October 1, 2018

“California… is a multitudinous land… of endless forests and red-hot mountains like those of Arabia… There were orange groves – hundreds of miles of them, alternating with avocados, pears, persimmons, walnuts, peaches, cotton and fields of lettuce and artichokes as large as English ducal estates… Then of course there’s the sea coast – barren in the southern part of the state where the land is almost a desert except where irrigated, when it takes on the extravagant fertility of an oasis – green further north, were you can have bits of country like Devonshire, and then the really fabulous spectacle of San Francisco.”— Aldous Huxley


Just back from Amsterdam and touring genever (the predecessor to gin & the “missing link” between whisky and gin) distilleries around the Netherlands… an action-packed, educational trip I’ll share more on in future articles.

I returned home to the announcement of an exciting new role with World’s 50 Best Restaurants: http://bit.ly/AcademyChairs2019.  And more here.

Fall is always my favorite time of year. The mild San Francisco nights, Blue Angel jets flying overhead all week for Fleet Week and the best country/alt country & folk/rock/bluegrass/etc. festival ever, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, are all underway this week in my city, confirming fall is officially here.

I am thrilled to be home and wish you a sweet fall…


White Cap, San Francisco (under Imbiber, top national American whiskey cocktails on menus now)

This issue:
On the TownDiversetown: My article for the book at Worlds 50 Best Talks event held in SF on the wide-ranging demographics of the San Francisco Bay Area… and why this makes us one of the best and most exciting food regions in the world.
Top Tastes10 Top French Restaurants in SF: Neighborhood bistros, wine bars and fine dining, classic and new wave French… 10 of my top French restaurant recommends over the past 17 years.
Imbiber10 Top American Whiskey Cocktails On National Menus Now: Exploring creative bourbon and rye whiskey drinks on menus in Charleston, NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, Louisvilleand Washington D.C.
The Latest The New Magnolia: At the Dogpatch opening, an SF beer legend under new ownership. What to expect on tap and on the food menu.
Imbiber4 Hottest US Bar Openings this Fall: Tracking cocktail bars (with food) to watch for this fall in San Jose, San Francisco, Chicago and New York City.


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