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Belcampo Meat Co. at Marin Country Mart

August 18th, 2014 By jacquelynw

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You don’t need a pair of skinny jeans or a handlebar mustache to know that food trucks are bringing to life the next generation of culinary genius.  They are no longer the dark and scary counterparts baring stale doughnuts and questionable tacos of my early years. They are the innovators. They are the mobile front lines that combine fearless entrepreneurial spirit with groundbreaking culinary invention.

It’s no surprise then, when you arrive at the Marin Country Mart on Sunday between 11 and 3 to find the place crawling with hipsters, families and people who forget they aren’t supposed to bring their dogs. The big draw? The event that is now widely known as Off the Grid. There you are likely to find a rainbow assortment of diesel fueled engines serving up anything from lobster rolls, deliciously creative tacos, Asian fusion sandwiches to (of course my favorite) BBQ.

I survey the terrain, trying to decide which line of deliciousness I want to commit myself to for the next 30 minutes. Indecision paralyses me for a moment, when the idea hits me: shop first – eat later.

Since I’m already at the Marin Country Mart, and knowing that I’m hosting a dinner party later in the evening, it only makes sense that I take advantage.  I first head to Rustic Bakery for some sweets, then pop a few doors over to the best butcher in Marin. I’m in search of the crowd pleaser. In Belcampo speak, they call it a Tomahawk Ribeye. I call it meat flavored love.

I walk into the Belcampo store front, and am greeting by, thankfully given the size of the knives they are holding, two friendly butchers, eager to help with everything from cuts of meat, to spices, condiments as well as wine. But, as I am looking around the store, I notice something I didn’t notice before – there is an entire restaurant back there. Chairs, tables, napkins. Like real napkins. The kind that you fold and not the kind that comes on a roll. It was literally the whole deal. I take a peek on the menu, and realize that the last thing I want to do is wait in line for a sandwich and then eat it on a picnic table outside alongside humanity. I want to sit down in this cozy spot and see how the expert linguists of meat serve it themselves.

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My family and I press pause on our meat order at the counter, and saunter over to the dining room with new found vigor. We sit down.  Immediately sit down. Their brunch menu has everything from salads and frittatas to hamburgers and French dips. And, thankfully, for my vegetarian 7 year old, French fries and grilled cheese.

Our orders came quickly, and as soon as the plates hit the tables I’m grabbing a taste of everything. We had a hot dog served in a brioche bun.  Chili that would engage the most elitist Texan.  And a grilled cheese sandwich that I had to arm wrestle my usually hunger striking 7 year old for even just a bite. I couldn’t believe this place hadn’t hit our radar before, despite the countless times we had come in.

The food was so amazing, I felt compelled to share. While I love the idea of not having to wait for a table when I arrive, this is one of Marin’s best kept secrets that just isn’t fair of me to keep.

So, next time you have a special occasion, like your boss is coming to dinner, or your cooking dinner for your wife’s birthday (or maybe your celebrating that its Monday, or Wednesday or Thursday) head over to Belcampo for the meat. But maybe sit a spell, have a sparkling water or a glass of wine, and check it out. I think it could be life changing.

Jacquelyn Warner is a Marin based photographer. She was born in LA, raised in Texas, and has been sipping, dipping, hiking, bbqing, shopping and drinking here in the Bay Area for the last 14 years.  She remains constant in her endless search for the perfect spot for just about anything in Marin.

Spicy Salsa and More at El Huarache Loco

November 28th, 2012 By Stephen Pringle

El Huarache Loco Restaurant in Larkspur is one of my favorite places for lunch or brunch in Marin. They opened earlier in the year at the Marin Country Mart and have been a hit ever since. They make their tortillas right on site and everything is really yummy and healthy. Try their salads and incredible tacos, and they have the best salsa bar around…the spicy selections make me happy. The Country Mart is the coolest place to hang out on Saturdays. They have a farmers market and tons of cool shops. We like grabbing a big table outside and just letting the kids explore around the fish and turtle pond, or hang out on the giant tree play structures. I hear in the summer they even have movie nights there. See you next Saturday!

New Elementary School Coming to East Corte Madera

March 19th, 2012 By George Crowe

Big things are in the works in the Larkspur-Corte Madera school district. Bond Measure A, which passed last year, is providing funds for upgrades to Neil Cummins Elementary and Hall Middle School, and the biggie–a brand new elementary school at the site of the old San Clemente School on Paradise Drive, which has been leased to the Lycee Francais. The plan is to tear down the old facility and build a brand new public school, with construction slated for 2013 and 2014. I talked to someone in the district office who said they haven’t yet decided on enrollment boundary lines or what will determine which kids go to which elementary school, but she said to keep an eye on the website for updates.

