Try Sweet Swedish ‘Semla’ Bun in Petaluma

These decadent little bombs of deliciousness are only available through March.

Season for Semla

The advent of Lent means Swedish Semla are on the menu at Stockhome

These tasty cardomom-spiced wheat buns are filled with sweet almond cream and topped with a big swirl of whipped cream. They’re decadent little bombs of deliciousness that are only available through March. (Would you like to sample more Swedish delicacies in Sonoma County? Check out these tips from our Swedish editor.) 

Available at Stockhome, 220 Western Ave., Petaluma,

Flood Updates

Lots of concerned foodies have been asking how they can help the restaurants devastated by the floods at the Barlow and West County.

It’s been a tough week of mucking out for our friends at Village Bakery, Zazu, The Nectary, Barrio Cocina Fresca, The Farmer’s Wife, Community Market, Sushi Kosho, Rio Nido Roadhouse, the R3 Hotel, Community Market and a number of others.

Most have created Go Fund Me campaigns to recoup losses and help pay salaries for workers. You can find details here. Also, make sure to patronize Sebastopol and West County restaurants that remain open. We’re in this together!

Sonoma County Restaurant Week Continues

If you haven’t experienced the prix fixe menus of restaurants throughout the county already, you have exactly two more days to do so.

Restaurant Week continues through March 11, and the deals are still fantastic. Here are a few of my favorite picks

One thing I’d like to correct from my articles, however, is the very unintentional exclusion of Cloverdale in my write-ups.

Several Cloverdalians let me know I’d forgotten their lovely hamlet, and mea culpa, I did.

You’ll have to head up today, or just put it on your list for the future because these Cloverdale restaurants are closed Monday.

At Trading Post, — a destination in itself — Chef Erik Johnson has come up with a $39 prix fixe menu that includes beet vichyssoise with sourdough furikake and citrus creme fraiche, grilled Marin Sun Farms lamb shoulder and a rustic apple tart with Ras al Hanout and cultured cream.

Piacere Italiano Steak and Seafood (504 N. Cloverdale Blvd.) is doing a four-course dinner with plenty of choices — shitake mushroom ravioli, steamed clams, jumbo prawns, a New York steak and homemade tiramisu for dessert.

KS Tian Yuen in Cloverdale (which just opened an outpost in Windsor) does a pan-Asian menu for $19 with unagi nigiri, pot stickers, cashew nut chicken with rice, a choice of several rolls and deep fried ice cream or cheesecake.