SEA GULL

The Sea Gull Restaurant was a popular hangout in Mendocino during the 1970s and 80s.  Lots of things happened there, good and bad. I knew sooner or later this would all be converted to words. On this page you will find stories, experiences, and reflections on my time at the Sea Gull. Pictures, articles, art, and more will be posted as they become available.  If you were an employee or customer during that time and have pictures or experiences you want to share, send them to me at dhj@thinkinthemorning.com. Don’t expect this to be a foodie site. I might from time to time venture into the joys of mezcal or review a favorite restaurant or offer up a recipe that I’ve found tasty, but my primary purpose is to document some of the happenings at the Sea Gull during the 70s and 80s for the benefit of those senior citizens whose memories have been repressed. Enjoy!

Roy Hoggard

  We at Think in the Morning mourn our good friend and brilliant artist, Roy Hoggard.  May he rest in peace.  His unequaled napkin art lives on in our Napkin Art Gallery.

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Sea Gull Recipe Series – Oysters, Bouillabaise

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information]   I love oysters.  I like them raw, also fried and in soups or stuffing, but I’ll eat them most any way they are served.  At the Sea Gull we served them more or less the same way we served the...

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Sea Gull Recipe Series – Sweetbreads

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   When I moved to Mendocino and acquired the Sea Gull Restaurant, I had no idea what sweetbreads were. (I didn’t know how to cook at all or run a business either, but that’s a different story.)  As it turns...

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Sea Gull Recipe Series – Chicken Kiev

  [Click on BLUE link for sources and more information]   Owen Matthews in his lively and interesting book Glorious Misadventures: Nikolai Rezanov and the Dream of a Russian America explains in vivid detail how:   Russia really did once have an American...

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Sea Gull Recipe Series – Sour Cream Coffee Cake

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information]   Sheldon retired into the back after setting up the dining room, as always, to Dire Straits Sultans of Swing.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il8ZC3O64AU   The coffee shop was quickly...

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About The Sea Gull: Once Upon A Redwood by Maria Goodwin

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]     The Sea Gull Restaurant and Cellar Bar became part of many stories over the years, sometimes a short part, sometimes a long part.  In About the Sea Gull we are collecting these stories and putting...

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The Mendocino Gong Show at the Sea Gull Cellar Bar 10-20-1982

This is a bonus post, a live recording of The Mendocino Gong Show at the Sea Gull Cellar Bar recorded 10-20-1982. The Gong Show was a one-night only extravaganza at the upstairs Cellar Bar.  We packed the house so we opened the dining room and the downstairs cellar...

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It’s The Pie, Stupid

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information]   So many people visited the Sea Gull Restaurant all those years ago.  I don’t regret moving on with my life but I do miss the friends and the people I worked with and … the pies.  When I entered into...

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Napkin Art Gallery Complete For Now

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]     Think in the Morning Napkin Art Gallery is complete for now. Nearly 1500 napkins have been posted in the gallery. Twenty-three artists are identified by name. The remaining napkins are signed with...

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NEW – Napkin Art Gallery

[Click on BLUE links for sources and more information] The Think in the Morning website has established a NEW LINK - NAPKINS where we will be posting and storing all the napkin art we can obtain (to date about 1500 pieces) organized by artist.  If you go to the link,...

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Napkin Art Channels Drupi’s Vado Via

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   An ongoing project for Think in the Morning is going through our digital collection of napkin art from the 70s and 80s and formatting the napkins for use on our site.  [Search our site for "napkin art" or...

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Was It Really That Wild?

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information]   After getting you to give us a freebie glass of wine, napkin art picked up.. a few months later I got the Art Center to give us a room for a cartooning seminar, I got an easel with a large drawing...

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