Published September 2023 at Whisky Magazine, exploring 10 of the best spots for cocktails in Palm Springs, California.
Bars reviewed: Seymour’s at Mr. Lyons, Bootlegger Tiki, Bar Cecil, Truss & Twine, Tailor Shop, Pink Cabana, Little Bar, The Reef, 4 Saints atop the Rowan Kimpton Hotel, Billy Reed’s Read more →
My VOICES Magazine interview (London publication) with Junghyun and Ellia Park of 2 Michelin-starred, #8 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Atomix in NYC and with chef Peter Hemsley of 1 Michelin starred and Green Michelin-starred Aphotic in San Francisco… talking about the state of fine dining in the U.S. now, where it’s going and how they’re visioning it differently.
In addition, talking examples across the U.S. in San Francisco (Merchant Roots, Osito, Noodle in a Haystack), Chicago (El Ideas, Parachute), New Orleans’ (Mosquito Supper Club, Lengua Madre) and my birthplace of Oklahoma City (Nonesuch, Grey Sweater). Read more →
My Distiller Magazine feature on 10 of Charleston’s best bars: Read more →
While many seek the bustle, party, slots and commercial lights of Vegas, I’ve never been such a person. The nearly-gone Rat Pack, old school, kitschy-glitz Vegas is much more my scene, growing up a jazz and old movie lover as a kid in the 1980s and 1990s. I don’t find much of that anymore (see Golden Steer below), even as I saw glimpses of it during my first visit to Vegas in the 1990s before the Flamingo and other great pieces of history changed their look dramatically.
Despite the exhaustion I feel even after one day of Vegas’ heat, crowds and partying, even since my 20s, there are gems worth seeking out. Here are 15 places to eat, from high to low, upscale to fast casual — and three hotels with different strengths. Read more →
One of two of my city bar guides in Gin Magazine, Summer 2023 edition. My Bar Guide to 8 top bars in London now:
Bars featured: Soma Soho, Seed Library, Duke’s, The Mezcaleria at KOL, Rovi, Punch Room at the London Edition, 8 at the Londoner, Tayer + Elementary Read more →
10 of Lisbon’s best cocktail & spirits bars now, my Whisky Magazine guide reviewing: Quattro Teste, Liquid Love, Ulysses, Uni, Onda Cocktail Room, Red Frog Speakeasy, Monkey Mash, Toca da Raposa, 18.68 Cocktail Bar at Bairro Alto Hotel, JNcQUOI Asia Read more →
In the Summer 2023 print issue (Vol. 19, Issue 1) of Distiller Magazine: My Distiller Magazine features since 2013 (10 bars, distiller, bar manager interviews in each city/ region): Read more →
My interview with Portugal’s most celebrated chef, José Avillez; on Lisbon and Porto’s dining scene now; standout hotels in city and countryside across Portugal; and visiting Avillez’ and wife Sofia Ulrich’s truly unique, private new Casa Nossa retreat house in the region of Alentejo southeast of Lisbon. Read more →
An amusement park and one-of-a-kind show-inspired distillery — that also houses an innovative fine dining restaurant… Lost Spirits shows us a new kind of distillery experience. Read more →
My latest feature in Gin Magazine, Summer 2023 (from the publishers of Whisky Magazine), is my Bar Guide to 10 top bars in New Orleans now (below in print layout): Bars featured: Revel Cafe & Bar, Loa, Dovetail, Jewel of the South, Cure, Four Seasons New Orleans: Miss River & Chemin a la Mer, The Elysian Bar, Palm & Pine, The Bower… Read more →