A DAY OUT IN SEBASTOPOL

A DAY OUT IN SEBASTOPOL

Sebastopol is having somewhat of a renaissance. For decades, it was known for is plum and apple crops, and in the late 1960s it became a refuge for Haight-Ashbury’s migrating flower children. They flocked to the North Bay’s green hills and valleys wanting to live off the land, many joining communes and partaking in all that 1967’s Summer of Love had to offer. Today, Sebastopol’s main attraction is The Barlow, a former applesauce canning plant that belonged to prominent resident Thomas Barlow and his family. The Barlow now houses a walkable maze of local businesses that offer plenty of wining, dining, tasting and shopping.
FROM CHICAGO- STYLE TO NAPOLETANA: WHERE TO GET EVERY KIND OF PIZZA IN SONOMA

FROM CHICAGO- STYLE TO NAPOLETANA: WHERE TO GET EVERY KIND OF PIZZA IN SONOMA

Whether you’re craving a gooey deep dish pizza or a slice of NY-style pie, we’ve got just the place for you. There are only three things needed to make a perfect pizza – crust, sauce and cheese. Sure, pepperoni, anchovies or pineapple may be required on your pizza, but the pure expression of a great pie needs no gilding.  

PROPERTY MANAGER OF SONOMA COUNTY’S THE BARLOW WINS NORTH BAY FORTY UNDER 40 AWARD

PROPERTY MANAGER OF SONOMA COUNTY’S THE BARLOW WINS NORTH BAY FORTY UNDER 40 AWARD

Jennifer Adametz, 36, Property Manager, The Barlow

Responsibilities with your company: I am responsible for the day to day operations and oversight of The Barlow, a beautiful 12 acre market district in Sebastopol. 

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ATTENTION FOODIES & WINOS! A WEST SONOMA COUNTY FOOD & WINE ITINERARY IS HERE.

ATTENTION FOODIES & WINOS! A WEST SONOMA COUNTY FOOD & WINE ITINERARY IS HERE.

West Sonoma County, dubbed ‘West County’ by locals is one of the most unique and picturesque areas of Sonoma County. Entailing the area west of Santa Rosa and to the coast, this area encompasses the small, charmingly eclectic city-towns of Sebastopol, Guerneville, and Occidental as well as a handful of other petite hamlets such as Graton, Forestville, and Monte Rio.

Rucked away into this uniquely idyllic corner of Sonoma County wine country, West Sonoma County has a completely different identity and feel. Visitors won’t find looming wine castles, glamorous chateaus, or tour buses full of bachelorettes here. Low key is the name of the game in thees parts, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find a wealth of amazing wine and gastronomic experiences.

From casual farm-to-table eateries and popular outdoor gourmet marketplaces to high-end restaurants where dishes are prepared by renowned Chefs and served up in a California-Coastal casual ambiance and roadside artisan cheese shops West Sonoma County is a foodie paradise. And the wineries and wine tasting experiences here are equally as impressive and diverse while blissfully unpretentious.

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April 8, 2021

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THE FUTURE: TWO SAN FRANCISCO BASED INTERIOR DESIGNERS FIND THEIR NICHE THROUGH THEIR EMERGING FIRM, STUDIO AHEAD.

THE FUTURE: TWO SAN FRANCISCO BASED INTERIOR DESIGNERS FIND THEIR NICHE THROUGH THEIR EMERGING FIRM, STUDIO AHEAD.

“We were totally fish out of water: an eccentric Iranian and model-esque Russian, peddling antiques in our 20s to clients three times our age,” says Homan Rajai. But it didn’t take long for the two design enthusiasts to realize they were dreaming a similar dream, and soon Rajai and Elena Dendiberia spent their days envisioning the firm they would one day open.”
WHIMSICAL SAN FRANCISCO DESIGN STORE TO POP-UP AT THE BARLOW

WHIMSICAL SAN FRANCISCO DESIGN STORE TO POP-UP AT THE BARLOW

San Francisco home goods boutique BaBoo wants to make your home a happy place. They even sell indoor swings!

Amidst the retail upheaval caused by the pandemic there’s also positive news: new stores are opening in Sonoma County and The Barlow is about to welcome a home decor pop-up shop. 

Beginning March 12, San Francisco home goods boutique BaBoo will bring its happy strain of high-style furnishings to the Sebastopol marketplace. After moving from a Pacific Heights location to the San Francisco Design Center, the store has now embarked on a California tour where it will set up several temporary shops. 

Read more  |    March, 2021

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WE ASKED 12 BARTENDERS: WHAT’S YOUR GO TO CRAFT BEER?

WE ASKED 12 BARTENDERS: WHAT’S YOUR GO TO CRAFT BEER?

Craft beer conjures up different expectations depending on whom you ask, but most experts agree that small, independent breweries making distinctive and innovative products define the category. Despite the media blitz extolling the craft cocktail scene, many bartenders can attest that foregoing a cocktail or a dram of whisky in favor of an ice-cold beer is often the greatest cure after a long and exhaustive night of service. 

To find out which craft brews should be stocked in your fridge, VinePair asked drinks pros for their tried and true recommendations. Keep reading below for a list of beloved bottles, ranging in origin from western Wyoming, to Belgium…

“Our go-to craft beer is from Woodfour Brewing at The Barlow: the Bohemian Nectar, a classic saison. They describe it’s as ‘a classic saison at the core featuring Belgian Pils and a touch of wheat malts. Dry-hopped with a gracious amount of Mosaic hops creates an intensely juicy tropical aroma. Crisp, quenching finish, sunshine in a glass.”- Sam Levy, Co-Owner/ Bar Director, Fern Bar, Sebastopol Calif.

