February 15, 2013

“Everything contains some silence… An hour of city holds maybe a minute of these remnants of a time when silence reigned, compact and dangerous as a shark. Sometimes a bit of a tail or fin can still be sensed in parks.” – “Sharks’ Teeth” poem by Kay Ryan

Bracing the cold of Chicago for memorable food, drink and times with family, I return home to churn out work and articles, including SF Guardian’s Top 50 Bars in San Francisco cover story (out 2/27). Turning right around, I am off to Louisville, KY, visiting distillers and working with ADI during their 7th annual Judging of Artisan American Spirits.

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Top TastesRegional Journeys in Spain & Italy: Focusing on varying regions of Spain with Gitane’s new menus, or Italy at Oakland dining legend, Oliveto.

ImbiberFebruary Cocktails & Bites: Mezcal & coffee with burrata & pickled cherries at Comstock , Gin & Tonics & with crudo at Mandarin Oriental’s Brasserie S&P, artful salads & Cilantro Daiquiris at Chambers… notable current menus for drinks and bites.

The LatestChinese Scene: Considering the highs (and lows) at SF’s hot, upscale Chinese openings: Martin Yan’s M.Y. China and Hakkasan.

Wandering Traveler Oklahoma City Goes Hipster: The most productive eating of all my visits to my parents and relatives in Oklahoma finds OKC with a number of foodie “firsts”: first proper cocktail bar, third wave coffee outpost, grilled cheese hipster haven, farm-to-table restaurant, rock star burgers, New Orleans home cooking, and a few other notable finds.

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Regional Dining Through Spain & Italy: Gitane and Oliveto’s changing regional focus
Can Yan Noodle?: Martin Yan’s M.Y. China and the upscale Hakkasan add to SF’s Chinese dining scene

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