Food, Foraging and Oman

WITH THE NEW year fully underway, we kick off February by looking at all things edible, starting with a story on the world food scene in Marin. Writer Amy Sherman introduces us to three restaurateurs who’ve won loyal followings through tasty cuisine, fresh ingredients and a spirit of giving back. These restaurant owners prove it is possible to travel to another country without ever leaving Marin.

We continue features with the second part of Nan Foster’s series on the science of healing naturally. Foster reports that we really are what we eat and offers information, tips and food choices to help you be your best self. Did you know that the average American now eats 50 pounds of chemicals and 150 pounds of sugar annually?

Foster wants to help readers avoid that. And Kasia Pawlowska runs with that theme in the field, speaking to people who forage for sustenance fresh from the ground: mushroom hunters. Her foray coordinator is a board member of the Sonoma County Mushroom Association nicknamed “Mycochef” who has been hunting and gathering fungi for 40 years.

Finally, we wrap up features with our [415] Top Doctors list and two reports by Carrie Kirby. She describes an innovative program that makes time in the hospital less scary for kids and shares strategies to keep your medical data safe from hackers.

Up front we explore San Francisco’s Jackson Square and a Mill Valley entrepreneur’s new take on milk. We talk with this year’s One Book One Marin author, the new owners of Point Reyes Books and MarinMOCA executive director Heidi LaGrasta.

Destinations uncovers the best food, hotels, shopping and music on Oahu, and in Journey we accompany Paige Peterson, a frequent Middle East traveler, to Oman, an unexpectedly modern and friendly country. Peterson explains Oman’s immense geopolitical importance and why you won’t find any litter on its streets.

We hope your 2017 is shaping up as a year of exploration, and that this new issue serves as an inspiring guide.