What happens when an intrepid food critic is asked to consume 13 Michelin stars worth of cuisine in the space of four days? California Now Podcast Host Soterios Johnson explores this very topic with Jeff Gordinier, Esquire’s Food and Drinks Editor. Gordinier, a Pasadena native and a big fan of the dynamic food scene in Los Angeles, ate at five top San Francisco restaurants and shares his observations on the admittedly indulgent experience.
Also in this episode, Amanda Frasier pulls back the curtain on Forbes Travel Guide’s influential luxury ratings program. She reveals how Forbes’ incognito experts go the extra mile to evaluate the best hotels in the world—including putting concierges to the test. Plus, author Ken McAlpine shares insights on Channel Islands National Park, an archipelago off the Central Coast that is full of wilderness and wonderful isolation.
Ken McAlpine, author and explorer
Jeff Gordinier ordered the tasting menus at five of San Francisco’s most acclaimed restaurants.
Ken McAlpine explains his love affair with the Channel Islands, a scenic destination that is accessible by ferry from Ventura and by sailboat from Santa Barbara.
Amanda Frasier spotlights three California properties that earned the industry’s highest honor: a Triple Five-Star rating.
About the Host
Soterios Johnson, formerly the local host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition on radio station WNYC, moved from New York City to Davis, Calif., in 2016 and is just getting to know his surroundings. By combining his journalistic instincts with his personal curiosity, Johnson will use the California Now platform to develop a deeper understanding of his adopted home.