Taste some wine ‘Off the Clock’ with Papilles’ Santos Uy

This Sunday

There is absolutely nothing wrong with drinking “off the clock,” and that is exactly what Santos Uy, noted oenophile, wants to celebrate this Sunday, March 4 from 2 PM – 4:30 PM, with his Off the Clock tasting at DomaineLA in Hollywood. Uy will be showcasing five different wines that inspire him and help unwind when he himself is off the clock, while paring them with savory and sweet bites featured at his bistronomy-influenced restaurant, Papilles. Only twenty-five tickets ($15 each) will be available for this tasting and are available for purchase at domaine547.com. DomaineLA: 6801 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90038. Read More

Gourmet Sandwich Deli, Marcona, set to open March 20 on Melrose

Who says New York has to have all the delis? While taking a break from shopping along Melrose Avenue’s famous boutiques, Los Angeles natives and visitors will soon be able to stop by Marcona, an East Coast-style deli with Mediterranean influences and West Coast flare. Gourmet sandwiches will be prominently featured on the menu created by Chef Matthew Moss, such as a Merguez sausage-filled “Spanish gyro” and a spiced pork shoulder “Lomo.” Vegan options will be available with choices like the “V.B.Q,” a barbeque vegan meatloaf. And fear not, Marcona hasn’t forgotten those in the mood for a more traditional deli menu. East Coast deli staples such as a “Turkey Romesco” and a “Bodega” will be available every day.

For those looking for something sweet, New York pastry chef Janna Leone will have a selection of treats available both in-shop or by special order. Aside from the deli, Marcona will also include a small retail section, selling dry goods and fine foods created both in-house and under private label. Marcona will be open March 20: Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 AM – 7:00 PM; Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 7368 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046. 323-951-9991.

Omni Hotels’ spring deals, 29% off at Trump Hotels

Omni Hotels across the U.S. is offering their “Leap into Spring” deal for 72 hours. Room rates start at $89 for stays between March 14 – May 28, 2012.

For today only get 29% off all suites at seven Trump Hotels (New York, SoHo, Chicago, Vegas, Waikiki, Panama, and Toronto). Deals are available between March 1 to April 30, 2012.

American Airlines ‘capitalizes’ on new legislation

Now offering direct flights from LA to DC

American Airlines has announced it will launch a new nonstop service between Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on June 14, 2012 (tickets available to purchase starting March 4). Under the new Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization bill, non-stop flights will be able to land in DC directly from LA – a flight plan which was previously prohibited. The new service will run simultaneously with American’s 150 daily flights at LAX, three of which are daily round-trip flights between LAX and Washington Dulles International Airport in the greater DC area.

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Sommelier Spencer Cruse to join Drago Centro as new beverage director, Haven Gastropub to offer new cocktail menu

Join Drago Centro in downtown Los Angeles as they welcome certified Level 2 Court of Master Sommeliers, Spencer Cruse to the team as the new Beverage Director and Sommelier. Adding to the already extensive wine list at Drago Centro, Cruse is introducing more approachable wines to pair with Chef Ian Gresik‘s menu. Some of the new varietals include the Timarosso (Piemonte, Italy), Pecorino (Marche region, Italy), Nascetta (Piemonte, Italy), Furmint used in Tokaji (Hungary and Austria), Tannat (South West France), and Chenin Blanc (Loire Valley, France). 525 South Flower St. #120, Los Angeles, CA 90071. 213-228-8998.

Haven Gastropub at both Pasadena and Orange locations are introducing a new “Prohibition-Era cocktail” menu featuring spirits like Earl Grey Infused Gin, Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon and more. The new cocktail menu is concocted by Haven Gastropub bartenders, co-owner Wil Dee and Executive Chef Greg Daniels. Haven Orange: 190190 South Glassell St. # C, Orange, CA 9286. 714-221-0680. Haven Pasadena: 42 S. De Lacey Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105. 626.768.9555.

The Scoop

Virgin Galactic to launch commercial space flight in the next two years, airfares to increase due to high gas prices

Drinking, eating and traveling news from around the web

Photography provided by Mark Greenberg

Drink + Food

Los Angeles happy hour round up: DTLA, Santa Monica

Taste Terminal's Happy Hour Round Up II

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We all work hard for our money (so hard for it honey) and now with the recent spike in gas prices, who can afford to eat? You can, with these discounted dishes from Taste Terminal’s list of local happy hours. Here it is, Happy Hour Round Up Part Two. Read More

The Dish

Taco Asylum: Ghost Chili Pork Taco

Every batch of the ghost pepper is tested by the kitchen staff

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Growing up in Southern California, young Greg Daniels loved spicy food. He would accept all sorts of dares from his brother to eat hot peppers and challenge his dad on who can put the most hot sauce on their food. Years later, manning his own restaurant, Taco Asylum in Costa Mesa, CA, it was inherent for Chef Greg, who also operates Haven Gastropub in Orange and Pasadena, to create the Ghost Chili Pork Taco made with a flour tortilla, pork cracklins, and topped with chili threads. He chose pork since it worked best with the ghost pepper, “We thought the pork was the best, since it’s fatty. And fat coats your mouth and makes heat linger longer. Between the fatness and the cracklin on top, you have a good delivery system for heat. I thought the ghost chili has a unique flavor, citrusy and extremely hot,” says Chef Greg. Read More

Golden Road Brewing celebrates its new cask brew with a beer festival

Supporting the Whole Planet Foundation

Golden Road Brewing in Atwater Village will be releasing a new cask beer at a benefit and beer festival supporting the Whole Planet Foundation – a Whole Foods Market agency dealing with international poverty issues – on March 11 from 2 – 5 PM. Tickets include a souvenir glass (first 500 guests) and two beer tickets and can be purchased at the door or online for $20 per person (21+). Additional beer tickets can be purchased for $4. Read More

