I was so glad to read about Tyler Florence and Sammy Hagar reopening the El Paseo restaurant space. When we lived in Mill Valley, my husband and I would often stop by for a glass of wine before a film at the Sequoia or catch dinner with friends on the weekends. We were sad to see this little gem close. Gone is the French cuisine of quail stuffed with wild mushrooms, pork pate, and lobster dumplings in light tomato cream sauce and in is the chop board eats. The new menu looks delicious and, if the food quality (and interior!) is anything like Wayfare Tavern, we'll leave happy customers who will visit often. Looking forward to dinner in a couple of weeks!
Sometimes our weekend meals include a favorite from my spouse's English upbringing, like bacon sandwiches. Here, we made sandwiches with lamb bacon from our favorite local farm-cafe, Marin Sun Farms. The lamb bacon was rich with layers of flavor, not oily, and absolutely delicious. The kids even asked for seconds!
If you prefer to eat there, the butcher shop and cafe is open everyday 11:00am-6:00pm, and lunch is served 12:00-4:00pm. On the weekends, get there right at noon as it often fills up quickly soon after. We always get the lamb burgers and pork fries. And yes, the meal is quite filling... and so worth it.
What you'll find at the butcher shop: beef, lamb, goat, pork, mutton, veal and chicken. They also have cured bacon, lamb, ham, eggs from their pastured chickens, and preserves by Point Reyes Preserves.
10905 Shoreline Highway 1 Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 415.663.8997 x204
To celebrate their 40th anniversary, visit any Starbucks between 2 and 5 p.m. on March 10-12, and get a free Starbucks Petites when you order any handcrafted beverage (while supplies last). I haven't tried their new line of sweets, but they do look good as a one-bite treat.
An elegant display of all good things tasty, aptly named Sugar and Spice, by Ros Shiers. Archival giclee, printed on acid free museum quality natural white watercolour paper. An eye-catcher in any room.
Ours was fantastic! The children were in complete bliss, running around with a smear of Nutella on their cheeks and mouths. It was all-Nutella-all-the-time... "except for dinner," my son said firmly. Honestly, they were so happy spreading it on all their food that I really didn't need to make anything special. Then I thought, "What kind of mommy am I, not making anything?!" Feeling a wee bit guilty, I made a batch of Nutella Pocket Cookies, from La Fuji Mama. For them, it was over the top. For me, it was a simple and delicious treat that put smiles on everyone's faces, including my husband's.
Nutty for Nutella World Nutella Day is this Saturday, February 5. And why do I know that? Because I have two children who are nutty for Nutella. If you don’t have a jar in your cupboard, go get one (or two!) because you’ll want to try these recipes.
In the meantime, I’m bookmarking this more-than-you-can-ever-dream-of list of Nutella recipes. You never know when you’ll need it!
My favorite pastry and candy shop, Miette, is offering a sweet deal on a Valentine’s Day Box, inside you’ll find six chocolate caramels, a tub of chocolate wafers, a selection of rose meringues, and a bag of buttery chocolate sables. All for $25. Offer ends February 10.
Go to Gilt City for details (registration required)
My friend Elise, whose designs I adore (you may have seen them on Audrey), has created a one-of-a-kind heart apron. It’s adorable covered with hearts, all you need to add is a “I heart cooking with mommy” pin.
Finally, Happy Chinese New Year! I thought these were the cutest cookies, honoring the Year of the Rabbit, from I am Baker. She custom makes many amazing cookies and cakes to order! A good resource for festive occasions.
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