March 1, 2020

“One of the hardest things to make a child understand is, that down underneath your feet, if you go far enough, you come to blue sky and stars again…” — Anne Gilchrist to Walt Whitman in The Letters of Anne Gilchrist and Walt Whitman

Dear Inga’s pierogi (in “The Latest”)

These are scary times and my heart goes to those around the world facing loss and illness from this dreaded coronavirus.

As a citizen and lover of the world, I hate to back off travel out of fear and remain ready to go. But for obvious reasons, my weeks of travel in Hong Kong and Japan this March have been canceled. I know there will be time to return to those most special of places.

In the meantime, I’m ever grateful for time home to catch-up here, renew and pack in more local research and short trips. Hope to see some of you at the James Beard Taste of America SF gala dinner on March 6th? In the meantime, stay well, everyone!

Mastro’s SF seafood tower


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Top Tastes1760 Reborn: Changing themed tasting menus traverse the world on Polk Street (currently Tuscan; next up, Filipino).
ImbiberJeremy Allen of MiniBar: Why this unassuming Hollywood bar (hidden inside a Best Western!) draws in music industry with its retro-yet-modern vibe and beautifully-crafted cocktails.

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