June 15, 2022

Follow your inner moonlight.
Don’t hide the madness.
Alan Ginsberg

Dear friends ~

Routier’s risotto

Just back from New York City and the inaugural North America’s 50 Best Bars awards (results here), after a rich week home. I’m soon off to Vancouver to emcee a dinner with none other than our own Michelin-starred State Bird Provisions (plus The Progress & Anchovy Bar) SF chefs, Stuart Brioza and Gaby Maeda, and B.C. Canada winemakers, and to research the latest around Vancouver.

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.

Handroll Project

Top Tastes — One of the Best Restaurants to Come Out of 2020: A pandemic gem from Michelin and James Beard-level chef and pastry masters.
The Latest — From Michelin-Starred Ju-Ni Sushi: Their new Handroll Project is raising the handroll sushi game.
Wandering Traveler — Honolulu Guide 2022, Part 1: Standout coffee, bites, bakeries and bars with good food in Hawaii’s biggest city.
Imbiber — Distiller Magazine Bottle Column, May 2022: I review rum, sotol, sloe gin, aperitifs/aperitivo, gin, vodka, American single malt whiskey, RTDs (canned/bottled cocktails).

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