March 1, 2011

When I was young and the urge to be someplace else was on me, I was assured by mature people that maturity would cure this itch… Now that I am fifty-eight perhaps senility will do the job. Nothing has worked… The sound of a jet, an engine warming up, even the clopping shod of hooves on the pavement brings on the ancient shudder… I fear the disease is incurable.” – John Steinbeck, “Travels with Charley”

LA's Library Bar (see "Wandering Traveler")

Hard to believe it’s March… scary how fast the year is already passing. I will be in Hawaii when the next issue comes out, taking in the island breezes of Kauai and Oahu. And, yes, this is (finally) my first time there (recommendations welcome)!

This is an Imbiber-focused issue of The Perfect Spot… I still had to share memorable dishes with you in Top Tastes, from Alpine bruschetta on a Tyrolean menu I’m delighted to see launch, to raw lamb and stuffed calamares in a Spanish-Moroccan style.

Imbiber digs into more exciting cocktails on Winter menus around SF.

Imbiber, part two, is a side-by-side gin tasting with friends, highlighting the strengths of six stand-outs, plus how they stand up in a martini.

Lamb Tartare at Gitane

Wandering Traveler takes in the made-to-order (i.e. no menu), farmers market bounty of what is one of the best places to drink in Los Angeles.

Imbiber, part three, sips highlights from SF Beer Week’s Opening Gala and at a huge Italian wine event, Gambero Rosso’s Tre Bicchieri.

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**Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Virginia Miller**