to store a body,” what would you say?

For more than 20 years, Flying Elephants has provided Marinites with unusual and distinctive indoor and outdoor furniture, home dÈcor, accessories and garden-related items from all over Southeast Asia. Brothers Sukhdev and Surinder Oberoi deal directly with designers and craftsmen, ensuring high-quality products. But what keeps customers coming back is the bright and colorful store filled with an ever-changing array of pieces large and small, old and new—many made from recycled teak—intriguing accent pieces and great prices. Sukhdev is pleased that Sun readers have bestowed this honor on Flying Elephants. SUN: What is it about southern Asian furnishings that so fascinates Western furniture shoppers? ELEPHANTS: Traditional Asian furnishings are handcrafted pieces of art. They are unique and influenced by the culture as well as the individual craftsmen involved. Some of our customers enjoy this, as it reminds them of their trip to Southeast Asia. There also are furnishings made specifically for the Western market. Q: By that you mean bad taste? A: These items may not be as exotic as the traditional furnishings, but the quality and pricing is appealing. Q: Is there a particular nation that’s

newly emerging on the Asian import furnishings scene? A: Often this is determined by the duties and relations between the governments of the countries involved. For example, with the easing of regulations on Vietnam, we see a lot of new products from that country. On the other hand, Indonesia will continue to be a part of the furnishing scene due to the tremendous amount of resources, designers and creativity. Q: Why don’t people buy thrones anymore? A: As it was one of our top-selling items in the ‘90s, we assume that they didn’t wear out quickly enough in order to be replaced... -----------------------------Flying Elephants

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THE NIGEL SMALL-FAWCETT AWARD FOR BEST KITCHEN/ BATH REMODELER Kitchens & More has been voted Best of three times—because Rosemarie and Krikor Halajian “get it.” They know there’s far more to a remodel than the craftsmanship of the final product. Clients truly appreciate that Kitchens & More is right there through the entire project, from design to the very last detail. SUN: What’s the most important thing someone should consider before remodeling their kitchen or bathroom? KITCHENS: What do you value? What do you really care about? Q: I value and care about kitchens and toilets. A: Prioritize these things before designing a space and selecting materials. Some things you may consider: aesthetics, entertaining, appliances and the way you cook/live, budget and resale value,

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personally, my kitchen made me a better dancer. (The wood floors remind me of ballet school and suddenly I’m doing pirouettes again.) Q: Is it true your business offers everything but the kitchen sink? A: In fact, we offer every kind of kitchen sink. Our personal favorite is a locally made, single-basin stainless steel sink. You can fit (almost) everything in it. Babies and little children look especially cute in them. -----------------------------Kitchens & More

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BEST LANDSCAPE DESIGNER When Cynthia Egger talks about landscape design, her passion for it is apparent. “Whether I’m helping someone add a few plants to their yard or doing a total overhaul, I want that person to be satisfied and happy,” she says. “I always tell them, ‘This is just like adding a room to your house or remodeling; you want it done right.’ “ Egger, a third-generation horticulturist, grew up around plants. She’s been in business 25 years, and over that time has met and teamed with the best building and landscaping professionals the area has to offer, meaning

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THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS AWARD FOR BEST LIGHTING Light Express is known for—you guessed it—great lighting. They specialize in both design and fixtures, from over 100 different manufactures, featuring traditional to contemporary lighting. What makes them special? “Our welleducated staff,” says Justyna, an in-store expert. They stay abreast of the new trends; for example, “Lime green is cool right now...and angled black crystal.” The store’s mantra: “Lighting can make or break a space.” “With a perfect lighting palette,” Justyna adds, “you can look beautiful and feel great.” They invite you to see their lighting in effect at Comforts, in San Anselmo. Their most magnificent piece for sale is 6 feet of crystal bubbles, suspended on a cable. “It looks just like they’re floating in water,” she says. SUN: What’s the difference between a good lighting store and a great lighting store? LIGHT EXPRESS: Knowledge, listening to customers’ needs and desires, a unique product offering and the ability to combine all three to achieve great lighting. Q: Actually that’s four things. How do you stay plugged in to the community’s lighting needs? A: Staying current with the newest developments in the field—from energy conservation and new light sources to design trends. Q: We’re going to put you on the spot with this one—how do light bulbs work? A: There are many types of lamps: incandescent, fluorescent, LED, HID and RF. Each type is used in specific applications, and sometimes mixed to create a certain psycho-visual ambiance. Q: You don’t know, do you? A: How they work? That’s a large question, depending on the bulb! How they are put to work is the question. We are here to help you select the best product for your application. As we all know— lighting can make or break the space! Q: Shamelessly plug your business in exactly 36 words. A: Light Express is a great resource for the Marin design community and builders. We also work with homeowners on additions and remodels, and have a great selection of decorative lighting, from traditional to transitional to contemporary. -----------------------------Light Express

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First-time winner Tim Johnson of Johnson & Daly Moving and Storage started his moving business in 1979 with his high school friend Kevin and a beater pickup truck. Based in the Canal district, they began their business moving furnishings out of and into apartments. Now—with 45 employees and 18 trucks—they work internationally. They move in snow. “Rain or shine, movers gotta move,” says Tim. Sometimes the kids ride along, too. The business is known for local, household moving. “Sure, we’ve done famous people,” Tim acknowledges. “I don’t think they’d want to be named, though...” The hardest things to move? Tim thinks “a square grand piano.” -----------------------------Johnson & Daly Moving and Storage

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BEST OUTDOOR/ PATIO FURNITURE Smith & Hawken has a well-deserved reputation as a premier purveyor of premium teak outdoor furniture. But if you haven’t checked out the new store,

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THE GOLDFINGER AWARD FOR BEST PAINT STORE The color and quality of paint you choose can be the factor that makes or breaks a room—but many people don’t know where to begin. Enter Tamalpais Paint & Color, a trusted source for all

things paint-related for almost 15 years. Owner Rob Martin says the secret of his store’s success is a simple two-part formula: First, hire friendly, knowledgeable staffers (including specially trained “color consultants”); and second, stock a diverse selection of the top name brands in both paint and paint accessories. Whether you’re looking to brighten your living room with a fresh coat or revamp your entire office building, Tamalpais Paint is your one-stop shop. SUN: What’s the most important thing to do before deciding on a color for a room? TAMALPAIS PAINT: Apply a sample of the color to your wall or large brush card before purchasing your paint—you will be happy you did. It’s difficult to see how color will look from a small colorchip sample. Q: We learned that the hard way with our recently painted hot-pink dining room... A: Our in-store color consultants will be happy to assist you in narrowing your choices. One brand we sell has 500 colors already painted for you on a 24-by-18 inch board, no need to break out the brush! Q: In the Bond film, ‘Goldfinger,’ arch-villain Auric Goldfinger kills people by painting them gold. Have you ever considered offering this service? A: Only to some extremely difficult customers—no, just kidding! With all > 88

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BEST F MARIN < 86 Plenty O’Toole the choices people have and all the places to buy paint, we’re honored when they choose Tam Paints. (Besides have you seen the price of gold paint these days?) Q: “Melon Sunset,” “Morning Yolk,” “White Heron in the Rain”...who names the paint colors? A: Not sure, but wouldn’t it be a great job? It probably gets tough after the first 1,000. Let’s see “White Heron in the Sunset,” “Yolk on the Melon,” “Morning Rain”—just doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. -----------------------------Tamalpais Paint & Color

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BEST PLACE FOR THE SUDDEN REALIZATION THAT NOVATO’S DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENTS HAVE REALLY IMPROVED NOVATO’S DOWNTOWN Afternoon tea in Novato? Well, yes. (Not so long ago, though, the answer would have been—huh?) But things have changed for the better in Old Town and what was once depressing and rundown is now upbeat and pleasant. Recently,

after an afternoon of running around, I found myself tired and hungry on Grant Avenue. It was too late for lunch and too early for dinner but the perfect solution arrived at Flour Chylde. The popular bakery, long a fixture at the farmers market, has a newish storefront, with inside seating and a few sidewalk tables, too. The sandwiches and savory tarts looked yummy, but harking back to my roots, I chose a pot of tea and a scone. Sitting outside at a spindly bistro table on one of the first fine days of spring, I saw the town from a new and fun perspective. The charming tray of sweet old mismatched bone china —cup and saucer, teapot, cream jug, plates—echoed the

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old buildings, now in their new incarnations of smart boutiques, spas and restaurants. The scone was the ideal afternoon snack, light but sustaining, and the chocolate chip cookie was over the top, unnecessary and divine. I will make sure to arrive at Flour Chylde at teatime more often.—Elizabeth Stewart -----------------------------Flour Chylde