Ross Valley Sewer Lateral Replacement Grant Program on Hold

March 6th, 2012 By George Crowe

We’ve talked before about the cool program the Ross Valley Sanitary District has had in place for the last few years, where they’ll pay for half the cost (up to $4000) of a new sewer lateral for homes in the district that qualify. Unfortunately the money has dried up for now. I talked with someone at the office who said to keep checking back as they think they’ll have funds again sometime before July, so it sounds like this might be a temporary situation.

You can get more info at their website, www.rvsd.org, or by calling (415) 259-2949.

Views Around Marin- Fall!

November 22nd, 2010 By Ginger Wilcox

Since I was born and raised in Arizona, anything remotely related to “fall” makes me happy.   I didn’t see the seasons change too much growing up!  This stunning display of fall leaves next to the brilliant blue sky made me pull over my car and snap a photo.  This photo was taken in Larkspur, just off Magnolia Avenue.  Enjoy!

Larkspur’s Famous Magnolia Tree

March 5th, 2010 By Ginger Wilcox

This gorgeous Magnolia Tree sits along Magnolia Avenue in Larkspur, just across from Marin Primary School. The tree is in stunning full bloom right now! The story I have been told is that a dentist lived in the home and in lieu of payment, a gardener client planted the tree. It may have originally been two magnolia trees together.

If you know the real story about this Larkspur beauty, I would love to hear it!

~Ginger

Larkspur Real Estate Market Update

March 2nd, 2010 By Ginger Wilcox

There are 15 active homes for sale in Larkspur and six homes under contact.  Four Larkspur homes have sold this year.  The average list price for a single family home is $1,252,067.  The average Larkspur home has been on the market 100+ days.  The table below shows the trends for the month of January over December 2010, for 1 year and for 15 months.  Keep in mind that Larkspur is a very small community and the statistics are easily skewed because of the small number of homes sold each month and year.


1 Month
1 Year
15 Months
Dec
2009
Jan
2010
%
Change
Jan
2009
Jan
2010
%
Change
Nov
2008
Jan
2010
%
Change
For Sale
12
14
16.7%
24
14
-41.7%
24
14
-41.7%
Sold
4
2
-50%
1
2
100%
1
2
100%
Pended
0
3
n/a
0
3
n/a
o
3
n/a

Larkspur Home Sales Year to Date

  • 34 Diane Lane $628,000
  • 60 Diane Lane $775,000
  • 135 Tulane Drive $975,000
  • 362 Madrone Ave $1,391,000

Notice the price point of homes sold in 2010 in Larkspur.  The lower end of our real estate market continues to move, albeit slower than in the past.

Larkspur Real Estate Market Data effective as of March 1, 2010. Data provided by Bay Area Real Estate Information Services. Are you a Marin real estate junkie? Sign up to receive very detailed real-time market reports in your email. Just register and let me know which neighborhoods you are interested in.

Happy Birthday Larkspur!

March 1st, 2010 By Ginger Wilcox

On this day 102 years ago, the City of Larkspur officially incorporated. Larkspur earned its name in 1886.  Downtown Larkspur is only three blocks long and has retained its historic charm.  Larkspur gained a place on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.  Downtown Larkspur remains the central business district today and is lined with small boutiques and restaurants.   Larkspur is primarily a residential community with 12,014 residents according to the 2000 U.S. census.

Larkspur is nestled at the base of King Mountain, under Blithedale Ridge and Mt Tam.  It is known for its perfect weather, majestic redwood trees and beautiful magnolia trees which line Magnolia Road, Larkspur’s main thoroughfare.

I am proud to call Larkspur my home!  Happy Birthday Larkspur!

~Ginger

Historic Larkspur- 550 Magnolia

September 18th, 2009 By Ginger Wilcox

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I had dinner last night at King of the Roll Sushi (review to come!) in Larkspur.  While sitting at my outdoor table, I snapped this quick shot.   The historic Larkspur building is located at 550 Magnolia in Larkspur, across the bike path from the rear patio of King of the Roll sushi restaurant at Ward & Magnolia Avenue.

It was built in the early 1900′s (~1929) as the Warming Room for the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Larkspur station although I have seen a picture that identifies it as the Larkspur fright shed.   The historic building has been used as a artist studio by many different artists.  It is currenty the home of Bly Osuna Designs.

I love seeing the historic roots of Marin intertwined among the day to day things in  my life.

Larkspur Real Estate Report Aug 25 2009

August 25th, 2009 By Ginger Wilcox

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