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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Another stunning SF day and idyllic Presidio setting for SF Cider Summit

Top 5 Ciders at Cider Summit 2016

Besides the dreamy lawn setting with Bay views in the ever-stunning Presidio, Cider Summit SF (held April 23) was exciting for its international mix of ciders, most on draft, from small producers. The event is small enough to be approachable but digging there was plenty to taste and some new and interesting discoveries for me, even as much as I… Read more →

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Grant Achatz sabering a bottle to celebrate with a small group of us in the basement of his new restaurant Roister at 2am, post JBF Awards

May 1, 2016

— 6 New Chefs Reinvigorating Bay Area Restaurants: 6 restaurants worth revisiting with fresh menus and new chefs.
— April Openings: From upscale Chinese-SF cuisine to lush burgers — and on to two stellar new cocktail havens — which new openings are worth visiting… and why.
— March Openings: Exquisite nigiri tasting menus and Indian street food paired with wine — my top two openings of the month. Read more →

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Rich Table's fried chicken

April 15, 2016

This issue:

— Top 5 Bay Area Dishes: From fried chicken madeleines to spam musubi lettuce wraps, my top dishes now.
— Weekending on the Russian River in Guerneville
— Inside Michael Mina’s Revolving Kitchen: My latest feature & interviews at Food Republic. Read more →

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