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Party it up at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas for $11,111 on 11/11/11, ring in 2012 with 150 of your friends in downtown Denver

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas is offering an “Extravagant Package” for the weekend of November 11 for $11,111. For two nights hotel guests will receive two-night stay at the Paradise Platinum Penthouse VIP suite with two tickets to Carlos Santana‘s show, official Carlos Santana merchandise, pre-fixe menu at 35 Steaks + Martinis, 80 minute spa treatment, VIP table at Vanity Nightclub with Perrier Jouet Fleur de Fleur Rose Champagne, and one print from Neal Preston’s rock photography collection. Email Cherryl Kaopua to book.

The Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center Hotel is offering an all-inclusive party package for 150 people to celebrate New Year’s Eve for $15,000. The package includes private use of the 27th floor Peaks Lounge, appetizers and desserts, open bar with wine, beer and champagne, party favors and a DJ plus a view of the 16th Street Mall firework display at 9 PM and 12 AM. Not too bad if you do the math. Call 303-486-444 to book.

Photo: Paradise Penthouse at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
Photography provided by Erik Kabik

The Scoop

iPhone app that pours you a beer, top ten spookiest buildings around the world

Drinking, eating, and traveling news from around the web

  • We all know about the Siri on the new iPhone, but how about the Beeri?
  • LonelyPlanet.com rates the top ten spookiest buildings around the world.
  • Airlines collect $1.5 billion in fees in the second-quarter.
  • EVA Airways launches “Hello Kitty” planes.
  • What happens to the items left at security checkpoints?

L.A.'s popular beer garden returns for the winter, Ellen DeGeneres to open vegan restaurant and more!

ColLAboration, L.A.’s popular pop-up craft beer garden is back with a “ColLAboration Winter Wonderland Craft Beer Garden” event on Saturday December 3 from 12 PM – 5 PM. The event will will be held at the newly opened Golden Road Brewing in Atwater Village. $15 for membership glass, beer tokens and food from local eateries available for purchase.

The Hollywood Report reports Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi is set to open an animal-product free restaurant with menu by chef Tal Ronnen, somewhere on Ventura Blvd. in the Valley.

The 3rd Annual Santa Monica Pub Crawl is set for Saturday, December 17. Crawlers are encouraged to dress in ‘Santa/Holiday’ attire. $10 for entrance fee.

El Carmen in L.A. is celebrating “Dia de los Muertos” on November 2 from 8 PM – 2 AM with drink specials including El Carmen’s Classic Margaritas for $5. Guests are encouraged to be in their “Dia de los Muertos” costumes. Dj Garron Gash will be spinning live.

Photo: the grand opening of Golden Road Brewing

Mimi's House: Golden Fried Fish Balls with Fish Roe

This new age Taiwanese street food is available from Mimi’s House in Diamond Bar, CA, hidden inside a strip mall. Read More

TV

Bravo’s ‘Top Chef: Texas,’ big as its namesake

Tom Colicchio, “Just like Texas, this will be our biggest season ever.”

Top Chef returns for it’s 9th season with a record 29 contestants and new judges Emeril Lagasse and Hugh Acheson. See what host Padma Lakshmi and judge Tom Colicchio have to say about the contestants.
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Get your crab on – Dungeness Crab Fair at Chaya Venice

Tachibe’s menu focuses on Euro-Asian flavors accentuating the mighty crustacean

If you love eating crab but hate working for it – not a problem, Chaya Venice is doing the work for you! Kicking off this week at Chaya Venice is the Dungeness Crab Fair from October 24 to November 6. For the next two weeks, Executive Corporate Chef Shigefumi Tachibe – whose formal culinary training in French technique began at age 15, has created a six item savory Dungeness crab dinner menu in addition to the regular fare at Chaya Venice. Read More

Tony's Darts Away to open for brunch, Umami Burger to expand, and more!

Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank will offer brunch at 10 AM with breakfast items starting October 29 at their newly opened 14-seat patio. Breakfast items will be available until supplies run out.

Umami Burger plans to open up two new locations in Hermosa Beach and Laguna Beach by the end of 2011.

Yxta Cocina Mexicana in downtown Los Angeles is throwing a Dia De Los Muertos event from 9 PM – 1 AM offering $3 tacos, $5 margaritas and $6 martinis.

LA Beer Week Closing Festival 2011: photo recap

Beer lovers lined up at the entrance of Union Station waiting for their commemorative glass of unlimited beer access. Cheers and heckles were heard throughout the day as those same glasses shattered on the floors. Sadly, the LA Beer Week Closing Festival signals the end of LA Beer Week. Check out our photo recap. Read More

Macanese Fried Rice from cookbook ‘Feeding the Dragon’

1 of 100+ recipes from Mary Kate Tate and Nate Tate

Mary Kate and Nate went on a culinary based trek throughout China and compiled a cookbook of authentic Chinese dishes named “Feeding the Dragon. Here’s one of them. Read More

Barlo Kitchen + Cocktail now open, Mezze launching dinner service on Sun. and more!

Barlo Kitchen + Cocktail at the Erwin Hotel in Venice Beach is now open for breakfast and dinner.

