Dutch Courage Gin-Copyright Virginia Miller

9 Intriguing Small Batch Gins from Finland to Minnesota

With a stellar judging team, I am a judge for awards in double gold, gold, silver and bronze medals for craft (small batch) spirits from around the world for ADI’s annual Craft Spirits Awards. During an intensive few days of blind judging with some of the best in the industry, we all anticipate the final day when post-judging, we can enter… Read more →

Another stunning SF day and idyllic Presidio setting for SF Cider Summit

Top 5 Ciders at Cider Summit 2016

Besides the dreamy lawn setting with Bay views in the ever-stunning Presidio, Cider Summit SF (held April 23) was exciting for its international mix of ciders, most on draft, from small producers. The event is small enough to be approachable but digging there was plenty to taste and some new and interesting discoveries for me, even as much as I… Read more →

Grant Achatz sabering a bottle to celebrate with a small group of us in the basement of his new restaurant Roister at 2am, post JBF Awards

May 1, 2016

— 6 New Chefs Reinvigorating Bay Area Restaurants: 6 restaurants worth revisiting with fresh menus and new chefs.
— April Openings: From upscale Chinese-SF cuisine to lush burgers — and on to two stellar new cocktail havens — which new openings are worth visiting… and why.
— March Openings: Exquisite nigiri tasting menus and Indian street food paired with wine — my top two openings of the month. Read more →

Rich Table's fried chicken

April 15, 2016

This issue:

— Top 5 Bay Area Dishes: From fried chicken madeleines to spam musubi lettuce wraps, my top dishes now.
— Weekending on the Russian River in Guerneville
— Inside Michael Mina’s Revolving Kitchen: My latest feature & interviews at Food Republic. Read more →

'Aina's spam musubi

Top 5 Bay Area Dishes: March 2016

Per usual, I’ve been dining up a storm at many a newcomer, covered in my top openings and standout dishes of March. In addition, here are my five top tastes from three of SF’s best restaurants, one new bar menu and one pop-up dinner preview of an upcoming restaurant. 1. RICH TABLE’S FRIED CHICKEN MADELEINES Since opening in 2012, Evan… Read more →