Brilliant careers can turn into golden handcuffs. Used up as they may be, theyre still hard to leave behind The tortured clinging to an earlier expression of The Gift very often precedes the emergence of some new version.” The Great Work of Your Life by Stephen Cope
Dear friends ~
Just returned from my dear Mexico again for a few days with my long beloved Fortaleza Tequila, the hosts of my first trip to Tequila, Mexico, back in 2010 over Dia De Los Muertos. Amazing to be back full circle with Guillermo and Billy Sauza and the team this many years later.
A local press trip weekend at pampering new TETRA Hotel Sunnyvale for Japas brewery dinner and beer fest (more on that soon), and straight on to deal with some health scares, I am ever grateful for skilled doctors and good health, one of life’s greatest gifts… and for home sweet home.
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The Latest/Top Tastes August Eats Checklist: 6 standout newcomers or new menus, from Peruvian vegetarian to a unique juice shop.
The Latest New, Blissful Temple to Seafood in the Mission: Ancora reviewed.
Top Tastes Upscale Chinese with a View in SF Chinatown: Empress by Boon reviewed, one year in.
Wandering Traveler Top 10 St. Louis Bars Now: My Distiller Magazine Summer feature.
Wandering Traveler My Belgium Checklist: Where to dine, drink & stay in Brussels & Antwerp.
On the Town Melissa M. Martins Lauded Mosquito Supper Club New Orleans in SF: From Louisiana to Jordan, Turntable at Lord Stanley showcases global chefs in SF.
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