October 15, 2012

“My candle burns at both ends; it will not last the night; but ah, my foes, and oh, my friends – it gives a lovely light!”
– Edna St. Vincent Millay

Much buzzed about sardine chips at Rich Table (see "The Latest")

Fall is full with tastes and exploration as I journey on a few press trips not far from the Bay Area – to the Diestel family turkey farm near Yosemite, a week of wine Paso Robles, and to Grass Valley/Nevada City to take in fall colors as vibrant as back East.

The LatestRich Table: Possibly SF’s most exciting restaurant opening and visionary menu to open since December from husband and wife duo with a fine dining pedigree.

Top TastesSoda Fountain Revival: Ice Cream Bar graduates to its next incarnation with liquor license and food, while the new Corner Store offers soda fountain treats and a solid food menu.

Over 75 house tinctures for soda fountain treats at Ice Cream Bar (see "Top Tastes" for new alcoholic soda fountain menu))

ImbiberNew at Anchor Distilling: Inside news from Anchor’s new president on an unreleased clear hops spirit, a line of Japanese whiskies, their rooftop bar, the world’s most extensive cocktail book library coming in-house, and more.

Wandering TravelerNew Orleans Cocktails: Exploring the latest in the cocktail scene in my beloved New Orleans.

Imbiber, part twoTasting Spirits: One of England’s great navy gins is finally imported to the US; tasting and seminar (beer with expensive Scotch?) highlights at this year’s WhiskyFest; new spirits poured at the first ever SF Craft Spirits Carnival – rhum/rum, tequila and whiskey highlights.

On the TownSF Cocktail Week: Highlights of a fun-filled week in photos.

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Recent entries in my Bay Guardian column:
Why Rich Table is One of SF’s Best New Restaurants
What’s New at Local Anchor Distilling? A Lot, from Imported Japanese Whiskies to World’s Most Extensive Cocktail Library
Destination Dishes: An Array of Lasagnas, Dreamy Bacon at a Thai Restaurant, Melted Burrata Spaghettini

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