Maria Finn

Maria Finn lives on a floating houseboat in Sausalito, where she grows a rooftop container garden, despite the salty winds. She’s the author of the book, “A Little Piece of Earth, How to Grow Your Own Food in Small Spaces” (Rizzoli, 2010), and the memoir, “Hold Me Tight and Tango Me Home” (Algonquin Books, 2010) , which is in development for a television series with Fox Studios. Her novel-in-progress, “Sea Legs and Fish Nets,” loosely based on her experiences working on an all female fishing boat in Alaska, is a finalist for the Pen/Bellwether Prize, founded by Barbara Kingsolver for novels that address issues of social justice. She writes for Sunset Magazine, Afar Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. Visit her website at mariafinn.com and follow her on Twitter @mariafinn.

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Truffles for Locavores?

Truffles for Locavores?

| January 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Napa’s next big thing: First it was wine grapes, and then olive orchards. Are black truffles next?

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Curry Without Worry: Soul-Pleasing Food for the Hungry and the Curious

Curry Without Worry: Soul-Pleasing Food for the Hungry and the Curious

| December 11, 2012 | 3 Comments

The goal for Curry Without Worry is to continue to feed the needy in San Francisco, and in Katmandu, where most of the people served are street children and the elderly and handicapped.

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Let the Cracking Begin! Dungeness Crab Season is Underway

Let the Cracking Begin! Dungeness Crab Season is Underway

| November 24, 2012 | 2 Comments

Last year something was missing from Thanksgiving festivities in the Bay Area–Dungeness crab. Crabbers were on strike but fortunately, that was not the case this year. Here are some places to find Dungeness in the Bay Area.

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Heirloom, Heritage, Hybrid and GMOs

Heirloom, Heritage, Hybrid and GMOs

| October 5, 2012 | 2 Comments

The second annual National Heirloom Exposition took place in Santa Rosa on September 10-12. It was a celebration of the imperfect, the unexpected, and many people attending it learned that sometimes the most blemished fruit has the sweetest flavor. There were squash with warts, spiky cucumbers and “Cannibal” tomatoes. A display showed off Hopi Blue corn, Rainbow Inca corn, and Seneca Blue Bear Dance corn. Genetically modified corn, well, it was not welcome at the table.

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September is California Wine Month — Start Sipping at these Events

September is California Wine Month — Start Sipping at these Events

| September 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

Governor Jerry Brown decreed September “California Wine Month.” So start sipping. Here are some great wine events you can attend to enjoy harvest season — starting this Saturday at the Ferry Building.

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Return of the Chinook

Return of the Chinook

| August 8, 2012 | 1 Comment

Excited by the return of California California salmon, locals are keeping fishing charter boats busy.

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Tropical Nostalgia: The Luau at the Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar

Tropical Nostalgia: The Luau at the Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar

| July 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

Maria Finn tries to keep the spirit of her Hawaiian vacation alive by attending a luau at the Fairmont Hotel’s Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar.

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Foraging For Fish in the San Francisco Bay

Foraging For Fish in the San Francisco Bay

| July 19, 2012 | 5 Comments

If all commercial fishermen used the methods of Kirk Lombard, sustainability would be a non-issue. He goes for lesser know species using the most sporting methods possible. He hand-tosses a net, Hawaiian style, for smelt, he poke-poles for monkeyface eel, and catches red crab with a fishing pole and snare. He shares his maritime adventures and knowledge of the bays edible intertidal zone in his “Sea Forager Tours.”

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The Whole Fish: Snout to Tail Movement Meet Gills to Adipose Fin

The Whole Fish: Snout to Tail Movement Meet Gills to Adipose Fin

| May 31, 2012 | 2 Comments

Now there’s a new trend burgeoning, which I am calling “gill to adipose fin,” or using the whole fish. This summer, California is enjoying a strong Chinook salmon comeback.

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Schooners Coastal Kitchen and Bar

Schooners Coastal Kitchen and Bar

| May 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

May 18-20, The Monterey Bay Aquarium is having their annual “Cooking for Solutions” with over 70 chefs and 60 wineries. Chef Waller and Schooners Coastal Kitchen will be participating.

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Copita Tequileria y Comida: Joanne Weir and Larry Mindel’s Mexico in Sausalito

Copita Tequileria y Comida: Joanne Weir and Larry Mindel’s Mexico in Sausalito

| April 29, 2012 | 3 Comments

Chef Joanne Weir and restaurateur Larry Mindel are opening Copita, a tequileria and eatery officially opening on May 1, though they are serving April 28-30 from 11am to 11pm, and the food world is abuzz about it. This high-powered partnership started with a margarita contest.

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