May 15, 2023

Dear Friends ~

Popi’s Oysterette grilled oysters

This week, I’m consulting in Guadalajara and Arandas, Mexico, with Pernod Ricard, my third year, now working on new and upcoming spirits creation with their House of Tequila (my last project, Avion Reserva Cristalino, described here in my interview at Edible LA magazine).

Speaking of Avion Cristalino, I was delighted to see it named Best Cristalino Tequila this year at the Robb Report.

When I return from Mexico, I head straight to Healdsburg Wine & Food Experience May 18-21 in Sonoma County. Hope to see some of you there!

In addition to my regular articles at Medium, 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).

Mattina’s arancini

The LatestPopi’s Oysterette: An idyllic new, all-day neighborhood SF-style oyster bar.
The Latest —  Mattina: A new all-day cafe that doubles as idyllic neighborhood Cal-Italian restaurant.
Imbiber — East Meets West: Old world wines paired with Japanese food at two Michelin-starred restaurants in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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