January 15, 2017

“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

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Though not off to the easiest start, here’s to hope and openness for what 2017 will bring… and when it is tough as well as when its celebratory, here’s to excellent food and drink shared with good people.

On the ever-tough-to-narrow-down front, here is my latest at Liquor.com on the 23 Essential SF/Bay Area bars and the 11 Best New Bars, Winter 2017 Edition.

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:

The LatestTop 3 Bay Area Openings, December 2016: From Healdsburg to SF, sushi to Mexican, here are the three top newcomers of the month.
Top TastesBread With Dinner: Two SF bread temples that also serve excellent food.
ImbiberTwo Cocktail Cities on the Rise: Watch out, Asia and Europe, for Taipei and Lisbon’s growing cocktail scenes.

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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