Category: Wandering Traveler

Dining at Playground in Santa Ana in the OC

Playground to Pie Dog: Eating in the OC

As I continue to call out OC food gems (more here) from a County I partly grew up in — but one known more for its chain restaurant blandness and mall-mentality than its culinary gems — here are a few more places worth seeking out in the endless, freeway-laced suburbs of LA. PLAYGROUND, Santa Ana Yes, I finally made it… Read more →

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I was disappointed that Hale Ohuna (from the owner of the wonderful Koko Head Cafe) closed days after I ate there. The restaurant was only a few months old and while entrees were not as strong as starters, the intimate, two-floored space was inviting and fun while this pig's face musubi was one of the best, more creative dishes I had this whole trip

Eating & Drinking in Honolulu 2015

Last month, I wrote a Zagat feature article on hot, newer restaurants in Hawaii, including a number of standouts during my fantastic 2 weeks in December on Oahu and Kauai to end 2015. In my Zagat feature, I cover a number of recommended restaurants — The Pig & the Lady (my top choice), Pint + Jigger, Mud Hen Water, Koko… Read more →

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The incomparable Napili Coast from a helicopter (it can only be seen via air or boat)

Eating & Drinking Around Kauai

Last month, I wrote a Zagat feature on hot, newer restaurants in Hawaii, including a number of standouts during my fantastic 2 weeks in December on Oahu and Kauai to end 2015. Here are some of my favorites this visit in Oahu, while now I dig deeper into coffee, food, restaurants and drink spots in Kauai. Magical Kauai is still… Read more →

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Xiao Bao Biscuit's okonomiyaki

An Artful Charleston Experience

This article was first published at Food Republic on February 9, 2016. All photos and article by Virginia Miller.  In Hungry Concierge, we travel the world to spot hotels that operate with their guests’ food and drink needs squarely in mind — hotels, both big and small, that are located in neighborhoods rich with bar and restaurant options. Because there’s… Read more →

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The Pig & the Lady's

The 10 Hottest Restaurants in Hawaii: Oahu, Kauai & Big Island

This article was first published at Zagat on January 25, 2016. Photos and article by Virginia Miller.  Whether grabbing excellent sandwiches at brand new Artizen in the Hawaii State Art Museum, third wave coffee at The Curb, dreamy black sesame ice cream at Via Gelato, bean-to-bar local chocolate at Madre Chocolates, or cocktails (with a stunning view) from former SF… Read more →

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Magical, unforgettable: Martell's Chanteloup, as enchanting as Manderley or any other epic mansion in literature

Welcome to Paradise: How Key Cognac Houses Differentiate

This article was first published at Tasting Panel Magazine in January 2016. All photos and the article by Virginia Miller.  The romance and history of Cognac is unparalleled. As one who has visited distilleries from Japan to Scotland, Oaxaca to Bassano del Grappa, I thought I’d seen it all. True: the rolling vineyards of Cognac more than slightly recall my… Read more →

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Yuzu Calpico Fizz at Bar Goto

Where to Drink in NYC 2015: 10 Top Bars Now

I wrote this article for Food Republic, originally published December 10, 2015. Article and all photos are by Virginia Miller. The holiday season is here, and you need a drink. Perhaps several. Maybe it’s the stress of travel, visiting family members, gift shopping or a heavy end-of-the-year workload. Or you’re just seeking warmth and a break from the winter cold. You… Read more →

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Retreating in Texas Hill Country

5 Things to Love About Texas Hill Country

A warm welcome, oppressive summer heat, animals skipping across remote dirt roads, heavy German influence and old world architecture, BBQ, wineries and whiskey… just a few of the adventures had in Texas’ wild Hill Country. The Renaissance Man and I took a road trip this August, stayed in one of only two guest rooms at the utterly remote, retreat-like, peaceful… Read more →

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Izakaya's A Trip to Bird Island

Top 10 Houston Bars

There is a vibrant range of quality bars in Houston (my top 10 Houston food recommends here), a city whose drink scene is on the rise, whether the cocktail bar that finally ushered in the cocktail renaissance here in 2009, Anvil, to the city’s strongest Italian amaro selection and cocktails at Coltivare. Some spots didn’t quite work for me: the… Read more →

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