August 1, 2023

Dear Friends ~

Yoko Tan straining noodles at Noodle in a Haystack

Recovery is tough as I’m on a health leave, but have many articles just published in London-and-U.S.-based publications these last two weeks covering Las Vegas, New Orleans and Portugal, as well as notable and unique restaurants locally in SF.

At Medium, my weekly restaurant SF Bay Area restaurant reviews plus travel guides on where to eat, drink and stay around the globe and U.S. I welcome you to follow me, or 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 Twitter and Facebook or @VirginiaMiller.SF, my new Instagram account.

Jewel of the South Colada, New Orleans

The LatestNoodle in a Haystack: Ramen-inspired tasting menu from self-taught chefs.
Wandering Traveler — Portugal’s Dining & Lodging Scene Now: And chef José Avillez’ new Casa Nossa retreat, in my VOICES magazine feature.
Top TastesChe Fico is a Restaurant Reborn Post-Pandemic: They also still serve unique pastas & one of the ultimate, much-copied pineapple pizza.
Wandering Traveler — New Orleans Bar Guide: My latest 10 top Nola bars guide in Gin Magazine.
Imbiber — Interview with Lost Spirits’ founders Bryan Davis & Joanne Haruta & distiller Mary Dempsey: My interviews with the Jammyland Bar Team in Las Vegas.
The Latest — Brand New Flour+Water Pizzeria Hits North Beach in the Old Rose Pistola Space: And it’s packed from day one!

I am also available for consulting, moderating, leading classes and tastings and more (info at


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 — — 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 DrinkwirePaste Magazine TravelEaterTasting Panel, PureWow, Drink Me MagazineSpoonwizCitysearch, NBC’s The Feast, Blackboard Eats, Tasting Table, Grubstreet

Books: Pur in Spirit & Distilled Stories