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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 Tastes Regional Journeys in Spain & Italy: Focusing on varying regions of Spain with Gitane’s new menus, or Italy at Oakland dining legend, Oliveto.
Imbiber – February 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 Latest – Chinese 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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