Virginia Miller

At Oakland's brand new Calavera

August 15, 2015

This issue:
– Top 7 Cocktails of the Month: From agave and mezcal delights to mushroom-infused sippers, the 7 most interesting cocktails now.
– The Latest: Denver Edition – Talking new restaurants, food halls, cocktails and coffee in Denver. Read more →

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Old Bus Tavern's O.B.T.

Top 7 Cocktails of the Month

From mid-July to mid-August, here are the standout cocktails and new menus I’ve been tasting around the Bay Area. 1. Calavera’s Princesa de la Maracuya Just opened in Oakland on August 7th (more on the opening in my Zagat feature), Calavera exudes big city-cool in its lofty dining room, bar and open air porch, serving sophisticated Mexican food and a… Read more →

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Firefly's fava pea pancakes

August 1, 2015

– Top 10 Dishes of the Month: Omakase sushi menus to transport you to Japan, Filipino and Scandinavian food, and more.
– 24 Hours in LA: Seafood delights in Manhattan Beach & cocktail-ing in West Hollywood.
– Cheap Eats & Sushi Treasures in OC: 6 food gems in North OC. Read more →

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Hokkaido uni at the new Omakase

Top 10 Dishes & New Openings of July

In addition to plates from the Mugaritz chef from Spain cooking at Coi for one night only, here are my top 10 July dishes and new openings, some newcomers, some established spots. 1. Omakase’s Omakase Just open in June, Omakase is another in that blessedly growing category of Japan-esque sushi experiences in SF: tasting menus prepared with reverent precision, heavy… Read more →

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Key lime tart at Fishing with Dynamite

24 Hours in LA

A quick overnight for a U2 show (a girlhood favorite) provided one shot to eat and drink in LA for the night. While that’s always a tough call when my go-to list is continuously long, I decided to forgo the barbecue and hole-in-the-wall favorites I’ve already been to in sketchy Inglewood surrounding the Forum to check out one of the… Read more →

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July 15, 2015

—Top 11 Cocktails of the Month: From SF to the East Bay, 11 summer standouts.
—Exploring Tsukiji Fish Market with a Sushi Chef: Visiting the famed fish market with sushi chef Ken Tominaga — a photo journey.
—Visiting Suntory Yamazaki Distillery in Japan: The distillery that started it all.
—S. Pellegrino Presents The Grand Gelinaz! Shuffle: Spain’s famed Mugaritz chef cooks at SF’s Coi for one night, along with 37 chefs doing a similar restaurant swap around the world. Read more →

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Tsk Tsk's Beet Down

Top 10 Cocktails of the Month

From mid-June to mid-July, here are the standout cocktails and new menus I’ve been tasting around the Bay Area, including a number of favorites pulled from my July 6 Zagat article on top summer cocktails. 1. Saison’s Milk Punch – and Gardens of Plymouth [From my July 6 Zagat Summer Cocktails article]: With pricey tasting menus and a fantastic (hidden)… Read more →

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