This article was first published here at Table8 where I am national editor. The notable restaurant and bar openings of December were Flores, Sasaki, Duchess Oakland in Oakland, Single Thread in Napa, Finn Town, Hinata, Dip, Haight Ashbury Slice House by Tony Gemignani and Lucia’s Pizzeria in Berkeley. While I’ve been to all but two (I am about to visit… Read more →
On two different continents, in two wildly different cities — Lisbon, Portugal, and Taipei, Taiwan — a small few pioneers and a recent influx of strong cocktail bars finally usher in the cocktail renaissance to cities that might be well behind others on their continents. But watch: these two cities’ drink scenes are primed to blossom… quickly. Here are my… Read more →
This article was first published here at Table8 where I am national editor. San Francisco/the Bay Area has long been a bread capitol, whether turn of the 19th century when SoMa was lined with bakeries on most blocks, to the trailblazing days of SF’s “bread revolution” in the 1970s-80s when pioneers like Acme Bread in Berkeley led the nation’s return… Read more →
— 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 →
This article was first published here at Table8 where I am national editor. 2016 held steady with many notable new Bay Area restaurants. We lost some greats and said hello to many newcomers, with the heaviest category dose being hardcore Japanese restaurants, whether Tokyo-style edomae sushi temples or pristine kaiseki, fine dining restaurants. A number of the top new openings… Read more →
Covering the 11 hottest cocktails of the month around the US at Liquor.com, you’ll find my bar and drink recommends this month at these bars: Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore August 1 Five, San Francisco Maketto, D.C. The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse, Palo Alto, CA Red’s Chinese, New Orleans Westin Maui, Hawaii Infirmary, NYC WC Harlan, Baltimore Rambler, San Francisco Service Bar,… Read more →
My Winter 2016-2017 feature articles for Distiller Magazine on Denver, with a 12-page print spread of my photos and three articles: My article on 10 of Denver’s best bars My interview with Todd Leopold of Leopold Bros. distillery in Denver My interview with Sean Kenyon of Williams & Graham and Occidental More of my Colorado (Denver, Boulder, Breckenridge, Aspen) food… Read more →
— 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 →
This article was first published here at Table8 where I am national editor. It’s been a busy month of San Francisco openings. The key restaurant and bar openings of November are The Saratoga, Onsen, Sofia Cafe, August 1 Five, Milan import Panino Giusto in Cupertino, The Roosevelt Sip ‘N’ Eat, from NYC to SF: Babu Ji, Kenzo, Flores, Phlox Commons.… Read more →
This article was first published here at Table8 where I am national editor. This year’s return to my youthful stomping grounds was one of my most “successful” trips to NYC in years on the food side. There is ever the over-hyped in the NY dining scene and always a couple “misses” each visit, despite my aggressive research and vetting of… Read more →