Good Marinas with Great Food – Sharing both with you!…#14

While in Northern California, we have seen way more cloudy/foggy days than Portland. Granted we are in the bay area… but where is the sun? It is cold, foggy and windy in the morning and by 1 or 2 pm the sun comes out and it is warm for a few hours. Then it happens again and again and again…each and every day. I’m ready for Southern Cal… just saying!

After making our transit south we landed in Sausalito for a few days at the Clipper Yacht Marina. We had a nice side tie spot and the docks were wonderful. City was fun too, lots of cool shops and restaurants. Our friends from Walnut Creek, Wendy and Kurt took us out for a day on land, we had a great time with them checking out the areas around us. Call the Marina before to get in, very nice and friendly.

Chase took this and the sunset looks like a fire! CRAZY

We then went to St Francis Yacht Club, which is a private club and we were honored to be guests of a member, Jeren (Dan’s friend from work). Because this is private you need to know someone to get in. The club is awesome with a restaurant/bar open for business Wednesday through Sunday for members & guests. Menu was great! Very old honored club of sail boaters and motor boaters and is the oldest sailing club in the western US. It was really cool to be right in the city. We took the subway to a Giants baseball game one night & went to Nob Hill to visit Grace Cathedral & have lunch. Grocery store close by marina too. It was the best location and the view of Golden Gate Bridge can’t be beat!!!

Then headed to Vallejo Municipal Marina, with a large dock for us to use. I went wine tasting with the ladies and my good friend MaryJean!  Had a great time with my lady friends. Dan and I went to a Friday night dinner at the Vallejo Yacht club. Much less formal than St Francis Yacht Club . We took the dinghy up to Napa and had snacks and enjoyed the trip and views. Municipal Marina has tons of room, very easy to get to and the Yacht Club would take us but we were just too big. Give them both calls ahead of time.

City monument from days when this was the entrance to the Naval base shipyard. Dan worked here for a couple months in 1979 after graduation from Annapolis

Beth, Angela & MaryJean (Joan taking pic)

One of my favorite things to do is cook healthy food for us and our guests.  I really like to  cook fast, easy meals where I don’t have to follow directions. Cause I’m not one for following the rules….. ask my Mom. (thanks Mom for putting up with me)  I love to ad-lib, adjust, recreate & be a bit creative with everything in my life, including cooking. BUT.. I did write down a couple of my favorite recipes this from this trip..SO FAR. I hope you enjoy them.

pic of crab cakes w-sauce

This recipe can be adjusted to the spiciness level very easy.  You can make 4 large ones or 8 smaller ones for appetizers, I’ve done both.  Serve with Lemon and you can add a bit of lemon in the spicy sauce too. Angelique Crab Cakes w-sauce – print or save 

pic of banana oat muffins

I have made these so many times and always a hit. Ad-lib on these too, but only remove 1 item at a time if you don’t want something in your diet or dislike.  DON’T over cook.   Angelique Banana Oat muffins – print or save 

pic of pesto sauce

This is a staple in our house, I use for so many things. It is very healthy and adds good flavor to anything.  Message me if you need ideas. Angelique Pesto Sauce – print or save

We have enjoyed our time in Northern California. Please let me know if you try the recipes or Marinas.

Cheers and I’m toasting to no wind, sun and increased temps while we are here.


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