Agave Spirits

I offer consulting, education, creative programs and experiences for brands, bars/restaurants, and organizations that connect consumers more deeply to agave and other Mexican spirits, and support the people behind them.

Published Work

I report for various outlets and focus on viewing food and spirits as a lens to write about the environment, socio-economic issues, history, politics and culture.



Recent Blog Posts


Five Things to Do in LA

I recently went to LA and mostly stayed in Topanga Canyon, a village-like community nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains. While I was visiting, the cops found 5,000 tons of…

Tacos, Juice, and a Slow Drive to Berkeley

I don’t like going to Berkeley, mostly because it feels far from Oakland (especially when I go to San Francisco everyday). It just takes me too long to get to…

A Perfect Day in Florence

I saw the David when I was 12, and I remember it like it was yesterday. A 17-foot-tall marble statue of a nude man with perfectly chiseled abs and biceps?…

A day in Rome: Three must-try bites (and a few things to do in between)

Last week I had a very short time in Rome during which I shamelessly abused the phrase “when in Rome…” When in Rome eat six meals a day. When in…

Sabor del Barrio: Tacos and Beyond

I’m doing a new bilingual series for Vision Hispana exploring Latin American food in the East Bay, click on the links below for my reviews and interviews with chefs. La…

Where to Eat in Palm Springs

This is a post about eating in Palm Springs, with a sprinkling of advice on eating in cities that are not food destinations. I did my research. The highest recommended…

Beyond the Mason Jars: Good Food in Portland

Portland, as all of us Carrie Brownstein fans know, is an easy target. The Portland restaurant scene falls victim to parody just as easily as the rest of the place.…

Five Eating Destinations Along the California Central Coast

1. Romo’s Market (728 Guadalupe St) Couples express their love and appreciation for each other in many ways. For us, “baby, I think you just introduced me to one of…

Drinking in Istanbul

How to tell that the political landscape of a Middle Eastern country has changed? Just look at your tab. I’m giving you a well-scouted list of bars in Istanbul, but…

Eating In Istanbul Part 1 (For the Meat Lovers)

Headed to Istanbul? This is the first in a something-part series (three? four? depends how many baklava stops I include) of places to eat, drink and explore in Istanbul, where…