Tuesday, February 2, 2016

DTM Top 30 in 30 Day 17- Rick Cooper of Cooper Alley Salon

Cooper Alley Salon at Larkspur Landing is our go to salon to be pampered and beautified. Rick Cooper, the owner and top stylist seems to be the most sought after in Marin with his waiting list at times being weeks long. Rick’s 30+ years creative genius along with his welcoming staff always makes us look like a million bucks when walking out. Rick’s varied team comprises of great colorists and spectacular wedding up-do artists. To book an appointment with Rick or one of his design team, give the front desk a call at 415.461.1146. You can see more at: www.CooperAlleySalon.com

Cooper Alley Salon

Rick Cooper

2215 Larkspur Landing

Larkspur, CA 94939




Monday, February 1, 2016

DTM Top 30 in 30 Day 16- David Haydon- Il Davide Cucina Italia

We love Il Davide. Good food, good service, good times. David Haydon’s 30+ years’ experience with attention to detail as a chef and restaurant owner is evident everywhere. Alina and I have been regulars since we first met and I have been coming here for 20 years. David makes us feel as if we are honored guests in his own home. We highly recommend the Specials and have never been disappointed. Our menu favorites are many but we always try to save room for dessert and a glass of Porto to cap off the intimate setting. The fresh Berry Cobbler with a scoop of vanilla gelato is awesome! We highly recommend making reservations as they are quite popular with the locals. Best is to call 415.454.8080 or go online to the website and use their reservation system powered by OpenTable. David also has a great intimate Private Room great for receptions and gatherings of up to 50 people.

Our recommendations:

Italian Red Wine Flight

Rombauer Chardonnay


Cream of Mushroom or Split Pea Soups (when available)


Brussel Sprout Salad (when available)

Orecchiette alla Davide


Sautéed Sea Scallops

Chicken Marsala

Hanger Steak

Braised Short Ribs

Il Davide Cucina Italiana

901 A St

San Rafael, CA 94901




Monday, January 25, 2016

DTM Top 30 in 30 Day 15- M & G Burgers

M & G Burgers in Larkspur is our frequent burger joint surf shack. They are located in Larkspur about 2 blocks from College of Marin. I have been going to the one in Fairfax for over 30 years and when Gonzalo opened the Larkspur one in 2007 we were ecstatic. Their organic burgers are great and tend to be a little messy (just like Mom’s). We love their soft-serve swirls, shakes and onion rings, too. Gonzalo is open 7 days a week but if you are in a hurry and know what you want then you can call ahead with your order to 415.461.2211. They are great if you have little ones as they show cartoons in the evenings on the wall. Good times.

M & G Burgers

989 Magnolia Ave.

Larkspur, CA 94939


Sunday, January 17, 2016

DTM Top 30 in 30 Day 14- Gregg Flaherty, Property Inspections

Gregg Flaherty is who we call for a home inspection if buying a house, condo or building. I have known Gregg and used his inspection services for over 15 years. He has had his own company since 2009. Gregg always gets the inspection report out to us the next day and is available to go over it even 3 years later. He is not an alarmist but a solution provider; however, sometimes the solutions are beyond the budget of the buyers. If you are purchasing a property it is always good to give Gregg a call and schedule an appointment. It is better to know about the property before the substantial investment is made. He can be reached at 415.606.6206 or e-mail him at Inspexx@att.net.

Gregg I Flaherty

Flaherty Building Inspections


Saturday, January 16, 2016

DTM Top 30 in 30 Day 12- Shannon Walli at Trefethen Family Vineyards

Shannon Walli with Trefethen Family Vineyards is our must stop by for all wine tasting trips or if just passing by. Shannon has turned us on to many awesome wines with the best being their limited release of the 1997 Halo Cabernet Sauvignon and a 20 year vertical party during Crush Season. Shannon truly knows her wines and more importantly where the gems are hidden. Trefethen wines are our go to wine to impress and enjoy. They are family owned and run and only use the grapes they grow on the estate for all of their estate wines. I have sampled their wines for over 20 years and their passion for wine is extraordinary.  

If you are planning a trip to Napa, we highly recommend stopping by to see Shannon at Trefethen. It is best to call in advance as they take reservations but sometimes can take same day requests. You can see more on their Website, FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram pages.