Refreshing Memorial Day Cocktail!

Napa Valley Grille’s Pineapple Cucumber White Sangria


Memorial Day Weekend is around the corner and celebratory barbeques are amongst us! This year, down your grilled meats with this refreshing Pineapple Cucumber White Sangria a la Napa Valley Grille! Read More

Drink + Events & Festivals

Pop-Up at Fast Food Français


Two weeks ago, Fast Food Français in Sausalito, CA hosted a pop-up night featuring Brian Felley and Mo Hodges of Encinal Spirits. The two bar aficionados showcased a seasonal menu of six cocktails for guests that paired with a dish or appetizer representative of the restaurants “playful American fast food classics with a hint of French inspiration”. Some of the featured cocktails included the Marin County Cocktail with whiskey, Cognac, dry vermouth, chocolate and grapefruit bitters, garnished with a grapefruit twist; the Pompeii Fizz with gin, lemon, Pamplemousse Liqueur, Lillet Blanc and egg white; and the Marty Sour with barrel aged gin, citrus vermouth, Maraschino Liqueur and orange bitters. Read More

Drink + Food + Food Drink Report

1760 Restaurant: Straying away from the classics

1760 Interior 1

A chef, a bartender and a wine guy… oh my! These are the dudes behind 1760 restaurant in San Francisco, CA. 1760 recently opened their doors in early September and have been dishing out some truly creative and unique food and cocktail items. Read More


Blackbird Bar’s Fall Cocktail Menu

BB Bodega Blossom

Blackbird Bar of San Francisco, CA recently launched their new cocktail menu for the fall. The new menu consists of 3 seasonal beers and two fall-forward cocktails. Warm up with one of these new spiced drinks and take in one of the best seasons of the year!
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Drink + Food + News

Chambers Eat + Drink: New Happy Hour

Chambers 2 middle seats at Be Amazing bar

Last week, Chambers Eat + Drink, in San Francisco, CA announced the start of their new Happy Hour! Every Tuesday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. join them for a delicious new menu of “Bar Bites” and drinks. Read More


Blackbird Bar Launches Indian Summer Drink Menu


It’s mid summer and we’re in the mood for a great cocktail! This Sunday, Blackbird Bar in San Francisco, CA will be launching their new Indian Summer menu featuring an array of uniquely concocted drinks that will satisfy the taste buds of any “parched” individual.  Read More


A Happy Birthday to Blackbird Bar!


This month, in celebration of their 4-year anniversary, Blackbird Bar in San Francisco, CA will introduce a newly expanded wine list as well as a sleek and sophisticated interior redesign! Read More


Cinco to host Strand Brewing for ‘Tap Takeover’

Eight brews paired with taco specials


Newly opened tapas restaurant, Cinco, in Westchester is hosting a tap takeover with local brewery, Strand on Wednesday, May 29 from 3 PM – 11:30 PM. Eight different styles of brews will be available in full pints, half pints and sampler sizes. If you enjoy swag, they’ll also have hats, shirts and pint glasses you can take home by winning a raffle. A raffle ticket comes with each pint purchased. One person will have a chance to win a special release of Strand Second Sheep Russian Imperial Stout (say that fast five times). Cinco, 7241 West Manchester Ave., Los Angeles, California 90045 Read More


KCRW’s DJ Raul Campos to spin at City Tavern’s “All-You-Can-Drink Craft Beer Garden”

Sunday, January 20 at 9 PM


Join City Tavern in Culver City, CA  Sunday, January 20th at 9PM for an All-You-Can-Drink Craft Beer Garden! That’s right, I said ALL YOU CAN DRINK CRAFT BEER. Just about unheard of in sunny southern California until now.  Read More


Stein Club at Wirtshaus

Stein Club

Eins, zwei, drei … Prost! Haven’t gotten your fill of great German beers or just prepping for this year’s Oktoberfest? Wirtshaus, a Los Angeles German Restaurant and Biergarten, is opening up its “Stein Club” to 15 additional members as of January 1st! Read More


A preview of Prevu

New bubbly for the new year


Lucky for us and all of mankind, the world did not come to an end and New Years is right around the corner! New to the liquor aisle is Prevu, an all organic sparkling liquor. Although fear of an excruciating morning after restrains one from mixing dark and light liquors, Prevu has quietly combined vodka and cognac with success. Specially created and bottled in Cognac, France, Prevu is infused with raspberry, black currant, and violet flowers with a tickle of bubbly. Read More


