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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
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
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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 email@example.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
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
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,
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
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.
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. <
I’ve had some unusual ice creams over the years. Until now, I think the garlic ice cream at The Stinking Rose in San Francisco was probably the most unusual. However, The Stinking Rose bills itself as “A Garlic Restaurant,” with most menu items including garlic as an ingredient, so it shouldn’t have been unexpected. I returned recently to Picco Pizzeria in Larkspur for its outstanding thin-crust pizza and this time ordered the Straus soft-serve ice cream with olive oil and sea salt for dessert. It was one of those experiences where I kept asking myself throughout whether I liked
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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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EAT ANOTHER DAY When Bond’s chasing super villains down Highway 101 and begins feeling a bit famished, he doesn’t have time to stroll down Fourth Street browsing menus. Thankfully, Q has equipped 007 with the following Eat Another Day readers’ roundup of the best burgers, burritos and organic produce MI6 will expense him.
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
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
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
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
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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.
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615 Fourth St., San Rafael, 455.0999 2ND Lucinda’s, Mill Valley 3RD Taco Jane’s, San Anselmo
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
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
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Two dozen rugrats hopped up on Q: Iâ€™ve had some take-out spaghetti FOR BEST FRENCH RESTAURANT frostingâ€”some of them possibly blindBolognese in the back of my car for folded and armed with baseball batsâ€” about a week. Can I still bring it to my Americans pining to get back to Paris need isnâ€™t exactly a recipe for relaxation. neighborhood progressive dinner this look no further than the Left Bank. With Thatâ€™s where the good people at the weekend? not one, but two master chefs de cuisine Bay Area Discovery Museum come in. A: Pasta dishes, unless theyâ€™re baked, are a at the helm of this lively, warm brasserie, In addition to free museum admission, challengeâ€”so preparing them al dente is a diners get as authentic a French meal as their party planning staff provides cake must. This speaks also for stir-fried dishes. can be found across the pond. 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€™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? 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A fusion of Asian, Italian Cobbâ€™s bountiful heritage by combining Another is Double Rainbowâ€™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€œliteâ€? 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€”no fumed foccacia, then the whole megillah cheese, the smoky bacon and the gardenâ€™s is pressed together in a rustic old grill, basesâ€”using fresh, primarily organic worth of greenery, and the presentation allowing the ingredients to melt together foodstuffs from local purveyorsâ€”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€™s a thick, juicy hand< 18 Eat Another Day Jewish dishes. Sheâ€™s translated that same sensibility to Hilaryâ€™s Kitchen & House of Bagels. 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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‚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‚avors of ice cream with housemade cones and fudge sauce for good measure. â€œWe use all organic ingredients and we make an effort to use local ingredients,â€? says partner and temporary manager Tim Koblenz whoâ€™s manning the shop while owners Ray and Melinda Martin are away on an around-the-world trip. Sorbet ďŹ‚avors run along the lines of blood orange and grapefruit during the winter months and inventive ďŹ‚avorsâ€”Grasshopper (mint with spirulina and mint Newman Oâ€™s) is a perennial favoriteâ€”keep things lively. However, the stalwartsâ€”vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and honey lavenderâ€”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€œWeâ€™re a common gathering spot for the community,â€? says Koblenz. SUN: Whatâ€™s your biggest selling ďŹ‚avor? SCOOP: It varies seasonally. In the fall itâ€™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€™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‚avor frontier be from the bread and meat food groups? A: Bread and meat might be a little extreme, but we wouldnâ€™t be surprised to see more movement into savory ingredients. Iâ€™ve already seen ďŹ‚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€˜Strawberry & Chocolate,â€™ a personâ€™s ďŹ‚avor choice said a lot about their, uh...weâ€™ll say â€œpersonal life.â€? So weâ€™ll askâ€”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€œWhat we do is about more than selling coffee,â€? says Bryan StubbleďŹ eld, owner of Marin Coffee Roasters. â€œWeâ€™re proud to be a part of the community.â€? 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€™t hurt), but also for the art, the music, the ambianceâ€”the locally grounded (pardon the pun) sense of togetherness. â€œCoffee is the second-most traded commodity in the world behind oil,â€? says StubbleďŹ eld. â€œWe want to sell it the right way.â€? -----------------------------Marin Coffee Roasters
546 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo, 258.9549 2ND Dr. Insomniaâ€™s Coffee & Tea, Novato 3RD Aroma CafĂŠ, San Rafael
