June 15, 2014

“Few women, I fear have had such reason as I have to think the long sad years of youth were worth living for the sake of middle age.” ? George Eliot in her diary in 1857

Bar food re-imagined: chicken-skin chips dipped in smoky eggplant cream at The European (see "Top Tastes" & "Imbiber")

Bar food re-imagined: chicken-skin chips dipped in smoky eggplant cream at The European (see “Top Tastes” & “Imbiber”)

Are we really at the halfway point of 2014? In the last couple weeks, I’ve been a judge in an Angel’s Envy bourbon cocktail competition with master distiller/owner Wes Henderson here from Kentucky, and participated on a small panel with other spirits experts blind tasting local whiskies, which will soon be featured in 7×7 Magazine.

This issue:

Top TastesMy Top Food Articles, June 1-15: 15 of my latest Zagat articles on new restaurants, underrated spots and a Napa great with fresh blood; also: a chef interview and a classic restaurant’s 25th anniversary dinners.
ImbiberMy Top Drink Articles, June 1-15: 9 of my latest articles on new cocktail menus, a coffee classic, a revolutionary new tea shop, and 4 new local spirits.
Imbiber6 New West Coast Spirits: New Left Coast greats include amari, coffee liqueur, sloe gin, aperitif/vermouth and whiskies.

As your personal concierge who tells it like a good friend would, I also create personalized itineraries: trips, meals, explorations (under “Services“).


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7×7 Magazine

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

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