Aubergine

Dinner – Thursday, August 6, 2020 And so the state’s shelter-in-place order carries on interminably. In search of a way to take a break as responsibly as possible (and trying to support our friends), we skipped down the coast for a one-night stay at L’Auberge Carmel. Of course, the purpose was to dine at Aubergine, […]

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Single Thread

Dinner – Thursday, July 9, 2020 Our previous dinner at Single Thread was in the immediate aftermath of the devastasting Kincade Fire. Who could have known then that our next meal would occur in the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic? Our family has been beyond fortunate so far, even as so many around the […]

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Birdsong

Dinner – Wednesday, January 22, 2020 After about a year and a half of operation, Birdsong remains my favourite restaurant in San Francisco proper. I’ve written here about two past meals, but I think this evening was my sixth visit since June 2018 (eh, who’s counting?). Tonight, I returned with a friend and we were […]

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Single Thread

Dinner – Monday, November 4, 2019 We were scheduled to eat at Single Thread on October 28, but the Kincade Fire put a quick stop to that as it forced a mandatory evacuation of Healdsburg and the surrounding areas. All in all, the fire burned through ~78,000 acres of Sonoma county in about two weeks, […]

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Mourad

Dinner – Thursday, October 3, 2019 It had been some time since I’d visited Mourad, and I was starting to get that nagging itch. I booked my dinner there, and then saw the announcement about Aziza’s revival a week later – it was meant to be. I’m still as captivated by the restaurant’s design as […]

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Aubergine

Dinner – Saturday, August 31, 2019 I was surprised to discover that my most recent post about Aubergine was last April, just before we had our daughter! This dinner marks our fourth visit since that post (!), and notably, our first since the restaurant was awarded their well-deserved Michelin star in the inaugural California guide. […]

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benu

Dinner – Friday, August 9, 2019 Corey Lee has come a long way in the time since our first visit to benu. In 2011, the restaurant was relatively new and the team had everything to prove. Fast-forward 8 years, and all the accolades have come in – 3 Michelin stars, 4 stars from the Chronicle, and […]

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O’ by Claude Le Tohic

Dinner – Thursday, June 20, 2019 Folks who’ve dined with us in the right setting know that we really enjoy two things – good bread and good cheese. Really, this is what drew us to Claude Le Tohic’s new restaurant in the city, just two weeks after it opened. O’ came out of the gates swinging […]

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SPQR at Maum

Dinner – Wednesday, June 12, 2019 My first experience at Maum was two months ago, as part of a collaboration series (that dinner being with Chris Kajioka and Anthony Rush from Senia in Honolulu). I enjoyed it quite a bit – enough to book a second dinner, this time with Matt Accarino of SPQR as […]

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Birdsong

Dinner – Thursday, April 4, 2019 Based on two meals a few months apart, I thought Birdsong was one of my favourite new restaurants in 2018 – the menu was focused, the kitchen worked like a well-oiled machine, and the front-of-house was well-trained. They were duly rewarded with a Michelin star at the end of […]

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