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.


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

At the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas

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

Test Kitchen alumni, chef Dan Moody to pop-up at Batch Restaurant & Bar

Starting tomorrow until March 3

Culver City’s Batch Restaurant & Bar‘s Executive Chef Salvador Roldan is about to lend chef Dan Moody, who served as sous chef to Ludo Lefevre at LudoBites, some real estate for five days for his upcoming pop-up kitchen. Starting tomorrow until Saturday, March 3, chef Dan will be cooking up a specialty menu including Banana Bread Pudding a la Bourbon Pecan Pie as dessert. The rest of the menu will be revealed tomorrow. Call 310-202-8631 for reservations. 8631 W. Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232.

21 Amendment's 'Big Can Draft Series' packs a punch

Kegs full o' Lower DeBoom

San Francisco‘s 21st Amendment Brewery is starting the “Big Can Draft Series” as a part of its periodic release of small batch, draft-only brews. Kegs will be offered in half and sixth barrels starting this week with the first being the strongest beer in the lineup, the Lower DeBoom Barleywine. Lower DeBoom, 10.5% alcohol by volume, is an American-Style barleywine (a beer thats comparable to the strength of wine) that is full of citrusy Pacific Northwest hops, flavored with toffee malt, fruitcake, tropical fruit, toast, and piney hops. 563 2nd St., San Francisco, CA, 94107. 415-369-0900.