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Sake essentials: Find your favorite

Drinking culture runs deep in Japan, and Sake is undoubtedly the country’s most iconic brew. Made from rice, Sake is classified by ingredients, production methods, and the degree of grain polishing. (The outer layer of rice isn’t great for brewing, so it’s polished away.) Here at the market, our Sake collection has expanded to include traditional Japanese bottles, California-based brews, and a stylish selection of cans and spritzers. This month, we’ve put together a guide to choosing and serving Sake, and an overview of our selection. Have fun exploring, and Kanpai!

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In the cooler: Feel-good drinks

We carry a range of non-alcoholic drinks infused with ingredients thought to lift your spirits, support digestion, and improve cognitive function. While the benefits of functional drinks vary from person to person, there’s solid research behind ingredients like baobab, probiotics, adaptogenic mushrooms, and CBD. Take a look at our selection of functional beverages, and give them a try, hopefully they make you feel great. Let us know what you think!

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Cellarmaker

Cellarmaker is a San Francisco based brewery that makes beers in small batches, and constantly releases different flavors. The team at Cellarmaker includes the founders Connor Casey, Tim Sciascia, and Kelly Caveney Sciacia. They feel that making the same beers all the time would limit them creatively, so they don’t follow that business model. Their output and production schedule is …

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Fiorello’s

Founder Anthony Bonviso’s passion for ice cream began when he was a kid growing up in an Italian neighborhood in Connecticut. He moved to California in the 1970’s and pursued a career as a hairstylist, but never lost his passion for culinary arts. For years, he practiced his gelato technique, even living for a while in Rimini, Italy. His goal …

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Boichik

Born in New Jersey, Emily Winston grew up eating a lot of bagels. Her favorites were from H&H on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. When she moved to the West Coast in 2010, she not only missed New York bagels, but was really disappointed when H&H closed. Emily embarked on a journey, through trial and error, to create the bagels she …

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Mad Dandy

During lockdown, Mad Dandy co-founder Marty Friedman was drinking five coffees a day. Hoping to cut his caffeine intake, he began to research coffee brewed from dandelion and mushroom. He loved that these drinks were rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, but didn’t care for the brands he tried. He began sourcing his own ingredients and tinkering with flavor profiles, eventually …

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Point Reyes Farmstead

The Giacomini family established their dairy farm in 1959, when Bob and Dean Giacomini purchased 720 acres in Tomales Bay. They were successful and their herd of cows grew large, producing some of the best milk in Sonoma. But they could see the land was stressed, and realized a large dairy operation wasn’t sustainable. Together with Bob’s wife and grown …

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Sausalito Liquor Co

One of the brightest new spirits in town is Sausalito Liquor Co., producer of gin and whiskeys inspired by the flavors of northern California. Marketing exec and Sausalito denizen Scott Jampol launched the company earlier this year with a nod to the “fantastic story-tellers, poets, musicians, and salty characters whose spirit comes through in every pour.” Jampol enjoyed success at …

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Best Day

Based in Sausalito, Best Day Brewing is one of the fastest growing non-alcoholic breweries in the country. Founder Tate Huffard, an outdoor enthusiast and new parent, was looking for ways to cut back on drinking alcohol. He started Best Day Brewing to celebrate life’s finer moments with great beer, but not the booze. Among Best Day’s most popular flavors: West …

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Cookma

Based in Sonoma, Cookma is an Ayurvedic line of meal kits designed to nourish young families. Food entrepreneur Lisa Chatham launched the line to inspire a cycle of self-care – particularly for new mothers seeking postpartum wellness. Rooted in Ayurveda, each Cookma meal kit offers a healing, restorative meal to bring balance and beauty to busy homes. Lisa, with a …

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Fat and the Moon

As an herbalist, Rachel Budde has a passion for plants and people. Rachel founded Fat and the Moon in Nevada City to provide handcrafted, herbal body care products to those seeking natural alternatives. The line is formulated by Rachel and her team of herbalists who design the products to feel like nourishing, magical potions. At its core, Fat and the …

