The notable restaurant openings of July were Shinmai (Oak – 7/14-ish), Mac’D, Robin, Barcino, Namu Stonepot and Ippudo in Berkeley. I am about to visit Shinmai and Namu Stonepot but among the rest, here are my top two newcomers of the month… and why they stand out. Nigiri Cool — Robin, Hayes Valley I’ve written a lot on the hardcore… Read more →
— Top 7 Dishes of the Month: Whether Albuquerque or SF, tikka masala mac n’cheese or proper BBQ ribs, here are the dishes that wowed most in July.
— Culinary Chicago: My first Alaska Airlines’ article is on the great city of Chicago, its current standouts in food, hotels and the arts (theater to music).
— Time Out Magazine: The the first SF print issue of Time Out Magazine — and yours truly is writing the food & drink sections. Check out 6 articles, including features on high-end soft serve at SF restaurants, an urban wine crawl in Oakland’s Jack London Square, interviews with chef Preeti Mistry and the owners of sour beer haven the Rare Barrel — plus my TO reviews on the new restaurant and bar openings worth visiting.
— Where to Eat & Drink in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Top 12 bites, restaurants, stands and drinks.
— A Unique Resort Experience in Mexico: In Puerto Vallarta, a major resort innovates with a house tequila program. Read more →
Trying well over 100 dishes in July alone — from San Francisco to Albuquerque, New Mexico — here are my 7 standout dishes of the month. 1. Duna’s Farmer’s Cheese Spatzle Here’s my review and details on brand new Duna from the ever-talented Bar Tartine chef duo of Nick Balla and Cortney Burns. Their near perfect spatzle doused in fresh… Read more →
I recently return to Mexico, visiting the city of Puerto Vallarta (PV) for the first time (historically, I’ve visited about an hour north of the city on the coast). I wrote about a unique Marriott resort (about 20 minutes drive from Old Town PV in Nuevo Vallarta where most of resorts are grouped) that has their own house tequila program… Read more →
My August 2017 Alaska Beyond Magazine 5-page travel article on the best in Chicago food, arts and hotels now… www.paradigmcg.com/digitaleditions/abm-0817/files/99.html Read more →
The first print edition of Time Out Magazine San Francisco is here. Time Out has long been my #1 go-to for what’s happening in NYC and one of a few key sources I reference when narrowing down my eat and drink “hit lists” around the globe. In SF’s print edition, the Eating and Drinking sections are written by yours truly.… Read more →
My July 24 Liquor.com feature article on a Marriott hotel in touristy Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, that surprises with its own tequila line produced exclusively for the resort and its many tequila and food pairing options, including sunset guacamole with tequila and margaritas. More on the resort’s offerings here. Read more →
— Top 3 Openings of the Month: Modern Eastern European, pre-concert rotisserie and an all-day, New American restaurant even better than its original location.
— Top 7 Dishes of the Month: Whether Russian food in Portland or Taiwanese food in Louisville, Indian to Low Country-influenced cuisine in SF, here are the dishes that wowed.
— 11 Top National Cocktails of the Month: Creative cocktail standouts at top bars/restaurants from SF to Tulsa, Vancouver to Baltimore.
— Where to Eat & Drink on Magical Prince Edward Island, Canada Read more →
June’s notable restaurant openings were RT Rotisserie, Duna, Alta from Daniel Patterson Group in late May, seafood gem Hook Fish, poké and Asian fusion (Korean-influenced burritos, tacos, bowls, etc.) Saucy Asian, another locale from the Big Night Restaurant Group, Petit Marlowe and Mockingbird in Oakland. It’s been a short but mighty list of openings this month, whether opened by a restaurant… Read more →
Covering the 11 hottest cocktails of the month around the US at Liquor.com, you’ll find my bar and drink recommends this month at these bars/restaurants (click on each for the featured cocktail): Coin-Op Game Room, San Francisco Hodges Bend, Tulsa Fox Bar, Chicago The Roosevelt Room, Austin Foreign Cinema, San Francisco Kissa Tanto, Vancouver, B.C. Aviary, Portland, OR Rich Table,… Read more →