Plat du Jour: Tuesday, April 10, 2012

We’re back from Kauai, always a challenge to realize that every day this week won’t be filled with mai tais, pineapples, beaches, and golf. It’s now time to reflect on the lessons learned from Kauai’s emerging food community and restaurant scene. This week we’ll have a review of what I consider the four main restaurantsContinue reading “Plat du Jour: Tuesday, April 10, 2012”

Merriman’s Poipu, Kauai

What exactly is Hawaiian regional cuisine? That is the great question when dining in the restaurants of the “fathers” of this cuisine, be it Roy Yamaguchi at his two dozen nationwide restaurants, or like our President at Alan Wong’s Honolulu stalwart, or Jean-Marie Josselin’s riveting tapas on Kauai, and since 1988 at Peter Merriman’s flagshipContinue reading “Merriman’s Poipu, Kauai”

Monday’s Neighborhood: Kukui’ula, Poipu, Kauai

Today is the “day after” leaving a week on Kauai, the day where you realize not every day features guava jam on your toast, the dinner choice is fresh ahi or onaga, and the 6 pm hour doesn’t meant prepping mai tais for the sunset. If only every day could be Kauai… We’ll cover theContinue reading “Monday’s Neighborhood: Kukui’ula, Poipu, Kauai”

The Bites of March

The Alembic, San Francisco:The Promissory Note cocktail A spectacular, mellow blend of Reposado tequila, dry vermouth, canton ginger liqueur, honey, and a brief bite from absinthe. Served up, this is everything you want from a cocktail: some spice, some sweet, some booze notes, all together refreshing and thought-provoking. Bi-Rite Creamery, San Francisco: Mexican Chocolate withContinue reading “The Bites of March”

Round Up Around San Francisco– Where Summer Is Winter and Winter Feels Likes Summer

Having grown up in the Bay Area until I ventured to cold weather Ohio for college, I never realized how upside down the seasons are in the city. Though summer produce like fresh tomatoes and peaches still listen (for the most part) to the seasonal calendar, it is amazing how warm January and February areContinue reading “Round Up Around San Francisco– Where Summer Is Winter and Winter Feels Likes Summer”

Ahwahnee Dining Room, Yosemite National Park, CA

You don’t go to National Parks with dining and hotels as the focus. They shouldn’t be. National Parks are about re-connecting with nature at destinations of unspeakable beauty, where wildlife and breathtaking vistas captivate the senses, forcing us to effortlessly forget about the troubles back in reality. They are the place to camp, and dineContinue reading “Ahwahnee Dining Room, Yosemite National Park, CA”

Cocktail of the Week: The Promissory Note at The Alembic, San Francisco

The Promissory Note is an appropriate name for a cocktail in this economy, as the paragraph long description of this drink at the Haight District’s go to cocktail spot from the folks behind the nearby Magnolia Brewery explains. The bar writes, “In these economic hard times, everyone needs a little bailout. We’ve concocted a littleContinue reading “Cocktail of the Week: The Promissory Note at The Alembic, San Francisco”

Beer of the Week: Mammoth Brewing Co. Tuolumne (Epic) IPA

As mentioned in the upcoming review of the Ahwahnee Dining Room in Yosemite National Park, you don’t exactly plan to expand your food and drink horizons while at a national park. That being said, you will eat and drink plenty of rewarding tastes at Yosemite. We had intended to have lunch at the Wawona LodgeContinue reading “Beer of the Week: Mammoth Brewing Co. Tuolumne (Epic) IPA”

Le Plat du Jour: Thursday March 29, 2012

This last Thursday of March brings sunshine to the west coast before another forecasted winter storm, all of this rainfall absolutely necessary after the summer-like winter we’ve been having. Showing a visitor around San Francisco yesterday, we spent some quality time waiting in line and then enjoy excellent Dungeness crab louie and smoked salmon onContinue reading “Le Plat du Jour: Thursday March 29, 2012”