October 15, 2022

Dear Friends ~

AFICI’s A5 charcuterie

Just returning from an epic week in Seoul, S. Korea, and a gala few days of events with Taste of Seoul, awarding the top 100 restaurants and bars in Seoul, I relish October home in San Francisco before I head to my beloved New Orleans (again) over Halloween week (More to come on Nola and Korea in future articles). In SF, I anticipate an upcoming weekend on the coast with my long beloved Highland Park ScotchSF Restaurant Week (October 21-30) and Whiskyfest SF October 28 at the Marriott Marquis  with seminars, distillers and hundreds of whiskies from around the globe to freely taste (hope to see you there; tickets here).

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.

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Towa’s Umami Tomato, NYC

The Latest  — House Pasta & Caviar to A5 Charcuterie Decadence: SoMa’s new AFICI. 
Imbiber — Honing Palate & How to Make a Tequila with Spirits Whisperer Virginia Miller: My interview at Edible LA Magazine. 
Top Tastes — One Year In: Creative NorCal Japanese shines at restaurant Nisei. 
Wandering Traveler — NYC Guide: 12 top places to dine now. 
Top Tastes — September Eats Checklist: 6 standouts of the month, from Brittany-style French crêpes to NY slice pizza. 
Imbiber — Distiller Bottle Column: I review tequila, Scotch, gin, vodka, sake, mezcal, American whiskeys, 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
The Bold Italic Weekly Restaurant Reviews & Travel Column

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

Regular Outlets:
The Bold Italic — Liquor.com — Food Republic — WhereTraveler — Gin Magazine — Time Out Dining & Drink — Distiller MagazineBobcut Dining Column — 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