Traditional Mexican fare at Casa Azul in Westwood Village: soft opened


Chef Vicente Del Rio, inspired by the local cantinas that he grew up around, is opening Casa Azul Cantina in L.A.’s Westwood Village, “the idea is for Casa Azul to be a place that feels like home.” They will be serving a full spectrum of traditional and inspired Mexican cuisine alongside cocktails utilizing traditional, authentic ingredients headed by bartenders Felipe De La Tejera and Roxanne Schmarsow. Read More

Winter in Maine with discounted rates at Inn by the Sea

Starting January 2 until March, Inn by the Sea has rates reduced up to 40% at their coastal Maine resort. $992 for a double occupancy, two night stay with an ocean view which includes daily Full Breakfast for two at the Inn’s Sea Glass Restaurant, Spiked Hot Chocolate in the Fireside Lounge, two pairs of L.L. Bean Wicked Good Slippers, two 60-Minute Casco Bay Hot Stone Massage treatments at the SPA, and Chef’s Cheese Fondue for Two. Yes, lobsters are available. 1-800-888-4287. 40 Bowery Beach Rd., Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107

Photography provided by Inn by the Sea


Bootlegger’s Brewery: of business and beer


Aaron Barkenhagen, founder of Bootlegger’s Brewery in Fullerton, CA is one of those rare cases where school and real-life actually correlated. We sent Jace Milstead, ever excited over Mint Chocolate Porter, to Bootlegger’s to talk beer, books, business, and the point where they all meet. Read More

Horchata from Rebecca Subbiah

I was recently in Tampa, FL and went to the famous Taco Bus for dinner where I had my first horchata. I know I am way behind, but what a fun drink. Although served cold, with the addition of cinnamon it kind of makes it a fall drink too. Its easy to make and makes a refreshing change. That’s the beauty of trying new foods while traveling, you get to come home and add a new recipe to your repertoire. Read More


JetBlue offering $100 one-way fare between Long Beach and New York

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first U.S. transcontinental flight between Long Beach and Sheepshead Bay, NY, Jetblue is offering $100 fares each way between LGB to JFK. Fares available for trips between Tuesday and Wednesday, January 10 – 31, 2012.

The Gift

2011 holiday gift guide for the drinker

On Monday we posted our handpicked gifts for travelers, here is a list of drinking gifts. We’re sure you know someone who can appreciate these items that we’ve picked out, even your alcohol free buddies. Read More

Kendall-Jackson, first winery to be featured on ‘Undercover Boss’

Kendall-Jackson, best known for their estate grown Chardonnay, will be the first winery featured on Undercover Boss. Airing January 29, 2012 at 8 PM, winery president Rick Tigner dons a disguise and takes viewers through the insides of the winemaking business.

Going through the Undercover Boss process opened Rick’s eyes and heart to the company he runs, “I had an opportunity to see the passion and commitment our employees have for their jobs and this company. A lot of work and talent goes into making a bottle of Kendall-Jackson wine, and I was honored to witness that first-hand.”

LAB Brewing Co. selling growlers, Hangar 24 releases special barrel beer with pre-sale event

Agoura Hills‘ newest craft beer destination, LAB Brewing Co. is offering full size growler to-go (64 oz.) for $20 on any house beers including: Cold Fusion Java Porter, Lab Wit, LAB XPA and more. Refills are $15. 30105 Agoura Rd., Agoura Hills, CA 91301.

Hangar 24 Craft Brewery in Redlands, CA is releasing “Pugachev’s Cobra”, a 16.5% ABV, Russian Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels on Wednesday with a pre-sale event at the brewery starting at 4 PM. Other specialty beers for purchase include: non-barrel aged Pugachev’s Cobra and Small Stout at 4 PM, Humpty Bump at 5 PM and Immelmann at 6 PM. Each “Pugachev’s Cobra” bottle cost $20 with a five bottle limit per person. 1710 Sessums Dr., Redlands, CA 92374.

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