March 15, 2014

“A writer is someone who pays attention to the world – a writer is a professional observer.” – Susan Sontag

Driving outside of Salzburg, Austria

Driving outside of Salzburg, Austria

I’m off to Oregon for a sake and izakaya press trip, but meanwhile have been savoring the continued radiant weather at home with walks in the park, front stoop drinks with neighbors, and gazing out at the ocean with The Renaissance Man.

This action-packed issue covers eight new pizza joints, rare whiskies, highlights of my return to Austria, a tribute to an SF burger legend:

Among the best Bay Area pizzas... in Los Gatos

Among the best Bay Area pizzas… in Los Gatos

Top TastesBy the Slice: Highlights from 8 new Bay Area pizza joints, from Philo down to Los Gatos.
ImbiberWhisky & Cognac Rarities: The privilege of tasting 50 Year Old Scotch and a 1950 Cognac.
Wandering TravelerDreamy Austria: Returning to the fairy tale city of Salzburg for joys in chocolate, one of the best wine bars anywhere, the oldest operating restaurant in the world, and much more.
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Wandering TravelerDreamy Austria, Pt. 2: Exploring the Austrian city of Innsbruck.
Top TastesTribute to an SF Burger Legend: The final day – after 49 years – of Joe’s Cable Car, via photos.

As your personal concierge who tells it like a good friend would, I also create personalized itineraries: trips, meals, explorations (under “Services“).


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