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Del Popolo

Just outside of San Francisco’s Union Square, Del Popolo serves some of the best Neapolitan-style pizza in the city. Home cooks won’t miss the restaurant’s blistering hot ovens: Del Popolo’s signature fermented dough maintains its tangy chewiness, and bakes fast – it’s really just a few minutes before your pizza is done. Here at Driver’s, you’ll find two popular Del …

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TCHO

TCHO was born nearly 15 years ago out of a shared passion to reimagine the world of chocolate from the ground up. Curiosity ruled as the team set out to rethink the chocolate-making process, and bring resources directly to the farmers they partner with. Founded and operated in Berkeley by NASA and Wired Magazine alum, innovation through technology has always …

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Cheeky Bits

Amid the challenges of the pandemic, Nina V. lost her job. She suddenly had a lot of free time, and the holidays were approaching. Every Christmas, Nina and her mom made her grandmother’s toffee recipe to give as gifts. Friends and family loved the sweets, telling Nina it was really the best. She explored selling her toffee to the public, …

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Ritual

Visionary entrepreneur Eileen Rinaldi says she once had a shot of espresso that changed her life. She was at a cafe in Seattle, and knew immediately what she would do: open a shop, dedicated to coffee, in her favorite city. Eileen founded Ritual in San Francisco in 2005. Years later, Ritual is a deeply influential company, as committed to the …

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Local books from Sausalito and Marin authors

One of the things we love about the Sausalito community is being surrounded by artists, craft people, and writers. In addition to cookbooks, we carry a selection of books by local authors and poets. Here are the local titles that we currently carry at the market.

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Kid approved favorites from our Deli

The market is always full of little kids, and they are wonderful guests. Parents, grands, and caregivers come to Driver’s for fresh, organic meals for children – and for themselves. Some of our junior customers have rather sophisticated palettes and might order a Cuban panini or The Richmond sandwich. Others prefer the basics: Kids PB&J or Grilled Cheese on pain de mie, please! Our smoothies are loved by all ages, but Foggy Blues might be most popular with kids. Bagels are made to order with lots of options from Toasted with Butter to The Works! And, little guys tend to be quite passionate about our Soft Serve — either kid-size cup or cone, but definitely with Sprinkles! Our deli can prepare your child’s meal to enjoy in our dining area, or pack it for the playground.

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Must love coffee: Local roasters you need to know

At Driver’s, we carefully source the coffee we carry, focusing on West Coast craft roasters. We stock classics like Coast Roast and Equator, as well as brands you won’t find at most grocery stores. Explore single-origin beans from Heart, and limited-edition blends from Ritual. Check out Sausalito’s own Big Baby, and roasts from St Frank cafe in San Francisco. Over in our deli, you can order a cup of Wrecking Ball’s Triple Double – locally roasted and freshly brewed. Read on to learn more about our selection of (mostly) local coffee.

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Good Food Award finalists

Much of what we carry at Driver’s is made by small teams of artisans who are passionate about their craft. Our vendors work hard to make excellent food, and they work just as hard to get their goods on grocery store shelves. We love to see them win Good Food Awards, because they really deserve the recognition. We stock award winners here at Driver’s, many of them from the West Coast – look for the blue Good Food seal on our shelves! Read on to see a few of this year’s finalists.

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Prepared Foods: Dinner is served!

Behind Driver’s prepared foods department is a talented staff creating fresh, organic meals for our customers every day. Lead by Chef Carlos and his team, our kitchen cuts no corners when it comes to sourcing 100% organic ingredients, and virtually all of our food is proudly made in-house. This means we prepare everything in the meals by hand, including meats, grains, produce, and all of our dressings and sauces. The team’s expertise spans various cuisines, ensuring a menu that is not only diverse, but also authentic and tasty. You’ll find a range of fresh dishes available throughout the week, from quiches and meatloaf in the deli case, to salads, wild-caught salmon dishes, and burritos in the cold case.