August 15, 2022

“Some [wo]men are daylight readers, who peruse the ambiguous wording of clouds or the individual letter shapes of wandering birds. Some, like myself, are librarians of the night, whose ephemeral documents consist of root-inscribed bones or whatever rustles in the thickets upon solitary walks.” The Unexpected Universe (1969) by Loren Eiseley

Dear friends ~

Maybeck’s muhummara and crudite

Two gorgeous Summer weeks home in SF included a brief couple days north of Napa and a quick stint to Portland, Oregon, to visit Iron Chef (and Top Chef) Gregory Gourdet’s brand new modern Haitian restaurant, Kann, and Bar Sousòl downstairs, in addition to two packed days of PDX research and catch-up (articles forthcoming). Now in a few days, I’m off to my dear Mexico again for a few days’ press trip.

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.


Wilfred’s Lounge, Napa

The Latest(Yet Another) Pizza Destination: Yellow Moto Pizzeria reviewed.
Around the BayWhere to Eat, Drink & Stay in Downtown Napa Now.
On the Town7 Foods From Outside Lands 2022 We’re Still Craving: Which you can still eat around the Bay Area.
The LatestMaybeck’s Reviewed: New neighborhood standout where dinner and dessert shine.
Imbiber — Distiller Magazine Bottle Column, July 2022: I review aquavit, mezcal, genepi, Cognac, rum gin, tequila, rye whiskey, RTDs (canned/bottled cocktails).

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