August 15, 2023

Dear Friends ~

Little Shucker lobster roll

As I continue in recovery mode, I ease back into my first work trip in six weeks, looking forward to seeing drink industry colleagues from around the nation & world in Las Vegas next week for the ADI Craft Distilling Conference and Whiskey Summit, both of which I’ll be speaking at (in the meantime, I researched for my Vegas cocktail bar guide on a visit there earlier this year, linked to in this issue for those of you attending or visiting Vegas in the future — and after both visits, I’ll be wrapping research for my Vegas dining guide next week to be published soon here).

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.

The Laundry Room, Las Vegas,

The Latest —  Little Shucker: Sunny, chic New oyster bar with low-ABV cocktails & irresistible seafood opening today.
Top Tastes — From Sushi to Gelato, Fresh Pastas Shop to Seafood Outpost Near the Ocean: 6 new SF food standouts.
The Latest — El Mil Amores: All-day brunch at this female owned Mexican breakfast newcomer.
Wandering Traveler — 10 Top Las Vegas Bars Now: My Distiller Magazine guide to top Vegas cocktails bars.
On the Town — Top 7 Tastes at Outside Lands 2023: Food and cocktails we’re ready to order again and can get year-round.

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


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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