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THE ODD JOB AWARD FOR BEST PLUMBERS Think all plumbers are the same? When 20 gallons of H20 are flooding what’s left of your newly remodeled bathroom you’ll think again. For three generations Burkell Plumbing has been plunging into county pipes, tanks and sinks on both the residential and commercial fronts. Whether it’s air conditioning, heating help, furnace fixing or general plumbing, you’ll be glad when Burkell’s on the job. -----------------------------Burkell Plumbing

2000 Bridgeway, Sausalito, 479.0170 2ND Doke’s Plumbing, San Rafael 3RD Peter Levi Plumbing, San Rafael

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BEST ROOFER Family owned and operated since 1927, DeMello Roofing has long been a Marin staple in the residential roofing business. They do everything: tile, shingles, slate, cedar, fiberglass—even staggered shapes and the set-up for sod roofs. For green roofing options, they offer recycled rubber tiles and fake-slate shingles. What’s the hardest roof? “Slate is the most labor intensive to install,” the guys say. No problem for this outfit—DeMello is distinguished by their service. “We don’t do subcontractors,” says co-owner Ricci Garzoli, “our average employee has over 10 years of experience in roofing.” -----------------------------DeMello Roofing

45 Jordan St., San Rafael, 456.0741 2ND McLeran Roofing Co., San Rafael 3RD Marin County Roofing, San Rafael

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“Watching that little wheel spin backwards,” says Marin Solar owner and president Roy Phillips, was his moment. He felt he’d been struck by “lightning bolts out of the sky.” And he still gets excited each time he installs a system and experiences the electric meter moving backwards. A longtime general contractor, Phillips sees his move to solar as a win-win for all, including the environment; as he rattles off the savings, plus current incentives, it’s easy to see why he’s so enthusiastic. Phillips and crew shine in all aspects of the biz—sales, design, engineering, installation—they do it all, no subcontractors. The recognition by Sun readers is a source of pride > 90


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THE SHADY TREE AWARD FOR BEST TREE SERVICE Owner Tad Jacobs’s business is a firsttime winner in this category, but this Mill Valley native has been in business

for 20 years and clearly knows his stuff. Jacobs, who has the soothing and earnest manner that befits a tree doctor, says he has more of an organic approach to tree healthcare. Treemasters works with native trees, offers eradication (they have their own cranes), performs soil aeration services and even recycles diseased wood. Treemasters’ trucks run on biodiesel fuel and have for years. Jacobs’s obvious commitment to customer service and low turnover in staff speaks well of his business priorities and principles. And his primary focus is Marin. -----------------------------Treemasters

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Window dressings are a lot more than just, well, window dressing—they serve an important functional as well as aesthetic purpose. That’s why when looking for blinds, drapes, shutters and the like you shouldn’t go just anywhere; but you should go to Shades of Marin. A familyowned business for over 50 years, Shades carries everything from basic roller shades to elegant draping to the latest motorized coverings, and proves their commitment to customer satisfaction by offering free estimates, plus complimentary decorating and measuring and a full-service repair facility. In short, they’ve got you covered. SUN: What’s the difference between a good window covering store and a great window covering store? SHADES: A great window coverings store provides the customer with great product knowledge as well as great customer service. Here at Shades of Marin, we are all about making the shopping for window coverings a relaxed, no-pressure experience. Q: Yeah, we really hate it when drape sellers lean on us with “the hard sell.” A: We listen to our customers’ likes and dislikes and we provide suggestions based on those, as well as our vast experience. Q: What’s new in curtain trends for ‘07? A: Motorized window coverings, along with sun protection and insulation are the newest trends for 2007. Understated protection with comfortable design qualities are important to today’s customers. Q: I’m a hard-boiled private investigator with a sordid past. How should I adjust my blinds so that the shadows run across my face—properly reflecting the duality between good and evil that exists in my personality? A: Adjust the blinds with remote-control battery powered window coverings. It is so easy and so functional to change your personality and mood by controlling light. Q: Shamelessly plug your business in exactly 30 words. A: We have been a family business since 1953. We put our family’s name and reputation out there with every customer. We really make doing business with us an


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BEST WINDOW CLEANERS Elliot Atlas goes two for two in this year’s Best-of voting (see Best Carpet Cleaners). “We believe in good quality work that is good AND lasting,” he opines about the window portion of Atlas Window & Carpet Cleaning. The only company in Marin to use extension poles (leaving ladders out of the usual cleaning equation), his team of carefully trained workers performs quickly, safely and more importantly, effectively. SUN: What’s the difference between a good window cleaner and a great window cleaner? ATLAS: Most professional window cleaners can do an adequate-to-excellent job when right next to the window (either standing next to it or on a ladder by the window). In my opinion, a great window cleaner has the skill to do a great job, even with extension poles that can reach anywhere from 8 to 24 feet (accurate work from a distance). A great window cleaner has a lot of pride in the work and is very detail-oriented. Q: What’s a common mistake people make when cleaning their own windows? A: Not using a good squeegee is the biggest mistake people make when cleaning their own windows. The other mistake is the lack of knowledge of how to use glass cleaners correctly. Q: That’s me to a T. What should I do? A: Most people apply the cleaner and then wipe it clean and usually this leaves a streaky residue. My suggestion is to apply the cleaner then wipe with a paper towel. Repeat that and then buff it with a dry paper towel. Q: Complete this analogy: If eyes are the windows to the soul, then windows are the eyes to_______. A: ? -----------------------------Atlas Carpet and Window

118 Auburn St., San Rafael, 256.8321 2ND Clear Light Window Washing, Novato 3RD SMART Window Cleaning, Novato

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Top brands, expert customer service, an impeccable reputation—these are the things that have earned Marin Color Service a spot in the HOF. How about the most complete selection of green paints and paint-accouterments in Marin? That earns them an enviro thumbs-up. -----------------------------Marin Color Service

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If anyone knows the importance of staying healthy, it’s James Bond. In fact, 007’s frequent visits to our fit-leaning Best of Marin winners over the years have made it possible for the secret agent to become surprisingly adroit at a number of skills. Not only is Bond a superior equestrian, cyclist, skier and mountain climber, but we’ve seen him drive a bobsled, hang glide, parasail, deep-sea dive, fence, bungee jump, tango and slow his own heartbeat through meditation. And to whom does he turn to find the best places to acquire these talents? M? Q? Moneypenny? Not bloody likely. Try Best of Marin.

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THE ‘PIERCE’ BROSNAN AWARD FOR BEST ACUPUNCTURE From heart disease to cancer to diabetes to simple back pain—the ailments and afflictions that can be aided by acupuncture are numerous. For years, the Pine Street Clinic has offered individuals the chance to receive some first-rate exposure to this ancient Eastern technique, and the results have been good. SUN: What’s the biggest misunderstanding people have about acupuncture? PINE STREET: That acupuncture hurts. It doesn’t tickle either, but there is a lot of space between tickle and hurt. Q:Like “twinge.” A: A tranquil clinic environment, a calm practitioner and super-thin needles always makes the acupuncture experience successful. Q: Have you always wanted to stick sharp objects into people—and get paid for it? A: The desire to stick sharp objects into people started out as a political experiment. There are secret acupuncture points that can be used to convert a Republican into a Democrat. Q: Does one of those punctures result in a bleeding heart? A: We have successfully treated thousands of Republicans here in Marin and plan to publish our clinical results soon. Q: Your clinic has pioneered the use of cancer-sniffing dogs. Wouldn’t cancer-

sniffing acupuncturists save on overhead? A: During our research where we trained dogs to scent-detect human cancer an unexpected side effect occurred. The human researchers, after months of interaction with the dogs, were able to smell which samples were cancer and which ones were not. However, human noses are still not as powerful or accurate as a dog nose. -----------------------------Pine Street Clinic

124 Pine St., San Anselmo, 485.0484 2ND Barbara Custer, Mill Valley 3RD Lotus Center of Oriental Medicine, San Rafael

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BEST AUDIO DISPLAY BY THE ANURA ORDER OF THE AMPHIBIAN CHORDATA Hidden Lake—not more than a wet meadow half the year—is tucked in the upper reaches of Mt. Burdell. Come springtime, it’s hopping with frogs. Arrive at the right hour, and you’ll stumble upon a symphony. The a cappella amphibians are startled by passersby, but if you stand still long enough, their sudden silence will turn into timid croaks, then slowly crescendo into a cacophony of sound. Hikers have been known to mistake their vocal orchestrations for heavy machinery. -----------------------------Hidden Lake

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When Bond feels like he’s packing ‘a few too many pints 'round the Midlands,’ he can often be seen stretching to the oldies at Bikram Yoga in San Rafael.

