March 15, 2023

Dear Friends ~

Palm Springs’ snowy mountains and palms on a January day

Heading to North and South Carolina for research for the rest of the month, at home, the rains and crazy-unusual California storms of the past week have brought more blessed rain and lushness across the state in our wettest year after many dry years.

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).

Luce’s amuse bouche

Top Tastes — New Chef with Stockholm & London Roots: Reborn Michelin-starred Sons & Daughters.
Wandering Traveler — Palm Springs Guide: 18 places to eat, drink & stay now.
Top Tastes — 30 Years at One Market & New Fine Dining Chef at Luce: Two longtimers with new life.
Imbiber DISTILLER Bottle Column: This month I review sour cherry aperitif, rum, gin, Scotch, tequila, Indian whisky, non-alcoholic wine, American single malt and RTDs (ready-to-drink/canned) cocktails.
Wandering Traveler — Top Cocktail Bars in Seoul, South Korea: My Whisky Magazine bar guide.

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