Hook, line and sinker. The best fishing spot in San Miguel.

Give a man a fish and you’ll feed him for a day. Give a man directions to La Isla and you’ll feed him for a lifetime. I’m a stickler when it comes to fresh and certain foods. I’ll buy frozen beef. But I won’t buy frozen poultry. I’ll buy frozen shrimp. But I won’t buy...

Spice Market. A first class journey to the flavors of Southeast Asia.

About 15 years ago I had a concept for a restaurant. The menu would be an exotic journey through all the great cuisines of Asia. I was never wealthy enough, talented enough or foolish enough to make it a reality. But somebody else was. Somebody else had very much the...

Jorge Avendaño. He looks right. He cooks right.

When we first walked into Bastardo, I could see him in the distance weaving his way around his shipping container kitchen. We’d shared a couple of messages back in November but all I really knew about him was his first name. But I knew this guy had to be the chef....

Priced like plonk. But sure doesn’t taste like it.

I had this horrible feeling recently. That I’m cheap. And I hate that feeling. I’ve got friends who serve 200 peso wines. I’ve got friends who serve 300 peso wines. I’ve got friends who serve 700 peso wines. And there I was a few nights ago serving 100 peso wines. To...

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Hook, line and sinker. The best fishing spot in San Miguel.

Give a man a fish and you’ll feed him for a day. Give a man directions to La Isla and you’ll feed him for a lifetime. I’m a stickler when it comes to fresh and certain foods. I’ll buy frozen beef. But I won’t buy frozen poultry. I’ll buy frozen shrimp. But I won’t buy...

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Jorge Avendaño. He looks right. He cooks right.

When we first walked into Bastardo, I could see him in the distance weaving his way around his shipping container kitchen. We’d shared a couple of messages back in November but all I really knew about him was his first name. But I knew this guy had to be the chef....

read more

Priced like plonk. But sure doesn’t taste like it.

I had this horrible feeling recently. That I’m cheap. And I hate that feeling. I’ve got friends who serve 200 peso wines. I’ve got friends who serve 300 peso wines. I’ve got friends who serve 700 peso wines. And there I was a few nights ago serving 100 peso wines. To...

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The next wine pairing dinner takes us to Argentina.

Last month I attended a tasting of wines from Familia Rosso in Mendoza, Argentina. I was very impressed, impressed enough to organize a dinner paired with some of their wines. Who else to pair them I thought than Mariano Rivera of San Miguel’s Buenos Aires Bistro. A...

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I have found my new palace of paella.

There are some things in Mexico that are habits, customs, traditions. And after spending 15 winters in Mexico, I have become very accustomed to these customs. Because I like them. Especially the ones that happen on Sundays. Though Mexico has the second largest Roman...

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Drinking spirulina, chia, maca and matcha. And liking it.

You're an old smoothie I'm an old softie I'm just like putty in the hands of a boy like you I’ve always wanted to be called a smoothie. Especially if it came from Ella’s lips. But I’ve never been big on drinking smoothies. I’m not sure why. I guess it was always...

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Good Food. Good Wine. Good Servers. Good Sommelier.

Cent’anni arrived on the scene in a blaze of praise five years ago. They were the very first of very many new San Miguel restaurants with a big space, an inventive menu and a scenic rooftop. Don Day gave them the rave reviews they definitely deserved. But then...

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