Horsefeather's chilaquiles

June 15, 2016

This Issue:
— Top 3 May Openings: Inspired Hawaiian, Spanish and Mexican restaurants are topping my new openings list for May.
— 4 New Brunches… with Drink: Great new brunch options also with excellent drink.
— Decades of Brandy: Tasting through decades of California brandy and Calvados. Read more →

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'Aina's chicken katsu

SF: Top 3 May Openings

This article was first published here at Table8 where I am national editor. The 10 key openings of May are Itani Ramen in Oakland, Mac Daddy, Fenix, Homage, Sushi Hashiri, Popsons, Orson’s Belly, Bellota, Sababa and Laszlo’s reopening. While there are strengths at each — all but one of which I’ve visited — here are my top three newcomers… and… Read more →

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Locanda's Eggs in Purgatory

SF: 4 New Brunches… With Drink

This article was first published here at Table8 where I am national editor. Daytime drinking — in the right setting with excellent food — transports me immediately to Europe, lingering over a Spritz and supplì streetside in Roma or a glass of wine with a long lunch in pretty much any European city. One of the many things I love… Read more →

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Decades of Brandy: Tasting Through California Brandy & Calvados

After my recent travels in Cognac, France, my longheld love for brandy deepened even further. I am crazy about all manner of brandy (grape-based spirits), from Armagnac to pisco. I am passionate about Calvados (French apple brandy) and other apple brandies — note here my most unforgettable Calvados experience and tasting in the world, in Kyoto, Japan, of all places.… Read more →

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7 layer hummus at Sarma and other Boston joys

June 1, 2016

This Issue:
— Food Lovers’ Philadelphia: Where to eat now, from hip restaurants to old school Philly cheesesteaks.
— SF Middle Eastern Gems: Longtime greats doing Middle Eastern right for years in SF.
— Where To Eat And Drink In Boston Right Now Read more →

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Jannah's kenafa

SF Middle Eastern Neighborhood Gems

My article was first published here on our national Table8 blog where I am national editor. Despite what seems like a limited category at first glance, there are many a Middle Eastern gem hidden around San Francisco, some of the best places having been around for years. There is the ever-fantastic Afghani dishes at one of our great food treasures,… Read more →

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Scallion pancake "sandwiches" at Mei Mei

Where To Eat And Drink In Boston Right Now

This article was originally published here at Food Republic on May 19, 2016: With its waterside setting, educated demographics and crisp, New England weather, Boston has long been a draw for seafood, historic restaurants and even claims key 1960’s years when California-born Julia Child lived in Cambridge, where she researched and tested recipes from her years in France. Despite even… Read more →

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Playground's

May 15, 2016

This issue:

— Top 10 Cocktails of the Month: From clarified goat milk-washed celery bitters to Cocoa Puffs-infused Negronis — 10 top drinks now.
— 9 Intriguing Small Batch Gins from Finland to Minnesota
— Eating in the OC: From the celebrated Playground to house sausages and burgers (and great beer lists), here are 3 spots worth heading to in the OC.
— Top 5 Ciders at Cider Summit 2016 Read more →

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Mourad's Soy Sesame

Top 10 Cocktails of the Month

Here are the 10 standout cocktails and new bars of the month I’ve been tasting around the Bay Area. 1. Saison’s Strawberry & Arms Dinner at 3 Michelin-starred Saison is always memorable — so is an hour spent at the bar with Anthony Keels’ exquisite cocktails, up there with the most inventive drinks I’ve had in London, Berlin or Tokyo.… Read more →

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