January 1, 2017

“There are times when it seems as though not only the future but the present is dark: few recognize what a radically transformed world we live in, one that has been transformed not only by such nightmares as global warming and global capital, but by dreams of freedom and of justice — and transformed by things we could not have dreamed of… We need to hope for the realization of our own dreams, but also to recognize a world that will remain wilder than our imaginations.” — Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities by Rebecca Solnit

One of the best newcomers of the year, August 1 Five’s lobster accented by mustard seeds, lemon, curry leaves, coconut milk, seaweed salad

Happy new year, friends!

As I spent Christmas and ushered in the new year with family in Oklahoma, then dear friends in Oxford, MS, and Memphis, I am grateful for health, music, community and love. And now for the latest food and drink sustaining and inspiring me around the world.

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: Liquor.com, Liquor.com Drinkwire articles on bars & drink around the world, Food Republic and Where Magazine.

This issue:

Christmas cheer from Elvis’ Graceland in Memphis

Best OfTop 4 New Bay Area Restaurants of the Year: From SF to Napa, the 12 newcomers you should visit from 2016 + 12 honorable mentions.
ImbiberHottest 11 Cocktails Around the Country Now: My latest at Liquor.com on 11 notable cocktails around the US.
Imbiber10 Top Denver Bars: At Distiller Magazine, my 10 top Denver drink spots plus my interview with bar great Sean Kenyon and Colorado distilling pioneers, Todd Leopold of Leopold Bros.

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


LINKS to Social Media & Articles:

Table8, National Editor

Food Republic
Zagat SF Editor

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Editor, Distiller Magazine
Liquor.com Drinkwire
SF Bay Guardian Critic (Weekly Column: 2009-2013)
Where Magazine

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