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€”yet never stuffyâ€”atmosphere. San Rafael is the teamâ€™s third location. In addition to the variety of â€œstandardâ€? dishes, the Tambers have created their own versionsâ€”Bombay Chicken Masala and Bombay Lamb, for example. Vegan choices are always available. Manager Joseph Alvares keeps the whole operation running smoothlyâ€”heâ€™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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BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT Il Fornaio has been a successful Marin business since it opened 20 years ago. The restaurantâ€™s challenge is â€œto change and at the same time stay the same,â€? VP of Marketing Mike Mindel says. To keep customers returning, Il Fornaio mixes it up with a different menu every month. Not only that, guest chefs take turns presenting special menus that spotlight regions of Italy, and diners can count on a full wine list and a menu of traditional Italian â€œtrattoriaâ€? fare including rotisserie meats, salads and freshly made pastas, topped off with > 24
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1. From Russia with Love (1963) It doesn’t get any better than this: Connery and fetching counterspy Daniela Bianchi travel from Istanbul to Venice on the Orient Express with a high-octane decoder and a briefcase full of tear gas. A dazzling compendium of labyrinthine plot twists, shadowy cinematography and bland wit (Bond smells danger when his dinner companion orders red wine with ﬁsh). The ﬁght scene between Connery and Robert Shaw in a cramped train compartment is one of the greatest action sequences ever ﬁlmed. 2. Goldﬁnger (1964) The gold standard. This is the one with the Aston Martin with the ejector seat, the gold-painted naked lady, the henchman with the steel-Frisbee bowler, the glass-shattering Shirley Bassey vocal. Even the golf game’s exciting.
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).
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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< 21 Eat Another Day the famed in-house bread. Loyal staff and a spacious, comfortable dining area make the restaurant’s quality of food and consistency of service even more appealing. SUN: Name a dish on your menu that will leave me shouting “fantastico!” IL FORNAIO: Pizza. We make our own dough every day, use real mozzarella, and make our own tomato sauce. We use an authentic wood-burning oven that imparts that smoky ﬂavor naturally. It’s identical, if
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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Maybe your problem is stress. Chronic stress can make you pack on the pounds, or keep you from losing them. Here’s why: Literature from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) points to a vicious cycle between stress and weight. A poor diet may contribute to stress, the stress contributes to an eating disorder, and the cycle continues with ever-worsening results for the stressed-out sufferer. Physically, stress has an immediate hormonal effect on the body. According to an ABC News article by Dr. Pamela Peeke, chronic stress triggers the release of a powerful hormone known as Cortisol, which signals the body to relax and refuel. Peeke, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, says the release of Cortisol is our body’s way of slowing us down and getting us out of that stress zone. Unfortunately, Cortisol also makes us feel tired, sluggish, and even hungry. “You end up with a big appetite for the special fuels of stress—fats and carbs,” says Peeke. “That’s how you gain the weight. That’s why, after a
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.
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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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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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< 30 Eat Another Day SUN: Name one thing that’s been key to readers choosing you Best New Restaurant. SOL FOOD: We think that people like the originality and tropical atmosphere. You’re in Sol’s Cocina Criolla and it’s an inviting place to be. Food comes out quickly, making us an easy lunch option and the perfect stop before a night out. Q: Name an item on your menu that your chefs seem to “get right” practically every time. A: Consistency is key to why we have such a loyal following. Our cooks do an amazing job at keeping up and I have yet to see a plate that doesn’t look like it should. Q: Just name an item. A: A favorite special is the Pescado Frito on Fridays—truly amazing. Q: What’s a common misperception people have about Puerto Rican cuisine? A: That the food is spicy-hot. It can be if you add Sol’s famed pique (which she can barely keep stocked on the shelves) but, generally speaking, the food is not spicy. Q: Shamelessly plug your restaurant in exactly 23 words. A: We love surprising people with how delicious the ﬂavors are and how even the most conservative palate can ﬁnd a favorite dish here. -----------------------------Sol Food
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Best of Bond continued from page 22 10. The Living Daylights (1987) Timothy Daltonâ€™s introduction to the series as a rather forlorn 007 features a slam-bang commando raid on Gibraltar, Maryam Dâ€™Abo as a cellist-assassin and an amusing turn from Joe Don Baker as a good olâ€™ boy arms dealer. Not bad at all. 11. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Brosnanâ€™s second effort featured one of the best Bond villains in years in Jonathan Pryceâ€™s Elliot Carver, a media mogul and notso-thinly-veiled stand-in for Rupert Murdoch. At last, an evil genius who actually seemed smart enough to pull off the mad scheme heâ€™d hatched. Come to think of it, the idea of a network baron fomenting the ďŹ‚ames of international conďŹ‚ict in order to capitalize on the television ratings of war isnâ€™t that mad of a scheme. Did we mention the striking similarities to Rupert Murdoch? 12. You Only Live Twice (1967) Thereâ€™s a gritty, almost neorealist look to this unusual entry in which Bond heads for Japan to investigate the mysterious disappearance of U.S.-Soviet rockets and instead discovers his arch-nemesis Blofeld holding court in a hollowed-out volcano. Screenplay by Roald Dahl! 13. Never Say Never Again (1983) A dozen years later, Connery donned his dinner jacket once more in this unofďŹ cial, far superior remake of Thunderball, surrounding himself with the seriesâ€™ ďŹ nest cast (Klaus Maria Brandauer, Max Von Sydow, Barbara Carrera, Bernie Casey, Edward Fox, Rowan Atkinson and the young Kim Basinger) and giving a gleeful hotfoot to the series that both deďŹ ned and entrapped him.
