Category: Intro Letter

February 1, 2018

— 6 Top Dishes of the Month: Whether a torta/hamburguesa combo or pitch-perfect donburi, these 6 dishes are inspiring cravings.
— Weekend-ing in Sebastopol: From ciders to wine, farms to restaurants, ideal day or weekend stops in the laid back Sonoma town.
— 10 Top Hot Cocktails Around the US Now: From Charleston to NYC, stay warm with these standout drinks on menus now. Read more →

January 15, 2018

This Issue:
— The Top 12 New Bay Area Restaurants of the Year
— The Top 12 New Bay Area Bars of the Year
— The Most Talked About Restaurant in America in 2017: LA’s Vespertine is certainly ambitious. But is it great? My review at WineAccess.
— 11 Top Cocktails Around the US Now: From New Orleans to LA, what’s standing out now at cocktail bars. Read more →

January 1, 2018

This Issue:
— Where to Eat Dungeness Crab Now: It’s crab season in the Bay Area and here are 5 creative dishes showcasing Dungeness now.
— 11 Top Cocktails Around the US, Holiday Edition: Menus/drinks worth tasting now now from Charleston to Las Vegas.
— Top 10 PDX Bars: My top Portland bars plus interviews with pioneering distiller Christian Krogstadt of House Spirits and bar manager Camille Cavan of Quaintrelle. Read more →

December 15, 2017

This issue:

— The Top 5 Dishes of the Month: From a caviar beef fat waffle to smoked brisket tator tots, five top Bay Area dishes to go out and try now.
— Eating & Drinking in Los Altos: Weekending in the Peninsula at a French-style boutique hotel.
— 11 Top Cocktails Around the US: What’s standing out now from Portland to NYC, SF to Houston. Read more →

December 1, 2017

This Issue:

— Top 3 Restaurant Openings of the Month: One of the best new fine dining restaurants in the country. A cocktail and live fire-driven restaurant. And a comforting Italian restaurant where you can bring a group of friends.
— Top 5 Dishes of the Month: From upscale Indian curry with lobster to truffle-laden chicken, five top dishes to usher in winter.
— 5 Hidden SF Bars: Relaxed respites from the holiday madness (with great drinks).
— Welcomed by the Willamette Valley: Exploring food, hotels, breweries, mead and cider producers around Oregon’s premier Wine Country. Read more →

November 15, 2017

This issue:
— Top 3 Restaurant Openings of the Month: Try hip Korean, sleek Austrian and New American hotel dining with elevated cocktails.
— 11 Top National Cocktails Of the Month: 11 creative cocktails around the country and where to drink them.
— Top 5 Bay Area Portuguese Restaurants: From San Jose to Healdsburg (Sonoma County), the 5 best places to get “real deal” Portuguese food in the Bay Area.
— An Out-of-the-Way Portland Bar Where Everything Pre-Dates 1930 Read more →

November 1, 2017

This issue:
— Three Restaurants With New Chefs, New Menus, New Focus: From SF to Marin, three restaurants reinventing themselves and worth revisiting now.
— The Latest Print Issue of Time Out: The state of Bay Area craft beer in my cover story, my latest new restaurant and bar reviews, chef and wine shop owner interviews and more.
— 5 Top Dishes of the Month: Includes dessert, Indian, burgers and New Orleans’ cuisine.
— Behind Danny Louie’s Inspired Cocktail Menu at Mister Jiu’s Read more →

October 15, 2017

This issue:
— Top SF Restaurant Openings of the Month: All three are “cheap eats”: roast beef sandwiches that taste like a glorified Arby’s, a new Indian neighborhood spot and a Chicago-inspired taqueria.
— Where to Eat & Drink in Sacramento Now: I catch up in SacTown, our state’s capitol city.
— 11 Top Scotch Cocktails Around the US: 11 creative Scotch cocktails I’ve handpicked.
— Top 10 Manhattan Bars: Plus my interviews with distiller Joe Myer of Myer Farm Distilling in NY’s Finger Lakes region and Naren Young of both Dante bars.
— A Tribute to Italy, The Feminine & Fellini: A special new Chicago bar with an all-Italian drink list. Read more →

September 15, 2017

This Issue:
— Top Bourbon Cocktails Around the US: Bourbon creativity from Portland to Chicago.
— Low Proof Bars… That Aren’t About Cocktails: These four greats shine with sherry, vermouth, natural and rancio wines.
— What Is BevCon?: Your next cocktail-spirits-wine-beer industry conference should be this one in Charleston.
— Top Rum Cocktails Around the US: From OKC to SF, it’s rum time with these 11 creative beauties. Read more →

September 1, 2017

This Issue:
— Top Openings of July: These two standouts go from hip omakase to “real deal” Spanish Catalan cuisine.
— Top National Cocktails of the Month: From SF to Louisville, Oregon to Oklahoma, North Carolina to Chicago, here are 11 standout drinks/bars now.
— D.C.’s Top 10 Bars: Where to drink in D.C. + my interviews with Don Ciccio & Figli amaro distillery founder, Francesco Amodeo, and Jack Rose Rose Dining Saloon owner, Bill Thomas. Read more →