March 15, 2022

“Contemplating the teeming life of the shore, we have an uneasy sense of the communication of some universal truth that lies just beyond our grasp. What is the message signaled by the hordes of diatoms, flashing their microscopic lights in the night sea? What truth is expressed by the legions of the barnacles, whitening the rocks with their habitations, each small creature within finding the necessities of its existence in the sweep of the surf? And what is the meaning of so tiny a being as the transparent wisp of protoplasm that is a sea lace, existing for some reason inscrutable to us — a reason that demands its presence by the trillion amid the rocks and weeds of the shore? The meaning haunts and ever eludes us, and in its very pursuit we approach the ultimate mystery of Life itself.” — The Edge of the Sea by Rachel Carson

Agnes in Pasadena’s chicken liver mousse eclairs

Dear friends ~

Fresh off my unforgettable return to Peru a couple weeks ago, catch up time at home and in NorCal now gives way to two entire weeks of blind spirits judging for global competitions I judge with every year. First, a week judging with SF World Spirits Competition, then a week as lead (“Anchor”) judge for ADI International Craft Spirits Competition.

In addition to my regular articles at The Bold Italic, my weekly dining column reviews one restaurant each week. I welcome those interested to follow me, or even sign up for a membership for my articles at Medium, which partially goes to support us as writers. Follow or support here. I thank you.

Per usual, I’m posting my daily research in dining and drink at @ThePerfectSpot on TwitterFacebookInstagram.

Bar Calo in LA’s Echo Park

Top TastesOld School Steakhouse Keeps Classic SF Spirit Alive: Harris’ Restaurant.
Around the Bay8 Places to Eat & Drink Now: East Bay Edition.
Wandering TravelerLos Angeles Travel: Spring 2022 Coffee, Snacks & Drinks Guide.
The LatestBuzzy New Rooftop Spot Transports to Peru: KAIY? Rooftop.
Top TastesBeer Restaurant of the Future: Fort Point Valencia Reopens.
Wandering Traveler — Distiller Magazine: LA Top 10 Bars 2022.

I am also available for consulting, moderating, leading classes and tastings and more (info at


ThePerfect Spot Founder
The Worlds 50 Best Restaurants’ Academy Chair
Table8 National Editor/VP — ZAGAT SF Editor — SF Bay Guardian Critic

**Judge or Lead Judge at ADI International Craft Spirits, SF World SpiritsTales of the Cocktail Spirited AwardsIWSC Spirits, Whiskies of World, World Gin AwardsWorld Drinks Awards**

Regular Outlets:
Bobcut Dining Column — 
The Bold Italic — — Food Republic — WhereTraveler — Gin Magazine — Time Out Dining & Drink — Distiller Magazine — Haute Living — Google’s Touringbird — Oakland Magazine — Wine Access

Alaska Airlines Magazine,Whisky Magazine UKThrillistThe Times DrinkwirePaste Magazine TravelEaterTasting Panel, PureWow, Drink Me MagazineSpoonwizCitysearch, NBC’s The Feast, Blackboard Eats, Tasting Table, Grubstreet

Books: Pur in Spirit & Distilled Stories