Drink

Brewers Association’s Julia Herz tells us how she celebrates American Craft Beer Week

ACBW 2012 is May 14 - 20

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As microbreweries continue to grow, so do beer weeks all throughout the States, but no other beer week takes it to a national level like the American Craft Beer Week (May 14 – 20) organized by the Brewers Association; an organization that promotes micro and independent American brewers. The ACBW is about celebrating the delicate work by small breweries. We connected with Brewer Association’s Craft Beer Program Director Julia Herz and asked her three questions about the beer industry, the beer week and how she’s going to celebrate it. Read More

Steingarten LA to host a four-course cocktail and food pairing

On Wednesday, February 29 at 7:30 PM

On Wednesday, February 29, Steingarten in West L.A. will host a cocktail dinner featuring four courses off the menu at 7:30pm. For $55 per person, guests get to chose a different base spirit for their cocktails from three varieties of St. George Gins (Dry Rye, Terrior and Botaniviore) for their first drink. Other spirits served include: Bols Barrel Aged Genever; Balcones Baby Blue and True Blue Corn Whiskey; and St. George Absinthe. Tickets available online. 10543 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064. 310.441.0441. Read More

The Scoop

Colorado based craft beer brewery to can whiskey, America’s best brunches

Drinking, eating, and traveling news from around the web

Photo: Oskar Blues owner Dick Dale Katechis

New policy in L.A. County allows dogs in the outdoor dining area

Grab lunch with man's best friend

Effective immediately, restaurant patrons in Los Angeles County are now privy to the company of their four legged friends. Recent policy changes now allow dogs in the outdoor dining area of restaurants. With the support of dog advocates and restaurant owners, Spot no longer needs to sit outside throughout LA County (excluding areas not subject to this policy – Pasadena, Long Beach, and Vernon). However, the decision is at the restaurant’s discretion and specific guidelines must be followed. Read More

Crystal Cruise to treat you like P. Diddy aboard its ship

Now offering VIP airport services

Guests who will be coming aboard Crystal Cruise will now have the experience of VIP airport services. “Whether one prefers to travel discreetly, or just minimize inconvenience, this service ushers you into refined gentility of a Crystal experience from the moment your vacation really begins: when you leave home,” says Vice President of Land & Port Operations, John Stoll.

While services vary, guests can experience: car service between airport, home, day room, and/or ship, greeting upon airport arrival (inbound, outbound and connecting flights), access to airport lounges, preferred boarding, luggage porter service, flight tracking and handling, as well as, escorted and expedited services through check-in, security, customs and immigration. Packages are available for up to four people.

Photography provided by Crystal Cruise

Mexican cuisine makes it to ARIA Resort and Casino in Las Vegas

O.C.'s Javier's get a formal introduction

ARIA Resort and Casino in Las Vegas will be adding regionally influenced Mexican cooking to their dining options as Javier’s opens on the casino-floor. Southern California’s Javier’s menu features grilled seafood, steak, chicken, vegetarian dishes, premium tequilas, and hand-shaken, margaritas made-to-order. This restaurant is anticipated to round out ARIA’s dining options as it shares space with the other ARIA chefs and restaurateurs; including Michael Mina, Sirio Maccioni, Jean Georges Vongerichten, Masa Takayama, Shawn McClain, and Julian Serrano. 3730 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89158. 866-359-7757.

Lucky Baldwins to host old school barleywine vertical beer tasting

Featuring Thomas Hardy's Ale, a barleywine from England

Here is chance to taste a beer that’s no longer in production. The Thomas Hardy’s Ale, an English style barleywine, will be poured at Pasadena‘s Lucky BaldwinsThomas Hardy’s Ale Vertical Tasting on Wednesday, March 7 starting at 7 PM. Six different version (1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008) of the beer will be available from the bottle during the tasting. This beer was first brewed in 1968 by a brewery called Eldridge Pope and discontinued in 1999. In 2003, another English brewery, O’Hanlon’s Brewing Co., took on the task of recreating the beer. However, being too costly to brew, O’Hanlon’s Brewing Co. discontinued it in 2008. 17 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105. 626-795-0652.

Maui Brewing Co. reaches ‘Regional Craft Brewery’ status, selling more than 15,000 barrels of beer per year

Lahaina, Hawaii

Maui Brewing Co. has officially become the only brewery in Hawaii to reach ‘Regional Craft Brewery‘ classification thanks to increased sales and national distribution. The Brewers Association defines the craft beer industry by four distinct markets: Brewpubs, Microbreweries, Regional Craft Breweries and Contract Brewing Companies; a regional brewery has an annual production of 15,000 to 6,000,000 barrels.

Maui Brewing Co.’s 7-barrel brewpub at the Kahana location, as well as the 25-barrel production brewery and canning facility in Lahaina, showed strong mid-year revenues and will begin distribution in Texas, Arizona, Nevada, and Maryland later this year. 4405 Honoapiilani Hwy #217, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761. 808-669-3474.

Eat

Sitting down with The Grand Wok’s Executive Chef Bill Chan

At the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas

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Before ending up on the Vegas Strip, Chef Bill Chan was cooking in Hong Kong when the territory was still under British sovereignty in 1979. Now, 33 years later, Bill is now the man in command of the kitchen at The Grand Wok restaurant inside the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino serving up traditional Cantonese, Japanese, Thai, Korean and Vietnamese cuisine. Not to be misconstrued as fusion, but an expansive menu selection ranging from Dim Sum-style dishes, sashimi, Pad Thai, to Hainanese chicken rice. We caught up with Executive Chef Bill Chan after a bustling lunch service and spoke to him about working at the MGM Grand, his past and being the Vice President of the American Chinese Chef Association. Read More