October 1, 2016

“’After I passed that point everything was different.’ All her life she had grown, as it seemed, by these fits and starts. Going on quietly and changelessly for months and years; then all at once suddenly realizing that she had… emerged into some ‘new temple’ of the soul more spacious than all that had gone before. Though always, at first, with a chill of change and a sense of loss.” — Emily’s Quest, L.M. Montgomery

Welcome October and those vibrant fall sunsets and radiant sunrises. From being on the judges committee for the first ever GGRA Saucy Awards (our 2016 restaurant and drink industry nominees just announced here with awards held at Herbst Theater in November), to blind judging spirits for the Good Food Awards (results and awards ceremony in January), it’s been another delicious couple of weeks.

Sons & Daughters' habachi-grilled duck (see Top Tastes)

Sons & Daughters’ habachi-grilled duck (see Top Tastes)

As national editor at Table8, here is our latest dining around the country, as well as all my latest on Bay Area standouts. At one of my regular outlets, Liquor.com, I cover the top 11 national cocktails now for October — in addition, my Liquor.com Drinkwire articles on bars & drink around the world.

This issue:

Top Tastes 4 “Best Kept Secret” SF Restaurants: Innovative, 2 Michelin-starred Cal-Indian cuisine that recalls London? Scandinavian crayfish glories in a revamped space? Here are four standout San Francisco restaurants that somehow stay blessedly under-the-radar.
ImbiberTop 11 National October Cocktails & 7 Notable New Bars
On the Town Top 5 Whiskies at Whiskyfest 2016: My five top picks for new whisk(e)y releases — from Scotland to India, Washington to Kentucky — tasted at this year’s Whiskyfest.

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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