Oddjob's Mexican

Top 10 Cocktails of the Month

From mid-September to mid-October, here are the 10 standout cocktails and new menus I’ve been tasting around the Bay Area — and it’s quite a season for stellar cocktails. I had a tough time calling out the best overall this month but specifically from a few of these menus where there were a number of stars. Mourad’s Curry & Milk… Read more →

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 →

Fairytale Bar (below)

Top 10 Berlin Cocktail Bars

I wrote this article for Food Republic, originally published September 22, 2015. Here is the unedited article with an additional 5 bars at the end and also Berlin shops selling rare spirits. The article and all photos are by Virginia Miller. Not having been back to Berlin since 1999 when the city was flush with cranes, construction and raw energy,… Read more →

NINEBARK's Deli Counter

Top 8 Cocktails of the Month

Through September, here are the standout cocktails and new menus I’ve been tasting around the Bay Area. This is an article I wrote for Blackboard Eats, published September 22, 2015. 1. Black Sands’ Quinine & Pine Brand new Black Sands is a brewery and restaurant (with a killer cheeseburger and bites) but thanks to a cocktail menu created by Nicolas… 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 →

Amuse bouche finish at Tim Raue

My Top 10 Meals in Berlin

Though I drove briefly through Germany’s stunning Berchtesgaden region in the Bavarian Alps recently during a second and third return to Austria and Switzerland, when I spent 8 days this May in Berlin, I actually hadn’t been back to Germany since 1999. At that time, when I was backpacking around Europe for 3 months, Berlin was all cranes and construction… Read more →