September 15, 2009

“Some diners find the concept of an unknown menu to be frightening… I’ve seen the stricken look on their faces. But to me, a restaurant with no menu, headed by a chef I trusted, would be ideal. in such a utopia, guest could specify death allergies, hunger level, and time constraints, but then would unfurl their napkin and surrender.” – Phoebe Damrosch, “Service Included”

9/13 - Aboard the USS Jeremiah for Brews on the Bay

9/13 - Aboard the USS Jeremiah for Brews on the Bay

Fall is upon us, my favorite season… these last two weeks already bringing us heat waves and thunderstorms. It promises to be a rich season.

Top Tastes reflects the best new places, dishes, drinks and bites from my culinary explorations since the last issue.  Imbiber highlights my Top Tastes in drink.  Happenings: a lovely conversation with and meal from Chef Melissa Axelrod of Melissa Claire’s Kitchen.

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**Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Virginia Miller**

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