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Beet & rose dessert at Mourad, one of the recent notable new restaurant openings

March 1, 2015

This issue:

My Top 7 February Dishes + 3 New Restaurants.
4 New Spirits: Talking Irish whiskey experiments, rare scotch & green chile vodka.
Beer: Top 5 beers from SF Beer Week Opening Gala + tasting through The Bruery Rarities.
Top 5 February Wines: From Lambrusco to Galician red wine. Read more →

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February 15, 2015

This issue:
Imbiber – My Top 10 Cocktails of the Year Thus Far.
Wandering Traveler – Oklahoma City: Back in my birth city of OKC, checking out new eats & drink, from steak & po boys to Hot Browns & German delis.
Imbiber – Coffee Newcomer: A new downtown cafe for coffee geeks — with good food. Read more →

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February 1, 2015

This issue:
– Top Tastes – My Top 7 Dishes & New Openings for January: My 2 most notable new restaurant openings of January; out of dozens of dishes, the 7 best dishes of the month.
– Wandering Traveler – The Best of OC: My girlhood stomping grounds of Orange County have generally been a suburban, culinary wasteland but there are more signs of life with each passing year: a few in food, cocktails & coffee.
– Imbiber – Top Spirits, Wine & Beer in January: 3 wine standouts, a spirits standout and a mead (honey wine). Read more →

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January 15, 2015

This issue:

  • Top Tastes – My Food Articles, January 1-15: 12 of my current Zagat articles on the year in dining & drink, including new restaurants, under-the-radar spots and Wine Country travel.
  • Wandering Traveler – Los Angeles: The best in restaurants, cheap eats and coffee from latest travels in LA.
  • Imbiber – Tequila Time: Talking anjeo (aged) tequila with 1 new anejo and 2 new extra anejo releases.

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January 1, 2015

- The Best of 2014, Restaurants – The best new Bay Area openings and the best meals around the US and the world.
– The Best of 2014, Drink – The best new Bay Area bar openings and the best cocktails & bars around the US and the world.
– Top Tastes – My Food Articles, December 16-31: 17 of my current Zagat articles on the year-in-review, 6 new restaurants, under-the-radar spots and Wine Country newcomers.
– Imbiber – My Drink Articles, December 16-31: 9 of my current Zagat articles on multiple new cocktail menus at restaurants, a new bottle shop & the year’s top new bars.
– Imbiber – 3 Spirits for December: Vermouth from Washington, rum from Monterey and Scotch from, of course, Scotland. Read more →

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December 15, 2014

  “[The first drink of the day} marks the end of the working day when you put worldly cares to one side and embrace good cheer and company. It is when the soul opens and we are seized by the need to chat. We are liberated… The first drink also has a physically restorative effect. I find I can spend… Read more →

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December 1, 2014

“Not many years ago, it was access to information and movement that seemed our greatest luxury; nowadays it’s often freedom from information, the chance to sit still, that feels like the ultimate prize. Stillness is not just an indulgence for those with enough resources – it’s a necessity for anyone who wishes to gather less visible resources… Going nowhere …… Read more →

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November 15, 2014

“My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest.” ― David Copperfield by Charles Dickens Fall is my favorite… Read more →

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November 1, 2014

  “That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.” ― Aldous Huxley Just returned from an unreal trip to Hong Kong and Japan, I am right back into long days of writing and savoring the warm, sunny days and invigorating fall air of home. This issue:… Read more →

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October 15, 2014

“ I dreamt of Japan long before I went there. Moss gardens, straw-mat rooms, wooden bridges arching in the moonlight, paper lanterns with the fire glowing inside.” ― Cathy N. Davidson, 36 Views of Mount Fuji  As I write this, I am in Hong Kong and Japan, a lifelong dream finally happening… with articles on the many incredible finds coming… Read more →

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