Make last minute Super Bowl plans at the Basement Tavern

in Santa Monica

Don’t want to stay home to watch Eli vs. Tom? Or go to any of these places. Check out “BBQ, Booze and Bacon” on game day, Sunday, February 5 from 2 PM – 2 AM at Basement Tavern in Santa Monica. Guests will enjoy happy hour specials all night with $3 beers, $5 well drinks, $5 house red and white wines by the glass, and 50% off bottles of wine and Champagne. Complemantary hot dogs, hamburgers and BBQ dishes will be served when you buy two or more drinks.

For those with a little more dough, Basement Tavern is offering the “Bottle and Bacon” package for $1,000. Guests will get a bottle of bourbon or whiskey and bacon-wrapped hot dogs for 20 people.

Private viewing at their Fishbowl room, located below the bar can be reserved for a group of 20 people for $1,000. It comes decorated with your favorite team. Call 310-392-4956 for reservations. 2640 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405.

Drink + Food

Northern California native brings casual touch to SoCal gastropub

Introducing chef Charlie Parker of Freddy Smalls

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Charlie Parker might have worked in some of the best kitchens up in Northern California (consider such places as Manresa, Ubuntu, and Plum), but he brings a decidedly casual affair to the rather sleepy area of West Los Angeles along Pico Boulevard. With David Fleisher (formerly of Seven Grand) taking care of cocktails and front-of-house, they’re pushing the gastropub envelope at Freddy Smalls, the brainchild of The Counter Burger owner Jeff Weinstein.

Jeremy Fox, Parker’s mentor, consulted early on with the menu but Parker is applying the neighborhood aesthetic of Oakland’s Plum restaurant, with a few simple, well-made pub favorites (that eschew the same-old burger/pizza/hot dog variants) in favor of market-fresh vegetables, house-made charcuterie, and dishes like the crispy pig ear open-faced sandwich. Amid the start of dinner service, we sat down with Parker and Fleisher to hear about their start in the restaurant industry. Read More

Drink

KRUPS looking for the best in coffee

'KRUPS Best Brew Awards 2012'

coffee-contest

Know who makes the best coffee in your city? Support your favorite by voting for them on KRUPS’ Facebook page as they will honoring the best coffee shops throughout New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. Don’t see your favorite java provider? You have the option to write in whoever you want. See last year’s winners. Read More

Patric In-NIB-itable Chocolate Bar

From the winner of the Good Food Awards

Alan McClure of Patric Chocolate knows how to make chocolate. He’s been making them since 2004. He’s even won a couple of awards. The In-NIB-itable Bar is made with two parts: 70% Madagascar chocolate and crunchy nibs. Alan’s goal was to show two sides of cocao since not everyone has tried the unsweetened part. He says, “the contrast in flavor and texture that they give, however, is really amazing when juxtaposed with the smooth chocolate.” Which creates a chocolate bar “unlike any that most people had ever tasted.”

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Triple Voodoo Brewing to release limited edition beer + S.F. Beer Week schedule

As San Francisco Beer Week draws closer, breweries around the cities are prepping their events. Trip Voodoo Brewing is no exception. This craft brewery will release a new, limited-release Belgian-style Grand Cru at the Opening Celebration. Other events planned include the release of collaboration beers with Lincoln, CA based Knee Deep Brewing and a second collaboration release called the “Kaleidoscope Project” featuring High Water Brewing, Pacific Brew Labs, and Golden Mongoose around town during beer week.

On Saturday, February 11, from 1 PM – 8 PM, Triple Voodoo/Golden Gate Brewery Tours will offer a $29 per person tour including bus transportation, samples of Triple Voodoo beers, live DJ, and souvenirs. The tour includes stops at Double IPA Festival at Bistro Bar, the Anderson Valley Release Night at Pi Bar, Triple Voodoo’s latest releases at Rosamunde Sausage Grill. Call 415-598-8811 for more information. Check out rest of the schedule. Read More

El Segundo Brewing Co.’s Blue House Citra Pale release party, Golden Road beer and tequila night at Blue Palms

Two craft beer events this week in L.A.

