January 15, 2023

Dear Friends ~

Cavallo Point’s modern room window seat view

Hello from Palm Springs, where I have been on the ground researching, savoring the stunning snow-capped mountains, palms and desert in a mix of intense rain, moody skies and clear, perfect sunny days. Before month’s end, I return to enchanting Portugal, where I had to turn down my last invite to due to too many other trips going on, and haven’t been back since 2017. Excited to return and visit in winter. Articles coming on both in the coming months.

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. I thank you.

Per usual, I’m posting my daily research in dining and drink at @ThePerfectSpot on TwitterFacebook (and why I’m boycotting Instagram here).

At Chishuru London, asaro Nigerian stew

Best OfTop 14 New Restaurants & 10 New Bars of 2022.
Wandering Traveler — 7 Top London Restaurants Now.
The Latest — Akikos: A world-class new era for a reborn, decades-old SF sushi favorite.
Around the Bay — Cavallo Point: A stone’s throw (yet world’s away) from SF retreat with two new restaurants.
Imbiber — DISTILLER Bottle Column: This month, I review Calvados, French aperitif, shochu, mezcal, tequila, gin, Japanese whiskys, non-alcoholic wines, bourbon and rye whiskies.

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 Magazine — Bobcut 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