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August 1, 2021

This Issue:
— June’s Top 10 Bay Area Restaurants: 10 SF newcomers and longtimers, including standouts in upscale Chinese, bagels, bakeries, caviar, dim sum, modern Thai, hoagies, sandwiches, Cuban, Colombian and American comfort food.
— Creatively Using Asian Ingredients in Bars Around the World: My Gin Magazine cover story (with recipes), talking Asian ingredients in cocktails with standout bars in San Francisco, Bangkok and Singapore.
— State of Distilling Now in Kentucky: Talking to a range of locals and industry experts, my Distiller magazine “deep dive” into the current state of distilling and the drink industry in Bourbon capitol, Louisville and Kentucky at large.
— 5 Queer-Run Restaurants & Cafes: For Pride, five of SF’s great queer-run or influenced spots from a seafood legend to Cajun/Creole destination in my Bold Italic feature.
— Distiller Bottle Column: In my latest column, I review shochu, mezcal, American whiskey, Irish Whiskey, gin, tequila, bottled cocktails and RTDs (canned cocktails/drinks).

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Top 10 Cocktails of the Month

From mid-December to mid-January, here are the 10 standout cocktails and new menus I’ve been tasting around the Bay Area. 1 & 2. Bear Vs. Bull’s (at Alamo Drafthouse) Surf Club Mangareva & Great Silence Isaac Shumway (who formerly made the revamped Tosca Café worth visiting for his drinks) has worked his magic at brand new Alamo Drafthouse bar, Bear… Read more →

Top 8 Cocktails of the Month

From mid-March to mid-April, here are the standout cocktails and new menus I’ve been tasting around the Bay Area. 1. BDK’s Shiso It’s always good news when Kevin Diedrich is back manning a bar. At brand new BDK (my Zagat feature on the restaurant here), his two pages of cocktails ($11 each) are named after a single leading ingredient or… Read more →

A Family Affair – Small Production Wines & Vermouth from SF to Napa

It’s a unique time in Bay Area winemaking. We see more California winemakers finding harmony between New & Old World-style production, laying off heavier-handed extremes of overly-oaked or high alcohol wines, honing in on our region’s true terroir. While global love for big, bold California wines isn’t going anywhere, it’s ever more apparent that our range is far beyond what… Read more →

The 10 Best Openings of 2010

In a ridiculously rich year of new restaurant openings, the most prolific I’ve seen yet, it is harder than ever to name the top ones. There are many noteworthy places, from the “Mad Men”-esque vibe of Thermidor, to the stratospheric prices and fabulous snapping turtle veloute at Benu. Some of our best cafes (Ma’velous) and cocktail bars (Burritt Room) were… Read more →

Highlights of SF Chefs 2010

SF CHEFS, a week-long celebration of all things food and drink in SF, ushered in it’s second year last week, August 10-15. It was as full, fun and delectable as the first year. From industry seminars like the intriguing Tales from the Still, which kicked off the week, to the Grand Tasting tent in Union Square, there was never a… Read more →