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Editor’s Note
Moving right along from pumpkins, fall leaves and goblins without so much as time for a breath of fresh air, it seems it’s now sleigh bells, Santas and carols. As I write this on the Sunday following the most thankful Thanksgiving I’ve ever had with my newfound birth family, I’m wanting a break between holidays, a time to reflect, a time to rest before gearing up for another celebration and all that surrounds it, but the world won’t let me.

If you’re feeling the same way, perhaps an answer is a weekend getaway. Susan Dyer Reynolds has some great ideas on where to stay, shop and dine in sunny SoCal’s Marina del Rey, and John Zipperer highlights some oft-overlooked places in our own backyard (ever been to the Marin French Cheese Company?) Think Sebastopol is just all about apples? Then be sure to visit us online at for the story on this sleepy Sonoma hamlet by the Weekend Traveler. And if your getaway involves getting on a plane, our Stylehound, Micki Turner, has some surefire tips on how to pack to avoid checking your luggage so it ends up where you do.

For some cultural enlightenment, you won’t want to miss Sharon Anderson’s review of the Palace of Legion of Honor’s exhibition on Camille Pissarro, which focuses on the artist’s perception of the human form while also exploring his social and political concerns. And Ernie Beyl writes about his friend John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet. If you’re not familiar with the group, visit iTunes to pick up their refreshing and upbeat rendition of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” – you’ll find it a nice balance to the inescapable familiar vocal carols. For entertainment, we’ve included a select listing of some happenings around town, some holiday, some not, but some you definitely won’t want to miss, like Paula Poundstone or the annual Broadway sing-along. And last but never least, Bruce Bellingham shares his thoughts about the past year and the sights, sounds, smells, and mysteries of the holiday season.

We also have a holiday gift guide for some great suggestions from our local merchants, as well as some popular green gifts, green decorating and wrapping ideas in our “Around the House” column.

Food is always a focus this time of year, and if you still have turkey leftovers from Thanksgiving or anticipate some from the remaining holidays this year, we’ve got a not-so-common, but oh-so-delicious recipe to help you out: turkey croquettes. But if the thought of turkey anything isn’t pleasant, then check out some of the dishes around town that the Hungry Palate craves – how about some crab angel hair lasagna at the Crab House? Or if you just want to order in, The Tablehopper reveals a favorite North Beach pizza place that now delivers. Wine lovers are likely familiar with Rosenblum’s converted airplane hanger in Alameda, and now there’s a new generation of Rosenblum wines, Rock Wall – read our profile of the winemaker, Shauna Rosenblum. And in “Wine Report from the Fort,” you’ll find some stocking stuffers for every budget.

Finally, staying balanced during this busy time of year is often challenging, but if you follow the tips in our “Health Matters” column, which involve being aware of your senses, we promise you’ll be relaxed, centered and energized. Best wishes for a most joyous holiday season from all of us here at Northside Publications. May it find you healthy, happy, and with those you love.
Lynette Majer can be reached by e-mail at

March 2012
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