In celebration of the opening of Sausalito’s new Copita, a joint venture of restaurant veteran Larry Mindel and chef and cookbook writer Joanne Weir, we decided to share a recipe for the perfect margarita. A longtime resident of Sausalito, Mindel has wanted to open an authentic Mexican restaurant offering seasonal dishes and fresh produce from his garden for many years. After he tasted one of Weir’s “perfect” margaritas, plans were set in motion to open a restaurant together. Weir, who previously cooked at Chez Panisse, is a James Beard Award–winning cookbook author and the host of Joanne Weir’s Cooking Confidence on PBS. The word copita refers to a small glass used to taste tequila — seems like the right moniker for their new place.
Mimi Towle has been the editor of Marin Magazine for over a decade. She lived with her family in Sycamore Park and Strawberry and thoroughly enjoyed raising two daughters in the mayhem of Marin’s youth sports; soccer, swim, volleyball, ballet, hip hop, gymnastics and many many hours spent at Miwok Stables. Her community involvements include volunteering at her daughter’s schools, coaching soccer and volleyball (glorified snack mom), being on the board of both Richardson Bay Audubon Center. Currently residing on a floating home in Sausalito, she enjoys all water activity, including learning how to steer a 6-person canoe for the Tamalpais Outrigger Canoe Club. Born and raised in Hawaii, her fondness for the islands has on occasion made its way into the pages of the magazine.