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BEST BIKE SHOP/SERVICE Bike shops come and go, but Sunshine Bicycle Center—which has been on the scene since 1971—maintains its favored status because its services are for everyone—elite cyclist to 2-year-old. Martin Hansen’s longtime crew is there to fix customers up with what fits their needs, regardless of the latest gear. And they fix it all, from the high-end gadgetry right on down to strollers. Repairs definitely keep people coming in—stuff happens when you cycle. But Sunshine also carries a complete selection of all bike types and sizes—including the newest in comfort bikes—along with all the accessories and accouterments. SUN: What’s your favorite bike ride in Marin? SUNSHINE: From Fairfax go up Bolinas Road, over Alpine Dam and up to Ridgecrest; then ride down to Highway 1 all the way to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and back to Fairfax. It’s a ride that takes some effort and provides every type of bike riding discipline: good climbs, fast descents and a rolling road. Q: Complete this sentence: Lance Armstrong is cycling’s biggest_______. A: Star. The first man to win seven Tours de France. Survives a cancer that should have killed him. Beats the Euros at their own game. Stumps the drug testers. Q: What do you mean he “stumps” the drug testers? A: It’s doubtful any of the elite pro racers are 100 percent clean. The physical tasks they acheive are inhuman. The loopholes in testing are getting tighter and

the results (disqualifications) are evident and obvious. Q: Why do men’s bikes have the toptube bar and women’s don’t? A: The reason for a missing “top-tube” on ladies’ bikes enabled the rider to pedal without having to wear pants— man or woman! Q: Shamelessly plug something I can get from your store in exactly 49 words. A: A great off-road ride is Boy Scouts/ Camp Tamarancho.Tamarancho is a 9- to 10-mile loop for almost any level of rider. Lots of guilt-free trail riding. No rangers. No horses. Few hikers. Maintained and supported by riders. Requires a pass. Day passes can be purchased at Sunshine Bicycles for $5. -----------------------------Sunshine Bicycle Center

737 Center Boulevard, Fairfax, 459.3334 2ND Mill Valley Cycleworks, Mill Valley 3RD Fairfax Cyclery, Fairfax

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BEST HAUNT TO COME HEAD TO HEAD WITH SOME UNMOUNTED ANTLERS Take a hike any time of the year in this remote West Marin outpost and you’re apt to spot more than a few bobbing heads in the brush. The Tule Elk Reserve on Tomales Point is the perfect place for some harmless head hunting. These benign bellowers, reinstated to the National Seashore beginning in 1978, are thriving today. Bring binoculars for the best view. Protected by law, there’s no taking these racks back to the local pool hall. -----------------------------Tule Elk Reserve

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BEST HEALTH CLUB Open since 1991, the Osher Marin JCC completed a huge renovation last year, reopening January 2 with a new floor for its 5,000-plus membership base. “We have the highest standard of customer service and functionality with topnotch personal trainers, state-of-the-art equipment,” notes fitness director Kelli Maciel. However, she is quick to add that “it’s a community center, not a gym.” With a newly rebuilt gym, open workout room and three studios for fitness classes, the JCC is truly a haven for all those seeking physical well-being. SUN: What’s the difference between a good health club and a great health club? JCC: Our research shows that the top three most important features for a health club are cleanliness, a friendly staff and a high level of customer service. So assuming you have those covered, the rest of it—a full array of state-of-the-art equipment, indoor and outdoor pools, a wide variety of group fitness classes, experienced personal trainers, individual TV monitors, full spa amenities, full-size basketball court—is just gravy. WWW.PACIFICSUN.COM

Q: Does the fact that I can bench-press 450 pounds impress you? A: How nice that you have that in common with the governor of our great state of California! Q: Shamelessly plug your business in exactly 50 words. A: On any given day in our health-and-fitness center, you will find members of all ages, sizes, styles and levels of ability hard at work at one goal: strengthening their bodies and spirits. You should be able to come as you are and feel welcome and part of a community. -----------------------------The Osher Marin JCC

200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, 444.8000 2ND Elan Fitness Center, San Anselmo 3RD Marin YMCA, multiple locations

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BEST HEALTH FOOD STORE A Fairfax staple for 38 years, the Good Earth Natural Foods’ philosophy and business practices can be described in one word: integrity. Customers trust Al Baylacq, Edwin Cariati and Mark Squire’s commitment to local, certified organic, sustainably produced goods; decision-making based on what’s best for consumers as well as the environment (see Best Green Business); and a clean, well-stocked store— with an outstanding ready-made section and bakery full of whole-grain breads and more, all made in-house. SUN: What’s the difference between a good health food store and a great health food store? GOOD: There are so many “great” stores in our industry. The better ones seem to always include a personal story about someone. Meaning, what led to the farmer becoming an organic farmer, etc. More often these days, folks want to know where their food is coming from. Part of that understanding includes who is primarily behind producing the product. Q: What’s the least healthy item in your store? A: Well there aren’t many... Q: C’mon, ’fess up... A: One does stand out. We have been making traditional apple fritters now for about six months. Folks just love ’em! Whole wheat and white flour infused with fresh apples, spices and sugarcane deep-fried in safflower oil and topped with organic powdered sugar. We try and keep products like this to a minimum. > 94

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< 93 You Only Live Twice Q: Why is brown rice better for us? A: Brown rice is nutritionally superior to white rice for a number of reasons. The difference is that brown rice has its bran layer intact while white rice is polished in order to remove the bran. A long time ago, food manufacturers decided to remove this nutrient-rich, high-fiber layer of bran because the oil and nutrients would oxidize or turn rancid. It was all about shelf life. Mother Nature put all the wholesome nutrition in the outer parts of the rice grain, antioxidant vitamins, minerals, as well as the bran that keeps our inside clean. -----------------------------Good Earth Natural Foods

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BEST HIKE THAT’S LITERALLY A DAY AT THE BEACH A great way to blow off some steam is this downhill trek through Tennessee Valley. The trail takes you right to the beach, rich with shipwreck lore and rocky sands. Paved at the start, the path eventually morphs into a dirt road and a single-track coast trail cuts off toward the breaking waves. A small lagoon just before the shore hosts mallards, great blue herons and other waterfowl. While the views as you descend are marvelous, the hike back up isn’t half bad, either. -----------------------------Tennessee Valley Trail

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Mikyo Riggs’s barely 1-year-old martial arts studio—Marin Mixed Martial Arts— came on strong in 2006, not only winning a Best of Marin award in its first year out, but also gaining an international reputation for the great training it offers in jujitsu, mixed martial arts and Muay Thai. Riggs brings a contagious enthusiasm for martial arts backed by the firsthand knowledge he has accrued over 16 years of martial arts training and competition. Riggs understands what a gift disciplined practice can

be and his passion for sharing the lineage has attracted a loyal base of students, from young children to professional fighters. A team of four instructors offers a full schedule of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, kickboxing, mixed martial arts, youth and self-defense classes. Three professional mixed martial artists train at the studio: Bon Kim, Marco Falcone and Luke Stewart. And the MMA boasted 17 medals in competition in 2006. SUN: What’s unique about the way your studio teaches martial arts? MMA: Well first of all, my staff and I have been highly successful in competitive martial arts for over a decade. We bring to the table very high level technique and have a lot of competitive experience. We use principles from the Positive Coaching Alliance to teach our students. I teach students to control their egos, and to walk a humble path. Q: Do Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee help or hinder what you do? A: They have no impact on what I do. They are not really on my radar except that I admire and respect both of them very much. Q: Be honest. If I wanted to pick a fight with one of your students—what color belts do I really want to avoid? A: It would be a very bad idea to pick a fight with any of my students regardless of belt color. Q: Shamelessly plug your business in exactly 59 words. A: At Marin MMA we have two goals: We want to win and be successful in our sport, but we also place a great emphasis on teaching life lessons to students. We want to give our students skills that they can apply to many areas of life. Once someone becomes a member of Marin MMA they are treated like family. -----------------------------Marin Mixed Martial Arts

222 Greenfield Ave., San Anselmo, 497.5050 2ND United Studios of Self Defense, various locations 3RD Kim’s Martial Arts Institute, San Anselmo

