June 15, 2012

“Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge.
– Abraham Joshua Heschel

My BBQ obsession is no secret. I’m delighted to be offering a VIP package for two (valued at $214) to you, my readers. It’s for the 2nd annual Bay Area BBQ Championship, an AFS fundraiser, on Saturday, 7/7, at Oakland Coliseum. Besides the A’s vs. Mariners game, there’s BBQ cook-off teams competing, beer pairings, live music, and SF-based chefs Scott Youkilis and Hoss Zaré, and more. The package includes VIP access passes, 10 tasting tickets, 1 Coliseum parking pass, 2 A’s vs Mariners tickets, 2 raffle tickets, and 2 VIP party tickets for a Blues & BBQ event preview the day before. It’s a fun prize and I hope many of you will enter!

**To be eligible, have five friends sign up for my newsletter by June 30 either here on my home page or email me (virginia [at] theperfectspotsf.com) with names and email addresses – please make sure your friends know they’re being added and want to receive the twice-monthly newsletter. I’ll draw the name of the winner.**

Top TastesAcquerello: A journey through SF’s great fine dining classic, Michelin-starred Acquerello.

ImbiberBartenders: In Q&A form (everything from where they eat & drink off hours to the tunes that keep them motivated), five of SF’s veteran experts you should be drinking from.

The LatestOriginal Joe’s: When I’m in a NY state of mind, I’d return to the recently reborn Original Joe’s.
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ImbiberCharbay: The first of Charbay’s new whiskies, distilled from Racer 5 IPA beer, are here this Summer! As is Tequila Tapatio, available for the first time in the US.

Wandering Traveler LA: Yet another LA visit covers new spots like an Austrian restaurant with house sausages, a revamp of a 1920’s Hollywood classic, a French spirits-focused bar, a fantastic bakery, and more.

I’d love your feedback on any spots visited from my site. As your personal concierge who tells it to you like a good friend would, I also create personalized itineraries: trips, meals, explorations (under “Services“).

Let me guide you to the perfect spot,


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Recent entries in my Bay Guardian column:
One of SF’s Best (Underrated) Fine Dining Restaurants: Acquerello
Five Expert SF Bartenders You Should Be Drinking From
Creative Korean/Asian at Namu’s new incarnation, Namu Gaji
Whiskies of the World Highlights & Gin Tales

**Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Virginia Miller**