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16. The World Is Not Enough (1999) The tread on the Brosnan era was starting to wear by the late 1990s, despite the fact that this ďŹ lm was helmed by arguably the most gifted director of any Bond ďŹ lm, Michael Apted. The writing seems uninspired (characters are given witless names like Elektra and Mr. Bullion) and, while weâ€™re not entirely against furthering M into the middle of the action, here it seemed less out of inspiration than desperation. 17. Die Another Day (2002) By 2002 was there any action ďŹ lm being made that wasnâ€™t either acknowledging Quentin Tarantinoâ€™s wit and gritâ€”or, better yet, ripping it off? Only the Bond movies. Brosnan limps out of the Bond role in a movie ďŹ lmed prior to 9/11, but released after the tragedy. Its poor timing made it seem, at the time, out of touch politically; looking back today it seems more out of touch artistically. 18. A View to a Kill (1985) Fifty-seven-year-old Roger Moore in his series ďŹ nale attacks his role even more gingerly than usual, and the entire enterprise is on the dull side, but there are pleasing glimpses of Northern California, and Christopher Walkenâ€™s a riot as the chuckling, platinum-blond megalomaniacal supervillain. 19. Diamonds Are Forever (1971) Broadly realized adventure-comedy features a rapidly aging Connery pursuing gangsters and smugglers across Nevada. His co-star is Jimmy Dean of pork-sausage fame. Cool car chase down the Vegas Strip, though. 20. Licence to Kill (1989) Thoroughly unpleasant entry ďŹ nds Bond avenging the shark-mauling of his best friend by chasing down a pit-faced drug lord. Carey Lowell and Talisa Soto, however, are the sauciest Bond girls since Ursula Andress. 21. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) In which Bond gives a sumo wrestler a wedgie, ďŹ ghts it out with Herve Villechaize, and also ďŹ ghts it out with a group of schoolgirls (we kid you not). Oh and then thereâ€™s the jokes about the third nipple and the hilarious kick-in-the-crotch scene. All of which is still preferable to the return of the Smokey and the Bandit-wannabe Sheriff J.W. Pepper. Bearable only in comparison to the next two Roger Moore ďŹ lms on our list. 22. Live and Let Die (1973) Offensive (the bad guys are AfricanAmericans), listless (stolid Roger Moore in his series debut was quite a comedown after the Astaire-like Connery), but it does feature the best title track of the series. 23. Moonraker (1979) The best Bond novel becomes the worst Bond ďŹ lm, a clumsy, ďŹ‚abby, over-anxious mishmash of broad comedy and Star Wars-era special effects. Feh. <
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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
Marin Civic Center, 472.6100 2ND Good Earth Natural Foods, Fairfax 3RD Woodlands Market, Kentﬁeld
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
1585 Casa Buena Dr., Corte Madera, 924.2081
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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
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
223 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, 927.4400 2ND Lark Creek Inn, Larkspur 3RD Il Davide, San Rafael
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
234 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur, 924.7766 2ND Panama Hotel, San Rafael 3RD El Paseo, Mill Valley
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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
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
120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo, 457.7700 2ND Fork, San Anselmo 3RD Marche Aux Fleurs, Ross
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Although we tend to disdain fancyschmancy cocktails as a matter of principle, we aren’t fanatics about it, and have even been known to venture out of our gin-and-vermouth comfort zone when spring is in the air or the bartender at hand has conjured up something that sounds unusual without being potentially...unwieldy. The house cocktails at Insalata’s complement the restaurant as a whole by being as tempting, tasty and uniquely conceived as the dishes that come out of the kitchen. The Ginger Lime Drop, for instance, combines lime-infused Seagram’s with ginger and fresh lime in a sugar-rimmed martini glass, and is the deﬁnition of refreshing on a warm evening. Or take the Crantini, a festive and ﬂavorful conﬂuence of Ketel One, mint, cranberry, cinnamon and orange zest. In the Tibetan Thunderball, freshly squeezed orange and grapefruit juices cushion a shot of tequila and a dollop of creme de cassis, while the Beautiful is simplicity itself: the heat of Courvoisier and the nectar of Grand Marnier cohabiting in a warm snifter. Insalata’s also does well by the classics, shaking up admirable sidecars, manhattans, old fashioneds and mojitos. -----------------------------Insalata’s
