August 24, 2012 |
Bartender Calixto Hernandez has a wrist as loose as Steven Tyler's tongue, so the results can be menacing if you're not careful. Every Sunday, Hernandez lords over one of the most popular build-your-own Bloody Mary bars in the city on the back patio of La Cita in downtown Los Angeles. He provides a pint glass half full (or more) of vodka and you go to work mixing and garnishing it from the movable feast of condiments, crisp bacon, sauces and pickled veggies he lines up on the side of the bar. Thanks to the oppressive August heat, which mandates a healthy amount of escapist day drinking, the Enabler has lately been obsessed with build-your-own Bloody Mary bars.
January 26, 2013 |
Maybe it's the sense of danger that reels you in at first. The crazy name, the wild picture slapped on the bottle. Before you know it, you're on for the ride, and the best ones leave you reduced to a sweaty and speechless mess. When it's finally over, you can't help but want more. I'm talking about hot sauce, a virtual thrill ride for the taste buds. And for fans, nothing beats the feeling. So what makes hot sauce so attractive? Blame it on the capsaicin, the chemical behind a chile's heat.
February 13, 2013 |
It doesn't get much simpler than shrimp and grits, but Bar / Kitchen at the O Hotel takes this classic comfort food to new heights. Large Mexican shrimp are cooked in a rich creamy sauce spiced with minced Spanish Bilbao chorizo and a helping of Sriracha hot sauce. Spooned atop cheesy stone-ground grits, some might call it dinner. I call it heaven on a plate. For more quick-fix dinner ideas, check out our video recipe gallery here . Food Editor Russ Parsons and Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter show you how to fix a number of dishes in an hour or less.
February 27, 1993 |
If jalapeno peppers and hot sauce leave you cold, researchers have something that will set your taste buds on fire and make them beg for mercy. They have developed a new cayenne pepper "more than 20 times hotter than a jalapeno pepper" and two to three times hotter than peppers used in hot sauce, said Philip D. Dukes, a plant pathologist with the Agricultural Research Service.
March 24, 1999 |
Mo Hotta Mo Betta, the hot sauce mail-order outfit, kept getting complaints from habanero-guzzling parents whose children wanted to eat hot sauce like Mom and Dad but whose palates were too tender. The company tested dozens of sauces on 100 children aged 4 to 16 and came up with four that were widely liked, ranging from Cool Baby (a slightly spicy ketchup) through Wild Child (a barbecue sauce) and Crazy Kid (chipotle-based) to Screaming Teen (a jalapeno sauce).
January 6, 2011 |
First, locate the tiny, unassuming entrance to Little London Cafe, a long, narrow, white linoleum corridor of a diner in the middle of the San Gabriel Valley's Chinese food paradise. A sign outside claims that the restaurant specializes in fish and chips. Ignore this sign. Inside, you will be presented with a laminated, black menu that lists pedestrian fish and chips and Americanized teriyaki bowls. Ignore this also. Ask for the Kalimantan menu. There may be some confusion because some of the servers, though extraordinarily sweet and accommodating, speak very little English.
February 24, 2013 |
This week's Culinary SOS request comes from Keith Johnson in Rancho Palos Verdes: "Last summer, my girlfriend and I spent our vacation on Florida's Amelia Island. We stopped by a lovely, quaint Spanish restaurant in Fernandina Beach called España . Its gambas Mozambique (shrimp Mozambique style) was extraordinary. I'd love the recipe so we could enjoy this fabulous dish more than just once a year. " If I didn't know how easy this dish was to make, I'd be planning a cross-country trip to Amelia Island too. Large shrimp are poached in a rich sauce flavored with garlic and spice, fresh lemon, coconut milk and a few dashes of hot sauce.
June 30, 2002 |
Archeologists digging at the site of a black-owned saloon in a historic Old West mining town have unearthed a 130-year-old bottle of hot sauce. The oldest style of Tabasco bottle known to exist was reconstructed from 21 shards excavated from beneath the site of the Boston Saloon of Virginia City, Nev., about 20 miles southeast of Reno.