January 1, 2019

“I don’t know Who — or What — put the question. I don’t know when it was put. I don’t even remember answering. But at some moment I did answer Yes to Someone — or Something — and from that hour I was certain that existence is meaningful and that, therefore, my life, in self-surrender, had a goal.” — Dag Hammarskjold, Markings

Happy new year, my friends!

Dreamy nori crab spaghettini at Ayala

From a heartwarming visit in Oklahoma (and to the nationally acclaimed new Nonesuch) for Christmas with my family, I am now in my beloved New Orleans for the New Year with lifelong friends… and always more food & drink research.

Here’s to greater hope, flourishing, provision and change in 2019. Thanks (always) for reading and sharing in the ongoing joy and life-expanding adventure of taste and communing around the table with people we love.


This issue:

Besharam chaat, one of my top openings of 2018

Best OfTop 12 New Restaurants of 2018: My Time Out feature on this year’s best newcomers worth visiting in 2019.
The LatestSeafood with Cocktails: Union Square’s notable new raw bar, seafood restaurant and drink destination, Ayala, inside the new Hotel G.

Top Tastes5 San Francisco Restaurants to Revisit Now: New menus, new chefs, new concepts at 5 special places worth returning to.


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