The sacred cocktail temple of Gen Yamamoto

April 15, 2015

This issue:

– My Top 8 Cocktails of the Month: Journey through amaro pours to shiso cocktails.
– 12 Exceptional Tokyo Bars: This city like no other boasts incomparable bars and the rarest selections of whiskies by-affordable-pour in the world. Read more →

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Hopscotch's Your Cheatin' Heart, one of my top 8 cocktails of the month

Top 8 Cocktails of the Month

From mid-March to mid-April, here are the standout cocktails and new menus I’ve been tasting around the Bay Area. 1. BDK’s Shiso It’s always good news when Kevin Diedrich is back manning a bar. At brand new BDK (my Zagat feature on the restaurant here), his two pages of cocktails ($11 each) are named after a single leading ingredient or… Read more →

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Transported to another time, another world at classic Y&M Kisling

12 Tokyo Bars For Exceptional Cocktails & Shockingly Rare Whisky

This article I wrote for Food Republic, originally published on February 18, 2015. The article and all photos below are all by Virginia Miller. Tasting at several Tokyo bars, I was able to educate myself on now-defunct distilleries and decades-old vintages of Japan and Scotland. I learned quickly that most whiskies are also available by the half pour. When a… Read more →

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Kitchen Istanbul's back wall

3 Affordable New Standouts In Turkish, Vegan & Mexican Food

Here are three newcomers I’m loving, whether for a quick lunch or take-out, each with some notable dishes. KITCHEN ISTANBUL, Inner Richmond Just open in December 2014 in the former Troya space (the Fillmore Troya location is thankfully still going strong), Kitchen Istanbul is my new, go-to Turkish spot, ideal for eat-in or take-out. As with my longtime Iraqi favorite,… Read more →

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Zazu's Rodeo Jax popcorn

Weekending in Sebastopol

Sebastopol is a laid-back town famed for Gravenstein apples and wineries. Over the years, many of the apple orchards have been replanted with vineyards, but there are a few left, with a growing number of artisanal hard cider producers preserving and showcasing the area’s apple wealth (see our recent feature on Devoto Cider), with an annual Apple Blossom Festival in… Read more →

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Belcampo 4-Virginia Miller

March 15, 2015

This issue:

– My Top 8 Cocktails of the Month.
– New Middle Eastern Destination: Yes, this just might be a draw to South San Francisco — and it has the biggest arak collection around.
– Bone Broth Cocktails? Belcampo SF’s first (low proof) cocktail menu from Jon Gasparini & Greg Lindgren. Read more →

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Chino's

Top 8 Cocktails of the Month

From mid-February to mid-March, here are the standout cocktails and new menus I’ve been tasting around the Bay Area. 1. Chino’s BK or KS Where to start with the incomparable Danny Louie’s 5 new drinks at Chino? He’s rolling out these new cocktails ($11-$12) over the next two weeks, his first big menu change since Chino opened. In a winning… Read more →

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