November 15, 2022

Dear Friends ~

Rich Table’s dan dan bucatini

Recently returning from my beloved New Orleans, a sweet week home then lead to a few days north on the breathtaking Mendocino Coast at two different inns, with special food and drink events or offerings, of which I’ll share more on soon. Both are respites for a weekend (or longer) away amid redwoods and cliffy coast. How I revel in my favorite season of fall, whether home or further afield.

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).

Banzarbar in NYC

The LatestTenderheart: Chef & bar masters work their magic at the new Line Hotel SF.
Top TastesRich Table 10 Years In: Celebrating one of the best restaurants in the nation.
Wandering TravelerNYC Bar Guide: My top 10 newer — and a few modern day classic — NYC bars now at Gin Magazine.
Imbiber — Distiller Bottle Column: I review Mexican rum, pisco, gin, shrubs, mezcal, vodka, American whiskeys, non-alcoholic spirits, RTDs (canned/bottled cocktails).
Around the Bay — Healdsburg Adventures: With SingleThread, Little Saint and Montage, thanks to Remy Martin Cognac and Michelin.

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