September 15, 2023

Dear friends —

Absinthe’s tomato watermelon salad

Whidbey Island near Seattle, home to SF, on to Los Angeles… it’s retreat, family and work times all in one and I am holding the tension of loss and life in the midst of it. In the meantime, plenty to catch up on in food and drink.

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.

SOMA Soho’s Cola cocktail, London

The Latest — Adriano Paganini’s Corzetti Comes to Downtown SF: A major San Francisco restaurateur and Italy native brings new Ligurian-Italian life to Union Square.
Top Tastes — Absinthe Turns 25: The craft cocktail pioneer and all-day, classic French restaurant retains old school French spirit with refreshed lightness in their new menu.
Wandering Traveler — London Cocktails: My Gin Magazine guide to 9 of London’s most interesting bars now.
Imbiber — Distiller Bottle Column August: This issue I review brandy, tepache, agricole rhum, mezcal, gin, Scotch whisky, tequila, port, Japanese whiskies, RTDs, and more.
Imbiber — Distiller Bottle Column July: This issue I review rượu dế Vietnamese spirit, rum, Japanese whisky, gin, Scotch whisky, tequila, cider, vodka, American whiskies, and more.

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


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The Bold Italic Weekly Restaurant Reviews & Travel Column

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