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National Magazines Salute San Francisco Options

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 Oct. 18, 2013 – San Francisco’s travel industry awaits autumn like Hollywood looks forward to the Academy Awards. The November issues of top publications such as Saveur, Conde Nast Traveler and Esquire include prized lists of top destinations, hotels, restaurants, chefs and other attributes. San Francisco frequently scores well in these lists and 2013 is no exception. Saveur Nov Cover Page Picmonkey

In the November issue of Saveur, San Francisco was awarded Experts' Choice: Best Markets & Artisan Shops in the magazine’s Culinary Travel Awards. Saveur’s panelists singled out San Francisco as the world’s best city for food markets and artisan shops not only for the depth and breadth of its offerings, but for the level of support the city’s growers, bakers and makers receive from residents as well.

“There’s a sense in San Francisco that people are truly interested in learning about where their ingredients are coming from and how they are treated,” says Culinary Travel Awards panelist Kerrin Rousset. “And there are so many passionate artisans who are excited to discuss these products with them.”

The editors added, “There’s nothing quite like visiting a San Francisco market and learning from a passionate vendor the subtle differences among strawberry varieties, tasting local olive oils, or sampling the bountiful fruits and vegetables from the abundant farms that surround the city.”

Since 1994 Saveur has been dedicated to global culinary travel — featuring the people, recipes, ingredients and stories behind the most amazing food cultures. In honor of their 20th anniversary, Saveur launched the Culinary Travel Awards to recognize those who put cuisine and culture at the forefront of the travel experience.

Also in their November 2013 issue, Condé Nast Traveler named San Francisco as one of the Top 10 Cities in the United States in the 2013 Readers' Choice Awards.

According to the magazine, “San Francisco nabbed third place with its ‘world of culture’ and ‘class.’ ‘I left my heart…’ said one reader, which may have something to do with the "great art museums, opera, food, symphony and beautiful neighborhoods."

A new category was added this year, the Top 10 Hotels in San Francisco. Honor went to the St. Regis, Ritz-Carlton, Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons, Intercontinental Mark Hopkins, Orchard Hotel, Fairmont, Hotel Vitale, Argonaut Hotel and Orchard Garden Hotel.

The Top 25 Hotels in Northern California included Cavallo Point and Inn Above Tide, both across San Francisco Bay in Sausalito.

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Survey began in 1988. This year, 46,476 responses were tabulated to determine the winners. Michael Chiarello and the Coqueta Team PicmonkeyMichael Chiarello and the team at his new Coqueta restaurant at Pier 5 and The Embarcadero

Esquire magazine unveiled its 2013 list of Best New Restaurants in its November issue.  Esquire Food and Travel Correspondent John Mariani, who has eaten his way across the country for nearly three decades, singled out a San Francisco chef and his new restaurant, naming Michael Chiarello of Coqueta, “Chef of the Year.”

“Back in the 1980s, Michael Chiarello pioneered what came to be known as Cal-Ital cuisine (that’s Cal-ifor-nia and Ital-y) at Tra Vigne, his Napa Valley restaurant,” Mariani wrote. “He went on to become one of the most consistently rewarding TV chefs, so much so that he disappeared from restaurants for a while. With nothing more to prove, Chiarello has turned his attention to the traditional foods of Spain, whose tapas bars and restaurantes inspired Coqueta, now open on the Embarcadero. For it, and for decades of innovative, irresistible food, Chiarello is Esquire’s Chef of the Year.”

Of Chiarello’s Coqueta, Mariani wrote “The shadowy waterfront place has a big hearted buzz, with chef Michael Chiarello popping in and out of the kitchen to say hello to regulars and pose for smart-phone photos with newcomers.”

Editor's note: Planning a visit to the San Francisco Bay Area? In Taste California Travel's Resource Directory you'll find links to the websites of hundreds of Lodging and Dining options, as well as links to craft beer specialists and nearby wineries.

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