On Saturday February 4 on 12 PM at the El Segundo Brewing Co. in El Segundo, CA, owner and brewer Rob Croxall and the team are throwing a party to celebrate the release of Blue House Citra Pale, brewed with Citra hops. The beer described by Sales Director, Thomas Kelley as “super citrusy, ridiculously hoppy Citra Pale in your face for a little while.” Growler refills of Citra Pale is $15, they are also offering a new growler fill and a t-shirt for $28. 140 Main St., El Segundo, CA 90245.

On Wednesday, February 1 at 6 PM at the Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood (set to close for a short term due to Music Box Theater’s eviction) is hosting Golden Road Brewing‘s “El Hefe Anejo & Peligroso” night featuring a flight of tequila from Peligroso and Golden Road Brewing’s un-barrelled Hefeweizen, and the barrel aged Hefeweizen Anejo, part of the head brewer Jon Carpenter‘s “Carpenter’s Cellar” series. Other beers from Golden Road will be available include: Point the Way IPA, Hefeweizen, Either Side of the Hill, Get Up Offa that Brown and more. 6124 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028. 323-464-0808.

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Royal/T’s ‘The Art of Cooking’ — a food and art exhibit

Food you can't eat

From Friday April 27 through August 2012, Royal/T in Culver City, CA is debuting a food-inspired art display. The Japanese inspired cafe will feature “The Art of Cooking,” an art show curated by Hanne Mugaas, with a central theme of food from a gourmet meal to 3-D prints of empty beer cans and fast food cups. Mugaas’ goal is to “induce the pleasures of the table for everyone to appreciate.” For the opening night reception Hanne’s brother, Petter Mugaas Joakimsen will be creating food for the opening reception. The food exhibit is free and open to the public from 10 AM – 6 PM daily, with extended hours on Mondays. 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232. 310-559-6300.

The Dish

Public House: Poutine with Duck Confit

Inside the Venetian

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Executive Chef Anthony Meidenbauer and restaurateur Billy Richardson‘s vision for Public House at the Venetian Las Vegas Casino, Hotel & Resort is to refine the American gastropub with a lot of beers, over 200, and food to compliment them. The beers are curated by Nevada’s only Certified Cicerone, Russell Gardner. Public House’s Poutine is chef Anthony’s take on a Canadian fast food dish with French fries, duck confit, cheese curds, and specialty gravy. Read More

Montes Winery’s Folly (Syrah)

There's acrobats somewhere in this bottle

Aurelio Montes, winemaker of Montes Winery‘s Montes Folly, for whatever reason had an inkling that Apalta Valley was the best terroir for reds in Chile, something that is hard to dispute today and that he was determined to prove. They said it would be a “folly” to grow Syrah, an untested variety, in the region and the altitude, but they were wrong. Harvested by acrobats, all grapes are hand-picked and sorted on a special selection table, where every grape not up to the quality required is removed. Yes, acrobats …

Montes Folly is available at multiple locations and online wine stores throughout the U.S.

Food

Discovering culinary possibilities presented by Food & Wine Magazine

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By invite only, foodies and Buick enthusiasts attended an exclusive culinary event hosted by Buick and Food & Wine magazine on January 21 and 22 at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. Guests enjoyed a scheduled program glittered with test driving Buick’s latest vehicles, wine tasting with sommelier Michael Green, and exciting demos and tastings from some of the nations’ most prominent and innovative chefs, headlining with Master Chef Michael Psilakis. Read More

Bootleggers’ 10 brew tap takeover of Bruery Provisions and more

Happening today in O.C.!

Late notice, but starting at 6 PM on January 30 in Orange, CA, Bootlegger’s Brewery and The Bruery are teaming up with an event at the Bruery Provisions. Ten taps will feature popular brews from Bootlegger’s plus collaborations that they’ve created with the Bruery including Chocosaurus Rye, a representation of each brewing style: “a dark rye lager that was finished with cacao nibs and vanilla beans.”

Two other beers from The Bruery will also be released, Mother Funker is a sour blonde all aged in Chardonnay barrels for several years which is “a seriously sour beer, perhaps the most sour beer we’ve produced so far.” Sour In The Rye! makes it’s return, brewed with almost 40% rye malt and also barrel aged for over a year. 143 N. Glassell, Orange, CA 92866. 714-997-2337.

