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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Islands Deli

Yesterday the temperatures hovered around 90 degrees, which meant it was time to head for the beautiful Sonoma Coast beaches. We heard about another transplanted Hawaiian who opened a deli next to Lucas Wharf in Bodega Bay. We headed out to find "Islands Deli" as we also heard that they use mahimahi for their fish in the "fish and chips" entree. We met Mike Phillips who left Honolulu many moons ago and is now the proud owner of "Islands Deli." And FYI, he does use mahimahi and it was about the best we've ever had... nice light and crisp batter that does not detract from the wonderful flavor of mahimahi.

For those homesick Hawaiians, Mike serves daily specials which include beef stew, teriyaki beef or teriyaki chicken, and is serving plate lunches complete with macaroni salad. Grab a plate lunch and head to your favorite beach and just watch those waves crashing against the rocks... you'd almost think you were in Hawaii!

We hope to see you soon.


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

New Tavern in Town

It's fun being part of a small town. You get to know your neighbors. And, in many cases, root for them too. Across the street, for example, Noah Bolmer and his lovely wife Mir are busy remodeling one of our old Victorian homes and turning into the Barley and Hops Tavern. We've stopped in once or twice, and it's quite amazing what they're doing: complete remodel, lots of antiques, etc. We're heard rumors (this is all on the hush-and-hush) that they're place will be open around July 4th. We'll keep you posted... and definitely report on the beer and food!

And please check out Noah's blog: Barley and Hops. He's a great writer and shares the ups and downs (!) of building a business. Good luck, Noah and Mir!


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