My Favorite Things of 2016

The lists below reflect my favorite things of 2016. They are not the “best of” 2016 from a critical or popular perspective. They are simply the things I enjoyed most, found myself using most, or the things that I found most meaningful in 2016. Here are some questions and comments that I receive often about … Continue reading

My Favorite Things of 2015: This Year’s Hot Toddy Culture

As I reflect on my favorite things of 2015, one question keeps haunting me: Why would anyone care? It is a tradition that I have repeated each year, and I’ve come to enjoy the opportunity to reflect on what mattered to me during the past year. I am very aware that some of my friends … Continue reading

My Favorite Things of 2014: Film, Theater, Books, Restaurants and Music

Every year, I take the opportunity to look back on the year just past, to say thanks for the gifts of culture and people that led to my growth. I wish to recognize those cultural artifacts that are most memorable to me, and some that just made me smile, or led me to sing and … Continue reading

My Favorite Places to Eat in the U.S. And Beyond -City by City

Over the past four years, I’ve had the privilege of traveling to many U.S. cities and a few European ones for work, and a little pleasure. Along the way, I make it a point to find great places to sample some of the local culture through dining. I have three criteria: 1) Unless it is … Continue reading

My Restaurant Reviews: Favorites from a Foodie

I confess I’m a foodie. I travel a lot and am privileged to eat at some of our nation’s best restaurants, everything from dives to 5 star dining. I work hard to review most every restaurant I try, and you’ll find them all here. I rarely eat at chain restaurants, so you won’t find those … Continue reading

The 5 Best Customer Service Practices: Restaurants

Restaurants are one of our most frequent experiences as customers, and I would dare say that they often set the standard for what we feel is or isn’t good customer service. In the customer experience training I do for clients, I often ask employees, “Which places or companies provide you with great customer service experiences?” … Continue reading

Todd’s Restaurant Reviews

I’m no Zagat or New York Times, but I have had the privilege of traveling all over the United States and some of the world for business and leisure, and one of my favorite past times is trying out restaurants that are local favorites. I regularly read restaurant reviews in LA, dine out with a … Continue reading