Virginia Miller

Appetite: Learning from the best, eating like royalty at Flavor! Napa

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All photos by Virginia Miller

Flavor! Napa is a five-day food and wine festival that took place last weekend in its second annual incarnation, potentially the definitive event representing the wines of the region, and the chefs and cooking that make this grouping of small towns and countryside one of the great culinary and wine destinations in the world.Read more »

Sea change

Sinking our hooks into new chefs, new waves at Georges and Weird Fish

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virgina@sfbayguardian.com

APPETITE Two unrelated seafood restaurants have quietly undergone chef and menu changes in the last year. I was less than impressed with both when they debuted; now they've taken a turn for the better. There's a low-key Mission seafood outpost with vegan accents, Weird Fish (renamed Dante's Weird Fish), and a Financial District restaurant catering to the FiDi set, Georges, with upscale-casual seafood.Read more »

Sweet rollin'

The Bay's best new (and classic) bagels and doughnuts

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If on a winter's night ...

Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson and Coi's Daniel Patterson cook up a spectacular rustic feast

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Appetite: Latest in New Orleans dining

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Returning to my beloved New Orleans, a city I’ve explored extensively via a path laden with jazz, Dixieland, Zydeco, Ramos Gin Fizzes, Sazeracs, Cajun and Creole food, there were ever more finds, both new and classic. The sweltering humid heat of July during Tales of the Cocktail is not ideal weather to fill up on po boys and boudin, but I managed, and in so doing, savored more of the soul of this most soulful of places.

Though I returned to modern day favorites like Cochon (rabbit and dumplings, boudin and fried alligator, thank you) or ordered appetizers and drinks at the bar at brand new Criollo in the Hotel Monteleone, following are restaurants I’d add to my already long, Nola neighborhood lists – and only one real disappointment.

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One fish, two fish

Artful plates and unique tastes at two newly-opened sushi spots

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virginia@sfbg.com

APPETITE Sushi bars proliferate around SF, with two more brand new spots opening on Russian Hill and down in the Mission.Read more »

Rum tales

Bars, cocktails, favorite bottles, and the facts you need to be an educated sipper

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Fresh

New in 2012: restaurants you gotta check out

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AFFORDABLE

Aria Korean American Snack Bar (932 Larkin, SF. (415) 292-6914)

Cat Head's BBQ (1665 Folsom, SF. (415) 861-4242, www.catsheadbbq.com)

Craftsman and Wolves (746 Valencia, SF. (415) 913-7713, www.craftsmen-wolves.com)

Gioia Pizzeria (2240 Polk, SF. (415) 359-0971, www.gioiapizzeria.com)Read more »

Truffle tour

Notes on top chocolates from around the world

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Japanese within reach

Three new affordable Japanese restaurants brighten the scene

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