Category: Intro Letter

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 →

August 15, 2017

This Issue:

— Top 7 Dishes of the Month: Whether Albuquerque or SF, tikka masala mac n’cheese or proper BBQ ribs, here are the dishes that wowed most in July.
— Culinary Chicago: My first Alaska Airlines’ article is on the great city of Chicago, its current standouts in food, hotels and the arts (theater to music).
— Time Out Magazine: The the first SF print issue of Time Out Magazine — and yours truly is writing the food & drink sections. Check out 6 articles, including features on high-end soft serve at SF restaurants, an urban wine crawl in Oakland’s Jack London Square, interviews with chef Preeti Mistry and the owners of sour beer haven the Rare Barrel — plus my TO reviews on the new restaurant and bar openings worth visiting.
— Where to Eat & Drink in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Top 12 bites, restaurants, stands and drinks.
— A Unique Resort Experience in Mexico: In Puerto Vallarta, a major resort innovates with a house tequila program. Read more →

August 1, 2017

This Issue:
— Top 3 Openings of the Month: Modern Eastern European, pre-concert rotisserie and an all-day, New American restaurant even better than its original location.
— Top 7 Dishes of the Month: Whether Russian food in Portland or Taiwanese food in Louisville, Indian to Low Country-influenced cuisine in SF, here are the dishes that wowed.
— 11 Top National Cocktails of the Month: Creative cocktail standouts at top bars/restaurants from SF to Tulsa, Vancouver to Baltimore.
— Where to Eat & Drink on Magical Prince Edward Island, Canada Read more →

July 15, 2017

This Issue
— Top 11 National Cocktails of the Month: From Denver to Houston, Tulsa to San Francisco, here are 11 top drinks on menus now.
— Top 10 Baltimore Bars: Plus an interview with two local greats, a Maryland distiller and Baltimore bar manager.
— Tulsa Time: 5 Top Places to Eat
— Top 7 Places to Drink Cocktails, Beer & Coffee in Tulsa Read more →

June 15, 2017

This issue:

— Top 3 New Restaurants of the Month: A modern day luncheonette with an old school lunch counter vibe, a hip dumpling haven and a smart pasta outpost where most dishes are $15 or less.
— 8 Top Places to Eat Oklahoma City: Whether a Japanese small plates treasure or an unexpectedly good (for central landlocked territory) seafood restaurant, you now have choices in OKC.
— 8 Top Bars Now in Oklahoma City: From a roadhouse with a killer music playlist to a rooftop cocktail haven, OKC is on the rise. Read more →

June 1, 2017

This Issue:

— Top 11 National Cocktails of the Month: From Tulsa to Vancouver, here are 11 cocktails worth drinking around North America now.
— Where to Eat & Drink (& More) in Monterey: From my top (rooftop) spa to a haunted restaurant in an 1833 adobe house, my Thrillist feature on 11 non-touristy things to do in Monterey.
— 11 Top National Vodka Cocktails: Vodka can be a tough one for us spirits geeks. These bars/bartenders nailed it. Read more →