5 Things

Crawfish: 5 things you didn’t know

Inspired by 'Memphis at Santora' executive chef Diego Velasco's "Crawfish Boil"

We checked out chef Diego Velasco’s new “Crawfish Boil” feature at Memphis at the Santora in Santa Ana, CA’s Artist’s Village. Diego went on a trip to “New Orleans’ Jazz & Heritage Festival” and brought back a traditional, private party, family style meal for 8-20 guests, with his own personal touch, centering on live crawfish and paired with one ‘his or hers’ adult beverage that he’s chosen. Read More

Drink

Reviving an American tradition: a chat with master distiller Chuck Miller

A drink that goes back as far as the founding of America

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We had the opportunity to sit down with Chuck Miller, Stillhouse’s 3rd generation master distiller, to explore their corn whiskey. In the process, we discovered the roots of America’s alcohol, the life of Chuck and the drink he’s created. Read More

Frontier Airlines Halloween $8 flight sale

One day sale ending 11:59PM EST 10-31-11

Today only, Frontier Airlines is offering one way tickets for $8 for their Monday – Saturday flights. Blackout dates from November 26 – 27 apply as well as 7 day advance purchases. Each way $5 Sept 11 security fees, $9 facility each way facility fees, and $20 baggage fees may apply. Check Frontier Airlines for full details.

Giveaways

Drink Eat Travel re-launches with HUGE giveaways!

9 drinking, eating, and traveling related giveaways

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Drink Eat Travel, a lifestyle website that explores three of your favorite verbs, is re-launching with both a Los Angeles and National edition. If you want to follow what’s going on in Los Angeles, visit la.tasteterminal.com. If you want to see it all, visit tasteterminal.com.

To kick off our re-launch, we want to give you some great, carefully hand-picked prizes including brunch for two at Koreatown’s Beer Belly, dinner for two at Culver City’s City Tavern, and more! See how you can win! Read More

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Travel

Pretend to be a Pan Am pilot with Custom Hotel’s ‘Flight Club Package’

Joie de Vivre's newly revamped hotel near LAX now offers private flight lessons for a limited time

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You’re not getting a lesson on a plane full of Pan Am stewardesses but at least you won’t have to worry about getting cancelled by ABC. Joie de Vivre’s newly renovated 60′s aviation themed Custom Hotel is offering a hotel package that takes you in the air from the Santa Monica Airport for a private flight lesson. Read More

The Scoop

Best ten countries to travel to in 2012, women in craft beer industries challenging stereotypes

Drinking, eating, and traveling news from around the web

  • LonelyPlanet.com ranks the best ten countries to travel to in 2012.
  • Monterey restaurateur Ted Balestreri to uncork a $10,000 wine on New Year’s Eve because the U.S. got Osama Bin Laden.
  • Snowstorm in the East Coast causing travel problems.
  • Women in craft beer are challenging the stereotypes.
  • Two man plan to take their beer “Vostok 4 Pines Stout” in to space; named after the rocket that took the first man into space.

Photo: a Taiwanese night market. Ranked number 9 on the top 10 countries to travel to for 2012 by LonelyPlanet.com
Photography provided by Will Tee Yang

Gnocchi with Jumbo Lump Crab Meat and Truffle from chef John Besh of Lüke

Besh was named Ten Best New Chefs in America by Food & Wine in 1999

Chef John Besh shared his Gnocchi with Jumbo Lump Crab Meat and Truffle recipe with us after a short trip to his restaurant, Lüke in San Antonio. Pay attention, it’s two parts. Read More

Party it up at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas for $11,111 on 11/11/11, ring in 2012 with 150 of your friends in downtown Denver

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas is offering an “Extravagant Package” for the weekend of November 11 for $11,111. For two nights hotel guests will receive two-night stay at the Paradise Platinum Penthouse VIP suite with two tickets to Carlos Santana‘s show, official Carlos Santana merchandise, pre-fixe menu at 35 Steaks + Martinis, 80 minute spa treatment, VIP table at Vanity Nightclub with Perrier Jouet Fleur de Fleur Rose Champagne, and one print from Neal Preston’s rock photography collection. Email Cherryl Kaopua to book.

The Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center Hotel is offering an all-inclusive party package for 150 people to celebrate New Year’s Eve for $15,000. The package includes private use of the 27th floor Peaks Lounge, appetizers and desserts, open bar with wine, beer and champagne, party favors and a DJ plus a view of the 16th Street Mall firework display at 9 PM and 12 AM. Not too bad if you do the math. Call 303-486-444 to book.

Photo: Paradise Penthouse at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
Photography provided by Erik Kabik

The Scoop

iPhone app that pours you a beer, top ten spookiest buildings around the world

Drinking, eating, and traveling news from around the web

  • We all know about the Siri on the new iPhone, but how about the Beeri?
  • LonelyPlanet.com rates the top ten spookiest buildings around the world.
  • Airlines collect $1.5 billion in fees in the second-quarter.
  • EVA Airways launches “Hello Kitty” planes.
  • What happens to the items left at security checkpoints?