Read more  |    March, 2021

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WE ASKED 12 BARTENDERS: WHAT’S THE BEST BOURBON THAT’S EARNED A SPOT ON YOUR BAR?

WE ASKED 12 BARTENDERS: WHAT’S THE BEST BOURBON THAT’S EARNED A SPOT ON YOUR BAR?

Americans have proven that no hardship can keep them from their beloved native spirit, bourbon. As VinePair reported last September, sales of off-premise bourbon reached $1.34 billion in revenue only eight months into 2020 – a staggering 30 percent increase from the previous year.

And the bourbon industry isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. To help highlight new released worth a splurge, VinePair asked experts for the bourbons that have recently earned a place on their bars and in their hearts. Keep reading for some newly released treasures, plus a few classics that should be on every bourbon connoisseur’s radar.

“Spirt Works Bourbon. Spirit Works is here in Sebastopol at The Barlow. They are local, source quality ingredients, it’s made by wonderful people, and it tastes great. We use it in Dealer’s Choice cocktails like an Old Fashioned, Manhattan, or Whiskey Sour to show off the quality and flavor. It can be enjoyed neat or with a little ice as well. ” – Sam Levy, Fern Bar at The Barlow, Sebastopol, Calif.

Read more  |    March, 2021

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12 MUST-TRY TACOS IN SONOMA COUNTY

12 MUST-TRY TACOS IN SONOMA COUNTY

Most people find it hard to imagine that I didn’t try my first taco until the age of about 30- and even then with much trepidation and disbelief. Those tiny corn tortillas had no business being unfried and doubled up liek that, I thought. It didn’t contain cumin-overloaded seasoning from a packet. It didn’t even have hamburger or sour cream. One bite, however, of a simple carnitas soft taco with onions and fresh cilantro, a little dab of hot sauce and – hold-the-guacamole, this is a taco?!

Even years later, after eating thousands of tasty tacos from throughout California, I still don’t fully understand the subtleties of this ancient, beloved street food of Mexico. But I’ve made progress after devouring two seasons of Netflix’s series The Taco Chronicles, which schooled me in the culture and history of al pastor and lesser-known local taco fillers like suadero (fatty beef) and cabrito (goat), buche (pork stomach) and cabeza (head). 

So whether you end up going on a Taco Chronicles adventure of your own, exploring out-of-the-way taquerias specializing in barbacoa, or you just want to challenge yourself to get out of a burrito rut, there’s a lifetime of tacos out there just waiting to be discovered. And you don’t even have to wait until #tacotuesday. 

Carne Asada- Barrio, Sebastopol: Not all asadas are created equal, and in fact, most aren’t even worth your time. It takes a master to flavor and perfectly grill a muscular cut of beef into something mouthwatering. Usually marinated with chiles and lime, asada is typically cut from skirt or flank steak, then diced into cubes. So often carne asada is dry and tough, but we love the mix of spice and tenderness from both of these taco spots. 6760 McKinley Street #140, Sebastopol, trustmetaco.com 

Read more  |    March, 2021

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BOHEMIAN BEST OF 2021 WINNERS

BOHEMIAN BEST OF 2021 WINNERS

Bohemian Best of 2021 Winners at The Barlow…

Best Bar: Fern Bar

Best Cider: Golden State Cider

Best Cocktails: Fern Bar

Best Craft Beer Selection: Crooked Goat

Best Gin: Spirit Works Distillery

Best New Restaurant: Blue Ridge Kitchen

Best Pizza: Acre Pizza

Best Natural Foods: Community Market

Best Outdoor Haircut: ReFrame Hair Gallery

+ Best Maker Event: Head West Marketplace

Read more  |    March, 2021

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NEW ON THE MENU: PAN-ROASTED STEELHEAD WITH POMEGRANATE AND SALSA VERDE

NEW ON THE MENU: PAN-ROASTED STEELHEAD WITH POMEGRANATE AND SALSA VERDE

For this dish, Matt D’Ambrosi, chef of Blue Ridge Kitchen at The Barlow outdoor marketplace in Sebastopol, Calif., plates roasted steelhead trout with charred and creamed Brussels sprouts and kale, along with potatoes that have been boiled, chilled, smashed and then fried until crispy. 

He also makes a gastrique with pomegranate juice and pink peppercorns cooked down with sugar and vinegar, He said the sweet-and-sour sauce complements the fish well and also goes nicely with the cream in the vegetables. he adds pomegranate seeds for acidity and crunch, and then finishes the dish with an Italian salsa verde made with capers, parsley, lemon, garlic, shallot, olive oil and a little Parmesan cheese. 

“The salsa verde is great because it adds a fresh, herbaceous essence that complements both the gastrique and the cream sauce,” he said. 

BEST PIZZA IN SONOMA COUNTY: 20 FAVORITE RESTAURANTS FOR TASTY PIES

BEST PIZZA IN SONOMA COUNTY: 20 FAVORITE RESTAURANTS FOR TASTY PIES

It’s hard to pick a favorite pizza spot, when so many Sonoma County restaurants serve up excellent pies – whether hand-tossed, wood-fired or ooey-gooey Friday night style. To satisfy your pizza cravings, we’ve gone through some of our favorites from the past and picked out a few standout restaurants for tasty pies. Remember to check opening hours, dining options and menus, as these may vary due to the pandemic. 

Acre Pizza, Sebastopol: Detroit style pizza is a winner, with a deep, crispy crust and melty cheese, along with seasonal favorite pies and slices. 6760 McKinley St., 6760 McKinley St., Suite 150, Sebastopol. Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, 707-827-3455, acrepizza.com

Read more  |    February 2021

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