“There is a great deal that either has to be given up or be taken away from you if you are going to succeed in writing a body of work.” – Susan Sontag in her diary, 1979
Enter fall, my favorite season and an always a gorgeous time in San Francisco. As I explore a range of new spirits, restaurants, cocktails and the 10 must-eat dishes to call yourself a San Franciscan, I also relive recent travels in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region in my first Food Republic article covering best eats, from bakeries and gelato to Michelin-starred restaurants, in and around Bologna.
I recently judged on this blind tasting whiskey panel with a great crew for 7×7 Magazine and also just spent a full day blind judging spirits from around the US for the Good Food Awards, with the awards ceremony and winners announced in January 2015.
Top Tastes – My Food Articles, September 1-15: 11 of my latest Zagat articles on new restaurants, iconic SF dishes, underrated spots, Napa and Alameda recommends and new cookbook releases.
Imbiber – My Drink Articles, September 1-15: 6 of my latest Zagat articles on new cocktail menus at SF favorites, drinks on Alameda island, new spirits releases and a fantastic new cold press juice.
Wandering Traveler – 9 Top Places to Eat & Drink In & Around Bologna: Unforgettable tastes in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region.
Imbiber – St. George Releases 3 New Spirits: A whiskey, an aged rum and an apple brandy from the great Alameda distillery.
Imbiber – 3 Notable New Piscos
As your personal concierge who tells it like a good friend would, I also create personalized itineraries: trips, meals, explorations (under “Services“).
**Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Virginia Miller**