The Up & Up in NYC

December 15, 2015

This issue:

— Top 10 Dishes & New Openings of December: Whether herring interpretations that journey across Scandinavia or mom’s coconut mochi, here are 10 standout dishes on menus now.
– Top 10 Cocktails of the Month: From a hot toddy influenced by Thai soup to pork fat-infused mezcal and Cynar, here’s the top drinks on SF menus now.
– Where to Drink in NYC: 10 bar greats & best openings of 2015. Read more →

Two Sisters Bar & Books' Night Vision (left/foreground)

Top 10 Cocktails of the Month

From mid-November to mid-December, here are the 10 standout cocktails and new menus I’ve been tasting around the Bay Area. 1 & 2. El Capitan’s Port of Call & Maximon Recently returning to El Capitan (festive on a Friday night with Christmas lights and a convivial crowd), the food is better than ever, from silky crudo to fry bread tacos.… Read more →

Yuzu Calpico Fizz at Bar Goto

Where to Drink in NYC 2015: 10 Top Bars Now

I wrote this article for Food Republic, originally published December 10, 2015. Article and all photos are by Virginia Miller. The holiday season is here, and you need a drink. Perhaps several. Maybe it’s the stress of travel, visiting family members, gift shopping or a heavy end-of-the-year workload. Or you’re just seeking warmth and a break from the winter cold. You… Read more →

Tres Lunas' inviting decor pulls from Southwestern and Mexican style with classic European and modern art in the austere yet comfortable two rooms

December 1, 2015

This issue:

– Top 3 Dishes & New Openings of the Month: From Italian dishes to Spanish paella, what’s new and delicious in SF now.
– Top 10 Food & Drink Books of 2015: In time for holiday gifts, some of the best cookbooks and cocktail/spirits books released this year.
– 5 Things to Love About Texas Hill Country: Retreating in the Texas countryside with bourbon, wineries, BBQ and German history. Read more →

Cocktail Chronicles

11 Top Food & Drink Books of 2015

The holidays swiftly approach and in my annual round-up of book releases of the year (past years here), I’ve dug into recipes and relished stories from a range of books, whether cooking bright citrus beauties in Citrus by Valerie Aikman-Smith and Victoria Pearson, perusing the austere loveliness of Donabe: Classic and Modern Japanese Clay Pot Cooking by Naoko Takei Moore and… Read more →