April 15, 2011

“It seems a pity that the world should throw away so many good things merely because they are unwholesome. I doubt if God has given us any refreshment which, taken in moderation, is unwholesome… Yet there are people who strictly deprive themselves of each and every eatable, drinkable and smokable which has in any way acquired a shady reputation. They pay this price for health. And health is all they get for it…  it is like paying out your whole fortune for a cow that has gone dry.“ – Mark Twain, “The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1”

A recent weekend in Half Moon Bay at the Ritz Carlton

Here’s to moderation, per the ever-eloquent Mark Twain… and to the remaining days of Spring.

Top Tastes returns to a traditional Russian favorite, shares small plates in North Beach, sushi and tequila in the Financial District, and delights in that SF rarity: authentic Jewish food.

Imbiber part one visits Bourbon & Branch’s new sibling bar, one where three-course cocktail menus and one-on-one bartender attention are de rigueur.

Wandering Traveler shares more Hawaii favorites, this time exploring Honolulu’s cocktail scene and an affordable, chic hotel.

Dessert at Sausalito's Plate Shop

Imbiber part two sips a food-friendly sake, a cocktail with flaming peanut shell, and affordable, everyday wines.
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Around the Bay visits Sausalito’s hot new Plate Shop and Bar Bocce.

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