Ventura County Winery Association is having their month-long “Harvest Passport” event. The “passport” works like a punch card and passport holders will get to sample 5-wine flights at six different wineries during November. Each “passport” cost $35 and will receive 10% off their wine purchase for that day.

Mezze in West Hollywood is launching dinner service on Sundays.

Taberna Mexicana in Beverly Hills is offering $3 dollar beer, wine and margaritas, happy hour specials from Monday 3 PM until the football game ends, Tuesday through Saturday from 3 PM – 8 PM and all day Sunday.

SOL Mexican Cocina in Newport Beach is offering half-off bottles of wine every Monday from 4:30 PM to close with any food purchase throughout November.

Photo: Barlo Kitchen + Cocktail at the Erwin Hotel in Venice Beach, CA

Meeting of the culinary masterminds – Lexus Grand Tasting at the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival

The First Annual Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival kicked off with a bang on Wednesday, October 12 and continued until October 16 all over Los Angeles. The Lexus Grand Tasting Event at L.A. Live, spanning 2 days, was no exception to the excitement. Star studded with celebrity chefs, over 300 wines, and the Lexus Tasting Lab, patrons of the event found themselves at the height of decadence and luxury with an all you can drink and eat feast from some of the nations top chefs and wineries. Read More

Golden Road Brewing opens their doors for Los Angelenos

Last Sunday marks the official opening of Golden Road Brewing, located in Atwater Village, Los Angeles. We’ve followed progress for a while now and were on scene for the debut event where we tried the beers, heard their plans, and found out little more of their beginnings. Read More

Drink + Food

L.A. Beer Float Showdown 3: Andre Guerrero, Jan Purdy and Eagle Rock Brewery take home the win

The 3rd Annual Beer Float Showdown, presented by FoodGPS.com, where five chefs are paired with five California breweries to create an original beer float wrapped up today. The judges were prominent beer and ice cream aficionados; the attendees. The competition included chef Ilan Hall of The Gorbals and “Top Chef” with Tustin Brewery and Smog City Brewing Co. brewer/owner Jonathan Porter, chef CJ Jacobson of The Yard and “Top Chef” with Firestone Walker rep Jace Milstead, chef Laurent Quenioux of Vertical Wine Bistro and LQ@SK with Beachwood BBQ and Brewing brewmaster Julian Shrago, chefs Andre Guerrero, Jan Purdy of The Oinkster and Maximiliano with Eagle Rock Brewery brewmaster Jeremy Raub and chef Thi Tran and Nguyen Tran of Starry Kitchen with Ladyface Ale Companie brewmaster Dave Griffiths and owner Cyrena Nouzille. Read More

Events & Festivals

CANFEST 2011: 3rd annual canned beer festival in Reno

CANFEST, Reno’s International Canned Beer Festival is making its way back to Reno on November 12. Canned beer continues to shed it’s inferior reputation, partly due to events like CANFEST, which was the first international canned beer festival. They attribute the interest because beer drinkers “realize that cans offer superior protection from sunlight and oxygen infiltration.” According to the craftcans.com database, over 130 craft breweries can at least one of their beers. Read More

Drink

Interviewing Bruno Reinders, head brewer of Mort Subite from Belgium

As LA Beer Week rolls along, it’s prominence to craft beer culture grows as international beer icons start making appearances in L.A. To be specific, we are talking about Bruno Reinders, the man behind the Belgium Lambic brew, Mort Subite. We had a chance to sit down with Bruno, so we sent Drink Eat Travel host Jace Milstead over to talk shop about his brew, his life, and how he ranks beers in his book. Read More

Deconstructed LA: introducing Firestone Walker Brewing Co.’s newest anniversary beer with Matt Brynildson & Sean Z. Paxton

Paso Robles, CA’s Firestone Walker Brewing Co. debuted their latest anniversary beer, XV, on October 12th. To kick off the brew, an eight course pairing held at the Avalon’s Bardot Room in Hollywood was conceived by “Homebrew ChefSean Z. Paxton with the theme of deconstruction. The intent was to take the eight beers that comprise Matt Brynildson’s blend, XV, and pair them with foods to bring out their intricacies. Ultimately, the goal was to better understand and appreciate the anniversary beer that will be available for purchase at their brewery on November 5, and to Firestone Walker vendors shortly after. We were on the scene with chef Sean Z. Paxton and Firestone Walker Brewing Co.’s brewmaster, Matt Brynildson, to chat about Deconstructed LA. Read More

Rosewood Tavern: Grand English Breakfast

Not a morning person – that’s okay, the Grand English Breakfast from Rosewood Tavern is available during lunch. They don’t call this breakfast “grand” for no reason. Read More

Jace's Drink This

Boulevard Brewing Company Collaboration No. 2 White I.P.A.

First off, I owe you all an apology. Not only for the ineptitude of the writing that you are about to read, but for the fact that I have not subjugated your eyes and brains to said subpar musings in several weeks. If it makes you feel any better, I was recharging my beerteries (that’s beer batteries) at the Great American Beer Festival. Furthermore, it allowed me to pick up not only a wicked cold and hoarse voice (a Mitzvah for those that know me), but also the bottle of beer that I am reviewing herein. It’s time to enjoy Deschutes/Boulevard collaboration beer: Boulevard Brewing Company Collaboration No. 2 White I.P.A.  Read More