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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BEST SAN RAFAEL RESTAURANT Immaculately prepared food, a loyal staff and special features—such as Wine Wednesdays—makes for a solid relationship between Il Davide Restaurant and San Rafael foodies hungry for ﬁne Italian cuisine evocative of the Old World. “We feature high-quality food and amazing specials,” owner Eva Tuffanelli> 38 MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2007 PACIFIC SUN 37
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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
901 A St., San Rafael, 454.8080 2ND Sushi To Dai For, San Rafael 3RD Sabor of Spain, San Rafael
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
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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Thep Lela has it all: atmosphere, excellent food, good service and something you won’t ﬁnd at most local Thai restaurants—a cocktail bar. Owners Natalie and Sak Kamloon have found that a quite a few different cocktails complement Thai cuisine. But really, it’s about the food here. In addition to the wide range of choices on the traditional Thai menu, the Kamloons have created their own fusion items that have caught on with customers. And all their ingredients are fresh—no frozen or farmed ﬁsh, either—with an emphasis on locally produced goods. Open 18 years, the Kamloons are grateful for their customer support—obviously, diners appreciate the Kamloons. Their hearts are in this business, and it shows. SUN: What’s your restaurant’s specialty? THEP LELA: Our wok-fried dishes and cur-
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
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
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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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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+ HALL of FAME +3rd year Inspired by the clean and hearty dishes of North India (where the food is well spiced, but not so hot that you burn the roof of your mouth), Lotus Cuisine of India’s menu is massive. From vegetarian delicacies to chicken, seafood and lamb curries to tandoori specialties and biriyani rice dishes—they’ve got something for every fan of Eastern eats. -----------------------------Lotus Cuisine of India 704 Fourth St., San Rafael, 456.5808 <
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SUPER SUMMER ADVENTURE CAMP For kids, itâ€™s simply the best kind of summer fun! ENTERING KINDERGARTENERS THROUGH 3RD GRADE Swim Lessons â€˘ Gymnastics â€˘ Arts & Crafts â€˘ Natural Science Program â€˘ Weekly Field Trips â€˘
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â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ LITTLE GYM â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ SAUSALITO 415/289-0600 www.tlgsouthmarinca.com Fun and non-competitive, theme-based camp curriculum combines physical ďŹ tness, gymnastics and play with arts and crafts for children ages 3-8 years old. Must be fully potty-trained. The specially developed camp curriculum is designed around themes such as â€œAdventures of T-Rex & Puff!â€? and â€œWhoâ€™s Your Hero?â€? â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ MUSICAL THEATER DANCE CAMP â€˘ SAUSALITO 415/339-1390 www.stagedor.com Stage Dor Dance Studio and Performance Space offers a unique experience for the teen dancer. This summer camp includes training in Broadway Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Hip-Hop, Tap and Costume Design and concludes with a Broadway Review performance in Stage Dorâ€™s own off-Broadway theater. We have a costume loft with an inventory of 2,000 costumes and an in-house designer. Come and have an off-Broadway experience off Bridgeway. â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ CAMP SOULAJULE â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ PETALUMA 415/491-6602 www.WalkerCreekRanch.org â€œAdventures in natureâ€? - Walker Creek Ranch is the home for this residential camp operated by the Marin County OfďŹ ce of Education. Activities include swimming, canoeing, wildlife observation, ďŹ shing, animal husbandry, archery, pottery, hiking, mask making, organic gardening, solar cooking, an all day beach trip, campďŹ re, skit night, night hike and barn boogie. Three ďŹ ve-day overnight programs offered for ages 812 in July. Visit our Web site to download a brochure or call us for more info.
