July 1, 2015

“Every man, every woman, carries in heart and mind the image of the ideal place, the right place, the one true home, known or unknown, actual or visionary. A houseboat in Kashmir, a view down Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, a gray gothic farmhouse two stories high at the end of a red dog road in the Allegheny Mountains, a cabin on the shore of a blue lake in spruce and fir country, a greasy alley near the Hoboken waterfront, or even, possibly, for those of a less demanding sensibility, the world to be seen from a comfortable apartment high in the tender, velvety smog of Manhattan, Chicago, Paris, Tokyo, Rio or Rome—there’s no limit to the human capacity for the homing sentiment. Theologians, sky pilots, astronauts have even felt the appeal of home calling to them from up above, in the cold black outback of interstellar space.” – Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

Lord Stanley's beef tartare (see Top Tastes)

Lord Stanley’s beef tartare (see Top Tastes)

As we ready for a long holiday weekend (happy 4th!), it’s an action-packed issue that journeys from Tokyo to Aspen, covering 10 amazing Bay Area dishes now and a striking new wine bar and shop.

In addition to numerous Zagat articles, here’s my recent Liquor.com interview with bar great Jacques Bezuidenhout on his new spot, Forgery, plus the history of Chinese food in SF via 10 dishes at Food Republic and top tiki and rum bars in the Bay Area for Liquor.com.

This issue:

Saison's stunner of a sushi/Japanese restaurant-within-a-restaurant (see Top Tastes)

Saison’s stunner of a sushi/Japanese restaurant-within-a-restaurant (see Top Tastes)

Top TastesTop 10 Dishes & Openings of the Month: Look for a new red sauce haven, red beet naan, lobster fricassee and a new hidden Japanese/sushi meal to rival the best in Japan.
Wandering TravelerTop 6 Tokyo Meals: In one of the world’s best food cities, here just a few of the unreal glories (and 3 of the best meals of my life).
ImbiberTofino Wines: The new wine bar/shop (with great bites and sherry selection) to make me rethink wine bars.
On the TownAspen Food & Wine Classic: Highlights from food to wine, parties and seminars to new products.

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


CLICKABLE LINKS to Social Media & Articles:
Zagat SF Editor
Food Republic
Editor, Distiller Magazine
SF Bay Guardian Critic (Weekly Column: 2009-2013)Spoonwiz
Freelance: Whisky Magazine UK, The Times London, Eater, PureWow, Drink Me Magazine, Citysearch, NBC’s The Feast, Blackboard Eats, Tasting Table, Grubstreet, Where Magazine

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