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The James Bond who has been saving the world on a regular basis since his screen debut 44 years ago bears an only occasional resemblance to Ian Fleming’s edgy, fallible, all-too-human hero. A primary reason Casino Royale is the best Bond movie in many a decade is that it’s the first entry since the early ’70s to be based with any degree of fidelity on one of Fleming’s original novels. The books aren’t great works of literature, but the plots move like clockwork; Fleming had the rare ability to describe action vividly and precisely, and his previous life as a Naval Intelligence officer and Moscow correspondent for the Times of London gave his writing a crackling sense of verisimilitude. And his protagonist, Bond, possessed a multitude of complexes, prejudices and foibles intriguing enough to captivate a worldwide reading public. A few little-known facts from the 007 dossier: XBond drinks bourbon a lot more than he drinks vodka martinis. He also indulges now and then in Red Stripe, sake and schnapps.  X Fleming considered Bond to be a bit left of center politically and, in fact, in his private moments 007 expresses a preference for Castro over Batista and Kennedy over Eisenhower. (JFK had said that From Russia with Love was one of his 10 favorite books.)  X Bond not only lives in a pretty elegant flat in a tree-planed square off the King’s Road, he has a live-in maid—not, as you might imagine, a statuesque blonde named Inga, but an elderly Scotswoman named May who tuts over him and prepares his favorite breakfast of soft-boiled eggs, wheat toast and marmalade. X007 isn’t always the emotional vacuum he appears to be. In From Russia with Love his plane hits some turbulence and he has what can only be described as a freak-out; in Diamonds Are Forever he turns off a recording of “La Vie en Rose” because the song “has memories for him”; and in Moonraker, a blinking neon sign disturbs him so much, he has to pull his Bentley over to the side of the road. XBond smokes 60 high-nicotine Balkan cigarettes and knocks back half a bottle of booze per day. XIn the short story “Agent 007 in New York,” a travel piece Fleming wrote for the Herald Tribune, Bond proffers his recipe for scrambled eggs, to be served “to four individualists with pink champagne and low music.”  X Fleming despised The Spy Who Loved Me so much, he specified in his will that if the book were ever to be made into a film, the plot could not be used. The novel is told from the point of view of one of Bond’s conquests and takes place in a Vermont motel.  X In every novel there comes a moment when Bond gives up all hope and then realizes that the fate of the world (or the British Secret Service, or some girl he just met) is in his hands. He thereupon spends several minutes drawing upon his inner strength and emerges with all of the confidence necessary to vanquish his opponents. Very Zen. Penguin recently reissued all of the James Bond novels and short stories in handsome new quality-paperback editions. Dive in and meet the man behind the movies. <

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< 94 You Only Live Twice and emotional benefits of regular massage treatments—believe that most of us would be less stressed if, rather than viewing massage as an indulgence, we incorporated it into our well-being routine. That was the genesis of Mill Valley Massage. No green tea, no plushy robes, no gimmicks. Instead, clients are welcomed into a clean, comfortable environment with certified massage therapists and the full gamut of massage options—myofascial, deep tissue, Swedish, hot stone, prenatal, etc.—all at affordable prices. Obviously, it works—the Langers have just opened a second site in San Rafael. -----------------------------Mill Valley Massage

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BEST PILATES STUDIO Every body is different, and everybody’s response to movement and exercise is different, says Stacy Allegro, the owner and driving force behind Fit First Pilates. In fact, before any talk of getting in shape, Allegro emphasizes the importance of establishing a trusting relationship between client and trainer. The equipment can be intimidating and people often come in worried about not “performing” well enough—but Pilates isn’t about competition. A program is tailored specifically for each body’s needs and abilities and trainers maintain a positive focus with each client. And Allegro’s lively personality and enthusiasm are difficult to ignore. She must be doing something right—in its 12 years, Fit First is the only Pilates studio to earn Best of—five times now. -----------------------------Fit First Pilates

21 Tamal Vista, Ste. 162, Corte Madera, 458.4477 2ND Mill Valley Health Club & Spa, Mill Valley 3RD Novato Pilates, Novato

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THE THUNDERBALL AWARD FOR BEST PLACE TO BUY SPORTS EQUIPMENT From prep athlete to weekend warrior, those living the sporting life in Marin know when they need a pump, a ball or a jersey, T&B Sports in San Rafael is the place to go to cover all their bases (pun intended). T&B has been serving North Bay run-and-gunners since 1946 and has a vast selection for practically every sport. Softball? Soccer? Basketball? They’ve got the helmets, gloves, bats, high tops, low tops and athletic supporters your office team needs to look every bit the pro (even if your play is more of a con). SUN: What are the kids buying these days? T&B: All the related equipment needed to participate in sports—gloves, bats, balls and the like. Specific items that are red-hot right now are all items from Under Armour performance apparel, shoes and accessories. Q: What’s the worst reason anyone’s given you for a return? A: Return of athletic shoes after a season’s use and stating they were the wrong size! Also, the return of a bat because it “lost its pop” or “I just can’t hit with it...” Q: Speaking of that, I bought Air Jordans from you in ’94 and I still can’t slam—what gives? A: As they say, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink...Could be God-given talent—or buy a ladder. -----------------------------T&B Sports

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BEST SHRINE/PLACE FOR POIGNANT INDIGNATION ABOUT THE MODERN WORLD Half a mile or so above Fern Canyon Road up Mt. Tam’s rugged Temelpa Trail there’s a small clearing off to the left, and in the middle of the clearing is a large boulder, and set into its side is a plaque. We came upon it by accident during a long

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hike on the vernal equinox last year, and this is what it says: “Behold, my brothers, the spring has come; the earth has received the embraces of the sun and we shall soon see the results of all that love! Every seed has awakened and so has all animal life. It is through this mysterious power that we too have our being and we therefore yield to our neighbors, even our animal neighbors, the same right as ourselves, to inhabit this land. Yet hear me, my people, we now have to deal with another race—small and feeble when our fathers first met them, but now great and overbearing. Strangely enough they have a mind to till the soil and the love of possessions is a disease with them. These people have made many rules that the rich may break but the poor may not. They take tithes from the poor and weak to support the rich who rule. They claim this mother of ours, the earth, for their own, and fence their neighbors away; they deface her with buildings and their refuse. That nation is like a spring freshet that overruns its banks and destroys all who are in its path. Sitting Bull, 1877.” At the base of the boulder is a framed image of the great Sioux leader along with such offerings as passing hikers and supplicants have bestowed: seashells, bits of quartz and amethyst, dried flowers in a makeshift vase. -----------------------------Sitting Bull Plaque

Temelpa Trail (Near Fern Canyon Rd.), Mt. Tam

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BEST SKI/CAMPING SHOP For more than 20 years, Steve Merrifield has been building a committed, passionate customer base of the area’s most avid skiers, boarders and general outdoor sorts who live for surf, turf, tarmac and snow. It takes one to know one, and while Merrifield is modest about his athletic pursuits, you can trust that someone who loves adrenaline has stocked the shelves and outfitted skiers, skaters and boarders of all levels for their chosen pursuits in gear by Atomic, K2, Volkl and more. At DemoSport, Merrifield says, “We specialize in the right tool WWW.PACIFICSUN.COM

for the job.” SUN: What advice would you give to a first-time skier? DEMOSPORT: Take a lesson. Or, at least don’t let your friend, sibling or spouse teach you. (Unless they happen to be a certified PSIA instructor!) Q: That was one of my four requirements for marriage proposal... A: The learning curve will decrease with proper technique and body positioning that facilitate proper muscle memory. As with the Boy Scouts, be prepared. Q: And wear bright yellow neckerchiefs. A: Whether it is the dress-up from hat, gloves, goggles and warm waterproof outerwear to proper gear, proper terrain selection, proper instruction and proper choice of weather and timing, be prepared. Physically, normal exercise of any sort would be good ski training and conditioning. Q: Complete this sentence: Bode Miller is skiing’s biggest_________. A: Marketing tool. Q: So you think he’s a tool? A: Personally, I think he has had unrealistic expectations for consistent results cast upon him. On the other hand, he should show more respect for training and discipline as a chosen member of the U.S. ski team. Skiing needs publicity. Bode is news. Enough said. Q: If I don’t have the proper skiing goggles, will beer goggles do? A: Although proper eyewear is preferred, beer goggles have the added advantage of dual use in the aprés-ski environment, which includes increasingly distorted night vision. -----------------------------DemoSport

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Mt. Burdell offers miles of trails to share with its native bovines in the waning light of day. It’s also home to some of the most exciting hairdos ever put out to pasture. While sitting patiently in the hay, you may see the spitting image of Donald Trump mooooo-ve on through the cow crowd. If you’re lucky, you could be treated to variations of the Billy Idol spike and, a traditional favorite, the George Washington wig-curl. Sometimes the beasts get a little too friendly. When they clod closer for your honest advice on product—gel or hairspray?—they’re best fended off with something au naturel—a handful of acrid acorns that wouldn’t make a squirrel slobber. -----------------------------Mt. Burdell

