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Re: “Triple Shot

Personally, I like the no res rule. It's your restaurant, run it as you will. I had the Tan Tan Ramen. One of the best plates I've ever had in Sonoma County. Ever. Wow. Very nicely done. Will definitely be back... will stand in line... happily.

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Posted by Jon Bixler on 03/31/2016 at 6:38 AM

Re: “Triple Shot

We are enthusiastic local customers that have been in both twice before the reno, and twice since the re-opening.
We have yet to be able to access the Ramen side this year.(2 hour wait, then 90 minute wait for each time respectively), but the no-reservations rule is a mis-step.

We noted while the visit with the 2 hour wait was shown to have both a packed restaurant and bar sides (the first week of re-opening), one week later a 90 minute wait had a virtually empty bar side: 2 folks at the wet bar who eventually got their names called for the Ramen side, and a second couple who left with us after we enjoyed an hour long meal the sampling the awesome bar food menu, this leaving the bar side empty.

Point being, the entire bar, (wet bar, window seats, and the middle bar facing a freezer) was empty by 8:30pm.

Ramen Gaijin has 3 distinct areas of the restaurant: the wet bar (with Window seats), the Ramen side of the restaurant, and then a middle section that straddles both halves of the Restaurant. But the lack of the ability to also serve serve Ramen, at least in the middle 10-stool bar is a mis-step; We would gladly sit there to enjoy the Ramen menu, as I'm sure others would as well when confronted with a very long Ramen-side wait.

Yes, the food is an amazing experience. The drinks too are good, and we will be sure to try their original concoctions on future visits.
But it's the food....you will shake your head in dis-belief that this is available in Sebastopol. (But then again, it's Sebastopol, and we don't need to let the secret out on our jewels.)

We will always come back, the food on both sides is incredible; Sebastopol (no, the entire North Bay) is extremely lucky to have this place to go to. However we worry that the 'no reservations' rule will hurt it, and the limited Ramen seating is just unfortunate. This is apparently because they did not expand the ramen cooking area of the kitchen during the renovation. That's puzzling, as it's called 'Ramen Gaijin', not '1/3 Ramen', or 'Ramen if you're patient'.

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Posted by Peter Jeno on 03/31/2016 at 5:08 AM

Re: “Triple Shot

Very cool!

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Posted by Nicki Wolfe on 03/30/2016 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Out of the Fog

One of my absolute favorites in Sonoma County! The Chardonnay opened me up to so much, the Grist Zin has become my guilty pleasure, and the Neighbors Pinot Noir is to die for. Highly recommend a visit to this place. Bring a picnic and sit at their outdoor tables or adirondacks, and play some bocce!

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Posted by Natalia Jaramillo on 03/23/2016 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Satisfaction

From the owners of Sequoia Burger, we really appreciate your business and what you have written about us. Thank you!

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Posted by Les Kumar on 03/06/2016 at 2:29 PM

Re: “By the Glass

I find restaurants with Coravin offerings have saved me from drinking either poorly chosen wines by the glass offerings or the aforementioned poorly stored and cared for wines by the glass.

Posted by diner on 03/02/2016 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Double Feature

But what violent movie did you see?!

Posted by Greg Roden on 03/01/2016 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Inventive Indian

Been meaning to go there! I live Indian food.

www.raven-locks.blogspot.com

Posted by Ravenlocksblog on 02/19/2016 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Caesar Salad Perfection

Classic is classic for a reason, but it sometimes bores me. Check out this version for a huge hit of flavor, with all the classic ingredients: http://goo.gl/PvpG2z
www.sluttykitchen.com

Posted by SluttyKitchen.com on 01/28/2016 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Pipette Up

Wow, thanks so much. What a surprise! I walked out of the tasting room to the stack of North Bay Bohemian to see a story on wine blending. I was so surprised to see it was about Ravenswood, I can't thank you enough!

Posted by pgphoto on 01/28/2016 at 11:13 AM

Re: “The Climate Menu

This is an excellent article. Climate change is the biggest threat to our survival, which is is why 40,000 people from nearly 200 countries attended the Paris climate change conference last month.

This article presents a unique perspective to the classic phrase that "you are what you eat." Next to the military assault on climate, Big Ag is the next main cause of chaotic climate change. I say this as someone who has operated a small farm that employs organic practices for the last 24 years. I like the phrase that this article quotes from the NY Times--"climatarianism."

I have a new program on KOWS-FM, where I plan to address some of these issues on Jan. 18, Mon., 5-6 p.m., when I interview author Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute. My program is called "A Better World IS Possible." I have already had two programs on climate change and one on agriculture. You can listen at 107.3 in the Occidental area and on the web at www.kows.fm.
Shepherd Bliss, Sebastopol

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Posted by Shepherd Bliss on 01/14/2016 at 1:21 PM

Re: “The Climate Menu

I know this is the Bohemian, and a lot of people who depend upon animal production read your paper, but I was really saddened to read that you're splitting hairs (and feathers) to say that it's better to eat pork and chicken than lamb and beef. In addition, eating vegetables is cheaper than eating meat or fish. It's not a matter of "having the fortune to obsess over artisan, carbon-friendly lifestyles". Our grandparents cooked their own beans and we can, too.
Eating plants is the best way to care for the planet. Period. http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/
Please watch the documentary. Facts and sources are noted above.

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Posted by maggietext on 01/13/2016 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Ace Girl No. 1

Very good James!

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Posted by Angela on 12/16/2015 at 8:30 PM

Re: “Ocean Fresh

Ahhhh, found the address:-)

Posted by Marsha Vas Dupre on 12/10/2015 at 12:34 AM

Re: “Ramen for Here

so sad to know that the railroad square location is a no go. would have loved to have been able to walk to ramen. but i suppose it's better for my wallet. and waistline.

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Posted by thegreatselenie on 12/09/2015 at 11:29 PM

Re: “The Mayo Wars

Thank you for this article. Animal ag is trembling in its boots as more people become aware of the harmful effects it has on the planet, people, not to mention animals and are choosing plant-based foods as a result.

Posted by Kamal S Prasad on 11/04/2015 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Down to the Marrow

Strongly recommend checking the paleo diet out for weight loss and improved life quality overall. Have a look at my review of the PaleoHacks cook book package and the diet overall for some tips and pointers:

http://bit.ly/1OHnCnV

/Frank

Posted by Frank Wills on 10/14/2015 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Gone Local

Community Market actually has two locations, our original store in Santa Rosa, which remains vegetarian, and our location is Sebastopol in the Barlow, which offers sustainable meat options. We had a blast at the Chow Down Hootenanny!

Posted by Lisa Waltenspiel on 10/11/2015 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Eclectic Comfort

I'm going!

Posted by Lindissima Moriarty on 10/10/2015 at 6:08 AM

Re: “Gone Local

Excited to be part of this event! Just a small edit..we are Peacecock Bakery:)

Posted by Diana Blue on 10/09/2015 at 9:37 AM

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