May 1, 2011

The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing — to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from — my country, the place where I ought to have been born. Do you think it all meant nothing, all the longing? The longing for home? For indeed it now feels not like going, but like going back. — C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces

Cubano glory in a waffle from Brass Knuckle truck

We’re barreling through Spring at a rapid pace. Still re-living my Hawaii memories via writing, I’m gearing up for a London/UK trip in June. Weekends in Sonoma and Napa have been plentiful this Spring, and deadlines are heavy as I continue to write articles for a couple of magazines, SF Guardian’s print paper as well my online column, for Daily Gourmet and Blackboard Eats.

Top Tastes covers a stand-out Hayes Valley izakaya, Istrian cuisine in North Beach, tacos on Potrero Hill, a Cubano sandwich breaded in a waffle, and grilled cheese from a cheese bar and a food truck.

Nojo: may be the city's best new izakaya?

We return to Hawaii in Wandering Traveler to dine in Honolulu. I share my two top new workday lunch spots in The Latest (hint: the chefs are Hoss Zare and Preeti Mistry).

In Around the Bay, we hit Oakland for creative Caribbean food, impeccable cocktails and a fine wine/spirits shop.

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Recent entries in my Bay Guardian column:
FEAST – 8 intriguing entrees
Hawaii, Part Three – Eating in Honolulu
Hoss Zare’s new Middle Eastern lunch menu
Reviewing the new Wilson & Wilson noir-spirited cocktail bar
Hawaii, Part Two – Exploring Honolulu’s Cocktail Scene

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