December 17, 2010 |
Awash in cool whites and low lights, the Hungry Cat is the perfect place to toss back a leisurely after-work cocktail or two. Especially on weekdays, when many of the restaurant's alcohol-laced libations are half price from 3 to 6 p.m., leaving you with more money to slurp down a few succulent oysters from the fantastic raw bar. And although you might feel compelled to drink a crisp, white wine with your bivalve bonanza, there is a seasonal cocktail...
June 22, 2000 |
The first thing John Bragg ever collected was rocks. But that's not the subject of his lecture tonight, which was organized by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. Nope. Instead museum officials were more interested in the 66-year-old's 427 different bottles of tequila. It's probably the world's largest collection of North America's first distilled spirit.
July 13, 2013 |
Barbara Golding emailed me to tell me how much she loved an Israeli couscous dish: "We had dinner at the Vertical Wine Bistro in Pasadena last week and loved the couscous. Could you provide the recipe?" Vertical Wine Bistro's dish features large, pearly couscous flavored with chopped fresh herbs and garlic and a touch of bright tang from lemon juice and vinegar. It's rounded out with complex notes from the Moroccan spice blend ras el hanout . The dish is perfect made ahead of time to give the flavors time to marry before serving.
January 21, 2011 |
Tequila isn't in an exclusive relationship with sweet-and-sour mix. No, the margarita does not own its tempting agave heart. The spirit lends itself nicely to a variety of other mixers, including hibiscus juice. It lovingly cohabitates with this ruby-colored nectar in a cocktail called Angelina at Mas Malo in downtown Los Angeles. Made from the flower of the same name, the juice's flavor is soft and sweet. The addition of hibiscus-infused tequila, a hint of simple syrup and the tart tang of lime makes the drink as addictive as a kiss.
May 15, 2006 |
How's this for a concert concept: an evening of symphonic, all-instrumental versions of beloved songs by, say, Willie Nelson or Johnny Cash? It may not sound like a winner when it comes to country music from the United States. But there's something about Mexican country music -- and the classic rancheras of songwriter Jose Alfredo Jimenez in particular -- that makes the idea seem natural and appealing. Perhaps it's all those violins used in mariachi ensembles.
May 3, 2013 |
Cinco de Mayo is, like its brethren St. Patrick's Day, a day originally meant to celebrate another country's history. But then America turned it into an amateur-hour drinking holiday. Ah well, at least this historical revisionism comes with a side of tequila cocktails. Here are a few of the best Southland bar specials, live shows and culinary feasts to celebrate the occasion - whether it's the actual Mexican army's defeat of the French at the Battle of Puebla, or your purchase of a new frozen-drink mixer.