May 1, 2013

“Not so long ago, it took much more to thrill me: the exhilaration of a new relationship, a promotion, one of those spa trips, a binge at Saks. Now it’s just the advance guard of tomorrow… and knowing that today was mine all mine.” – Margaret Roach, And I Shall Have Some Peace There


Cocktails at Campo Fina, Healdsburg (see “Around the Bay”)

Just off the wildest back-to-back press trip travel schedule yet (Denver, Breckenridge, Peru, Oaxaca, Mexico City, Belgium, Amsterdam), I am grateful for the endless adventures and incredible people of the past weeks… and just as grateful to be home.

In my action-packed week in Denver working ADI’s (American Distilling Institute) Spirits Conference, we announced the winners of artisanal craft spirits judging in gold, silver and bronze categories. Winners are listed here.

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This issue:

Dining at Nabe

Japanese hot pot (see “The Latest”)

ImbiberPhan’s New Orleans Duo: Chef powerhouse Charles Phan’s New Orleans-influenced Southern food and bourbon bar newcomer duo.

The LatestAsian Newcomers: Six new Asian restaurants, pop-ups and a food truck with standout dishes.

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Vacation-like fried shrimp po boys in coconut sauce at Rick's White Light Diner

Coconut shrimp po boys at Rick’s White Light Diner in Kentucky (see “Wandering Traveler”)

Around the BaySonoma: Weekending in Healdsburg and Santa Rosa continues to yield edible joys, including a fantastic brunch with NYC connections, possibly the best po boys in the area, and the county’s best cocktails.

Wandering Traveler Kentucky: This issue, I cover favorite breakfast and coffee spots in Louisville and a quirky diner in Frankfort while visiting Buffalo Trace Distillery.

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