June 8, 2013 |
Dear SOS: I'm not a big drinker, but there's a cocktail that Akasha Restaurant in Culver City makes that could make me a convert. It's called a Ruby Red Mojito, made with pink grapefruit juice. I've tried versions at other restaurants, but they're not as good as Akasha's. I'd love to serve this to friends on game night and would be delighted if you could get Akasha to give you its recipe. Katherine Fleischmann Valley Glen Dear Katherine: Bright and refreshing, Akasha's mojito combines fresh grapefruit juice with lime, rum, a touch of agave syrup for sweetness and club soda for a little fizz.
June 7, 2013 |
Looking for something perfectly cool for a hot summer day? Oh, and simple? And ready in about an hour? Try ceviche. Specifically, this scallop ceviche recipe requested by Amanda in Encino: "We spent the weekend in Los Cabos and had an incredible scallop ceviche dish at the Tequila & Ceviche Bar at Las Ventanas. It was so fresh, I think it came straight from the Gulf of California. The chef said they marinate the scallops in lime juice to "cook" them. It looked beautiful, tasted even better and seemed pretty simple to make.
June 5, 2013
Total time: 40 minutes Servings: 8 Note: Fuyus are the small, crisp persimmons. They're only slightly sweet, so when paired with an assertive vinaigrette, they make a refreshing salad. 2 pounds Fuyu persimmons Juice of 1 lime 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 serrano chile, seeded and minced Salt 1 tablespoon walnut oil 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds (about 1/4 pomegranate) 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro 1. Cut off the tough green calyxes and slice each persimmon in 10 to 12 wedges.
May 22, 2013
Total time: 20 minutes, plus macerating time Servings: 1 Note: From Peter Birmingham at Norman's, where the drink is made with Ron Matusalem Platino rum. Birmingham also recommends Bacardi Silver or Cruzan Estate Light rum. You'll have enough simple syrup and candied kumquats for up to 12 drinks. Candied kumquats 1 cup boiling water 1 cup sugar 12 kumquats, whole 1 stalk lemongrass, ends trimmed and two outer layers removed, slightly smashed with the side of a chef's knife 1/2 teaspoon orange blossom water 1. Add the boiling water to the sugar.
May 18, 2013 |
Sometimes a cocktail is as good as a meal. That's certainly the case with a big, bold summer drink called the Horchata Colada. Created by Paul Sofsky for the new Mexican restaurant El Corazon de Costa Mesa at the Triangle in Costa Mesa, the concoction serves up gooey pineapple chunks in a creamy base of smooth coconut rum, tangy lime and spiced horchata rice milk. The rim of the glass is an experiment in layering with crushed pretzels clinging to a sticky layer of sweet caramel sauce.
May 11, 2013 |
On these beautiful, lazy mornings of late spring, brunch beckons like the promised land. Bring a couple of good friends (or your mom), sit in the sunshine and catch up over a relaxed meal. We're not talking giant buffets but carefully prepared, seasonal dishes. I don't indulge often, but whenever I do, I leave with a feeling of well-being that leaves a glow on the rest of the day. A.O.C. Reserve a table in the romantic garden at A.O.C.'s new digs (the former Orso). Bougainvillea nods over the garden wall.