Intro Letter

Rye Project's "Jewshi" (Jewish "sushi") — see Top Tastes

October 1, 2015

This issue:

– Top 10 Dishes & New Openings of the Month: Whether egg ravioli on a burger or Jewish deli-inspired “sushi”, here’s the best of what I’ve been tasting lately.
– My Top 15 Berlin Cocktail Bars: Back to Berlin with 15 top cocktail bar recommends around the city.
– 10 Wines to Drink on Menus Now: Ten standout wines on menus now, ranging from value finds to unique rarities. Read more →

Black Sands' cocktails

September 15, 2015

This issue:

– Top 8 Cocktails of the Month: Whether quinine and pine-laced refreshers or deli-influenced cocktails, here’s the best of what I’ve been tasting lately.

– My Top 10 Meals in Berlin: Back to Berlin for the first time since 1999, here’s what made an impression, from 2 Michelin star Asian-influenced dining to Turkish street food.

– Berlin Coffee & Cafes: The best coffee and cafes in Berlin now.

— Weekending (Affordably) in Big Sur Read more →

Fantastic beet pimento on toasts at an intimate preview of NINEBARK and food from chef Matt Lightner, an exciting downtown Napa opening tentatively set for late September

September 1, 2015

This Issue:
– Top 10 Dishes of the Month: From SF to Oakland, I’m getting excited about veal sweetbread tacos, a katsu-drowned fried chicken torta and miso peach sticky buns, to name a few.
– The Top 10 Spirits Releases of the Summer: There are new whiskies, rums, agricole, vermouths, gin and even cinnamon liqueur to please a range of palates.
– High-Tech, Cash-Less, Healthy, Cheap Fast Food? Enter eatsa. Read more →

Firefly's fava pea pancakes

August 1, 2015

– Top 10 Dishes of the Month: Omakase sushi menus to transport you to Japan, Filipino and Scandinavian food, and more.
– 24 Hours in LA: Seafood delights in Manhattan Beach & cocktail-ing in West Hollywood.
– Cheap Eats & Sushi Treasures in OC: 6 food gems in North OC. Read more →


July 15, 2015

—Top 11 Cocktails of the Month: From SF to the East Bay, 11 summer standouts.
—Exploring Tsukiji Fish Market with a Sushi Chef: Visiting the famed fish market with sushi chef Ken Tominaga — a photo journey.
—Visiting Suntory Yamazaki Distillery in Japan: The distillery that started it all.
—S. Pellegrino Presents The Grand Gelinaz! Shuffle: Spain’s famed Mugaritz chef cooks at SF’s Coi for one night, along with 37 chefs doing a similar restaurant swap around the world. Read more →

Lord Stanley's beef tartare (see Top Tastes)

July 1, 2015

This issue:

– Top 10 Dishes & Openings of the Month: Look for a new red sauce haven, red beet naan, lobster fricassee and a new hidden Japanese/sushi meal to rival the best in Japan.
– Top 6 Tokyo Meals: In one of the world’s best food cities, here just a few of the unreal glories (and 3 of the best meals of my life).
– Tofino Wines: The new wine bar/shop (with great bites and sherry selection) to make me rethink wine bars.
– Aspen Food & Wine Classic: Highlights from food to wine, parties and seminars to new products. Read more →

Caviar goodness at Amber in Hong Kong

June 15, 2015

– Top 8 Cocktails of the Month: Sippable goodness, from garden-fresh rhubarb and celery to beer Negronis served in growlers.
– Top 10 Hong Kong Meals: Edible thrills in Hong Kong, from Michelin-starred dim sum to some of the best Spanish tapas and Japanese yakitori in the world.
– Hong Kong’s Thriving Coffee Scene: There is a wealth of vibrant coffee offerings in HK. Read more →

Boozy doughnuts (see Top Tastes)

June 1, 2015

This issue:

– My Top 10 Dishes & New Openings of May: From ancient Roman pinsa to Belgian/German food, impeccable seafood to boozy doughnuts, here are some of the best bites and openings now.
– 5 New Take-Out Options: Talking Korean, Dim Sum, Burmese, rotisserie and Vietnamese take-out newcomers.
– Top 10 Spring Wines: From Italy to France, California to Austria, my top 10 wines tasted this Spring. Read more →

Spectacular Kyoto

May 15, 2015

– My Top 5 Cocktails of the Month in SF
– Edible Kyoto: Exploring the canals, temples, gardens, markets, coffee, restaurants and cafes of this magical Japanese city.
– Drinking in Kyoto: Cocktails, sake and spirits, including a couple of the most memorable bar experiences in the world. Read more →