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SOL Cocina offers classic views of Newport Harbor while dining from your boat

Sol Cocina is welcoming back “Dock & Dine Season” for its third year at the Balboa Marina in Newport Beach. The restaurant will provide traditional Coastal Mexican cuisine and dockside catering during the spring and summer months. “Dock & Dine” will offer five tasting menu packages such as the AZUL ($75 for a group of six) and the TACOS SOL($150 for a group of 10). SOL favorites including Grilled Carne Asada, Kurobuta Pork Carnitas, Lemon-Garlic Chicken, Grilled Fish Zarandeado, and Carne Asada Tacos Vampiros along with salsas, guacamole, and Borracho black beans with cotixa cheese will be featured.

While dockside catering and traditional SOL catering such as corporate dinners, luncheons, cocktail receptions, private tequila dinners, and large-scale galas are offered year-round, SOL uses the view of the bay and increased beach tourism to highlight their catering capabilities during “Dock & Dine Season.” SOL also hosts customized private tequila tastings with over 60 tequilas. Events are available in a private bar with a dedicated bartender. Guests can also try Taco & Tequila Tuesday specials every week on Tuesday, from 4 PM – 10 PM as well as Industry Hours (50% off cocktails, beer and wine for those working in the hospitality industry) on Sunday – Thursday, from 9 PM – midnight and Friday – Saturday from 11 PM – close. 251 Pacific Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92660. 949-675-9800.

Food

New chef and menu at Lexington Social House

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Lexington Social House in Hollywood welcomes their new chef, Jared Simons, to the team as well as his new spring menu. Joining Lexington Social House from Violet and Bardot, Chef Simons brings his classic American fare with a subtle twist focusing on the usage of products from small farms, minimally processed, and union/American made. Read More

Drink

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

Events & Festivals

New Belgium Brewing announces 2012 Tour de Fat schedule

New Belgium Brewing has announced the 2012 Tour de Fat schedule hitting 15 cities across the country including new to this year’s line up, Atlanta and DC. In its 13th season, Tour de Fat is a celebration of bicycles and the people who use them, making Eco-friendly decisions. Festivities include a costumed bicycle parade, local food, an unusual bike contest, and of course, New Belgium beer. The free event is expected to exceed the $2 million mark for money raised in 2012. Stages are alternatively powered and created with recycled materials, trucks and transport use bio-fuel sourced from recycled waste oils, all vendors operate ‘off the grid’, and proceeds directly benefit trail maintenance, safety education, and lobbying for better bicycle communities. Read More

The Charleston in Santa Monica now open

Offering food, drink, and live entertainment, The Charleston in Santa Monica opened its doors last night. This nightlife venue boasts of a culinary program created by chef Jet Tila (as seen on Iron Chef America) and will host occasional pop-ups, an extensive bar program featuring wine, beer, and housemade specialty cocktails, and live entertainment from DJs, jazz, dueling pianos, hip hop acts, rock cover bands, and comedy and karaoke nights.

Chef Tila’s menu showcases his style of American fare with a twist as his menu offers shared plates such as Slow Roasted Short Rib Tacos with Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Korean Salsa and the Welsh Rarebit-Welsh Cheese Bread, Country Toast Smothered in Cheese Sauce then Broiled, his flatbreads menu include Bacon, Egg & Cheese and Sausage, Arugula and Fennel, a wide variety of salads and sides, and his selection of entrees including Five Spice Pork Belly Bao Buns and the Charleston Burger with Cheddar, Arugula, Onion Marmalade and Sun Dried Tomato Aioli. And to complementing the cuisine is the bar program, which features specialty cocktails such as the Ginger Kiss- Beefeater Gin, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Fresh Ginger & Habanero Chili, the Jet 75 – Gin, Simple Syrup, Lemon Juice and Brut Champagne, the Kaffir Lime Pie – Stoli Vodka, Stoli Vanilla Vodka, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Egg White & Kaffir Lime Garnish, and the Poison Rose – Beefeater Gin, Monin Rose Syrup, Lilet Rouge & Lemon Juice. 2460 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403. 310-828-2115.