September 8, 2020

“I wish… I were in your shoes, in a beautiful waiting to know, waiting to read, waiting to write, so that I could open the door and walk through all the books I have ever read or written as if I hadn’t. I wish, I wish, I wish; I wish I were in your shoes now.” — David Whyte, A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader

Sending blessings of protection and hope in brutal times, dear friends ~

The fight for restaurants/our industry and the nation’s largest job provider outside the government is becoming more desperately urgent as Congress still has yet to pass the Restaurant Stabilization Act (contact your local reps here), a last hope for millions of our jobs, restaurants and bars to survive.

Maison Danel’s high tea pastry boxes

I continue leading/moderating or being part of weekly virtual industry panels, webinars and tastings — plus regularly dining outside, via takeout and delivery, all of which I am posting about @ThePerfectSpot on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Including the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA) “Restaurants Rising” series, with past episodes (beginning of May 2020) viewable here, featuring local and national chefs (fast casual to Michelin-starred), sommeliers, bartenders, media, food/drink industry on navigating our pandemic challenges, strategies and creative collaborations.


GOZU-Chan’s robata


Top TastesAugust’s 10 SF Bay Area Restaurants for Outdoor Dining, Takeout or Delivery: My latest Bob Cut column includes standouts in Japanese, Italian, patisseries, American comfort food and more.
On the TownSupport Chinatown Restaurants During New Walkway Weekends: My latest feature for The Bold Italic on five Chinatown restaurants as part of new outdoor dining neighborhood streets.

As your personal concierge who tells it like a good friend would, I create personalized itineraries; provide food and drink consulting for restaurants and bars; and classes at companies for the layperson wanting to dig deeper in food and drink (more info at