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If you’re looking for delicious travel ideas, please check out my blog of culinary travel stories posted on the examiner.com Web site. Below are some samplers that will link you directly to some of the posts.

Flavors of San Francisco

Top San Francisco culture and cocktails hotspots — Part 1

Culture & Cocktails

Culture & Cocktails

The posting on Facebook read: “Great times and great tunes. I can’t wait for Marc Fong to DJ again.” Props for the latest club in the Mission District? No, this Facebook fan was stoked about the new NightLife series (see picture left) at the California Academy of Sciences that launched in February.

Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St., 415-581-3500
Named after the Japanese powdered green tea known for its richness and flavor, MATCHA (see picture right) combines art, performance, music, mingling and more. Participants can

Fun at the Asian Art Museum.

Fun at the Asian Art Museum.

experience live performances, browse through the galleries, mingle with friends over cocktails, create art, enjoy special tours or chill out to the hip beats of DJs and musicians.
Schedule: Thursday evenings, June 18, August 27, October 29, 5 – 9 p.m.
Admission: Free with museum admission, $10 after 5 p.m. Read more

More Flavors of San Francisco


Top San Francisco culture and cocktails hotspots — Part 2

While the club scene in San Francisco is still a lure,

Courtesy of Asian Art Museum.

Courtesy of Asian Art Museum.

some of the latest hot spots are to be found in major museums and arts organizations in the city. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, noted for its film series in the 1970s, and the Asian Art Museum, which launched Art After Hours in 1998, were among the first to launch a series of after-work evening events merging cocktails with culture.

More recently the California Academy of Sciences, Contemporary Jewish Museum, de Young Museum, Exploratorium, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts — among others — have adopted and adapted the cocktails meets culture idea to their collections, special exhibits and performance schedules. Read more

Tastes of Jazz and New Orleans

Food and music on menu at 2009 New Orleans Jazz Fest — Part 1

If it’s 2:00 a.m. and we’re at the Café du Monde taking a break from the all-night Bourbon Street party for a post-midnight snack of icing sugar-deluged beignets (fried Creole pastries) washed down with café au lait (me) and hot chocolate (him), there’s only one place in the world we could be: New Orleans’ French Quarter. Read more

Tastes of Jazz and New Orleans

Food and music on menu at 2009 New Orleans Jazz Fest — Part 2

The party New Orleans is most famous for is Mardi Gras. The city’s second biggest excuse for revelry — better than Mardi Gras according to a multitude of fans — is the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Read more


Say cheese!

Say Cheese — Armchair Culinary Travel

Say cheese! How to feed the travel bug in recession times

Visit exotic places. Enjoy foreign tastes. Learn about the bounty of the world. The fabulous thing about being a culinary traveler in the 21st century is that, with a little imagination, one can travel with world on a shoestring — pretty much without leaving home. Take cheese … Read more

Adventures with Olive Oil


Secrets of the virgin world of olive oil tastes and trails

If you had the taste for it, you could journey through much of the world learning about cultures, customs, traditions, menu choices, geography, lifestyles and more through olive oil produced in different countries and regions. You could follow an olive trail through Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey and France — then jump across to South Africa and on to Australia before, perhaps, Palestine, to name a sampling of countries that produce. Read more

Flavors of Chinatown Oakland


Culinary adventures in Oakland’s Chinatown

At 10 o’clock on a Monday morning, there are few people out and about on Franklin Street in Oakland’s Chinatown. “I start early to avoid the crowds. Believe me, this area will be busy later,” Naomi Friedman tells our small group. Read more

Culinary Adventures at the Table


At Easter, love that lamb — don’t bleat about the bunny

On Easter Sunday I will eat lamb, organic and bought from Whole Foods, cooked slow and tender … Read more

East Bay Wine Trails

Uncorked — East Bay urban wine trails (Part 1)

East Bay Vintners.

East Bay Vintners.

Visit wine country by BART or bike? You bet, thanks to an eclectic bunch of East Bay artisanal winemakers. Read more

More Urban Wine Trails

Uncorked — East Bay urban wine trails (Part 2)

These days you don’t have to go to Napa and Sonoma to taste fine California wine. You don’t even have to leave the city limits, if you live in Alameda, Oakland, Emeryville or Berkeley. Read more

All About China

China’s 5,000-year culinary culture a Bay Area secret

There’s a culinary renaissance going on in China.
So why hasn’t word reached the United States? Read more

Flavors of France

The Great East Bay Truffle Scuffle

Picture the scene. A famous French chef has flown to California for one week to give a series of classes at a private cooking school. Does your worst recent food faux par beat this? Read more

Global Gourmet

Obama Gets to Taste Britain’s Best

When you become president of the United States, you immediately earn your culinary traveler stripes. Read more

Getting your Culinary Travel Stripes

You know you’re a culinary traveler when

Whether it’s a day trip, a weekend escape or a round-the-world vacation, what you eat and drink will be interesting, memorable and a highlight.
Returning from a vacation, it’s not tschotkes that weigh down your suitcase. It’s the edible delights… Read more