Restaurants: AQ, San Francisco

Barbeque pork with shelling beans and corn bread speaks of hot, lazy summer days. With a glass of lemonade in hand and Vin Scully narrating baseball on the radio, here you have the glorious season where the days are long, the nights are warm, and the fields and orchards thrive. Summer means water balloon fightsContinue reading “Restaurants: AQ, San Francisco”

Cocktail of the Week: Fool’s Wager, AQ, San Francisco

Many of my good friends refer to the spirit driven cocktails I often order as “brown drinks.” Whether intensely smoky from mezcal or bitter from amaro or elegantly strong from bourbon, these drinks tend to not branch too far from the central spirit à la martinis and manhattans. Then there are the apertif drinks thatContinue reading “Cocktail of the Week: Fool’s Wager, AQ, San Francisco”

Beer of the Week: Pacific Brewing Laboratory’s Nautilus Hibiscus Saison

Pacific Brewing Laboratory might sound like a craft brewing operation from the Stanford Linear Accelerator, but actually is the result of dedicated home brewers Bryan Hermannsson and Patrick Horn. The pair started brewing in their garage and now the lab’s concoctions can be found at numerous craft brew bars in San Francisco. I first sampledContinue reading “Beer of the Week: Pacific Brewing Laboratory’s Nautilus Hibiscus Saison”

Wine of the Week: Monje Hollera Listan Negro 2010, Canary Islands

Listan negro is a brash, bold grape that slightly brings to mind Zinfandel with a deeper fruit flavor. It’s the marquee grape for the burgeoning Canary Islands wine growing region, where volcanic soil allows for the vines to not be grafted. Somehow when I visited the Canary Islands two years ago, I never even triedContinue reading “Wine of the Week: Monje Hollera Listan Negro 2010, Canary Islands”

Plat du Jour: Tuesday June 26, 2012– Tastings at Russian River Brewing and Cerveceria de Mate Veza

Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, California, about an hour’s drive north of San Francisco, can quite possibly be credited with taking America’s recent fanaticism with everything craft brew and hop related, and turning the passion into epic fervor as powerful and vast as the Roman Empire during Pliny the Elder’s lifetime. Well, thatContinue reading “Plat du Jour: Tuesday June 26, 2012– Tastings at Russian River Brewing and Cerveceria de Mate Veza”

Tuesday’s Project: Negroni Variations

  Something about a pitch perfect negroni hits the spot every early evening as the sun sets and the nighttime activities commence. An apertif is meant to be a simple, easy way to get nightlife under way. Be it a tawny port or a pastis, or even some prosecco, accompanied by a few slices ofContinue reading “Tuesday’s Project: Negroni Variations”

Monday’s Neighborhood: 9th Avenue and Irving, Inner Sunset, San Francisco

The Sunset District of San Francisco doesn’t see the sunset too often with the near constant fog that blankets the neighborhood, especially this time of year. Indeed, the most common description to this area of the city is not about its diverse culture. The usual response has something to do with wearing ski jackets andContinue reading “Monday’s Neighborhood: 9th Avenue and Irving, Inner Sunset, San Francisco”

Cocktail of the Week: The Old Cuban (Champagne Mojito), Bemelmen’s Bar, New York City

It doesn’t come cheap at a lovely $21. Nothing is a bargain in these parts on the Upper East Side of Manhattan at the corner of East 76th St. and Madison Ave. This would be where you find one of the grande dames of the New York hotel scene, the Carlyle Hotel. Stately and grand,Continue reading “Cocktail of the Week: The Old Cuban (Champagne Mojito), Bemelmen’s Bar, New York City”

Restaurants: Nojo, San Francisco

The barely year old Nojo is a labor of intense focus restaurant for the young chef/owner Greg Dunmore. After years as the chef de cuisine at Ame, the grand, swanky dining room of San Francisco’s St. Regis Hotel, learning under the tutelage of one of the country’s pioneering East-West cuisine chefs Hiro Sone, Dunmore struckContinue reading “Restaurants: Nojo, San Francisco”