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Merchant Roots’ Themed Tasting Menu Releases Your Inner Child

In the back of the cozy Merchant Roots wine shop, chef Ryan Shelton launched his first themed tasting menu in January 2019. I’ve raved about these wildly changing, eight-seat dinners ever since. You could call each playful, whimsical, creative, even intellectual, always blessedly delicious.

Yet still too few of you know about it or have dined there. Certainly, it’s Michelin-worthy. But in a spirited, mischievous, smart way, unlike anywhere else. Read more →

Michelin-starred restaurant rebirthed as a casual-chic RTB Wine Bar

Saddened to see tiny, Michelin-starred Avery move to Edinburgh, Scotland, recently, the restaurant went with chef Rodney Wages and his wife. Since the Fillmore Street gem opened in 2018 — in the same Michelin-rife couple of blocks as State Bird Provisions, The Progress, Anchovy Bar and Merchant Roots — it quietly bucked upscale trends with Wages irreverent, rock star attitude towards fine dining, complete with caviar bumps and his soon-famed liquid tortellini en brodo (in broth). Avery’s exquisite champagne and sake selections made it all the more special. I gave it a perfect five stars in my Time Out days, and will never forget the “feels like you’re in Tuscany” magic of their pop-up dinners in Napa during pandemic, complete with limo rides to and from SF. Read more →

Chefs & Restaurants Transforming Fine Dining Across the U.S. Now

My VOICES Magazine interview (London publication) with Junghyun and Ellia Park of 2 Michelin-starred, #8 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Atomix in NYC and with chef Peter Hemsley of 1 Michelin starred and Green Michelin-starred Aphotic in San Francisco… talking about the state of fine dining in the U.S. now, where it’s going and how they’re visioning it differently.

In addition, talking examples across the U.S. in San Francisco (Merchant Roots, Osito, Noodle in a Haystack), Chicago (El Ideas, Parachute), New Orleans’ (Mosquito Supper Club, Lengua Madre) and my birthplace of Oklahoma City (Nonesuch, Grey Sweater). Read more →

April 1, 2022

— Willy Wonka Wonderland: Merchant Roots’ themed tasting menu releases your inner child.
— March Eats Checklist: From bagels to banh mi, five newcomers (and one seafood classic) to dine at now.
— 5 New Bars & Bar Menus to Drink (and Eat) Now: Whether a gorgeous new bar with heartwarming food or a The World’s 50 Best Discovery Bar reborn after a devastating fire, these five are worth drinking at now.
— Los Angeles Travel: Spring 2022 Restaurant & Food Guide.
— Reinventing Rare Classic Gin Cocktails: At bars in San Francisco, Hong Kong & London.
— Pasta Heaven: Reviewing the newly reborn Flour + Water.
— Distiller Magazine: My Interviews with Redbird bar manager Tobin Shea & The Spirit Guild distiller Miller Duvall in Los Angeles.

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March 1, 2021

This Issue:

— February’s Top 10 Bay Area Restaurants: 10 Bay Area newcomers and longtimers, from SF, Oakland, Sonoma and the Peninsula, including standouts in modern Indian, Peruvian, sushi, pizza, sandwiches, Caribbean/Trinidadian, New American, Japanese, Argentinian and butchery.
— Distiller Magazine Bottle Review Column: This month I review amaro, vermouth, cachaca, RTDs (canned cocktails), gin, rakija/fruit brandy, rum, Irish whiskey, non-alcoholic spirits, saké.
— 5 Magical Dining Options to Celebrate a Pandemic Valentine’s: Top celebratory meals anytime, whether escapes to Italy or Japan, or whimsical themed dinners.
— My Michigan interviews with Long Road Distillers in Grand Rapids & bar manager of Kiesling in Detroit.
— The Ever-Shifting Future and Flavor of Chinatown

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