Category: Wandering Traveler

The Olde Bar is the former legendary Bookbinders

Top 5 Philadelphia Bars

Philadelphia is definitely a food lover’s town and my recent explorations just began to scratch the surface. The cocktail scene is smaller, especially compared to other cities of this size, a bit behind or not in keeping with other cities of this size or such a palate for great food. But what is here is strong, vibrant and growing. Unless… Read more →

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Plenty Cafe

Philly’s Coffee Scene: 7 Top Coffee Shops

Like many a US city these days, Third Wave coffee has taken over Philadelphia. No longer relegated to the pioneering West Coast that launched this wave as far back as the 1960’s when Peet’s first opened in Berkeley, CA, Philly has had its own key pioneer since 1994: La Colombe. When even NYC was still a wasteland for great coffee — not… Read more →

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Noord's

Food Lover’s Philadelphia: Where to Eat Now

Philadelphia is as much the food lover’s town as you’ve heard — or maybe you haven’t and need to get schooled. There are some seriously fantastic eats here, whether you’re going old school and hunting for cheesesteaks or hitting up some of the best Middle Eastern and hip, Jewish-influenced restaurants in the country. While the cocktail scene has a few… Read more →

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Scallion pancake "sandwiches" at Mei Mei

Where To Eat And Drink In Boston Right Now

This article was originally published here at Food Republic on May 19, 2016: With its waterside setting, educated demographics and crisp, New England weather, Boston has long been a draw for seafood, historic restaurants and even claims key 1960’s years when California-born Julia Child lived in Cambridge, where she researched and tested recipes from her years in France. Despite even… 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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