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BEST F MARIN < 97 You Only Live Twice a problem when the getaway is right in your own backyard. No matter where in Marin you reside, centrally located Stellar Spa isn’t far away. But you’ll feel like it is, in the best possible sense, as you enjoy state-of-the-art rejuvenating treatments in a soothing, whisk-your-cares-away atmosphere tailored to men and women alike. And with an array of quality products on hand, you can take a little of this invigorating experience home with you. What are you waiting for? -----------------------------Stellar Spa

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BEST SURF SHOP If there is one thing that matters in the surf world, it is cred—and Fat Kat Surf Shop is steeped in it. New owners, locals Whitney Vest and Chad Peterson, are partners in business and surf and bring their lifelong passion for the ocean to this respected Fairfax storefront. Vest grew up surfing in Bolinas and shopping at Fat Kat before buying it from Rick Dillon (who still does repairs out of the shop) and renovating it with Peterson. The duo reopened in April 2006, stocking it full with top-of-theline beach apparel, surfboards, wetsuits and footwear, and since reopening, skate equipment (much of which is also locally produced). “I enjoy talking to people and I’ll often do special orders,” says Vest, who can be found most days helping customers select from brands such as Surf Prescriptions, Rip Curl, Reef and Think. -----------------------------Fat Kat Surf Shop

1906 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax, 453.9167 2ND Bolinas Surf Shop, Bolinas 3RD Live Water Surf Shop, Stinson Beach

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RESTAURANTS WITH CHEESY PLASTIC MENUS SHOULDN’T BE THIS GOOD Serving up brunch, super sundaes and hearty hamburgers, Star Restaurant has become a local institution in sleepy Novato. Pink faux flowers, mirrors that reflect them into an endless hanging garden and views of Novato Creek in the back room make this a comfy corner for some downhome dining. Pink-sugar sweetened coffee on the side, Star staff serve up smiles with just the right touch of sass. -----------------------------Star Restaurant

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BEST YOGA STUDIO While it can be intense, the rewards of Bikram yoga—a style comprised of 26 specific poses done in a hot room over 90 minutes—are many. If you choose to get into this intensely invigorating activity, you’ll notice improved energy, flexibility and endurance, plus weight loss and reduced 98 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2007

stress levels. If this piques your interest, check out Bikram Yoga San Rafael. With a varied class schedule to fit around your busy life and a staff of experienced instructors, Bikram San Rafael caters not just to hard-core athletes, but to anyone interested in improving his or her overall health and well-being. SUN: Is it a difficult stretch to be a unique yoga studio in these parts? BIKRAM YOGA SR: We’re an official Bikram Yoga School, specializing exclusively in Bikram’s yoga (a series of 26 poses performed in a heated room). Our yoga room was designed to have the best heated environment in the country with fresh air, special lighting and humidity. Q: Do you have an important piece of advice for us not-so-limber yoga novices? A: Keep an open mind, keep it simple. Just do what you can do, have a sense of humor, relax and have fun! Q: What’s the most mind-blowing yoga stretch you’ve ever seen? A: Every day we see folks stretch physically, mentally and emotionally all through the practice of a few simple poses—which is far more mind-blowing than watching someone struggle to twist themselves into a pretzel. Q: I once saw a man sit on his own head. Is this healthy? A: Through this work, bodies transform, habits change, stress and anger diminish and what is left is a happier, healthier, more resilient individual. Q: Shamelessly plug your business in exactly 34 words. A: Our classes are taught with humor, respect and validation. We pride ourselves on knowing our students by name and our dedication has paid off by attracting clients of every age, background and physical ability. -----------------------------Bikram Yoga San Rafael

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This famed, decades-old establishment continues to set the...well...gold standard for places to get pumped up. A visit to Gold’s Gym should be just the motivation you need to set that body in motion and keep it fit. Going for the Gold has never felt so good. -----------------------------Gold’s Gym

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When the original Mike’s Bikes opened in San Rafael in 1964, it was considered cutting-edge and continued with that reputation as one of the first in the country to sell mountain bikes. Four decades later, it remains an innovative purveyor of cool new products, garnering widespread respect among pedal-pushers countywide. -----------------------------Mike’s Bikes

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Of these four celebrities, two received ‘Pacific Sun Best of’ awards, two received ‘worst.’ Quickly now: Who got which?

CATEGORY ROYALE No Bond-themed Best of Marin issue worth its martini olives would be complete without allowing readers to weigh in on the films and actors themselves. Here are our poll results on a few things Bond, as well as a few things Marin:

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BEST BOND It comes as little surprise that Sean Connery took home this prize—he was first, coolest, appeared in three of the top handful of films and refused to allow his career to be defined by the role. Still, the numbers were eye-opening—he outdistanced second-place Daniel Craig by more than 3 to 1. In something of an upset, Pierce Brosnan edged longtimeBond Roger Moore for third, proving that fans still resent his devolution of the character into the smirking hero of some of the worst Bond films including Moonraker and A View to a Kill. ----------------------------2ND Daniel Craig 3RD Pierce Brosnan

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WORST BOND That Timothy Dalton finished ahead of one-and-done George Lazenby (by a mere seven votes) is testament to how vilified he was for his perceived humorless Bond in The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill. The actor’s attempts to lend depth and seriousness to the character after years of campy Roger Moore oneliners obviously did little to impress fans. ----------------------------2ND George Lazenby 3RD Pierce Brosnan

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BEST BOND MOVIE Fans placing Casino Royale (the 2006 version, we emphasize) above classics like Goldfinger and From Russia With Love speaks volumes about how the Bond series desperately needed to be updated to the grittier realism of the 21st-century thriller. Ten years from now, fans might not be so generous to the film but, in the here and now, Casino Royale has revitalized the series.

----------------------------2ND Goldfinger 3RD From Russia With Love (The rest of the readers’ Top 10 are as follows: Dr. No, Diamonds Are Forever, Octopussy, For Your Eyes Only, The Spy Who Loved Me, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.)

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WORST BOND MOVIE Produced during the heyday of campy space movies, the 1979 blunder Moonraker featured such “classic” Bond moments as our hero driving a “Bondola” (a gondolacar-embarrassment) through the streets of Venice, the ruining of a previously cool villain in Jaws—who now can survive parachute-free falls from airplanes—and what’s known as the double-taking pigeon scene in which a bird is edited to appear to be doing a double-take at a supposedly hilarious chase scene. When you need the assistance of garbage-consuming street fowl to tell viewers when to laugh, the gag may not be as funny as you think... ----------------------------2ND Die Another Day 3RD A View to a Kill

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BEST MOVIE STARRING A MARINCONNECTED ACTOR (2006) The critics savaged All the King’s Men (starring Sean Penn), but Marinites are loyal to the slightly surly, very talented Penn. Besides, the competition was pretty weak this year—seriously, was any voter going to declare Robin Williams’s RV the best movie of the lot? (Actually, 169 of you did!) ----------------------------2ND Man of the Year (Robin Williams) 3RD Breaking and Entering (Robin Wright Penn)


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WORST MOVIE STARRING A MARINCONNECTED ACTOR (2006) Of the 169 who loved RV (starring Robin Williams) (see the above entry), apparently one of you is currently writing reviews for the Internet Movie Database. Here’s what IMDB contributor “movieguy3” has to say about Sun readers’ “worst” movie of the year: “Bob Munro is the dad of a dysfunctional family. He hires an RV to take the family on vacation. However Bob is NOT the best RV steering wheel operator in the neighborhood and the hilarity is added on by the fact that the brakes are about as useful as a chocolate fireguard. Bob first realizes it when the RV rolls (not literally) backwards into a line of shopping carts. Also Bob’s job is in danger if he doesn’t go to a very important meeting. Before you can say “COME BACK! COME BACK!,” things go gloriously, hilariously, Munro-annoyingly wrong due to the lack of brakes, Bob’s job, toilet waste not cleared out from the last rental and more hilarious stuff.” ----------------------------2ND Factory Girl (Don “Father Guido” Novello) 3RD Behind Enemy Lines 2 (Peter Coyote)

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BIGGEST LOCAL NEWS STORY (2006) Raging waters in the Ross Valley New Year’s Floods still haven’t washed from readers’ memories. The waters that devastated so many homes and businesses—felt most harshly in San Anselmo—were a post-Katrina wake-up call at the local level. Out of the creekbed dregs, the county continues to recover. We think our next category winner has a little something to do with this one... ----------------------------2ND West Marin marijuana busts 3RD SMART campaign

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BEST MARIN TOWN (OTHER THAN YOUR OWN)

2 007 salata’s and Comforts are among this year’s Best of Marin recipients), fantastic shopping on and about San Anselmo Avenue and central proximity within the county, San Anselmo might have won this contest even without the flood. But the way the community banded together (especially with the town budget already deep in the red) to pick itself up off its collectively soaking feet showed it’s a town with guts as well. ----------------------------2ND Fairfax 3RD Mill Valley (The rest of the readers’ Top Ten towns are as follows: Point Reyes Station, Sausalito, San Rafael, Larkspur, Tiburon/Belvedere, Stinson, Bolinas.)

