May 1, 2010

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.” – George Eliot

Truffled Mushroom Pate at Oakland's Encuentro

This April, the Bay Guardian came out with their special food & drink FEAST magazine, and I wrote an article on herbs and produce in cocktails for the issue… plus my usual twice-weekly Guardian column (see articles below). But for the Perfect Spot, there’s plenty more.

Top Tastes include Puerto Rican food for the Haight set, drinking chocolate on the waterfront, Persian comfort food, Chinese dumplings, jicama salad, a curry “pancake”, and spicy/sweet (pizza) pie. Imbiber is sipping White Manhattans, Yucatan Punch, and a range of spirits, liqueurs, Chilean wines.

Spiced Apple Milk Punch at Plymouth Gin dinner

Wandering Traveler heads back to Chicago for the best dogs, bahn mi, Italian ice, chocolate desserts, plus fine cocktails and coffee. Around the Bay highlights vegetarian in Oakland and Mediterranean food near Half Moon Bay. It’s double-duty On the Town, for a special Plymouth Gin dinner at Spruce and a magic weekend at Passport to Dry Creek.
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