The Langham in Pasadena’s $30,000 Valentine’s Day hotel package

The best things in life are free, but you can keep them for the birds and bees

The Langham in Pasadena, CA is offering the “Ultimate Romance Package” for $30,000. Here’s the perfect solution for those that messed up last Valentine’s Day or those that want to create a V-Day memory that they’ll never be able to live up to again.

The hotel package includes: limo transfer to and from hotel (it’s also available on call during your stay); accommodations inside the Tournament of Roses suite (with early arrival and late check out); 80 minute couple’s massage at the spa; bottle of Champagne, five dozen roses and chocolate covered strawberries; rose petal turn-down and breakfast in bed; private dinner featuring a five course meal with wine pairings from The Royce; and a custom-created diamond jewelry piece from Single Stone on Mission Street (valued at $20,000). Package is valid February 2012. For reservations call 626-568-3900. 1401 South Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106.

The Scoop

Rare brews popular with connoisseurs, top selling beers of 2011

Drinking, eating and travelings news from across the web

  • Rare brews popular with connoisseurs all over the U.S.
  • Montreal’s craft beer scene is on the rise.
  • Airports using local celebrities for airport PSAs.
  • Top selling beers of 2011.
  • Information from the TSA at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show.

Super Bowl happy hour all day at City Tavern, ‘Vegan Super Bowl’ at Tony’s Darts Away and more

Specials for the big game

City Tavern in Culver City is having specials all day on February 5 starting at 2:30 PM with happy hour prices plus $10 craft beer growlers. Chef Jessica Christensen will be cooking up “Special Super Bowl Bites” including meatballs, Spanish chorizo pigs in a blanket and more. Reservations are recommended. 9739 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232. 310-838-9739.

Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank is featuring a menu of vegan and non vegan specials. The menu includes: hot buffalo-style “wings” with 818 valley ranch dressing; five layer dip with layers of vegan spicy bean dip, cheese, tomato salsa, avocado salsa, sour cream served with fresh fried tortilla chips; Frito Pie, Pozole, BBQ sliders on biscuits with slaw – filled with pulled pork or jackfruit. 1710 West Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506. 818-253-1710.

Magnolia Bakery in L.A. is selling Magnolia’s classic vanilla or chocolate cupcakes decorated in your team’s colors along with Super Bowl decorations for $3.50 each. Call 323-951-0636 to place an order. 8389 West 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Lazy Dog Cafe at all nine of their locations across Southern California are offering an all-day happy hour deal. Menu includes: fresh beets and goat cheese, Hawaiian Ahi Poke, wok-fried calamari, Togarashi Edamame Beans and more.

Buy one lobster roll at Lobster ME in Planet Hollywood get the second one half off

Viva Las Vegas!

On February 14, from 10 AM – 11 PM, Lobster ME at the Miracle Mile Shops in Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino is giving customers a discount for Valentine’s Day. When you buy two lobster rolls, you’ll get the second one half off. Because nothing says loving like lobster rolls, right? 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Suite 435, Las Vegas, NV 89109.

Who’s going to be pouring at the San Francisco Beer Week Opening Celebration?

On February 10 from 6 PM - 10 PM

San Francisco Beer Week is less than 14 days away. Today the SFBW organizers released a list of breweries that will be serving up delicious brews during the Opening Celebration held at the Concourse Exhibition Center on February 10 from 6 PM – 10 PM. The count is at 57 breweries (and more is on the way). Tickets are $65 and can be purchased online. Check out the complete list. Read More

Food and wine event with all gay winemakers

An even better and bigger Gay Train

All aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train on Saturday, March 31 from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM for the second year of the Big Gay Train hosted by Out in the Vineyard and the Napa Valley Wine Train where guests will join Napa’s LGBT winemakers for a delectable evening of food and wine. Guests will enjoy a multiple course meal created by Executive Chef Kelly Macdonald paired with the wines of local LGBT winemakers such as Sarah Bennett, Navarro Vineyards; Greg Bjornstad, Bjorstad Cellars; Mark Lyon, Sebastiani Vineyards; and Jeff Durham and Joey Wolosz, Gentleman Farmer Wines who will also be available for onboard meet and greet. Guest can purchase tickets for this event at $160 for Gourmet Express Car and $175 for VIP Vista Dome Car. Call 800-427-4124 to purchase tickets.