November 15, 2018

Love all God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you have perceived it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.” —Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Wandering Bogota, Colombia’s Plaza de Paloquemado market

I’m in Thailand as you receive this… my first time back to the country since I spent 3 months here and in Vietnam WAY back in 1999 as a girl assisting in orphanages, hospitals and slums around both countries. It changed my life.

Immediately hit by the unique and intense smells, heat and smog of Thailand, it feels crazy and good to be back after all these years. Their cuisine is a vibrant, spicy gift to the world. In this “Land of Smiles”, I’m reminded again of that warm and wonderful welcome of Thai people.

I’ll back home to visiting family for Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving, all. There are many terrifying trials we face in the world right now, but at the same time, oh-so much to be grateful for.


Dining in Bogota at El Cielo

This issue:
Top Tastes8 Historic SF Restaurants Where the Food Is Still Good: From souffle master to 1970s-era red sauce Italian, 8 of SF’s classics I hope live forever.
The LatestThe Top New Restaurants of the Month: Seafood and meat glories from a 3 Michelin-starred chef, check box menus of “new school Italian” food and burgers made by robots.
Imbiber8 Top Scotch Cocktails Around the US: From Albuquerque to Portland, 8 crushable whisky cocktails on menus now.
ImbiberTop 5 Whiskies at WhiskyFest 2018: American and Irish whiskey… and plenty of Scotch.


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