December 15, 2009

“Discover in all things that which shines and is beyond corruption. Encourage virtue in whatever heart it may have been driven into secrecy and sorrow by the shame and terror of the world… Be the inferior of no man, nor of any man be the superior… In the time of your life, live – so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it.” – William Saroyan, “The Time of Your Life”

Fresh citrus behind the bar at Smuggler's Cove (see "Imbiber")

I’m in Yosemite right now at the Ahwahnee Hotel and Bracebridge Dinner, taking in the truly overwhelming majesty of the park in Winter and coziness of fireside at the hotel. The year nears it’s end and it has been a full one, not without its struggles, but ever rich in its joys and discoveries. Thanks for sharing this year’s taste and travel adventures with me. So much more to come… and I always love to hear of your finds, too.

Top Tastes, reflects the best new places  and dishes from my recent culinary explorations, while Imbiber captures my top tastes in drink, this particular issue covering brand new rum/Tiki bar, Smuggler’s Cove.

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

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