June 1, 2022

What we need most
in order to make progress
is to be silent
before this great God
with our appetite
and with our tongue,
for the language
s/he best hears
is silent love.

John of the Cross, Sayings of Light and Love, translated by Mirabai Starr

Dear friends ~

Shuggie’s Bobo’s The Pep, The Roni pizza

Welcome June with a return to my old New York City stomping grounds, complete with the inaugural North America’s 50 Best Bars awards on June 7 (which you can watch live here)… plus some intense restaurant and cocktail/bars catch-up for articles I’m writing (stay tuned for fresh NYC recommends).

In addition to my regular articles at The Bold Italic, my weekly dining column reviews one restaurant each week. I welcome those interested to follow me, or even sign up for a membership for my articles at Medium, which partially goes to support us as writers. Follow or support here. I thank you.

Per usual, I’m posting my daily research in dining and drink at @ThePerfectSpot on TwitterFacebookInstagram.

San Ho Won banchan


Top Tastes — May Eats Checklist: Korean BBQ to Mexican Brunch.
The Latest — Refreshingly Audacious, Bold Newcomer: Shuggie’s Trash Pie + Natural Wine, one funky-fun newcomer.
Imbiber — Distiller Magazine Bottle Column, April 2022: I review Calvados, vermut/vermouth, fernet/amaro, rum, gin, vodka, Irish whiskey, soju, wheat whiskey, bourbon, RTDs (canned/bottled cocktails, syrups).
The Latest — New Modern Korean Bansang Needs Honing But Shows Promise Where It Matters: On the Plate.

I am also available for consulting, moderating, leading classes and tastings and more (info at virginia-miller.com).


ThePerfect Spot Founder
The Worlds 50 Best Restaurants’ Academy Chair
Table8 National Editor/VP — ZAGAT SF Editor — SF Bay Guardian Critic

**Judge or Lead Judge at ADI International Craft Spirits, SF World SpiritsTales of the Cocktail Spirited AwardsIWSC Spirits, Whiskies of World, World Gin AwardsWorld Drinks Awards**

Regular Outlets:
Bobcut Dining Column — 
The Bold Italic — Liquor.com — Food Republic — WhereTraveler — Gin Magazine — Time Out Dining & Drink — Distiller Magazine — Haute Living — Google’s Touringbird — Oakland Magazine — Wine Access

Alaska Airlines Magazine,Whisky Magazine UKThrillistThe Times LondonLiquor.com DrinkwirePaste Magazine TravelEaterTasting Panel, PureWow, Drink Me MagazineSpoonwizCitysearch, NBC’s The Feast, Blackboard Eats, Tasting Table, Grubstreet

Books: Pur in Spirit & Distilled Stories