A new SF bar that travels around the world, and other Bay Area restaurant openings

Missing the days when you could jet across the world to explore another country without worrying about a pandemic? Traveler is an ambitious new bar that opened on the ground floor of 25 Lusk on Tuesday, bringing that globe-trotting experience to San Francisco. Every six months, the bar’s decor and menu will rotate to spotlight a different part of the world. 

First stop? Mexico.

“Mexico was a no-brainer for me because it’s so close,” said Elmer Mejicanos, the bar director behind North Beach’s Red Window who dreamed up the Traveler concept in collaboration with 25 Lusk chef Matthew Dolan and bar manager Natalie Lichtman. “We have everything so available, and because it’s the first time we do this concept, I wanted something close to us.”

But this doesn’t mean Traveler is morphing into a margarita bar for the next six months. 

Traveler's "A Clear Classic" cocktail, made with tequila, mezcal, clear grapefruit and lime, bubbles and salt. 

Traveler’s “A Clear Classic” cocktail, made with tequila, mezcal,

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Michigan’s Best Local Eats: Cantonese Gourmet South feeds Flint with seafood and pepper steak meals

FLINT, MI — If you’re a fan of Chinese food, you’ve probably made a visit or two to this longtime eatery in Flint’s south side that serves up fresh meals daily.

Cantonese Gourmet South, 3205 S. Saginaw St., which has been around for more than 40 years, has kept it’s same traditional cooking and beloved dishes even as the owners have changed over the decades.

Jimmy Kwok spoke with MLive-The Flint Journal on behalf of his wife, Yahong Yang and her parents, who are owners of the business. He acted as a translator.

“They were learning so much about it (the culture and language of the U.S.), but then again you know how they are, the first immigrants come in, the first thing they do, the language barrier is an issue,” Kwok said of his in-laws who immigrated from China more than 30 years ago. “So they hang out

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