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Even we’ve got to admit Joan Jett is surprisingly edgy for the county-fair circuit— though we’re referring to her work with the Runaways and the Germs. Yet, since her 1982 breakthrough single—her career-defining version of the Arrows’ “I Love Rock ’N’ Roll—she’s built a career out of releasing inferior versions of other artists’ songs (“Crimson and Clover,” “Love Hurts,” “Roadrunner”...) and lapsing into Riot Grrrl self parody. Perhaps she was ready for the county-fair circuit after all... ----------------------------2ND Eddie Money 3RD Rick Springfield

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WORST CELEB TO PLAY THE MARIN COUNTY FAIR (2006) In a year of questionable “big name” talent at the fair, Nelson Bros., twins Matthew and Gunnar Nelson still made this a slam dunk. They earned a recording contract because of their father Ricky, they had a 1990 MTV hit because of their twin glam hairdos and they were soon out of a recording contract because of the Peter Principle. ----------------------------2ND Eddie Money 3RD Rick Springfield

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Awaken Your Spirit Nourish Your Soul Congregation Kol Shofar invites you to:

Women’s New Moon Spirituality Group with Rabbi Chai Levy Tuesday, March 27, 6:30 - 8:30 pm Join a circle of women for song, study and ritual.

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Best place for locally made lemon ice cream (often hard to find): Silbermanns, in the Northgate One shopping center Best local, easily accessible 360 degree views: China Camp and Ring Mountain Best place for outdoor summer evening picnic and live entertainment: Marin Shakespeare, at the Forest Meadows Amphitheatre Best regional symphony director (particularly with the departure of Jeffrey Kahane in Santa Rosa and Kent Nagano in Berkeley): Alasdair Neale, Marin Symphony Best bluegrass duo: Keystone Crossing Best children’s librarian: Holly from the San Rafael Public Library Best very local Fourth of July parade: Woodacre Best local online community forum: Town Square at www.pacificsun.com —Sam Chapman WWW.PACIFICSUN.COM

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Defend...continued from page 46 knows was James Bond as James Bond. Which is why On Her Majestyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is the only Bond movie in which I can truly accept the actor as 007. Sean Connery and Roger Moore played Bond for seven ďŹ lms each, both eventually turning the tables on the nature of characterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and by the end of their tenures in the role, Connery and Moore were no longer Bond; Bond had become either Connery or Moore. The same holds true for Timothy Dalton, though for far less triumphant reasons (many consider him the worst thing to have happened to the franchise since Roger Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plastic surgery). And Brosnan? Not only is Bond not Brosnan, but Brosnanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not even Brosnan. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Remington Steeleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the wise-acre cineaste detective who solved crimes by recalling crime plots from famous movies. (Now thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cool.) With Lazenbyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;who was also the most physically ďŹ t of the actors under discussion, as well as the one with the most â&#x20AC;&#x153;everymanâ&#x20AC;? persona (two essential qualities for any successful secret agent)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;I can lose myself in the world of 007. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a wellknown actor up there who I will compare to his Bond predecessor and antecedent. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not Daniel Craig the blond Bond; Connery the ďŹ rst-and-only Bond; Moore the longest-running Bond; Brosnan the Remington Steele Bond; or Dalton the viliďŹ ed Bond. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s-His-Name. And what is his name? Bond. James Bond. Next week: Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss when I explain why Pete Best is a better drummer than Ringo.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Jason Walsh

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THEATER be Love and Marriage. As for the third, he tells us: “I reckon you can guess what that’s about.” Actually, the third act is the payoff for the entire evening and if Emily’s cry—”Oh, Earth, you are too wonderful for anybody to realize you”— doesn’t bring you to tears, it will surely make you sit up and pay attention. Grover’s Corner may be small, but the wise humor, but his wry attitude is never play requires a large cast. And the actors cynical; he communicates warmth and inhabit the town as if they were all born love both to fellow characters onstage as there. Kathleen Gerard has many strong well as to the audience. moments; in one of the lighter ones she Our Town describes several days of life confesses her desire to travel somewhere in Grover’s Corner, New “they don’t speak EngHampshire. It starts on an lish—and don’t want to!” NOW PLAYING ordinary day in 1901 as Dr. Jennifer Reimer takes hold Our Town runs through Gibbs (Chuck Isen) returns of a role she picked up a April 22 at The Barn Theahome early one morning few days earlier (Susan tre, Marin Art & Garden (after delivering twins to a Suomi, cast as Mrs. Webb, Center, 30 Sir Francis woman in “the Polish secwill be back for the rest of rake Blvd at Lagunitas, tion”). His wife (Kathleen the run). Reimer brings a Ross; 415/456-9555, Gerard) worries about his passionate intensity to her www.rossvalleyplayers.com. working too much as she character’s rant about how SPECIAL NOTE: On Friday, tries to get the children, the world sends young girls March 23, “Pay What ou George (Francis Serpa) and into marriage ignorant and Will” tickets are available at Rebecca (Emily Pathman), unprepared. Isen and Jefthe box office from 7-7:20pm. out of bed. Next door, Mrs. ferds each bring an individWebb (Jennifer Reimer) ual flair to their supportive prepares breakfast for her husband roles. Stephen husband, the editor of the town’s paper, Dietz’s drunken choirmaster stays bitter her daughter Emily (Vivian Kane) to the end—and beyond, as he should; his and her son Wally (Philip Bohlman). character lives on the dark side of Grover’s This first act, the Stage Manager tells us, Corner (with the Polish immigrants who are is called Daily Life; the second act will talked about in whispers).

RVP goes to ‘Town’

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ur Town is classic theater, with all the baggage that the adjective timeless implies. Too many high school productions over too many years may have audiences muttering, “Not again,” as they go in, but this RVP production, thoughtfully and respectfully directed by Robert Wilson, will have them murmuring, “Hey, it still works,” as they go out. This play broke new ground in 1938 as Thornton Wilder included new theatrical techniques, many borrowed from the Chinese. With bare-bones staging, his stories appear to be ordinary and personal, but turn out to be universal truths about our existence on this planet—and beyond. The playwright, using presentational techniques, broke the fourth wall with his narrator/stage manager, a character who carries the play on his back. He has to be warmly caring even as he reveals the bitter secret of life: “We can never see it while we are living it.” Wood Lockhart brings all the necessary qualities to this role. He exudes a

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Small roles are made individual and distinctive by Maurice Thouvenin as the milkman, Eleanor Prugh as an “artistic lady,” Kathryn Daskal as the giddy Mrs. Soames, Hugh Campion as a long-winded professor. And the two young lovers, Emily and George, are poignantly brought to life by Vivian Kane and Francis Serpa. These two carry the action of the play as they create the beating heart of Grover’s Corner. Kane’s nervous energy as a conflicted young girl is entrancing, while Serpa’s George is engaging as the young boy who grows up much too soon. Audiences new to Wilder’s Our Town will find this production surprising and pleasing. For those who have seen it many times it will still please. <

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A child at heart ‘Dropped from the sky,’ Kimberly searches for her connection to the world BY

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hen last I left you, my friend Kimberly was holding a minuscule amount of semen in a test tube, bemoaning how much she had spent on this itty-bitty vial of life-creation fluid. I was marveling at the notion that donating sperm has become big business; apparently taking advantage of childless women before their menopausal years is quite lucrative. “Is the test tube cracked?” I asked optimistically. “No,” Kimberly responded. “This is all they sent.” “Let me see.” I demanded. Kimberly passed the tube to me. “It’s yellow. Isn’t it supposed to be white?” “I think I just spent $500 for mucus.” Kimberly went to the phone to call the sperm bank. I hopped online to do more research. I discovered from the World Health Organization that the average adult male ejaculates anywhere from 2 to 5 cubic centimeters of semen. “Yellow is normal and they send 1 cubic centimeter, which they claim is enough to do the job,” Kimberly said as

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she hung up the phone. “OK. You break out the turkey baster. I’m going home.” Sauntering across the street to go home, I did the math again. I previously calculated that the donor frequency requirement at Kimberly’s sperm bank afforded a man the opportunity to father 208 kids. That was before learning that each woman’s order was filled with approximately one-third of a typical semen deposit. Now we’re looking at about 624 potential offspring from one man. Consider the possibility that two of the aforementioned offspring meet, fall in love and reproduce without ever knowing that they are half-siblings. I’m no geneticist, but I didn’t like this. Kimberly called two weeks later. “I got my period.” “Oooh. Sorry, Kimmy. You can try again.” “I feel like I just flushed $500 down the toilet—literally.” “Maybe you should reconsider the other options,” I said. “What about adoption?”

