Plus a video interview with host Jace Milstead, co-owner Wil Dee and brewmaster David Larsen
Haven Gastropub +Brewery may be new to Pasadena, but the second location of this Orange, CA establishment is hardly the new kid on the block. Balancing artfully executed fare with carefully curated craft beer, wine and cocktail selections, Haven exists somewhere between a high-quality, local-centric restaurant and relaxed gastropub. If that wasn’t enough, they will soon brew their own beers right inside the Pasadena premises, due to start serving in late February. Read More
Paint the town red or ignite the fire within
As the short February days continue to wane away, we start to consider our next big holiday. There is Labor Day, Independence Day, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day; even St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching. But we feel empty, like maybe we’re missing something. Then it comes like a wave of sickly, syrupy gushiness – days later we find the evidence – an empty wallet, half-burnt rose petals, and three extra pounds of chocolate-weight. Beware of the coming holiday, as it prefers to ambush its practitioners. Here is part one of our Valentine’s Day guide on where to drink and eat in L.A. to get you prepared. Read More
Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit to include Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and Mandalay Bay
All-star hotels for this all-star event
Join sixty restaurants, 50 chefs, 30 sommeliers, 30 events, and these four resorts: Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and Mandalay Bay at the six annual Vegas Uncork’d from May 10 to May 13. Chef appearances include: Todd English, Michael Mina, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, José Andrés and more. Read More
Celebrate the flavors of the sea at Chaya Venice‘s “Oyster Fair” from February 16 to March 3. Available for dinner only, the menu will showcase both hot and cold dishes, such as fresh oysters on the half shell including Kumamoto, Fanny Bay, and Hama Hama ($16). Other starters on the menu include Baked Oyster Rockefeller with Spinach, Bacon, Cream, and Parmesan Cheese ($19) and Angus Beef Tartare with Fried Oyster and Sweet Potato Chips ($16). Main entrées include Oyster and Citrus Cured Salmon Chowder with Tokyo Winter Negi (Japanese Leeks), Yukon Potato, and a Homemade Bacon Scone ($20) and Kobe Short Rib “Pot Pie” with Caramelized Sweet Onion Sauce and Baked Oyster Zucchini, and Champagne Cream ($29). You can party with the oysters from Monday through Thursday, 6 PM – 10:30 PM. Regular menu items will also be available throughout “Oyster Fair”. 110 Navy St., Venice, CA 90291. 310-396-1179.
If produce is more your style, chef David LeFevre of M.B. Post in Manhattan Beach is kicking off the inaugural event, “Can You Dig It?” on February 24 at 12 PM. A three-course meal of small, shareable plates ($65) with an optional wine pairing will be available (+$35 more) in this seasonal program which will exhibit a guest chef along with a featured farmer. This year’s pairing will see Chef Giuseppe Tentori of Boka, GT Fish & Oyster, and Maryann Carpenter from Coastal Farms in Santa Paula, CA. 1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. 310-545-5405.
Featuring 12 beers over 8% ABV
February 1 marks the start of the 11th Annual ‘Strong Beer Month’, presented by 21st Amendment Brewery and Magnolia Pub and Brewery. The concept is simple: serve strong beers. A ticket stub to the month long event will list all twelves beers – as you move between the two pubs, your ticket will be marked according to the beers you’ve already had. Each brewery has produced six strong beers with 21st Amendment boasting six beers over 8.5% ABV. A commemorative glass will be given away as a free gift after the completion of all 12 beers (not all at the same time, of course). Read More
Most sold item wins on Super Bowl Sunday
The Deck at the Pacific Edge Hotel is not the only restaurant with this idea. Bruxie in Orange County is having their own Super Bowl food battle. Two dishes will battle it out, one will be victorious. Representing the Patriots, the Classic New England Lobster Bruxie and for the Giants, the Roasted New York Strip Bruxie.
On Saturday, February 4 at 11 AM, at both Old Towne Orange and Brea Downtown locations a tally will be kept to determine which item has the highest number of sales. The winner will be announced on the following day. Brea Downtown, 215 W. Birch St., Brea, CA 92821. 714-255-1188. Old Towne Orange, 292 North Glassell St., Orange, CA 92866. 714-633-3900.
Photography provided by Bruxie
What you might not know about the American beef industry, U.S. food service industry projected to hit $682 billion sales
Drinking, eating and traveling news from around the web
- NPR on what you might not know about the American beef industry.
- U.S. food service industry projected to hit $632 billion sales in 2012.
- Air travelers grew six percent in 2011.
- Spirit Airline is charging passengers additional fees, an answer to the government’s new regulation.
- WiFi is a traveler’s top amenity according to TripAdvisor.
- WSJ on passenger’s tactics to avoid luggage check-in fees.