Dark Horse Wine

Available exclusively at Trader Joes

Dark Horse Wine

To the wine newbie, choosing a bottle of wine from the extensive variety available  on the grocer’s shelves can be quite an overwhelming and daunting task.  So let’s start by  introducing one wine at a time, beginning with newcomer Dark Horse Wine. Read More


Mini Local Brewer’s Fest & Pool Party at Four Points


Join Four Points by the Sheraton at LAX on Saturday May 12th from noon-5PM for a mini Local Brewer’s Fest, as a part of Beer Appreciation Night and the opening of Brewster’s Pool Bar. Read More


Hawaii craft beer culture with Maui Brewing Co.’s Garrett Marrero

See Taste Terminal host Jace Milstead interview Garret Marrero

It’s been about six months since Taste Terminal spoke to Maui Brewing Co.’s owner Garrett Marrero (pictured on the right) when we last caught up with him at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO. Maui Brewing Co. started in 2005 with 400 barrels of beer, now, seven years later, it’s officially the only Regional Craft Brewery in Hawaii brewing over 15,000 barrels of beer per year. “It’s amazing to see how much we have grown. The biggest thing attributing to our growth is being truly local, being who we say we are, being committed to making our beer in Hawaii, always,” Marrero says. Brewers Association, a group representing small brewers, recently released data stating that the small beer market is on the rise, representing 5.68% of the volume in the U.S. beer market, up from 4.97% in 2010. For Marrero, it’s the quality trumping the quantity, “I think fans of craft beer care about where the beer is from, what’s the story behind the beer and how are you different, what sets you apart from the rest.” Read More


Haven Gastropub + Brewery now serving up own beers: ‘Hello World’

A pale ale, now on tap in Pasadena


Hello World, a pale ale, is what Haven Gastropub +Brewery‘s brewmaster David Larsen and his team has named their first beer ever to be served to the public. The brew is named after a simple programming syntax which people use to learn computer programming. In essence, “Hello, World” interprets the first time a computer program is successful in execution in it’s most basic form. For David, it’s the first time Haven guests will have the chance to taste his brews. He describes the newly brewed pale ale as an easy drinking beer with a nice hop bite. Read More


Learn about beer with Certified Cicerone Thomas Kelley and get certified yourself

Edumacate yo self about beer


Beer is not just for throwing ping pong balls into a red cup, it can be quite sophisticated. Just ask Certified Cicerone (beer sommelier) Thomas Kelley, who’s launching a class about beer. The three part course ($50) begins on Wednesday, April 11 at 7 PM and is held at El Segundo Brewing Company in El Segundo, CA. Each session is about 1.5 hours long, allowing the student to familiarize themselves with the history, the brewing process, evaluation of beer, serving and pairing with food, and beer styles. The point of the class is not only to prepare students for the Certified Beer Server exam (first level of the program), but to break down the stigma of Budweiser commercials. “The best way for craft beer advocates to overcome the mass marketing campaign of the last century is very simple and can be summed up in one word. Educate,” Kelley says. Read More

Drink + Food

Inside look at Mixology 101 at Planet Dailies + Salvatore Calabrese shows us how to make the Breakfast Martini

Cocktail Jedi

If you’ve ever stumbled into a 24 hour eatery at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas after a night of drinking, then you might know about Planet Dailies – unless of course you passed out on the table (the best ones do). The second location for this growing brand shares the idea of the original spot, but unlike the original – this one includes a cocktail bar. Mixology 101 at Planet Dailies opens on March 12 at The Original Farmers Market in L.A. Here is an inside look at the bar/lounge and a brief introduction of London-based bartender Salvatore “The Maestro” Calabrese (pictured on the left) and his apprentice Joseph Brooke (pictured on the right). Read More


Temecula Valley’s Wine Country showcases their growing popularity with their sold-out ‘World of Wine’ barrel tasting weekend


While Napa Valley may be the most popular wine destination in California, one shouldn’t be so quick to forget the wineries of Temecula Valley – which has seen consistent growth in popularity over the last few years.  This past weekend, the wineries of Temecula shared their finest with the 21st annual “World of Wine” event.  From the big vineyards such as Wilson Creek to newer ones like Europa Village, over thirty wineries participated in this sold-out event. Read More