The Treasury shrimp cocktail

10 February Openings: What’s Worth Visiting… and Why

This is a preview of a regular column that will be part of the national Table8 blog we are about to launch this Spring — I will cover the Bay Area and am national editor over all cities/writers.  The 10 top openings of February are: Starboard, Ijji, Mensho Tokyo, The Treasury, Antoinette in Berkeley, High Treason (more to come when… Read more →

Dragon Beaux xiao long bao

Top 5 Bay Area Dishes: February 2016

Per usual, I’ve been dining up a storm at newcomers like Matador (tacos and tequila near Union Square), Cuban food in Oakland at Casa Cubana, French-inspired cuisine at Antoinette in the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley (from Dominique Crenn) or bagels at the new Wise Sons Bagel & Bakery. I’ve returned to established favorites, like vegan goodness at Nourish Cafe or… Read more →

Sushi platter/omakase for 2 at Imanas Tei

March 1, 2016

— 10 New January Openings: Which ones are most worth visiting… and why (from New Haven pizza to a fantastic new Japanese izakaya).
— Hidden Gems: Bird Dog is (finally) a mid-range destination restaurant in Palo Alto.
— Eating & Drinking in Honolulu: Best bites, restaurants, cocktails, coffee, ice cream, chocolate and more in Honolulu now.
— Eating & Drinking Around Kauai: Best bites, restaurants, coffee, juice, cocktails and more on the north and south shores of Kauai. Read more →

Romantic Charleston (here: the famed Husk restaurant)

February 15, 2016

— My Top 8 Cocktails of the Month: From a New Orleans welcome in Los Gatos to Foreign Cinema’s standout new cocktails, here are the top drinks I’ve tasted around the Bay Area this month.
— An Artful Charleston Experience: Where to sleep, eat and drink in one of the most romantic cities in the country.
— 9 Winter Whiskies Worth Drinking: Whether ancestral corn whiskey from Oaxaca (yes, Mexican whiskey!) or Minnesota rye, here are 9 new whisk(e)y releases worth seeking out. Read more →

Bywater Gibson

Top 8 Cocktails of the Month: February

From mid-January to mid-February, here are the 8 standout cocktails and new menus I’ve been tasting around the Bay Area. 1 & 2. Bywater’s Frappe & Bywater Gibson The fact that this is a casual, New Orleans-centric restaurant from 3 Michelin-starred Manresa chef/owner David Kinch and Partner Andrew Burnham (just opened January 12) makes The Bywater a major Bay Area… Read more →