Virginia Miller

Appetite: Wine Country's new hot spots

Join me for early visits at two new Wine Country destination eateries: Morimoto Napa and Spoonbar in Healdsburg

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SPOONBAR, Healdsburg – I could write a piece on the cocktails alone at brand new Spoonbar in the h2hotel off of Healdsburg’s town square. You’ve already heard me mention Scott Beattie over the years, who is truly one of our country’s great bartenders. His cocktail menu at Spoonbar is a revelation.Read more »

Appetite: The scene at SF CHEFS

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SF CHEFS, the week-long celebration of all things food and drink in SF ushered in its second year last week and it was as full, fun, and delectable as the first. From industry seminars like the intriguing Tales from the Still, which kicked off the week last Tuesday, to the Grand Tasting tent in Union Square, there was never a dull moment... nor a hungry one.

Appetite: 3 gourmet cheap eats on Sonoma

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Not far off Sonoma's idyllic town square lie these three unique gems - you can eat high quality Eastern European, BBQ or Mexican food at a reasonable price. Read more »

Appetite: Tales from Tales

Highlights from Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans

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In 100 percent humidity at nearly 100 degrees (and no relief at night), spending a week drinking and eating doesn't sound like the best idea, but for eight years running, it happens every July in New Orleans at Tales of the Cocktail. For cocktail lovers and industry, this is THE drink event of the year. Read more »

Appetite: SF CHEFS returns with tasty events

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Are you ready for SF CHEFS 2010 next week (8/10-15)? Jump on tickets now, if you haven't already, for what was one of my favorite events last year, now in its second year... Read more »

Appetite: 2 sodas for the epicure

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I'll get this out of the way: I am not a soda drinker. I stopped drinking Coke in high school when I was getting a lot of headaches, in an attempt to eliminate excess sugar from my diet, and not only did it help, but I never cared to revisit the habit. Of course, there are always exceptions and certainly I have tasted a number of worthy sodas over the years. Here are two of the best producers out there.Read more »

Appetite: Smoothing out with Camus' fabulous cognac

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Cognac has a taste I've yearned to dive more fully into ever since I had my first cognac flight at Brandy Library in NY years ago. I have made attempts to learn more by attending cognac seminars at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans or the Manhattan Cocktail Classic. Read more »

Appetite: NYC Food Cheat Sheet, part two

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During my latest visit to my beloved New York, I spent eight days gleefully eating my way around the city, as I have done in countless trips past. I am continually asked for NY recommends as many of us in the Bay Area are either East Coast transplants, do business in both cities, or are savvy frequent travelers. Check out my Perfect Spot newsletter-archives for much more NY food and drink, but now I bring you part two. Read more »

Appetite: Paging through M.F.K. Fisher's kitchen

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Like any self-respecting food lover (and writer), I'm well aware that, hands down, M.F.K. Fisher (Mary Frances) is our greatest food writer, and I've been pursuing the pleasurable endeavor of working my way through her entire catalog over the years. Read more »

Appetite: With Campo de Encanto, SF gets its own pisco

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You might have heard? There's a new pisco on the streets "for bartenders, by bartenders": Encanto Pisco, created by Duggan McDonnell of Cantina, sommelier and spirits guru Walter Moore, and Peruvian master distiller Carlos Romero. Although an authentically Peruvian pisco (distilled -- and already making waves -- in Peru), it's a homegrown San Francisco product, a labor of love from locals who know their spirits. Read more »