December 15, 2016

“Literature not only illuminated another’s experience, it provided, I believed, the richest material for moral reflection. My brief forays into the formal ethics of analytic philosophy felt dry as a bone, missing the messiness and weight of real human life.” — When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

As this tough year draws to a close, I am grateful for dear friends, family, health and beauty. I am grateful for a diverse, stunning, creative, painful world and a city to call home that reflects those realities.

As national editor at Table8, here are our latest articles on what is standing out in cities across the country, as well as all my T8 articles on Bay Area newcomers and bests.

Then there are new features in my regular outlets:, Drinkwire articles on bars & drink around the world, Food Republic and Where Magazine.

This issue:

Onsen’s udon noodles (see “The Latest”)

The LatestTop 4 Bay Area Openings of the Month: The Japan-Bay Area love affair continues and there is a fab new modern Indian newcomer, too.
Wandering Traveler6 NYC Restaurants Worth Visiting Now: From playful Thai to modern Korean, Latin bites to modern Mediterranean small plates…
Wandering Traveler10 Taiwanese Dishes And Drinks You Need To Know: My Food Republic primer on key dishes (three cup chicken, stir-fry, pineapple cake, etc.) and drinks (Taiwanese whisky, oolong tea, bubble tea, etc.) hailing from Taiwan.
Wandering TravelerJourneying Through Portugal’s Douro Region: Talking wine greats in Portugal’s greatest wine region, an eco-friendly wine resort and Lisbon treasures at Food Republic.

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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