“Faith comes and goes. It rises and falls like the tides of an invisible ocean. If it is presumptuous to think that faith will stay with you forever, it is just as presumptuous to think that unbelief will.”
― Flannery O’Connor, The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor
In a matter of days, I leave for Hong Kong (thinking of the locals daily as they bravely and peacefully protest for democracy) and Japan, a trip that has taken an immense amount of work to plan and is a long-held dream come true. I spent 3 life-changing months in Southeast Asia over a decade ago working in orphanages and traveling around to multiple regions but have yet to be in more than an airport in Japan. It’s an 11th anniversary celebration for myself and the Renaissance Man and will result in some forthcoming articles — stay tuned.
Top Tastes – My Food Articles, September 16-30: 13 of my latest Zagat articles on new restaurants, hot brunch and sushi spots, notable food events and classes and more.
Imbiber – My Drink Articles, September 16-30: 9 of my latest Zagat articles on new cocktail menus from SF to Oakland, Whiskyfest and Oktoberfest recommends, an unexpected tequila/mezcal haven in a strip mall in Sonoma County, and elevated cocktails at the new 49ers stadium.
Wandering Traveler – Where to Eat in Seattle: Dozens of places later, the good, the bad and the mediocre, after 3 visits to Seattle within 7 months.
Imbiber – Facundo Rum Collection: A unique collection of 4 rare rums released in only 4 US cities.