November 1, 2015

“Surely something wonderful is sheltered inside you… The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them… The courage to go on that hunt in the first place – that’s what separates a mundane existence from a more enchanted one.”
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, Elizabeth Gilbert

Oro's fantastic pig ears dish (see Top Tastes)

Oro’s fantastic pig ears dish (see Top Tastes)

As you receive this, I am en route to Paris (my 3rd visit but haven’t been back in over a decade), then Cognac, France, for research in all things Cognac — and always, in food and cocktails. I’ve long been drawn to the romance of the old chateaus and superb brandy of Cognac… now for the real deal.

In the meantime, I’ve been busy writing feature articles on San Diego at Food Republic, on the new wave of sushi in San Francisco at Food Republic, and on SF bars specializing in specific spirits categories at Where Magazine. In this Perfect Spot newsletter, we’re digging deep in Austin and at home in SF.

This issue:

Micklethwait's Frito BBQ brisket in Austin

Micklethwait’s Frito BBQ brisket in Austin

Top TastesTop 10 Dishes of the Month: The best of SF now, from downright stellar pig’s ears to raw trout tostadas.
Wandering Traveler10 Best Places to Drink in Austin: 7 cocktail havens (new and established) and 3 legendary dives and honky-tonks.
Wandering TravelerAustin Food Hype: Digging in for the best (and the overhyped) in BBQ, restaurants and ice cream at 14 top spots.
Wandering Traveler6 Top Austin Coffee Shops

As your personal concierge who tells it like a good friend would, I also create personalized itineraries: trips, meals, explorations (under “Services“).


CLICKABLE LINKS to Social Media & Articles:
Food Republic
Zagat SF Editor (2014-2015)
Editor, Distiller Magazine
WhereTraveler – Where Magazine
SF Bay Guardian Critic (Weekly Column: 2009-2013)Spoonwiz
Freelance: Whisky Magazine UK, The Times London, Eater, PureWow, Drink Me Magazine, Citysearch, NBC’s The Feast, Blackboard Eats, Tasting Table, Grubstreet

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