Category: Intro Letter

May 15, 2017

This issue:

The Latest — Top 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.
Imbiber — 11 Top Tequila Cocktails Around the US Now
Wandering Traveler — West Maui: Hotels to coffee, shave ice to affordable food outside the resorts, here are 10 of my West Maui recommendations from my recent return. Read more →

May 1, 2017

This issue:

— Top 11 National Cocktails of the Month: From Oklahoma City to Kansas City, Napa to SF, here is what’s standing out at bars nationwide now.
— Memphis Love: Don’t worry, I talk BBQ. But I also have a few other key favorites to share with you in this special Southern city alive with music and ‘que.
— Hotel of the Month: One of the most restorative, restful towns, settings and resorts in the world is found on the remote side of Maui.
— Where to Eat in Hana, Maui: On this removed side of Maui, it’s mostly about food trucks — but also a chocolate plantation and an organic farm growing fruits you’ve never heard of. Read more →

April 15, 2017

This issue:

— Top 3 New Restaurants of the Month: Maybe the most exciting and ambitious Chinese restaurant/bar/market concept… ever. A cocktail bar with killer food. Affordable Cuban food.
— Why Oxford, Mississippi, Is a Food & Literature Lovers’ Town
— Top 5 Whiskies from Whiskies of the World 2017: Another year of hundreds of whiskies from around the globe on a sternwheeler in the Bay, with standouts from India to Scotland, US to Japan.
— Hotel of the Month: Four Seasons Silicon Valley looks like a corporate office building, but here’s why it’s special, from a new cafe and remodel to impeccable pastas and s’mores by the pool. Read more →

April 1, 2017

This issue:

— Top 11 National Cocktails of the Month: From Napa to Charleston, here are my top 11 cocktails around the country now.
— How the Gin & Tonic Launched Lisbon’s Cocktail Movement
— Taipei’s East End Bar Is at the Forefront of Taiwan’s Fledgling Bar Boom Read more →

March 1, 2017

This issue:

— 11 Top Cocktails Nationally, March Edition: Linking to my feature on 11 drink standouts now from Vancouver to Napa, Oxford to Memphis, SF to Baltimore.
— 5 New Cheap Eats Standouts: Whether a kosher Israeli bakery, Mexican-Korean taqueria or Pakistani Silicon Valley gem, these five newcomers are affordable and delicious, too.
— Hidden Sushi Gem: Four reasons — including a saké sommelier and a steal of an omakase — to head to a San Bruno strip mall sushi restaurant. Read more →

February 15, 2017

This Issue:

— Why It’s Time to Return to These SF Restaurants: Whether around for a decade or a couple years, these three restaurants are exhibiting fresh life from new chefs and bar managers.
— Top 3 SF Openings of the Month: January’s three best newcomers serve Cajun/Creole, Italian and sushi plus two notable new bars.
— 24 Hours in Napa: Hitting Japanese and farm-to-table, cocktails and jazz, in downtown Napa. Read more →

February 1, 2017

This issue:

— Hottest 11 Cocktails Around the Country Now: My latest at on 11 notable cocktails around the US.
— 24 Hours in St. Helena: In one of Napa Valley’s great towns, four notable (and out of the way) wineries, where to stay, get coffee and, of course, top places to dine.
— Washington D.C.: As D.C. is hotter than ever for dining, here are seven of the best restaurants now.
— Baltimore: The seven places to eat now, from modern Venezuelan to Maryland seafood. Read more →

January 15, 2017

This issue:

— Top 3 Bay Area Openings, December 2016: From Healdsburg to SF, sushi to Mexican, here are the three top newcomers of the month.
— Bread With Dinner: Two SF bread temples that also serve excellent food.
— Two Cocktail Cities on the Rise: Watch out, Asia and Europe, for Taipei and Portugal’s growing cocktail scenes. Read more →

January 1, 2017

This issue:
— Top 4 New Bay Area Restaurants of the Year: From SF to Napa, the 12 newcomers you should visit from 2016 + 12 honorable mentions.
— Hottest 11 Cocktails Around the Country Now: My latest at on 11 notable cocktails around the US.
— 10 Top Denver Bars: At Distiller Magazine, my 10 top Denver drink spots plus my interview with bar great Sean Kenyon and Colorado distilling pioneers, Todd Leopold of Leopold Bros. Read more →