November 1, 2022

Dear Friends ~

Botanist at Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver

After just experiencing a magical weekend with Highland Park Scotch whisky “glamping” at Costonoa, an eco-adventure resort just south of SF (more on that here), then a couple days with SingleThread on their farm and restaurants at the Montage Healdsburg (more soon), I’m now back in my beloved New Orleans (second time this year) over Halloween week. In the midst of tough times, I am relishing my favorite season at home and in the South.

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. I thank you.

Per usual, I’m posting my daily research in dining and drink at @ThePerfectSpot on TwitterFacebook (and why I’m boycotting Instagram here).

Terrene at Hotel1 San Francisco’s Al-Pastor-cocktail

The Latest — October Eats Checklist: 6 standouts of the month, from steakhouses (American and Argentinean) to Japanese tsukemen noodles.
Top Tastes — Marlena: Two-year-old neighborhood Michelin revamped on Precita Park.
The LatestThere Is A Time for Modern French Fare: Visiting the new La Société.
Wandering Traveler — Vancouver Guide: 12 top places to dine now.
On the TownOrkney Meets the California Coast: Weekending with Highland Park in Pescadero.

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
The Bold Italic Weekly Restaurant Reviews & Travel Column

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

Regular Outlets:
The Bold Italic — — Food Republic — WhereTraveler — Gin Magazine — Time Out Dining & Drink — Distiller Magazine — Bobcut Dining Column — 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