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IN HONOR OF Valentine’s Day, we kick off this month’s features with a story on love and marriage. Writer Jennifer Woodlief talks to five couples all facing matrimonial challenges head-on. From soon-to-be empty nesters to blended families, Woodlief finds out what’s working and what’s not.

Next up, we offer a look at some of the best places to eat in the county with our 2016 Tastemakers feature. You voted for your favorite places for breakfast, lunch, bar bites, dinner and cocktails, and we present those, along with picks by chefs who make the kind of culinary magic you applaud.

We wrap up features with our annual [415] Top Doctors section. Along with research from Bay Area hospitals that’s improving lives around the world, we present a brand-new list with 842 of the Bay Area’s best physicians as voted by their peers.

Up front we’ve got details on Marin’s climate action plan and an ordinance update that will allow up to four medical cannabis dispensaries in the county. We offer Valentine’s Day gift ideas and look at how local country clubs are retooling themselves for a more modern clientele. And in Reading List, we introduce you to Andy Weir, author of The Martian (also nominated for best picture at the Oscars this year), the 2016 One Book One Marin selection.

In Destinations, we range far and wide with stories on the hidden side of Oahu, the softer side of Vegas and the grown-up side of Amsterdam.

In a month marked by celebration of love, we hope you find stories that beckon. And when you stop reading and venture out, look for us at one of the stellar restaurants your votes put on our list — your table is waiting.


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For our 2016 Tastemakers opening image, we set photographer Lori Eanes loose at Mill Valley’s Henrybuilt with 27 of Marin’s favorite chefs. From left to right: Fabio Cocom, Erin Miwa, Eduardo “Edy” Magana, Glenn Miwa, Victor Viera, Tory Monahan, Matthew Carrerow, Michael Brady, Ben Balesteri, Bob Simontacchi, Tony Weston, Neka Pasquale, Josh Calderon, Ged Robertson, Todd Shoberg, Nick Abrams, Michael Pihl, Sam Ramadan, Mike Polite, Norman Louie, John Oyarzun, Laura van Galen, Crystal Davis, Noel Viera, Peter Shumacher, Curtis Silbermann and Robert Price.