Taylor’s Best of Marin: Top 10 Must Eat Meals Before You Die!

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Just minutes from San Francisco, over the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin attracts hikers and mountain bikers to the trails of 2,571 foot Mt. Tamalpais, strollers and beach comers to its wild western beaches and backpackers and day trippers to the magnificent parklands of the Point Reyes National Seashore. In the old days, the Coast Miwok of Marin relied on the bay, as evidenced by the huge mounds of oyster and clam shells.

Today, we will explore Marin’s modern culinary arts. Taylor has spent the past 22 years exploring the region and tasting the diverse local food. He hopes you enjoy his favorite meals!

10) Java Hub CafeSan Anselmo, CA

Pesto Sandwich

9) Fairfix “Mediterranean”- Fairfax, CA

Grilled Chicken Sandwich on Focaccia bread- (Accepts cash only)

8) Poggio “Italian Restaurant”- Sausalito, CA

Appetizer: Soft Shell Crab (Seasonal)

7) Comforts CafeSan Anselmo, CA

Chinese Chicken Salad

Best Salad in Marin

 

 

 

 

 

6) Picante “Authentic Mexican Cuisine”- San Rafael, CA

Best Chips and Guacamole in worldLocated in the “Canal” of San Rafael you will find the best chips and guacamole in the world! I have traveled extensively throughout Central America including Mexico, Guatemala and Costa Rica and nothing comes close to the Guacamole at Picante’s!

Oysters5) Sam’s Anchor CafeTiburon, CA

Appetizer: Drakes Bay Oysters

Drakes BayPoint Reyes, CA

Oysters, Drakes Bay

 

 

 

 

 

4) Il DavideSan Rafael, CA

Swordfish (Seasonal)

3) Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine- San Rafael, CA

Occupying an imposing lime green building in downtown San Rafael, Sol Food is a bright, plant-filled space with communal tables and Puerto Rican classics.
Puerto Rican FoodSol Food

 

 

 

 

BISTEC steak sandwich and garlic plantains

*Warning- Expect long lines out the door! Friday & Saturday open til’ 2am.

2) Whale of a DeliPoint Reyes Station, CA

Looking for the best burrito in the world?

Whale of a Deli’s “Wild Salmon Burrito”

Best bar: Gestault Haus “Beer and a Brat Biker Bar”- Fairfax, CA

Best Bar in MarinFor something more casual, head to the cycle-centric beer and sausage spot, the Gestalt Haus Fairfax which has board games, a CD jukebox, cyclocross posters on the walls and 20 or so tap beers ($5 to $7). Then sample one of the several lively spots in downtown Fairfax, a 7,500-person town that claims to have had live music every night for more than 30 years.

Beer of the Year: Lagunitas Brewing CompanyPetaluma

Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ IPA
Lagunitas Little Sumpin'

 

 

 

 

Best wine bar: 123 BolinasFairfax, CA

“Recently ranked top 10 bar in the entire San Francisco Bay Area”

For an after-dinner drink, head over to 123 Bolinas, a new wine bar across from Bolinas Park that serves small plates, local beer and regional wines. The bar top is carved from a 100-year-old fallen oak, the furniture is built of reclaimed barn siding, and there’s a U.F.O.-shaped fireplace.

Demographic studies have shown that wine drinkers in the US are better educated and earn more than non-wine drinkers! #HB409

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1) Restaurant of the Year: Sir and StarOlema, CA | http://sirandstar.com/index.html

King Salmon plucked from surrounding seas (Seasonal)
Propped Atop a Throne of Local Escarole
Defended by a Lemon Butter Sauce

Best Restaurant in Marin
 

 

 

 

Thanks for reading my post- Any advice is welcome! If you agree or disagree with any of the restaurants listed above feel free to comment. I am curious to hear what you think. Also please let me know what your favorite meal is in Marin by posting in the comments box. I am always looking for a new local spot to eat! #PuraVida

Taylor Beggs

 

New York Times 36 Hours in Marin

 

 

 

Hey I Heard You Were A Wild One?

UAE Desert Safari Imagine 10 million people, 0% unemployment, no crime, no taxes and $100 billion net worth in oil. What would you do with all this money? Would you build an indoor ski resort? fastest Ferrari roller coaster in the world? tennis court on top of a 7 star hotel? or a wave pool? Booking a flight with Etihad or Emirates, the official airlines of the UAE can give you a taste as to what life in Dubai really is all about. Tourists interested in visiting a Middle Eastern sharia based (Islamic law) country will need to do their homework before arriving at customs. Here are some tips so you can guarantee a vacation of a lifetime.

