April 15, 2012

“What harbor can receive you more securely than a great library?”
Italo Calvino, If On A Winter’s Night a Traveler

My stay way up north in Scotland at the Macallan estate (see "Wandering Traveler")

Just back from a vivid, taste-filled weekend at Pebble Beach Food & Wine (more on that next issue), I anticipate a sunny spring week ahead.

Top TastesThe Hunt for Authentic Bay Area BBQ: It’s tough finding BBQ that comes to close to the best in the South. BBQ-obsessed, I continue the search for the real deal among new Bay Area ‘que joints.

Craving BBQ (& sauce) - on the hunt for the real deal outside the South (see "Top Tastes")

ImbiberLocal Edition: The Future Bars/Bourbon & Branch crew have done it again with a 1950’s era, underground bar just opened in the Examiner’s former printing room.

The LatestGourmet Cheap Eats: The latest in taste-worthy cheap eats, from Dorito chicken salad sandwiches, to Russian piroshkis, to a Muffaletta in a Bayview parking lot.

Wandering TravelerScotland & Scotch: My stay at the enchanting Macallan Estate in Speyside and rare scotch tastes from my Scotland travels.

I’d love your feedback on any spots visited from my site. As your personal concierge who tells it to you like a good friend would, I also create personalized itineraries: trips, meals, explorations (under “Services“).

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Recent entries in my Bay Guardian column:
Jazzy 1950’s era bar in a former newspaper printing room – visiting new Local Edition
Two on the Rise: Bar Tartine & Txoko’s Evolution
The Magic of Monterey’s Restaurant 1833
New bar manager and menu at Heaven’s Dog

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