June 1, 2018

“The countryside… My green cathedral… It was there that my heart was saying its most fervent hymns, that my eyes learned the secrets of looking, my taste buds the flavor of game and of the vegetable garden, and my nose the elegance of fragrances.”— The Gourmet/Gourmet Rhapsody by Muriel Barbery

The Douglas Room’s Tony Wonder cocktail

It’s been a sweet, full month home from Louisville and Chicago as I prep for a month in Scandinavia, London and spirits judging in England. This gorgeous weekend was ideal for checking out the rich food, comedians, DJ and hip hop fun of Clusterfest for the first time, featuring some of the biggest comedians in the world at SF’s Civic Center Plaza and Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

A call out to bartenders nationwide: I am a judge for BevCon’s official cocktail competition presented by The Perfect Puree of Napa Valley, leading up to their drink industry conference in LA’s Koreatown this August. Winning bartender recipe gets an all-access pass to the three-day event, including three nights at the very cool The LINE Hotel where BevCon is held and drink presented at the closing party? National bartenders can enter their own cocktail until June 30th here.


Swan Oyster Depot Crabsanthemum

This issue:
Top Tastes
10 Iconic San Francisco Dishes: How San Francisco/Bay Area changed the country and food world when it comes to iconic dishes and cuisines like bread, pastries, ice cream, Crab Louie, Cioppino, Burmese and Filipino food.
Imbiber11 Top Cocktails Around the Country: SF, Nashville, LA, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Somerville, Chicago, Vancouver and other cities making innovative and delicious drinks now.
Around the BayTop 10 Places to Eat in Downtown Napa
ImbiberTop National Tequila/Mezcal Cocktails: Nashville to LA, Vancouver to Santa Barbara, SF to Portland… where to drink great agave cocktails now.
Imbiber23 Essential Bay Area Bars


Come join me in Peru! The deadline is mid-March to sign up for a culinary adventure in the Andes mountains’ town of Cusco (gateway to Machu Picchu), savoring the unique Asia-meets-South-America cuisine that is Peruvian food. I will be the host of a “dig deep” food tour this May, open to anyone, so please join us for what will be an unforgettable week. Details here at Adios Adventure Travel (more on my past food and pisco-making adventures in Peru here).

As your personal concierge who tells it like a good friend would, I create personalized itineraries; provide food and drink consulting for restaurants and bars; and classes at companies for the layperson wanting to dig deeper in food and drink (more info here).


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LINKS to Social Media & Articles:

Time Out Food & Drink
Liquor.com International
Table8, National Editor
Wine Access Restaurant & Wine Column
Food Republic
Zagat SF Editor
Editor, Distiller Magazine
Liquor.com Drinkwire

SF Bay Guardian Critic (2009-2013)
Where Magazine