“I want my own,” Kimberly answered in a determined voice. “A child to love...” She cut me off mid-sentence. “I’m adopted. I have no connection biologically with anyone in the world. No one. I feel out of place—like I was dropped from the sky. This is my way of trying to have a biological family.” I pondered that for a moment. My family drives me crazy, but they’re mine. I have my mother’s eyes, my father’s cheekbones. My sister and I both have squeaky little voices and my brother and I were frequently mistaken for twins. My possible hereditary health issues aren’t a mystery. I was planned and I was wanted, which was comforting. “I didn’t know you felt this way. Of course, yes, try to have your own baby. What about seeing a fertility specialist?” “I did,” Kimberly’s voice cracked as she held back tears. “I went to a seminar where the doctor bragged about helping a 50-year-old woman have a baby with her own eggs. I go to him and have all these tests done. At the follow-up appointment, it was bait and switch. He told me my eggs are fine, but he uses donor eggs. I want my eggs, like the 50-year-old. He said that was a special case and asked me my budget. It wasn’t enough.” “I’m so sorry this happened to you.” “I just want someone to do what he promises. I want the real truth.” “Maybe you should try a sperm bank

around here, instead of that one in Boston. I’ll go with you and we’ll find out more about the insemination process.” “I want my Harvard man’s sperm.” “What about a Stanford grad?” I asked. “No. I did this extra thing. I sent in pictures of an old boyfriend. A woman at the sperm bank picked this man because he had the facial features, the look I want.” “Jeez. How much was that Match Game?” “Oh, $250. I don’t care. I know him now. I know what he looks like. I’ve held his semen.” “Kimberly, you don’t know him.” “I want to. I even tried to find him. I put all the information I had into search engines.” “This isn’t healthy.” “I know,” she sobbed. “I just want a baby.” Nine months have passed since Kimberly began navigating the road to fertility. It’s been a dead-end. She feels taken advantage of, “a bitter, barren woman.” I ask her if it’s because she spent more than $1,500 on sperm from a man she never met but felt like she knew. It’s not. And it’s not the $10,000 she threw away on a doctor doling out false hope and expensive tests. “I gave up pieces of my heart,” Kimberly says. “And there’s no bank in Boston where I can buy it back.” < E-mail: nikki_silverstein@yahoo.com


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and he’s pretty bad—but then we meet the son of the Devil, who is so evil that in comparison, the Devil suddenly seems relatively good, and we are now rooting for the Devil, hoping that the hero, the Ghost Rider, will defeat the worse guy. That’s pretty complex and shaded compared to all of the simplistic, black-andwhite versions of the Faust story.” Fintushel has been interested in mathe treatment of Mephistophters of good and evil since his boyhood eles, the Devil—the whole in Rochester, New York. Such stuff has treatment of evil in genbeen the foundation of his work as a eral—is unexpectedly complicated and intricate in this movie, don’t you think?” prize-winning science fiction author and performance artist. That said, there is no posits North Bay author Eliot Fintushel, such thing as Absolute Evil and Absolute just moments after leaving the theater where we’ve just seen Ghost Rider, the Good in the stories and plays of Eliot popular Nicolas Cage comic-book film Fintushel. In his new novel, Breakfast with the Ones You Love in which a cycle(Random House, riding stunt man 2007, $19.95), (Cage) sells his soul to the Devil (Peter “By the way,” he adds, “If you he tells the story of Lia Tillim, a Fonda) and ends want a story rejected by a young woman up as Hell’s bounty with the power to hunter, transform- science fiction or fantasy hurt or kill people ing into a flaming by looking at skeleton whenever magazine, one of the surest them, who falls in demons, monsters and purse-snatch- ways to do it is to write about love with a crazy young man who’s ers appear. It is Jesus being a vampire.” building a spacean entertainingly ship in a hidden stupid movie that section of Sears occasionally stops being dumb and cliché-ridden just long & Roebuck, an act that he believes will enough to bump shoulders with some- hasten the coming of the Messiah. The forces of evil (such as they are), led by a thing tangibly deep and searching. buffoonish Devil and his army of vermin, “In most sell-your-soul-to-the-Devil are hot-and-heavy to stop the spaceship stories,” Fintushel says, taking a seat at a from being built; the “good guys” include coffee shop near the theater, “you’ve got a secretive band of Jewish senior citizens the Devil, and he’s evil, so you root for the good guy to put the Devil in his place. and a subsection of the New York Mafia. But in Ghost Rider, you’ve got the Devil— The book is riddled with Jewish > 104 The Pacific Sun is pleased to present this new regular feature in which writer David Templeton takes interesting people to interesting movies in his ongoing quest for the ultimate post-film conversation. This is not a review—rather, it’s a freewheeling, tangential discussion of life, alternative ideas and popular culture.

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TALKING PICTURES < 103 Beat the devil folklore and references to Talmudic scripture, shot through with electrifying jolts of pure, funfilled Apocalyptic fantasy. “It’s funny,” Fintushel remarks, fiddling with his coffee cup. “In my writing, I use a lot of the same kind of jokey, comic book, superhero humor that is all through Ghost Rider, the kind where you combine the sublime and the ridiculous and end up with this weird, indescribable hybrid. Hopefully, though, I don’t resort to cliché and predictability the way this film does most of the time, which is a major problem in the whole science fiction genre these days. “By the way,” he adds, “If you want a story rejected by a science fiction or fantasy magazine, one of the surest ways to do it is to write about Jesus being a vampire. And the reason it would be rejected is not because it’s such an outrageous idea, or because it’s a blasphemous idea—it’s because too many people have done it already.” Asked how his benign, sympathetic view of evil came to be, Fintushel leans back in his chair and smiles. “My view of the world, and my view of good Author Eliot Fintushel finally agreed to stop spying and evil, comes from one single inspiration,” he on his dad and letting the air out of his tires. says, “and that was my father going crazy when I was a teenager.” and I decided to just stop arguing with him. A consummate performer (his bread-andHe would say, ‘You’ve got to stop spying on butter is earned doing children’s shows, mime me!’ and I responded, ‘You’re right. I’m sorry.’ and mask extravaganzas, for schools all over the He’d say, ‘And you’ve got to stop letting the country), Fintushel pauses for the perfect numair out of my tires,’ and I’d say, ‘Yes, Dad. I’ve ber of seconds before telling the story. decided I’m not going to do “When I was 13, my fathat anymore.’ It went on ther started having paranoid like that, with me agreeing states. He became violent “Good and evil are with him, never questioning sometimes,” he says. “He had his view of reality. We ended interchangeable in been the most gentle and kind up having this beautiful man before that, gentle to a moment, this connecting fault. Then he had this break- all of us,” he says, moment, where we comdown—and everything began softly. “My father’s municated deeply with one to change. This other person, the ‘Evil’ side of my dad, be- story—and this stupid, another while talking this utter nonsense. The things gan to show up. What an incredible paradox for a young boy. silly ghost movie—are we were saying were ridiculous, they were unreal, were My father, the central good guy objectively untrue and yet, in my universe, the hero of my both examples of the on an emotional level we own personal story—this really basic human struggle were really in contact with good man—suddenly became demonically evil. How do you between our goodness one another in a very, very satisfying way. It was a big reconcile those opposites?” Ultimately, the way he recon- and our animal nature. lesson for me.” The lesson he learned ciled that irreconcilable juxtapowas, as it so happens, part of sition was simply to accept it. the underlying message of Ghost Rider. Says Fintushel, “My father would have “Good and evil are interchangeable in all of these crazy paranoid ideas about people us,” he says, softly. “My father’s story—and this plotting against him and stuff, tape-recordstupid, silly ghost movie—are both examples of ing him, letting the air out of his tires, doing the basic human struggle between our goodness things behind his back. I would try to argue and our animal nature. There is a price we pay with him about all of this, of course, trying to for hiding that nature and locking it away inside convince him he was mistaken. But that only ourselves, and there is a price we pay for letting made things worse. And then one day, I was on vacation from college, I was home sitting up it out. The trick of being human is to find a nondestructive way to have both.” < late with him, he was in one of his ‘evil states,’

