January 15, 2011

I wanted to get lost and love the questions there
Beauty and the truth I could breathe like air
Then I finally found the signposts in a strange land.”
– Sam Phillips’ song “Signposts”

The new year is certainly in full swing already. My moments of solitude and reflection have been sweet but I’m already fighting to keep them in the midst of trips, visitors, daily life. Balance isn’t easy, but even in my gorging adventures, it’s the thing that enables me to enjoy what I do more fully. And how I do love it… I’m grateful every day.

On a cozy, grey Napa Saturday, I spent a happy breakfast at the one-and-only Fremont Diner

This issue,  Top Tastes covers authentic Thai (pork neck, anyone?), Peruvian fried fish, Korean kimbap, Middle Eastern bites, and grits for brunch, while simultaneously exploring coffee at three new cafes. The Latest highlights a few visits to Michael Mina’s new Bourbon Steak.

My picks for the ten best SF restaurant openings of 2010 encompass the other Top Tastes, while Around the Bay covers an additional four new openings from the surrounding Bay Area.

I’d love your feedback on any spots visited from my site. As your personal concierge who tells it to you like a good friend would, I also create personalized itineraries: trips, meals, explorations (under “Services“).
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