April 1, 2018

“The grilled sardine suffused my palate with its frank and exotic bouquet, with each mouthful I grew more mature, and every time my tongue caressed the marine ash of blistered skin I felt exalted.”— The Gourmet/Gourmet Rhapsody by Muriel Barbery

Bar at Hotel Kabuki’s okonomiyaki

A quick, inspiring creative retreat in LA last week sadly brought me back to deadlines and sickness this week, though I have family visiting and weather is warm and gorgeous. Trying to take care of myself and wishing you Spring restoration as April kicks in.

Check out my latest Liquor.com update to the top 11 new bars in SF/Bay area now — and my piece on top 5 national new bars here.

Come join me in Peru! With demand to extend our deadline, we have moved our culinary adventure in the Andes mountains’ town of Cusco (gateway to Machu Picchu) trip to November. Please come join me as we explore the unique Asia-meets-South-America cuisine that is Peruvian food. I will be the host of a “dig deep” food tour. Details here at Adios Adventure Travel (more on my past food and pisco-making adventures in Peru here).

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

August 1 Five’s Glamping cocktail

This issue:
The Latest
3 Upscale New Izakayas: Japanese bar food with a touch of elegance — and great cocktails or saké.
Imbiber11 Top Whisk(e)y Cocktails Around the Country: Whether American or Irish whiskey, Scotch or Japanese whisky, these national bars are playing with them in unexpected ways.
Top Tastes
Southern Comfort in Unexpected Places: Southern influence pops-up at a few restaurants that may not have an overt Southern theme.
The LatestWhat to Eat at Your New Italian Go-Tos: Pasta, pizza, amari and bocci newcomers from Berkeley to SF.
On the TownTop 5 Whiskies at Whiskies of the World 2018

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