Top 15 Travel Tips:

  • Burj Khalifa Tallest building in the world. 35,000 Emiratis live and work in the 1/2 mile high sky scraper. To give you another perspective the Burj is twice the height of the Empire State Building.
  • Burj Al Arab 7 star hotel: $2,000/ night minimum (VIP’s use helicopter pad)
  • Eat Hammour (Local fish) *Eating in public during the holy month of Ramadan is prohibited from sunrise until sunset and visitors should consume meals in the confines of their hotel or residence. Also it is inappropriate to ask for a take out box- Emiratis believe you should only order what you can eat.
  • Desert Safari (All-inclusive): sand boarding, dune bashing (Remind the driver to deflate the tires and you may want to stay clear of dune bashing if you know you get carsick), camel riding, camel milk, Arabian belly dancing, shisha, traditional food
  • Dubai Mall
  • Madinat Jumeirah (Arabian resort of Dubai)
  • Public display of affection is frowned upon: A simple kiss in a public place could land you a month or more in jail. The UAE might seem to have more relaxed laws than their other Arab counterparts, but the laws are still very different from most Western countries, and their laws are strictly enforced.
  • Palm Jumeirah: 7 million tons of rock and 150 million tons of sand creates space for over 5,000 homes on the luxury man-made island resort- shaped like a giant palm tree. The best lots go for over $50 million dollars and they plan on building more in the future to expand UAE’s shoreline.
  • Dubai Marina (Beach)
  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque: Women will need to wear an abaya and headscarf once inside the mosque which will be provided for free. Men who wear shorts will be provided with a kandura to wear. You will also need to take your shoes off on entry to the mosque. In Abu Dhabi and Dubai there is a mosque every 100 feet. The number of pillars represents the importance of the mosque. If you plan on sleeping in- the UAE is not for you. *Prayer times- Fajr: 4:55 am, Sunrise: 6:11 am, Asr: 3:41 pm, Maghrib: 6:18 pm, Isha: 7:48 pm
  • Abu Dhabi Corniche: Many Emirati’s commute from Abu Dhabi to Dubai (vice versa) as the commute is only 1 hour and 30 minutes. Speeding on the highway is quite common for the locals and once in a while you might find yourself racing a camel.
  • Quad Bike Safari from Dubai desert into Oman (Don’t forget your passport & Dirhams)
  • World Islands (Archipelago): Half a billion tons of sand sculpted into a map of the globe
  • It is illegal to drink alcohol in public places. Alcohol can be bought only for home consumption at certain outlets in Dubai or at the airport. Supermarkets only stock non-alcoholic beers. Most 3 to 5 star hotels have bars and nightclubs for those interested in the nightlife. World-class DJs frequent Dubai’s nightclubs, and many A-list musical celebrities are adding Dubai to their list of tour dates. Drinking age 21+ *Government departments, multinational companies, and most schools and universities are off on Friday and Saturday (The WEEKEND).

Also make sure to check out the guys who will do anything for a perfect Dubai picture and remember you must have at least 6 months validity on your passport! Happy Traveling :) #SpartansWill

Getting involved with the Pure Michigan campaign as an out-of-state

Guest Blog from Go Takei

Last spring, I had a great internship experience with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in Lansing, MI. The MEDC has two divisions that are the Travel Michigan and the Michigan Film Office. I got to work for both campaigns and assist them in marketing the state of Michigan as a travel and tourism destination.

From my research experience with the Travel Michigan, I learned that there are so many beautiful places in Michigan that are still unknown. People from Michigan tend to go somewhere out of state for vacations, but I have realized that many of them don’t even know those outstandingly beautiful places exist. Not only they tend to go somewhere else for vacations, but also many of them want to move to a different state after college.

As a student from out of state, I am still learning about all aspects of Michigan from its history to its future growth. I was really honored to be able to learn about what “Pure Michigan” really means, what it “should” mean to Michiganders, as well as what Michigan’s future is looking like.

If you would like to learn more about great places to visit in Michigan, please visit the Pure Michigan official website at www.michigan.org.