January 1, 2015


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Unforgettable dining in Japan (see Best Of 2014)

Unforgettable dining in Japan (see Best Of 2014)

Happy new year to each of you! Here’s trusting and hoping for a year rich with discovery and depth. As we look ahead, I also look back on the best meals, drinks and openings of the year in lists of over 60 places, including best meals and cocktails in the Bay Area, the US, the world — and the top 10 new restaurants and 10 cocktail bars of 2014.

This issue:

Squab at The Progress, new from State Bird Provisions' owners (see Top Tastes)

Squab at The Progress, new from State Bird Provisions’ owners (see Top Tastes)

The Best of 2014, Restaurants – The best new Bay Area openings and the best meals around the US and the world.
The Best of 2014, Drink – The best new Bay Area bar openings and the best cocktails & bars around the US and the world.

Top TastesMy Food Articles, December 16-31: 17 of my current Zagat articles on the year-in-review, 6 new restaurants, under-the-radar spots and Wine Country newcomers.
ImbiberMy Drink Articles, December 16-31: 9 of my current Zagat articles on multiple new cocktail menus at restaurants, a new bottle shop & the year’s top new bars.
Imbiber3 Spirits for December: Vermouth from Washington, rum from Monterey and Scotch from, of course, Scotland.

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


CLICKABLE LINKS to Social Media & Articles:
Food Republic
Editor, Distiller Magazine
SF Bay Guardian Critic (Weekly Column: 2009-2013)
The Times London, Eater, PureWow, Drink Me Magazine, Citysearch, NBC’s The Feast, Blackboard Eats, Tasting Table, Grubstreet, Where Magazine


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