A fantastic chocolate citrus dessert at Stedsans Copenhagen dinner held at Cookhouse SF

February 1, 2016

— Top 10 Dishes & New Openings of January 2016: Whether 100-layer lasagna or 1800’s-style lobster thermidor, here are 10 standout dishes on menus now.
— The 10 Hottest Restaurants in Hawaii: My feature on 10 notable restaurants now in Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island.
— The 10 Hottest Restaurants in Napa: My feature on 10 notable restaurants in Napa County now. Read more →

Harvest Inn-Copyright Virginia Miller

The 10 Hottest Restaurants in Napa

This article was first published at Zagat on February 1, 2016. All photos and article by Virginia Miller.  Our Wine Country neighbor up north may be (thankfully) a much slower pace, providing no end of day trip and weekend escape options, but the wide open spaces and country lanes — plus busier downtown Napa — are still filled with urban-quality… Read more →

The Pig & the Lady's

The 10 Hottest Restaurants in Hawaii: Oahu, Kauai & Big Island

This article was first published at Zagat on January 25, 2016. Photos and article by Virginia Miller.  Whether grabbing excellent sandwiches at brand new Artizen in the Hawaii State Art Museum, third wave coffee at The Curb, dreamy black sesame ice cream at Via Gelato, bean-to-bar local chocolate at Madre Chocolates, or cocktails (with a stunning view) from former SF… Read more →

Staying at Courvoisier's historic château

January 15, 2016

This issue:

— The Best of 2015 in Restaurants, Drink, Hotels & Travel: My picks at Food Republic covering the US & internationally.
— Top 10 Cocktails of the Month: From Joe Pesci-themed cocktails to a margarita without tequila, here are the top drinks on menus around the Bay Area this month.
— Welcome to Paradise in Cognac, France: My Tasting Panel article on how key Cognac houses differentiate their brandies and other facts learned during my adventures in Cognac. Read more →

La Urbana Vampiro

Top 10 Cocktails of the Month

From mid-December to mid-January, here are the 10 standout cocktails and new menus I’ve been tasting around the Bay Area. 1 & 2. Bear Vs. Bull’s (at Alamo Drafthouse) Surf Club Mangareva & Great Silence Isaac Shumway (who formerly made the revamped Tosca Café worth visiting for his drinks) has worked his magic at brand new Alamo Drafthouse bar, Bear… Read more →

Magical, unforgettable: Martell's Chanteloup, as enchanting as Manderley or any other epic mansion in literature

Welcome to Paradise: How Key Cognac Houses Differentiate

This article was first published at Tasting Panel Magazine in January 2016. All photos and the article by Virginia Miller.  The romance and history of Cognac is unparalleled. As one who has visited distilleries from Japan to Scotland, Oaxaca to Bassano del Grappa, I thought I’d seen it all. True: the rolling vineyards of Cognac more than slightly recall my… Read more →

Even better than Hawaii: off-menu house spam and rice at Liholiho Yacht Club

January 1, 2016

This Issue:
— 10 Most Important Bay Area Restaurant Openings of 2015: My top 10 of the year – and key honorable mentions.
— 8 NYC Newcomers: Cheap eats (sausages, grilled cheese, bakery, Japanese) to dining (New Zealand, upscale Mexican, Acadian, Roman-Italian) highlights around Manhattan. Read more →