March 1, 2016

“In everything worth having, even in every pleasure, there is a point of pain or tedium that must be survived, so that the pleasure may revive and endure. The joy of battle comes after the first fear of death; the joy of reading Virgil comes after the bore of learning him; the glow of the sea-bather comes after the icy shock of the sea bath; and the success of the marriage comes after the failure of the honeymoon. ” — G.K. Chesterton

The incomparable Napili Coast from a helicopter (more on Kauai & Honolulu in Wandering Traveler)

The incomparable Napili Coast from a helicopter (more on Kauai & Honolulu in Wandering Traveler)

I am off to Boston and Philadelphia for 2 weeks of research and digging into the food and drink scenes in both cities. Bracing myself to move from 60’s-70’s to 30 degree temps!

Here are my recent national features at on excellent non-Tiki rum bars and on culinary cocktails around the US.

This issue:

Top Tastes10 New January Openings: Which ones are most worth visiting… and why (from New Haven pizza to a fantastic new Japanese izakaya).
Around the BayHidden Gems: Bird Dog is (finally) a mid-range destination restaurant in Palo Alto.
Wandering TravelerEating & Drinking in Honolulu: Best bites, restaurants, cocktails, coffee, ice cream, chocolate and more in Honolulu now.
Wandering TravelerEating & Drinking Around Kauai: Best bites, restaurants, coffee, juice, cocktails and more on the north and south shores of Kauai.

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

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