Author Archives: Chris Cabrera


January 3, 2017

Bartender Spotlight: Troy Bayless of Holy Mountain

by Chris Cabrera

I sat down and had coffee with Troy Bayless, the co-owner and bar manager of Holy Mountain, a bar tucked upstairs from Hawker Fare restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District.

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November 28, 2016

Bartender Spotlight: Shanna Farrell of Hamlet

by Chris Cabrera

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I met up with bartender Shanna Farrell, who works at Hamlet, a restaurant in Noe Valley in San Francisco.

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November 7, 2016

Bartender Spotlight: Chris Lane of Ramen Shop

by Chris Cabrera

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For this installment of Bartender Spotlight, I met up with Chris Lane, Bar Manager at Oakland’s Ramen Shop.

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October 3, 2016

Bartender Spotlight: Will Tsui of Rich Table, Lazy Bear

by Chris Cabrera

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For this edition of Bartender Spotlight, I spoke with Will Tsui, who tends bar at Rich Table in Hayes Valley and Lazy Bear in the Mission.

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September 6, 2016

Bartender Spotlight: Polina Kharnas of Flora

by Chris Cabrera

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For this installment of Bartender Spotlight, I headed to Flora in Uptown Oakland to chat with Polina Kharnas.

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August 5, 2016

Bartender Spotlight: Esteban Ballesteros of Tay Ho

by Chris Cabrera

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For this edition of Bartender Spotlight, we set our focus on the East Bay at Tay Ho in Downtown Oakland.

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November 24, 2014

Event Recap: 2nd Annual UMAMI MART MATSURI

by Chris Cabrera

Another summer, come and gone. Erm, another fall, come and gone. It’s starting to get chilly here in the Bay Area so I thought I would bring back some summertime warmth and celebration and blog about our 2nd annual Umami Mart Matsuri.

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July 31, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Intro to Shochu

by Chris Cabrera

We just completed our fourth shochu talk and tasting, this time at Alchemy Bottle Shop in Oakland.



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