April 1, 2010

“The discovery of a new dish confers more happiness on humanity, than the discovery of a new star… all ranks and grades are forgotten together in the great manufacture of life.” – Brillat-Savarin

Celery Lime Juice Shots with Rosemary stalks at Baume in Palo Alto

I’m blissfully exhausted… and couldn’t even fit in all I want to share with you. This issue my focus is more heavily around the Bay area, from Palo Alto to Oakland, always back to SF. Wherever you might be, it’s delicious out there.

Parish Punch at Oakland's new upscale Caribbean, Hibiscus

Top Tastes: join me for Indian/Irish samosas made with blood pudding, awesome Korean steak sandwiches, two versions of Peanut Butter Pie, jazz and fab French fries. Around the Bay highlights new East Bay gems (modern Caribbean or organic perfection?). The Latest hits Palo Alto’s new molecular gastronomy den, Baume. Imbiber includes Irish breakfast with Bushmills’ Master Distiller, dinner with a Chablis winemaker, and some of my favorite new artisanal spirits. Happenings is chocolate highlights (Notorious H.O.G., anyone?) from the SF Chocolate Salon.

I’d love your feedback on any spots visited from my site. Please tell your friends and have them sign up for the newsletter. As your personal concierge who tells it to you like a good friend would, I also create personalized itineraries: trips, meals, explorations (under “Services“).

Let me guide you to the perfect spot!


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– Here’s my San Francisco Bay Guardian online column, Appetite

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

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