Top 10 destinations for spring

Luxury hotel Taormina

Springtime means sunshine, warmth, flowers and fresh brilliant green pastures, and our top 10 destinations for spring promise to bring you just that. Spring also means Easter, Passover (Pesach), Ascension (Himmelfahrt, Hemelvaart) and Pentecost (Pinkster, Pfingsten) holidays, during which many people take a few days or a week (or two) off. Here are our favorites […]

Hotel By SFO: Aloft San Francisco is a stylish option by the Airport

hotel by SFO

If you are looking for a hotel by SFO (San Francisco airport), there is a new and stylish choice: Aloft San Francisco Airport, which opened in fall 2012. It is a half-mile from the airport, a half-hour drive south of downtown San Francisco, and a short drive from the Peninsula’s business hubs and attractions such […]

St. Vincent Tavern: bold flavors, cool interiors in San Francisco

san francisco restaurant st vincent tavern

St. Vincent Tavern and Wine Merchant is one of the most recent restaurant openings in the Mission District of San Francisco. It is owned by David Lynch, the former sommelier at Quince and Cotogna. The chef is Bill Niles, who used to cook at Bar Tartine. What impressed me about the food at St. Vincent […]

PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn: refined and elegant lodgings in Lake Tahoe

plumpjack inn

With 58 rooms and luxurious suites, the inn has picturesque views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and is part boutique hotel, part ski chalet, and fully relaxing. The rooms are spacious and well-designed with décor that is a bit funky and whimsical with metal vanities and soothing lighting.  However, PlumpJack doesn’t skimp on comfort and […]

Moya: delicious Ethiopian cuisine in San Francisco

moya restaurant san francisco

Moya is the latest Ethiopian restaurant to open in San Francisco and one of the best places to get vegetarian food in the city. Located in the south of Market (SOMA) district, Moya’s airy restaurant is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. We tried the lunch vegetarian special ($15) for two persons which includes kik […]

Bai Thong: delicious northeastern Thai food comes to San Francisco

banana leaf

Bai Thong (“banana leaf”) is a new Thai restaurant on Gough St. (at Fell) in Hayes Valley. It specializes in northeastern Thai dishes (which tend to include lime juice), although they also serve southern Thai dishes such as red and green curries, and a few Northern Thai noodle soups. We tried the following dishes (and […]

Bar Agricole: good cocktails, small plates, industrial chic in San Francisco


Bar Agricole opened this evening (officially, that is) to a rather fashionable crowd intent on sampling as many of their cocktails ($8) and small plates. We started with a glass of cava and a dolcetto then ordered a few small plates, all of which were very delicious and fresh: courgette fritters ($6) grilled sardines with […]

Skool: fabulous industrial chic fish restaurant opens in Potrero Hill

Skool restaurant in San Francisco

Skool is a new fish restaurant that opened three weeks ago in the Potrero Hill neighborhood (not up in the hills but on the flats, near Grand Pu Bah). Skool consists of two husband and wife pairs, Toshihoro and Hiroko Nagano and Andy and Olia Mirabell. The first thing you notice when you arrive at Skool […]

Cheap Eats San Francisco, summer 2010 edition


Cheap Eats San Francisco, the summer edition, is here. You know that eating out in San Francisco can be very expensive. Many restaurants charge $15 for an appetizer, $28 for a main dish, and $10 for dessert, but what do you get for that? Most of the time, nothing special. Multiply that by two and […]

Ruchi: delicious homestyle South Indian cuisine in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood


Last night I had a chance to visit Ruchi, a restaurant serving homestyle south Indian food, in the south of Market (SOMA) neighborhood of San Francisco. I have dined at other restaurants serving south Indian food (see my review of Dosa) and I love the dosas and piquant vegetable dishes from a region whose cuisine […]