February 1, 2020

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A blessed stretch home ends for a bit as I head to cold Vancouver this week, then back home to judge international craft spirits for ADI’s Judging of Craft Spirits (my 3rd year as a lead judge and 9th year judging), followed by two more short trips. Back into airport mode!

I so enjoyed updating my interview at The Local Tongue, which interviews many of the world’s best chefs and food writers. In this interview, I talk about under-the-radar favorites in my home city, San Francisco’s pioneering and exceptional place in the bread and baking world and about the best pizza in the world (which I’ve been saying for 10 years, much to the disbelief of New Yorkers I grew up in my Jersey years — my interview was soon followed by a New Yorker writing for Forbes saying exactly that!)

The Liquor Rooms, Dublin

Wandering TravelerTop 10 Dublin Bars
Around the BayNapa Chefs Playing with Global Flavors: My article on Napa Valley chefs creatively combining East and West cuisines.
Featured NeighborhoodRediscover Polk Street: Where to eat, drink, shop and view art.

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ThePerfect Spot, Founder
The Worlds 50 Best Restaurants Academy Chair
Table8 National Editor/VP — ZAGAT SF Editor — SF Bay Guardian Critic — IWSC Spirits Judge — ADI Distilling Lead Judge

Regular Outlets/Columns: 
Bob Cut Dining Column — Liquor.com — Haute Living Dining/Drink/Travel —  WhereTraveler — Time Out — Distiller Magazine — Google’s Touringbird — Food Republic — Gin Magazine — Wine Access — Books: Pur in Spirit & Distilled Stories

The Bold ItalicAlaska Airlines Magazine, The Bold ItalicTravelux Magazine, ThrillistWhisky Magazine UK,  The Times LondonLiquor.com DrinkwirePaste Magazine TravelEaterTasting Panel, PureWow, Drink Me MagazineSpoonwizCitysearch, NBC’s The Feast, Blackboard Eats, Tasting Table, Grubstreet