Marcy Smothers’ book shares love of food
Kenwoodian Marcy Smothers has been developing a career in the wine and food biz for some time now, and her latest contribution to our gastronomical pleasure is a book, SNACKS: Adventures in Food, Aisle by Aisle.
Marcy says she’s not a chef or a food expert, but a “food explorer” who loves to cook, eat, and discover new ways to enjoy a meal.
SNACKS is a compendium of food insights, original recipes, cooking riddles, and her own personal moments of kitchen discovery.
SNACKS is easy to navigate, broken up into 15 “Aisles” for chapters, Aisle 1: Produce, Aisle 2: Bread, all the way to Aisle 15: Meat. There are 50 recipes, dozens of handy tricks and tips (put your strawberries in 125 degree water to make them last longer), snack sized factoids (when ordering a lobster at a restaurant, you can ask for either a male or female), and a grocery store of food trivia.
Food celebrity Guy Fieri, who hosted a culinary radio show with Marcy, pens the forward to SNACKS, which recently got some nice coverage on the food portion of Oprah’s website.
Marcy will be on hand for local book signings at Copperfield’s in Montgomery Village in Santa Rosa on June 12 at 7 p.m., and at Readers’ Books in Sonoma on Saturday, June 15, at 2 p.m.
Jacinto’s Kitchen Happy Hour
Starting two days a week, Monday and Wednesday, 4 to 6 p.m., Jacinto’s Kitchen on Oakmont Drive will provide a congenial happy hour with appetizers, sangria, wine and beer at a welcoming price. The Happy Hour schedule begins June 3 and 5.
This will be a fun opportunity to get together with old friends, and maybe make some new ones.
June offerings include fish tacos with jicama, orange coleslaw and tomatillo Guajillo salsa ($4.50); and mini sopes – little masa cakes topped with chicken in chipotle tomato sauce and aged cheese ($3).
There will be Sangria, Sauvignon blanc, red wine and Dos Equis beer at dynamite prices.
Jacinto’s Kitchen is located at 7614 Oakmont Dr., and can be reached at 539-2802.
Free meditation class at Souluna
Meditation instructor Gina McGee will be hosting a complimentary two-hour introductory class on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) on Tuesday, June 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Souluna, 9255 Sonoma Hwy.
A Bill Moyers PBS video will be shown, beginner's mind meditation practice will be taught, and there will be a science and history discussion. There will be an opportunity to enroll in an 8-week course.
A donation is appreciated but not required. The program is taught at over 250 hospitals, Google, the military, and K-12 schools around the country.
Email Gina by June 20 to reserve your seat, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chiropractor comes to Oakmont
Dr. Robert Bliss, D.C. will be opening up an office in Oakmont on June 1 at 6637 Oakmont Dr., Suite A-1. Dr. Bliss has over 40 years experience with all ages, and has recently been working out of his Marin County office.
Oakmont Chiropractic will take a natural approach to health and wellness, helping clients lead a pain-free life.
Bliss has served as a medical corpsman in the U.S. Army, been a chiropractic missionary to clinics in Mexico and Costa Rica, worked in a Novato homeless shelter, and volunteered the last five years at the Marin Community Clinic. He is a member of the Healing Heroes Network, treating injured soldiers.
Oakmont Chiropractic will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Call 537-6622 to make an appointment.
Broadway returns to Jack London
Transcendence Theatre’s Broadway Under the Stars in Jack London State Park is a series of award winning concerts featuring professional Broadway and Hollywood performers in the majestic, open-air winery ruins in Jack London State Historic Park. Last year’s season won the award for Best Special Theater Event from Broadway World San Francisco, and included Broadway performers from Wicked, Mamma Mia, Les Miserables, Chicago, Gypsy, Hairspray, White Christmas, Mary Poppins and more.
A portion of every ticket is given to Jack London State Park and the success of these concerts plays a vital role in sustaining the park for generations to come. Each evening begins with pre-show picnicking on the great lawn alongside the vineyards, with multiple wineries pouring and food and wine available for purchase, and concludes with an evening of inspirational entertainment that Before It’s News dubbed “…goosebumps all around.”
For more information and tickets go to www.BroadwayJackLondon.com.
New valley hiking/biking maps available
It makes life easier when you have a good map and guide. Now the company Map Adventures has made thorough, easy-to-read maps for Sonoma Valley – one for hiking/walking/biking Sonoma Valley trails, and one for biking the Sonoma Valley and Carneros area.
The Sonoma Valley Trails map has easy-to-follow graphics and details for Annadel, Sugarloaf and Jack London state parks, as well as Hood Mountain, Taylor Mountain, Sonoma Valley, and Maxwell Farms county parks. The Sonoma Valley & Carneros bike map outlines the bike trails throughout the entire area. Each map also contains short narratives about specific hikes and rides you can take throughout the valley. Valley wineries are also indicated.
The maps are available for purchase at Jack London, Sugarloaf, Kaz Winery, Glen Ellen Village Market, and Heart & Sole in Santa Rosa.
Map Adventures is run by Steve Bushey and Angela Faeth, and they now have developed five Northern California maps. They also have created numerous easy-to-read maps for areas in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
For more information and to buy their maps, go to www.mapadventures.com.