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Superbowl Poetry Slam? Why Not?

“If you want to do something really special on game day,” John Gaines, who was at the helm of The Tradewinds in Cotati for several decades, writes in a message to me, “be the only one on your block to have a poetry slam.” He is serious. “This is not as absurd as you may think,” he continues. He makes the point that The Ravens are actually named after a poem and calls the 49ers “a largely romantic ideal,” adding… Read More »

Welcome to the parish. Parish Cafe, that is.

I’ve known for a while that Parish Cafe, chef Rob Lippincott’s New Orleans restaurant, was due to open in Healdsburg any day, but on Saturday, when I was driving towards town after a visit to the Davero Tasting Room, I spotted an open door and people sitting at tables on the broad porch. I hit the brakes, checked the rear view mirror, backed up and slipped into the parking lot. It was a perfect time for lunch. Before long, I… Read More »

Don’t Call Me Ma’am!

It’s really just a little thing but, honestly, I hate being called ma’am. The only person who can call me ma’am is a tall thin Texas cowboy with his thumbs hitchin’ up his jeans and a cowboy boot brushing floor as he says something like, “Aww, shucks, ma’am, you’re just so pretty I don’t know what to say.” I thought about this on Saturday, as I munched a delicious muffaletta at the new Parish Cafe (you can read my post… Read More »