Category: Intro Letter

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 →

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February 1, 2017

This issue:

— Hottest 11 Cocktails Around the Country Now: My latest at Liquor.com 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 →

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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 →

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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 Liquor.com 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 →

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December 15, 2016

This issue:

— Top 4 Bay Area Openings of the Month: The Japan-Bay Area love affair continues and there is a fab new modern Indian newcomer, too.
— 6 NYC Restaurants Worth Visiting Now: From playful Thai to modern Korean, Latin bites to modern Mediterranean small plates…
— 10 Taiwanese Dishes And Drinks You Need To Know: My Food Republic primer on key dishes (three cup chicken, stir-fry, pineapple cake, etc.) and drinks (Taiwanese whisky, oolong tea, bubble tea, etc.) hailing from Taiwan.
— Journeying Through Portugal’s Douro Region: Talking wine greats in Portugal’s greatest wine region, an eco-friendly wine resort and Lisbon treasures at Food Republic. Read more →

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December 1, 2016

This issue:

— 5 Affordable New Bay Area Neighborhood Restaurants: Whether refined Laotian cuisine or South American comfort in Napa, Thai in an Italian ‘hood or East Bay Asian with a heavy Burmese focus, here are five affordable neighborhood newcomers that stand out.
— Top 11 Cocktails Around the Country Now: My latest at Liquor.com on 11 notable cocktails around the US.
— Where to Eat in NYC: Top four newcomers this year, from a Scandinavian food hall to a ramen and cocktail haven in Harlem.
— 11 NYC Bars: Newcomers to under-the-radar gems — and then on to Brooklyn — here 11 NY bars worth visiting or returning to.
— Michael Mina’s Guest Chef Series at Levi Stadium Football Games: 49ers games are for food lovers — chatting with Mina about his impressive guest chef series. Read more →

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November 15, 2016

This issue:

— Top 3 SF October Openings: Whether crab porridge with Chartreuse slushies or frozen Irish coffees in a “go cup” with crawfish etouffeé in uni butter, these three newcomers show the most promise.
— Where to Eat & Drink Now in Taiwan: Covering the major cities of Taipei and Taichung, here are the fine dining restaurants, night markets, forward-thinking malls, cocktail bars and more that wowed in my latest Food Republic feature. Read more →

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November 1, 2016

This issue:

— The Underrated Glories of Lisbon & Porto: My top 10 food and drink spots in Portugal’s romantic city of Lisbon — plus my favorite spot in the city of Porto.
— Top 11 National November Cocktails: From Livermore, CA, to Houston, my top 11 cocktails of the month, around the US. Read more →

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October 15, 2016

This issue:

— September’s Top 3 Openings: In SF, the three standout newcomers of the month, from an inventive, modern Japanese restaurant that could be one of the best openings of the year to a po boy neighborhood hangout with mint juleps on draft.
— New Orleans: My latest top 8 spots for dining and drink (plus a great food hall, dessert cafe and jazz brunch spot) in my beloved Nola.
— 10 Top Boston Bars: Plus my Boston area interviews with Bob Ryan of Ryan & Wood Distilleries & Yvonne’s bar manager, Nicole Lebedevitch. Read more →

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October 1, 2016

This issue:

— 4 “Best Kept Secret” SF Restaurants: Innovative, 2 Michelin-starred Cal-Indian cuisine that recalls London? Scandinavian crayfish glories in a cozy, revamped space? Here are four standout San Francisco restaurants that somehow stay blessedly under-the-radar.
— Top 11 National October Cocktails & 7 Notable New Bars
— Top 5 Whiskies at Whiskyfest 2016: My five top picks for new whisk(e)y releases — from Scotland to India, Washington to Kentucky — tasted at this year’s Whiskyfest. Read more →

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