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YOU MAY HAVE noticed something extra bundled with your Marin Magazine this month. Yes, that’s the second edition of Marin At Home. The first one was so successful that we decided to make it a biannual affair. This time around editor-in-chief Zahid Sardar and the team focus on the theme of indoor/outdoor living with glimpses of homes in Muir Beach, San Francisco, Napa Valley, Sausalito and beyond.

In Marin Magazine this month, we focus on food. Lynda Balslev gets cooking with three celebrity chefs — Sammy Hagar, Joanne Weir and Michael Mina — and takes us into their kitchens to find out what works and what they might change.

We continue with a story by Ian Stewart on West Marin’s baking heritage. Stewart traces the lineage of bakers and breads that started with one man and a brick oven in Marshall. And if you have bread, you might as well put some honey on it. Calin Van Paris takes us on another Subcultures adventure and tells us what the beekeeping buzz is all about.

We wrap up features with a look at medical specialists as part of our [415] Top Doctors coverage. Carrie Kirby offers six important tips to help you pick the right specialist for your needs.

Up front we have everything you want to know about the 75th Marin County Fair, including information on recycling, exhibits and what’s new. We also introduce you to the founders of Marin’s own Andalou Naturals and catch up with San Rafael’s new director of homeless planning.

In Destinations, with a nod to the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, we tee up for a round of golf in one of three California national parks that have courses. We go farther afield with writer Amelia Stewart and photographer Vassi Koutsaftis on a journey to Ethiopia.

It’s an exciting double issue, and whether you find yourself inspired by the stunning renovations in Marin At Home or just hungry from all the food coverage in Marin Magazine, we hope you’ll enjoy the read.


It’s hard not to call upon the Hagar family whenever we need a celebrity inclusion in our pages — and if the story is about cooking, it’s even harder. While celebrating the anniversary of Van Halen’s 5150 album release and fielding calls from Rolling Stone magazine, Sammy Hagar and wife Kari patiently waited for our crew to show up, get the story and mess up their kitchen. Always the perfect host, Sammy made sure we didn’t leave hungry. Photos by Mimi Towle