â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ COLOR ME MINE â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ 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€™t forget. Theyâ€™ll get a chance to learn about master painters as well as make their own masterpieces using a variety of techniques theyâ€™ll ďŹ nd fun and exciting. Come paint with us! â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ TURTLE ROCK INSTITUTE â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ 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€˘ â€˘ â€˘ DEVILâ€™S GULCH RANCH CAMP â€˘ â€˘ 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€˘ â€˘ â€˘ OSHER MARIN JCC â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ â€˘ 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.
Point Reyes Summer Camp Explore nature with hiking, tidepooling, backpacking, canoeing, night hikes, camp ďŹ res, arts and crafts and more! 2007 Nature Science Camp Overnight-5 Days June 25-29 â€” ages 9-11 July 2-6 â€” ages 10-12 July 9-13 â€” ages 10-12
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2007 Adventure Camp Teen Backpacking Aug. 12-17 (6 days) ages 13-16
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Training in Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Musical Theater, Tap, Hip Hop, & Costume Design
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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
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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'Relax, darling. I’m on top of the situation.’ —Bond, ‘Diamonds Are Forever’
AWARD FOR BEST MEN’S HAIR SALON
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
Tanya: I think my mouth is too big. Bond: No, it’s the right size. For me, that is.
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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< 43 For Your Eyes Only Q: Whatâ€™s fashion faux pas numero uno when it comes to menâ€™s apparel? A: We are not fashion runway models! We are just regular guys trying to dress for a body that moves, breathes and eats! Donâ€™t fall into trends that have you asking why last yearâ€™s pink is this yearâ€™s tangelo. Q: I thought pink was tangelo! What should I do now? A: Buy what you feel good in. Q: I feel great in my white belt and plaid trousers. A. Lose the belt, save your relationship, look good in your fabulous choice of madras and see you at Samâ€™s! -----------------------------Patrick James Purveyor to Gentlemen
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Seawood Photo has stayed current with the latest camera technology while not forgetting its historyâ€”selling photography-related items since 1947. Owner Graham Law has a love of all mediums and in educating his clients. â€œThe more they know,â€? he opines, â€œthe more fun theyâ€™ll have.â€? As such, he views Seawood as â€œa big toy store,â€? replete with Canon, Nikon, Sony equipment, a passionate staff of photographers as well as a museum of 300 antique cameras. â€œWe still sell darkroom gear for traditionalists,â€? Law adds. â€œWeâ€™re in a very artistic community and people are happy to be here. Itâ€™s great.â€? SUN: Give us one piece of advice for a ďŹ rst-time digital camera buyer. SEAWOOD: Buy it from us! But seriously, donâ€™t be intimidated by the equipment
â€˜James Bond. You appear with the tedious inevitability of an unloved season.â€™ â€”Drax, â€˜Moonrakerâ€™ 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€™t likeâ€”or maybe improve your looks. Q: Youâ€™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€œred eyeâ€?? A: Right up there with the iPod. -----------------------------Seawood Photo
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THE GOLDEN EYE AWARD FOR BEST PLACE TO BUY GLASSES When told, â€œYou were voted best place in Marin to buy glasses,â€? David Schwartz of 20/20 Optical exclaimed, â€œYouâ€™re joking!â€? We assured him our
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readers werenâ€™t. With years of experience in eyewear, this business offers a variety of styles and topnotch service to match. If youâ€™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€™s something weâ€™ve never seen before. -----------------------------20/20 Optical
1127 Fourth St., San Rafael, 453.2020 2ND Rims and Goggles, Mill Valley 3RD Marin Optometry, Mill Valley
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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€”fun, trendy items along with basicsâ€”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€™s clear customers appreciate the effort. They also value Kaplanâ€™s ability to ďŹ nd the most ďŹ‚attering clothes at the best price points.
A bonus for non-fashionistas: an entire outďŹ tâ€”shoes and accessories, tooâ€”can be put together here. Love to shop, but canâ€™t get out during the day? Kaplan, the mother of young children, empathizes. She holds evening-time â€œprivate partiesâ€? 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€™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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