March 15, 2018

“When you see somebody who has a mind on fire, that’s sexy. A person who is empathetic and thoughtful and passionate — there’s nothing more attractive than that. There’s nothing you could wear or put on your face to cover up if your mind is blank and your heart is dark.” — Angelina Jolie, In Style interview, April 2018

Kaya’s black pepper crab

After whirlwind weeks from Vancouver to Nashville, it sure is sweet to be home. Besides a quick jaunt to LA this week, I am savoring the rains, renewal and mild weather of March.

Come join me in Peru! The deadline is mid-March to sign up for a culinary adventure in the Andes mountains’ town of Cusco (gateway to Machu Picchu), savoring the unique Asia-meets-South-America cuisine that is Peruvian food. I will be the host of a “dig deep” food tour this May, open to anyone, so please join us for what will be an unforgettable week. Details here at Adios Adventure Travel (more on my past food and pisco-making adventures in Peru here).

Bar Clacson’s Prospect Park Swizzle, Los Angeles

Check out the latest in my weekly Time Out, Liquor.com and WineAccess columns.

This issue:
The Latest
Top 3 New Openings of the Month: Whether hip Jamaican, an elevated izakaya/cocktail bar or Spanish tapas, here are three new SF standouts.
Imbiber11 Top Cocktails of the Month: Notable drinks on restaurant and bar menus from New Orleans to Portland.
Around the Bay
Visiting Napa Valley Off-Season: My Wine Access guide to hotels, restaurants, wine bars and wineries for a Napa excursion.
Top Tastes4 SF Bakeries With New Pastries Worth Gaining Weight For

As your personal concierge who tells it like a good friend would, I create personalized itineraries; provide food and drink consulting for restaurants and bars; and classes at companies for the layperson wanting to dig deeper in food and drink (more info here).

Virginia

LINKS to Social Media & Articles:

Time Out Food & Drink
Liquor.com International
Table8, National Editor
(2015-2017)
Wine Access Restaurant & Wine Column
Food Republic
Zagat SF Editor
(2014-2016)
Editor, Distiller Magazine
Liquor.com Drinkwire

SF Bay Guardian Critic (2009-2013)
Where Magazine