August 1, 2018

“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.” — Mary Oliver, poet

Beatnik Chicago (in Frozen Cocktails)

As July ushers in August, it feels like I just got home from a month in Scandinavia (Sweden, Faroe Islands, Denmark) — and London and Surrey for IWSC spirits judging — but I’m already off again this week to Portland (PDX) and then on to BevCon (more on last year’s BevCon here) in Los Angeles mid-month.

These two weeks home have been sweet with visiting family and friends from Bangkok and (of course) all manner of good eating.

Here’s to the waning days of summer…


This issue:

Around the Bay10 Top Restaurants in Palo Alto
Around the Bay10 Top Restaurants in San Jose
Wandering Traveler10 Top Vancouver Bars: Plus interviews with R. Dave Brimacombe of Wayward Distillation House and Jay Jones of the great Vij’s.
ImbiberTop 6 Frozen Cocktails in National Bars Now: Notable slushie cocktails in San Francisco, Chicago, Louisville and Houston.


The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse, Palo Alto

Come join me in Peru 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 November, 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 International
Table8, National Editor
Wine Access Restaurant & Wine Column
Food Republic
Zagat SF Editor
Editor, Distiller Magazine Drinkwire

SF Bay Guardian Critic (2009-2013)
Where Magazine