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he Tiburon International Film Festival may be the new kid on the block— this year’s fest is only its sixth—but it’s set to present an impressive array of films from now to March 30. What would a film festival be without tributes? That’s when filmmakers are trotted out, asked questions from brainless to bright, applauded and subjected to viewing some of their old movies. Unless, of course, they’re dead, like John Ford, Marcello Mastroianni and the Lumièºre brothers, all subjects of this year’s tributes. There’s also one to Mark Rydell, who is alive. One of Tiburon’s features is the Marin Filmmakers Program. Among the directors presented will be Allie Light and Irving Saraf, who will also participate in a seminar on Scriptwriting and Independent Film, together with Matt Hader. Saraf and Light’s latest, The Sermons of Sister Jane, will be shown separately. Here are some more highlights: animated films, including a series of shorts from Pixar Studios; Tunisian films; war films; films on music and dance, such as To Play and To Fight, a doc about Venezuela’s remarkable system of music education, one of the world’s best. Films for kids and for teens are featured, as well as a program of shorts for seniors. OK, you can discover all this for yourself by reading the festival’s brochure or checking out its Web site (www.tiburonfilmfestival.com), where you’ll also find out that shows take place at the Tiburon Playhouse Theater. Ticket prices range from $7 to $10. I like to highlight a few festival films that I can see in advance, either at press screenings or on DVDs, but the festival organizers provided me with only one DVD that worked, and I’ll discuss it in a moment. Other films, all documentaries, that I wish I’d seen are, in alphabetical order, as follows: The First Zionist Bunny, about the competition to become Israel’s first Playboy bunny. (Bunny! Is that kosher?) Hammer and Tickle: The Communist Joke Book. The title says it all. Risto & Minna, a Finnish film about a handicapped couple (he’s in a wheelchair, she’s “short statured”) who are dance performers. Teen Mothers, a Brazilian film about four pregnant teenagers. What I did get to see—and I’m glad I did—is Jakov and Dominik Sedlar’s Searching for Orson. If all you remember of Orson Welles is a bloated TV spokesman intoning, “We will sell no wine before its time,” then you owe it to yourself to see this imperfect but informative rumination on Welles’s career and life—and then to rent Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, The Lady from Shanghai

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and some of the films Welles merely starred in, such as The Third Man and Touch of Evil. Searching for Orson follows a number of threads, including Welles’s 20-some-year relationship with Oja Kodar, an actress and model whom he met while filming his weird take on Kafka’s The Trial. Another theme is the director’s unfinished films. Welles had at least as many disappointments and aborted projects—Don Quixote, The Merchant of Venice and many more—as he had triumphs. Getting funding was always a problem, and the filmmakers try to figure out why. Searching for Orson uses too much of a scattershot approach, and it never finds—though to its credit it never tries to—what if anything was Welles’s own “Rosebud.” But the film adds to our understanding of this “last Renaissance man,” who, in addition to writing, directing and acting, was a painter, sculptor, set and costume designer, radio reporter and, not least, magician, both literally and figuratively. The film screens Sunday, March 25, at 3:10pm. <

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Listen up, kids. Lamb is just about the only time you can moan ‘eewwweeee’ at the family dinner table and stand a reasonable chance at getting away with it.

Shanks for the memories Lamb recipes for bleating hearts BY

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What can lambkins do All the keen night through? Nestle by their woolly mother, The careful ewe.—Christina Rossetti s I drove out toward West Marin, I passed rolling green hills full of white and black dots. On closer inspection, I could see these were sheep with newborn lambs. How cute they were doddering around after their moms, looking for a sip of milk. Seeing the lambs was a sure sign that spring was on the way. In the past, lambing season meant a plethora of tender, sweet meat from lambs raised on the spring milk of their grass-fed mothers. These days, much of the lamb readily available is from Australia and New Zealand and lamb-breeding programs last all year so there is always a supply of fresh meat. Yet there is no denying the superior taste of locally grown, pasture-raised lamb for the spring dinner table. The flavor is more delicate and not as strong or gamy as the commercial meat, with a richer flavor. At the Civic Center Farmers Market, you can often buy fresh lamb from Prather Ranch and Marin Sun Farms. You can also visit Marin Sun Farms’ store in Point Reyes Station. If you are in the market for whole lambs, try CK Lamb in Healdsburg or Bellwether Farms in Petaluma. Also, RedHill Farms has organic whole lambs; their number is 707/477-8751. Sharing a whole lamb with a friend or two makes the amount much more manageable and allows you to get exactly the cut you want. I’ve included a couple of recipes for lamb in slightly different forms than the usual legs or chops. The first is for a butterflied leg of lamb. You can sometimes find the meat already but-

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terflied but if you can’t, ask the butcher to bone a leg for you. When you are ready to marinate it, open the leg so that it lies as a flat piece. You will see that it is very uneven in places. Take a sharp slicing knife or chef’s knife and split the lumpier places so they also open flat and the entire piece of meat is mostly of one thickness. The treatment is an aromatic paste and marinade of red wine, then the lamb is grilled. You can serve the barbecued lamb fanned out on a plate with new potatoes and asparagus for a lovely dinner and/or sliced up as more casual fare with pita bread, tzatziki, olives and tomatoes. The second recipe is a slow-cooked number for lamb shanks. Be sure to buy them already “cracked” or cut crosswise about halfway down the shank. This makes for ease in preparation and presentation. The shanks are dredged in a spice mixture, browned, then cooked for several hours with prunes until the meat falls off the bones. Serve these as a hearty supper with couscous or farro and a green salad. O  O  O  O

BUTTERFLIED MARINATED LEG OF LAMB Yields 4 servings with leftovers 2 tablespoons rosemary needles 2 large cloves of garlic 1/2 teaspoon salt Freshly ground black pepper 3 tablespoons grainy German or Dijon mustard 1 cup of full-bodied red wine 1 boneless leg of lamb, butterflied Chop the rosemary with the garlic, salt and several grindings of pepper until the ingre- > 122

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You never forget your first time... My first mar tini was ser ved to me by John the sur fer dude at D’Angelo in Mill Valley back when it was a sleepy little trattoria only patronized, or so it seemed, by the editorial staff of the Mill Valley Record. I had ordered a kamikaze and John had misunderstood me. I used to order kamikazes when the pressures of day-to-day life had taken their toll; in any event, I had always appreciated the cultural iconography of the martini, and so I accepted this one without comment and with a certain amount of curious anticipation. There are cer tain comestibles that take getting used to: beer, horseradish and anchovies are three examples of body fuel I initially hated and can’t get enough of now. The martini would have to be another. That first taste was evocative of paint thinner more than anything else, a far cr y from the elusive, almost vaporous transcendence I have evolved enough to appreciate. It’s said that the martini was invented at the Occidental Bar in San Francisco 140 years ago by the redoubtable Professor Jerry Thomas, proclaimed “the greatest bartender of the past” by The Savoy Cocktail Book (1930), one of the treasures of my home librar y. Thomas also invented the Blue Blazer and the Tom & Jerry, so his credentials are in order, but contemporary accounts indicate that his martini (named either for a barfly from Martinez or the Martini & Rossi vermouth Thomas employed, depending on your source) was made up of half gin and half sweet vermouth, an appalling thing to contemplate. The martini has evolved over the years, becoming steadily drier and acquiring a corresponding patina of sophistication in the process. Think of Nick and Nora Charles, dripping with savoir-faire and olive juice (and who, admittedly, seemed to overdo it upon a recent rereading of The Thin Man), or of suave superspy James Bond, the motif and cynosure of this issue of the Pacific Sun, who even proffers his recipe for the perfect martini midway through his first adventure, Casino Royale. (The drink’s a complicated affair involving Lillet, London gin and Russian vodka made from grain and not potatoes and is, God knows, shaken and not stirred.) Like Bond, all martini-lovers have their own favorite mixing formulae. American culture maven Bernard De Voto’s slender, sublime volume The Hour is in effect an extended, curmudgeonly essay on the proper martini (served at six o’clock among no more than three or four friends, prepared in a rigid 4-1/2 to 1 ratio with a plenitude of ice). Food aesthete Roy Andries de Groot prepared his favorite martini from ice-cold Russian vodka, a hint of the driest vermouth, a droplet of lemon oil, two freezer-solid drops of Genever and an orange Tuscan pepper. I myself didn’t get the hang of mar tini-making until I received my silver cocktail shaker several birthdays ago. A great martini should be chillingly cold, with its sharp edge removed through the diluting process of a rhythmic shaking with ice. (A friend and I disagree on this point. She is horrified at this “bruising of the spirits”; I think that gentle stirring rocks the spirits to sleep, when they should be shaken awake.) Another sticking point is the gin-or-vodka question; I consumed nothing but vodka mar tinis throughout my callow youth, then something—a sated palate hungry for new tastes and sharper flavors, perhaps—clicked in, and I’ve been a gin-drinker ever since. Ultra-smooth Bombay Sapphire had been my fallback liquor for many moons when I came upon Tanqueray 10, which is distilled in small batches from fresh lime, orange and grapefruit as well as > 122 chamomile, juniper berries and God knows what, and

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