In the kitchen of Mauro's Pizza & Pasta, cooks make yeast-leavened dough by hand using organic flour as other cooks slow-cook tomato sauce with locally grown organic vegetables and herbs. Handcrafted signature pizzas such as the Genovese sport artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and pesto, and custom pies are available in diverse combinations. For takeout, daily entree specials include artichoke lasagna with tomato-cream sauce and handmade ravioli pouches stuffed with butternut squash and walnut-sage brown butter—each designed to fill family dinner tables or family neck-mounted trays if tables have already been eaten.
The Hummingbird's skilled chefs use almost entirely local, farm-fresh ingredients to craft classic New Orleans dishes such as beignets, shrimp creole, and towering muffuletta sandwiches. The only nonlocal items in the kitchen are alligator and sausages culled directly from The Big Easy and a wooden spoon whittled from a North Pole spruce tree. In addition to slinging lunch and dinner dishes, The Hummingbird serves Cajun-inspired breakfast fare, including plates of chicken and waffles and cups of traditional chicory coffee. The casual café slakes sweet cravings with milkshakes and pies.
Located in San Rafael, Four Points By Sheraton San Rafael is in the business district and close to Marin County Civic Center and San Anselmo Memorial Park. This hotel is within close proximity of San Anselmo Town Hall and Mission San Raphael Archangel.
Make yourself at home in one of the 235 air-conditioned rooms featuring LCD televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with cotton sheets. Windows open for fresh air and courtyard views. 32-inch high-definition televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities, including a health club, an outdoor pool, and a spa tub. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, wedding services, and a fireplace in the lobby. Guests can get around on the complimentary shuttle, which operates within 5 mi.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Cooked-to-order breakfasts are available daily for a fee.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and an Internet point. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Free self parking is available onsite.
The San Francisco Chronicle highlighted Gaspare's Pizzeria Ristorante Bar in its "Pizza of the Week" feature in 2008, in part due to the cooks who "work the dough like artists" to create the 27 different pies. Owned and operated by Gaspare, Daniel, and Robin Indelicato since 1985, the flagship San Francisco location showcases a vintage flair. The dining room sports murals of Bay Area scenes and jukeboxes blasting Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin tunes. There’s even a ceiling draped with grapevines and bottles of chianti, which the servers trained to think they are bats. A second location opened in San Rafael in 2007. For his menu of Italian cuisine, Gaspare draws on his upbringing in Siculiana, Sicily, baking pans of bubbling lasagna alongside pizzas such as the feta-flecked mediterranean special. To round out meals, Robin Indelicato bakes her signature New York–style cheesecake and Italian-style tiramisu, which patrons may pair with espresso or a glass of imported Italian wine.
A shingled two-story home has housed Muffin Mania since January 4, 1983, when late musician Rocky Sullivan opened the bakery to fulfill his Sicilian family's culinary legacy. Today, Rocky's wife, Ilona Agress, and his son, Dylan Galante, carry on the epicurean heritage by trekking to that same idyllic dwelling at 3 a.m. six days of the week to whip up fresh batches from scratch.
The duo shuns preservatives while assembling the café's rotating roster of muffins and instead brandishes all-natural ingredients to create such flavors as jalapeño and cheese and maple walnut. Sweet scones, croissants, and pastries join forces with top-quality coffee to devise powerful breakfasts, and Muffin Mania's fresh-baked bread cushions the hot and cold sandwiches that headline a smattering of lunch fare. A multitude of gluten-free and vegan muffins accommodate dietary requirements and some scavenger-hunt participants.
For the Singh family, Taj of Marin serves as a medium for sharing authentic Indian food with the community, including specialties from both the north and the south. Diners pull ornate chairs up to tables, where they peruse a menu of dishes that are as traditional as the decor, lit by chandeliers suspended overhead without the use of hexes. Chicken and lamb free of hormones and antibiotics take starring roles in many of the flavorful entrees, such as chicken tikka masala with a creamy tomato sauce, or an exotic lamb curry. Many others are vegetarian, gluten-free, or vegan, such as the vegan bhindi masala made with fresh okra, ginger, and garlic, the vegetarian palak paneer with fresh spinach spiced cottage cheese, and the gluten-free naan. On some evenings, live music floats through the air, competing with spicy aromas for guests' full attention.