Jeff Burkhart, Marin IJ

Jeff Burkhart

Marin IJ

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Past articles by Jeff:

When it comes to bars and restaurants, continuity is key

The two women sat at the bar. It was a different time and now feels like a different place. Both were in their early 20s and similarly equipped: cell phones, baseball caps, ponytails, yoga pants, a… → Read More

Unusual Marin County reds, perfect for an unusual year

“All the leaves are brown, and the sky is gray,” goes the 1960s Mamas & the Papas song, “California Dreamin,” which was written in New York about being nostalgic for California’s mild fall-to-w… → Read More

Even during a pandemic, always check the reviews

I ordered food to-go the other day. Understanding that local businesses are struggling, my expectation levels have changed. One must now expect lines, PPE requirements, direction arrows, limited ho… → Read More

Have we arrived at our ‘jumping the shark’ moment? – Marin Independent Journal

Almost every day now, we see videos online of people yelling at service workers or throwing things at them. In all the videos, there is one constant. The service person never yells or throws anythi… → Read More

Viva Mexico! Viva la Día de la Independencia

All this history certainly makes one thirsty. And what better way is there to celebrate Mexican, Californian and United States history than with a margarita? → Read More

You can’t always get what you want

“Hi,” said the couple arriving at the front door. “Two for dinner.” “Good evening,” replied the hostess. “What name is the reservation under?” “We don’t have reservations.” “I’m sorry,” said … → Read More

Being a jerk to a jerk does not make you a good person

People often treat each other differently in bars than they do when they are in other public places. Maybe it’s the alcohol or maybe it’s the perception that something different might happen in a b… → Read More

Famous for his tequila, Marin’s Red Rocker now makes rum

Marin’s Sammy Hagar is not the kind to just sit still. Whether it’s his solo musical career, his tenure with the bands Montrose, Van Halen, Chickenfoot or the Circle, or his liquor industry c… → Read More

It’s not a joke if you’re the only one laughing – Marin Independent Journal

“Do you have orgy syrup?” asked the 70-something woman bellying up to the bar. Even I don’t hear stuff like that every day. Every other day, maybe, but bars are not really like the real world, are … → Read More

Even when we listen, we often don’t hear

“I don’t like wearing them,” said the young woman, sitting in the front parking lot, her sunny summer dress brightening up the otherwise drab asphalt. “They get so sticky and gross.” I don’t either… → Read More

Bid adieu to summer with some of its best cocktails

In Northern California, we often think of the end of August as the end of summer. It isn’t. Summer truly ends Sept. 22 or 21, depending; it just feels like summer ends in August. Maybe it is becaus… → Read More

Living by your own rules often means you’re a jerk – Marin Independent Journal

I read his obituary in my hometown paper. Truth be told, I was startled, but not entirely surprised. His obit read in part: “Lived life by his own rules” and “survived by his wife and three childre… → Read More

If dating’s like riding a bike, it can be bumpy – Marin Independent Journal

The two wandered around the parking lot tables until the busboy pointed them toward the front door. “Ah, the front door,” the man said through his raggedy red bandana. A trip to the front door led … → Read More

A sweet-and-sour mix that beats the bad rap

Sweet-and-sour mix gets a bad rap. People often order so-called “scratch margaritas” to avoid it, but those drinks really are just regular margaritas, albeit handmade. Both have sweet-and-sour, jus… → Read More

‘Ugly Americans’ are now in America, too – Marin Independent Journal

I was standing in the lobby of the fabulous Grandvia Hotel, which sits directly atop the Kyoto Station rail hub in the middle of Japan’s ancient southern capital. From the lobby of that hotel, down… → Read More

Wuhan wet market was all it took to turn vegetarian

I wasn’t a vegetarian when I went into the temple, but I wasn’t a Buddhist either. I had signed up for a tour of Buddhist sites in China partly based upon my sense of adventure and partly because m… → Read More

A partnership founded on the love of rye whiskey

A fondness for the same rye whiskey brought together the founders of Barber Lee Spirits. “I met them through their winery,” says Aaron Lee, 38, of Lorraine and Michael Barber, owners and winemakers… → Read More

The classic cocktail glass is not as classic as we would like to think it is

“What’s this?” asked the burly biker sitting at the bar and pointing at the delicate-rimmed cocktail glass. “It’s the martini you ordered,” I said. In hindsight, I should have known better. When so… → Read More

Do it right and do it once; do it wrong and do it over

I was nearing the front of the line at IKEA in lovely downtown Burbank. It felt a lot like being at Disneyland, except for two things: it wasn’t Disneyland and I was standing in a long snaking (and… → Read More

Raise a toast with the red, white and blue

The Fourth of July might have been last Saturday, but let’s remember that nobody signed the Declaration of Independence until Aug. 2. So, a few days leeway seems ultimately patriotic. There are a l… → Read More