May 15, 2017

“Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.” — Craig Claiborne

An unreal black garlic, miso-marinated cedar-smoked sea bass at a preview of Michael Mina’s new The Street (13 restaurants/food stops and bars in one “hall”), which just opened in Honolulu on May 19

Recently back from Chicago and a memorable James Beard Awards, it’s been a stunning May full of warm days and dear friends. I wrote my first article for Thrillist on under-the-radar, quirky and delightful gems in Monterey, CA.

Lately at Liquor.com, I feature a forward-thinking, artful new bar and restaurant in Vancouver and top tequila drinks around the country now.

Here are new features in my regular outlets: Table8, Liquor.com, Liquor.com Drinkwire articles on bars & drink around the world, Food Republic and Where Magazine.

This issue:

The new bar at ABV’s Overproof is whisk(e)y-themed with Japanese-inspired bites (this highball features Japanese whisky, Genepy and genmaicha tea)

The LatestTop Bay Area Openings: Talking Japanese beer and small plates and about an Irish pub and gathering place in Oakland. Here’s what standing out from the new openings of April.
Imbiber11 Top Tequila Cocktails Around the US Now
Wandering TravelerWest Maui: Hotels to coffee, shave ice to affordable food outside the resorts, here are 10 of my West Maui recommendations from my recent return.

As your personal concierge who tells it like a good friend would, I also create personalized itineraries: trips, meals, explorations (under “Services“).

Virginia

LINKS to Social Media & Articles:

Table8, National Editor
Time Out
Food Republic
Liquor.com
Zagat SF Editor
(2014-2016)
Thrillist