June 7, 2012
EVENTS Celebrate the humble grape at the 7th Annual L.A. WineFest. Choose tastes from more than 500 different wines, spirits and beers; nosh on gourmet food truck fare; and listen to live music. Classes on wine, beer and Scotch food pairings will also be conducted. Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sat. Noon to 5 p.m. Sun. $75. http://www.lawinefest.com.
January 20, 2012
Celebrate the birthday of Scotland's favorite son on Wednesday, also known as Burns Day, after the 18th century Romantic poet Robert Burns. Known for his lilting lyricism, storied love affairs and fondness for haggis, Burns also enjoyed a good glass of Scotch. To pay tribute, downtown whisky bar Seven Grand is offering that day a special concoction called the Bobby Burns. A perfectly metered mix of Scotch, sweet vermouth and Benedictine, this cocktail will have you singing "Auld Lang Syne" in no time.
November 25, 2011 |
At 10:30 on an achingly beautiful Tuesday morning, the Enabler walked into an unassuming bar in Glendale called Neat. The furious weekend rains had fled, draining the sky of gray and leaving in its place the ice cold blue of Veronica Lake's eyes. It was whiskey weather, and the Enabler craved a warming snort. Neat was not usually open at such an early hour, but its owner — the wisecracking mixologist and cocktail consultant Aidan Demarest — had agreed to meet the Enabler to talk about his new bar and show off his more than 300 bottles of carefully curated spirits, which he serves straight up (called "neat" by liquor lovers)
November 18, 2010
EVENTS Connoisseurs of Scotland's most revered export are invited to an evening featuring more than 100 rare whiskeys at the Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza. The event includes a dinner buffet and a selection of premium imported cigars. Knowledgeable representatives from each participating distillery will be on hand to answer questions. Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, 1700 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday. $135. (800) 990-1991. http://www.singlemaltextravaganza.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2010 |
Squeezed by a continuing budget crisis, Los Angeles officials scaled back city services over the past year, reducing library hours, laying off child-care workers and taking steps to turn over several public parking garages to private companies. Yet there's one area where the city suddenly appears determined to branch out, even in a grim economy: golf carts. After trying for seven years to award a new contract for a golf cart concession at the city's seven 18-hole courses, officials with the Department of Recreation and Parks have decided they are capable of renting out the electric vehicles themselves.
July 9, 2010 |
I came to Scotland in search of the Loch Ness Monster and found a ghost instead. Of course, I also sampled a lot of Scotch, which might lead some to think my vision was impaired. To those naysayers, I say, "Chill." My camera recorded the event. At least I think it did. But let me start at the beginning. Scotland has always appealed to me. Its wild places — its mountains, moors, lochs and islands — speak to my Scotch-Irish heritage. I'd love to take a month off and hike the high mountains and walk the deep green glens of the Highlands, then cap that off with a month of island hopping, sailing to as many of the Scotland's windswept isles — there are more than 700 — as possible.