December 1, 2022

Dear Friends ~

7th Door’s pine mushroom “sticks” in Seoul, Korea

It has been a sweet Thanksgiving week up north of Napa with family both local & visiting. Ever grateful and wishing all blessings on your holidays ahead, too, though they can be as complicated and fraught as they are meaningful and celebratory.

Though I was super bummed to say “no” to five overseas trip invites these past few weeks, I was beyond grateful to focus on Korea (my Seoul dining guide below), New Orleans and the Mendocino Coast (more on all that coming soon) and rich time home.

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).

Rosemary & Pine’s Garden Party cocktail

Top Tastes — November Eats Checklist: 7 standout restaurants & newcomers of the month.
Wandering TravelerSeoul Guide: Where to dine & stay in Korea’s capital city.
The Latest — Rosemary & Pine: Playful neighborhood comfort from Michelin-starred team.
The Latest Malaysian Buzz in Sleepy Outer Noe: The new Damansara.
Wandering TravelerDistiller Magazine Honolulu: Interview with Pint+Jigger and Harry’s Hardware Emporium bar manager Dave Newman.

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


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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