Picnic By the Pond at Marin French Cheese in Petaluma

The Marin French Cheese Company is located on a dairy farm in Hicks Valley, near the city of Petaluma, California, about 40 miles/ 64 km north of San Francisco. Since they have been at this location since 1865, Marin French Cheese has earned the distinction of being the “longest continually operating cheese company in America.” If the circular red and black logo looks familiar, it’s because Marin French Cheese was the producer of a variety of premium, hand-crafted French cheeses sold under the brand, “Rouge et Noir” which means “red and black.” They started using the name, “Marin French Cheese” … Continue reading Picnic By the Pond at Marin French Cheese in Petaluma

Two French Bakeries and the Blue House in San Francisco

In my blog post, “If You’re Going to San Francisco, Be Sure to Watch These Videos Filmed There,” I described how a blue house in San Francisco inspired Maxime Le Forestier to write a French song entitled, “San Francisco.” I recently got the chance to see the house on 18th Street made famous by the song: I happened to walk past la maison bleue en route from one French bakery to another French bakery! Quelle coïncidence! Tartine (600 Guerrero Street) Ever since my colleague told me about Tartine, a French bakery in the Castro District that he and his wife … Continue reading Two French Bakeries and the Blue House in San Francisco

You Need to Try These Black Raspberry Cocktail Recipes I Found

Hat tip to Carolyn of Hawkfeather Stories for inspiring this post! (I enjoy her blog and I’m sure you will, too. Check it out: Hawkfeather Stories) This week’s Wednesday Postcard was from the commune of Chambord, France. It had not occurred to me that Chambord could be related to the black raspberry liqueur of the same name. That is, until Carolyn asked the question! I did a little sleuthing and confirmed that, indeed, the Chambord liqueur originated in the same Loire Valley region where the famous castle is located. Go to the Chambord website and you will find simple, but … Continue reading You Need to Try These Black Raspberry Cocktail Recipes I Found

Leave the Gum, Take the Cannoli

First of all, I mean no disrespect to all of you diehard fans of “The Godfather” movies. I know the true quote is: “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.” But it’s a bit too violent, wouldn’t you agree? So just for fun, I changed gun to gum! I took this picture at a Whole Foods Market in the San Francisco Bay Area. But the napkin holder, with its French message (“Save the planet and your smile, one napkin at a time”) along with an Italian chocolate chip cannoli made me think I was somewhere else, miles away from home… I … Continue reading Leave the Gum, Take the Cannoli

Taking a Load Off at Laundré in San Francisco

When I spotted Laundré in the Mission District in San Francisco, I was intrigued by the accent aigu (é) in its name. A closer look at the large blue building located on the corner of 20th and Mission Streets revealed that Laundré is a portmanteau, or a made-up word using the combination of the words, “laundromat” and “café” to name the hybrid establishment. However, it’s not the first to combine laundry and food and/or drink in the world, not even the first in San Francisco. A few years ago, BrainWash in San Francisco closed after having been open since 1989. … Continue reading Taking a Load Off at Laundré in San Francisco