April 1, 2011

“What she [M.F.K. Fisher] may not have realized was how paying such great attention to her senses would change her. Knowing she would write home about almost everything she ate and saw, she became increasingly observant.” – Anne Zimmerman, “An Extravagant Hunger: The Passionate Years of M.F.K. Fisher”

Sputnik lamp & 1920's films at Orbit Room

Savoring the current warm, clear nights, Spring is in full force, and with it, a sense of promise.

Top Tastes noshes on Jersey-style sandwiches, modern takes on bahn mi, burgers and shakes.

Imbiber sips the latest cocktails at Zero Zero, Orbit Room and Poquito, plus Bulleit’s new rye, a budget-friendly bourbon, Sauvignon Blanc, and at an idyllic neighborhood bar.

Garlic shrimp & coconut juce at Giovanni's on Oahu

Wandering Traveler begins the first in a series of Hawaiian adventures, this time eating street food and at the KKC Farmers Market in Honolulu, then exploring Oahu’s North Shore.

On the Town highlights three reasons this year’s Whiskies of the World was even better than last year. Imbiber, part two, gives you three good reasons to drink local treasure, Don Pilar tequila.

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Recent entries in my Bay Guardian column:
3 Ways to Eat & Drink Toward a Better World this month
3 Reasons 2011 Whiskies of the World Worked
Cynar buzz… the next Fernet?
Dark & lovely Weavers Coffee
Two Unusual Cocktail Destinations in LA

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