L.A.’s popular beer garden returns for the winter, Ellen DeGeneres to open vegan restaurant and more!

ColLAboration, L.A.’s popular pop-up craft beer garden is back with a “ColLAboration Winter Wonderland Craft Beer Garden” event on Saturday December 3 from 12 PM – 5 PM. The event will will be held at the newly opened Golden Road Brewing in Atwater Village. $15 for membership glass, beer tokens and food from local eateries available for purchase.

The Hollywood Report reports Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi is set to open an animal-product free restaurant with menu by chef Tal Ronnen, somewhere on Ventura Blvd. in the Valley.

The 3rd Annual Santa Monica Pub Crawl is set for Saturday, December 17. Crawlers are encouraged to dress in ‘Santa/Holiday’ attire. $10 for entrance fee.

El Carmen in L.A. is celebrating “Dia de los Muertos” on November 2 from 8 PM – 2 AM with drink specials including El Carmen’s Classic Margaritas for $5. Guests are encouraged to be in their “Dia de los Muertos” costumes. Dj Garron Gash will be spinning live.

Photo: the grand opening of Golden Road Brewing

Mimi’s House: Golden Fried Fish Balls with Fish Roe

This new age Taiwanese street food is available from Mimi’s House in Diamond Bar, CA, hidden inside a strip mall. Read More

TV

Bravo’s ‘Top Chef: Texas,’ big as its namesake

Tom Colicchio, “Just like Texas, this will be our biggest season ever.”

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Top Chef returns for it’s 9th season with a record 29 contestants and new judges Emeril Lagasse and Hugh Acheson. See what host Padma Lakshmi and judge Tom Colicchio have to say about the contestants.
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Food

Get your crab on – Dungeness Crab Fair at Chaya Venice

Tachibe’s menu focuses on Euro-Asian flavors accentuating the mighty crustacean

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If you love eating crab but hate working for it – not a problem, Chaya Venice is doing the work for you! Kicking off this week at Chaya Venice is the Dungeness Crab Fair from October 24 to November 6. For the next two weeks, Executive Corporate Chef Shigefumi Tachibe – whose formal culinary training in French technique began at age 15, has created a six item savory Dungeness crab dinner menu in addition to the regular fare at Chaya Venice. Read More

Tony’s Darts Away to open for brunch, Umami Burger to expand, and more!

Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank will offer brunch at 10 AM with breakfast items starting October 29 at their newly opened 14-seat patio. Breakfast items will be available until supplies run out.

Umami Burger plans to open up two new locations in Hermosa Beach and Laguna Beach by the end of 2011.

Yxta Cocina Mexicana in downtown Los Angeles is throwing a Dia De Los Muertos event from 9 PM – 1 AM offering $3 tacos, $5 margaritas and $6 martinis.

Drink

LA Beer Week Closing Festival 2011: photo recap

Beer lovers lined up at the entrance of Union Station waiting for their commemorative glass of unlimited beer access. Cheers and heckles were heard throughout the day as those same glasses shattered on the floors. Sadly, the LA Beer Week Closing Festival signals the end of LA Beer Week. Check out our photo recap. Read More

Macanese Fried Rice from cookbook ‘Feeding the Dragon’

1 of 100+ recipes from Mary Kate Tate and Nate Tate

Mary Kate and Nate went on a culinary based trek throughout China and compiled a cookbook of authentic Chinese dishes named “Feeding the Dragon. Here’s one of them. Read More

Barlo Kitchen + Cocktail now open, Mezze launching dinner service on Sun. and more!

Barlo Kitchen + Cocktail at the Erwin Hotel in Venice Beach is now open for breakfast and dinner.

Ventura County Winery Association is having their month-long “Harvest Passport” event. The “passport” works like a punch card and passport holders will get to sample 5-wine flights at six different wineries during November. Each “passport” cost $35 and will receive 10% off their wine purchase for that day.

Mezze in West Hollywood is launching dinner service on Sundays.

Taberna Mexicana in Beverly Hills is offering $3 dollar beer, wine and margaritas, happy hour specials from Monday 3 PM until the football game ends, Tuesday through Saturday from 3 PM – 8 PM and all day Sunday.

SOL Mexican Cocina in Newport Beach is offering half-off bottles of wine every Monday from 4:30 PM to close with any food purchase throughout November.

Photo: Barlo Kitchen + Cocktail at the Erwin Hotel in Venice Beach, CA

Food

Meeting of the culinary masterminds – Lexus Grand Tasting at the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival

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The First Annual Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival kicked off with a bang on Wednesday, October 12 and continued until October 16 all over Los Angeles. The Lexus Grand Tasting Event at L.A. Live, spanning 2 days, was no exception to the excitement. Star studded with celebrity chefs, over 300 wines, and the Lexus Tasting Lab, patrons of the event found themselves at the height of decadence and luxury with an all you can drink and eat feast from some of the nations top chefs and wineries. Read More