Tiburon is a great little afternoon waiting to happen.
Couldn't believe I never took Tammy to Tiburon ! It's a quaint little town well worth a visit . Especially if you were doing Mt. Tam and its surrounding areas.
Which all in all is a great day out for Bay Area residents.
Mt. Tam is well worth it. A winding drive up near the top (think its ten bucks now for parking) and a short five to ten mins walk up to the Ranger station (tower) up there.
When doing Mt. Tam its awesome to head down to Stinson beach and dip your toes in to feel the water, which is possibly colder then the ice water in your fridge. Good thing anyways because apparently Great Whites sometimes cruise around just offshore there.
And you can have a cup of coffee in Sausalito before heading up the Marin Headlands with its spectacular view of the GG bridge. There is even a little cove with a nice beach great for surfers (forget the name of the beach).
Tammy and I haven't done Mt Tam yet. She thinks its much the same as Mt. Diablo. Very much NOT SO. The view is entirely different I protested. We will get there eventually.
Now back to Tiburon. I used to venture over there once or twice a year, walk around a little bit in the small downtown area. There is a small dock for boats. Fantastic views abound ! Nice little cafes and restaurants around too.
And this nice ice cream shop with burgers. I used to hit that place every time i went.
Yesterday, did the same. And possibly that may be the last time as the place is going away. A big block of condos coming up there! Condos are taking over the bay area. From SF to Oakland and points north. Things are changing in the 3 years since I had last been there.
They sold Three Twins ice cream from Petaluma. Good stuff. Expensive though. A "single" cone, which is really two scoops cost five buckeronies.
Parking is a bit of a bitch. There is a parking lot . Three bucks an hour.
Anyhoos. We walked around in the warm autumn sun. Headed over to the nice Japanese restaurant a few doors down from the Waters Edge (seems like a really nice quaint hotel we have to try) Hotel.
Chicken Karage was not bad. The hand rolled California was good. The fried calamari was notable. The Agedashi tofu was beautifully created but the sauce was not to our liking sadly. I preferred the sauce to be a light soy sauce with the slices of wood fish found elsewhere.
The whole downtown is very small. You roll one way and you get to this little alley with the hotel and the restaurants/bars alongside it. And the parking lot right there.
On the edge of the parking lot is a nice little movie house. We went there and saw Snowden. The theatre doesn't give free parking so we had to find a spot . Reasonably priced ticket at 10.50 though. Snowden. So is he a hero or what?
But we already know the govt can and does keep all our emails/chats/fone logs, etc right?
Just before watching Snowden, saw this little wine tasting place. Run by Couloir Wines, at 72 Main Street. A 14 dollar tasting which we shared (plonked down a twenty and that took care of that with tips). This got us a selection from their Straight Line wines . The Couloir line is Pinot only. Will try that next time.
We went for the '15 Sauvignon Blanc from Santa Barbara county, which Tammy liked . Only 162 cases produced , $29/bottle. The '15 Chardonnay from Marin county. 73 cases produced , $37 /bottle. Which she thought was a bit sour (it was fine by me, dry because high alcohol content of 14.1 pct IIRC). Finished up by '10 Tempranillo from simply "California". 550 cases produced, $44/bottle.
Apparently tempranillo is a grape common in Spain and now being introduced to CAlifornia.
Thought it quite nice myself. Herself thought "blaah" . But that is probably because she hasn't graduated to reds yet.
We are not wine snobs mind you, but just tasting bits and pieces where we can and trying to learn a thing or two.
As one self confessed expert said to me, "if you like it, its a good wine, if you don't , you don't and its a bad wine...and there you have it". Wine 101
Meantime, am working on TAmmy's ten year green card, which we hope to get soon and this will end this long long ass struggle with all the gaw dang paperwork involved when you don't marry someone who has US citizenship !
I will NEVER do it again !!