March 2, 2013 |
Echo Park has a new fancy cocktail den in Allumette. In the old Allston Yacht Club space next door to the neighborhood liquor store House of Spirits Allumette is the new restaurant by Vagrancy Project chef Miles Thompson. To complement his intricate small plates, including raviolo of liquefied blood pudding with scallop carpaccio and caramelized anchovy; and fried oyster with kimchi ranch dressing, Asian pear mignonette and sea spinach, he's brought on former Pour Vous and Harvard & Stone mixologist Serena Herrick.
April 27, 2003 |
A few years back, I was sitting in a restaurant-bar in Playas de Tijuana, a newer neighborhood in that town with my Mexican half-sister, Iridia, when I first heard the word that would subsequently change my alcohol-consuming life. "Una Corona para mi hermana," she said to the waiter, ordering for her American half-sister. "Y para mi, una michelada." MEEEEEE-chay-la-thah.
August 4, 2012
Watermelon salad with feta, mint and cumin-lime dressing Total time: 20 minutes Servings: 4 to 6 2 pounds watermelon cubes 1 pound feta, cut in cubes 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds 3 tablespoons lime juice Salt 1 1/2 tablespoons oil 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint 1. Combine watermelon, feta and jalapeño in serving bowl....
March 25, 2010 |
Dear SOS: 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. Could it be that easy? Would they be willing to share the recipe? It would be a great way to impress my friends this summer. Amanda Saxe Encino Dear Amanda: Las Ventanas al Paraiso was happy to share their recipe for this bright and simple dish.
March 16, 2013 |
In a city that could be considered the melting pot of the world, it's only fitting that our pick for a St. Patrick's Day cocktail is Mexican. Created by mixologist Gilbert Marquez for Santa Monica's nouveau Mexican restaurant Mercado, the drink is called the Irish Poet. The spicy libation is fueled by the smoky flavor of mezcal, the heat of seeded poblano peppers, the zing of fresh lime juice and a lick of chipotle pepper-infused salt. Inspiration for the drink struck Marquez after a riotous tequila-drinking session with a loquacious Irishman in Mexico.
January 13, 2012
Drink like a Golden Globes nominee, or at least like someone invited to Soho House's pre-awards party on Friday, by making this celebratory sparkling drink. It's called the Grey Goose Le Fizz and it's a simple combination of smooth vodka, fresh lime juice and soda water mixed with the floral freshness of elderflower liqueur. After a few of these you'll be writing your own acceptance speech, you know, just in case George Clooney doesn't win and you're needed in a pinch. -- Grey Goose Le Fizz by Soho House 2 parts Grey Goose vodka 1 part Elderflower liqueur 1 part freshly squeezed lime juice Soda water Shake and strain into a champagne flute, top with soda water.