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.
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.
February 22, 2014 |
If you're like me, you probably don't need an excuse to lift a celebratory margarita. Still, even this classic cocktail gets its own holiday. That would be today. So Happy National Margarita Day! To celebrate, we've compiled 13 of our favorite recipes . If you love a classic margarita, we've got you covered. Of course, we'll also take care of you if you'd like to get creative with a little blood orange, pomegranate or guava. Or perhaps you'd like to add a little jalapeno, horseradish or cilantro to the mix. We include a variety of recipes, including favorites from restaurants known for great drinks: El Coyote, Mas Malo and Border Grill.
March 27, 2014 |
Terroir . Wild yeasts. Elevation. Who knew these terms could apply to mezcal as easily as to wine. In fact, "the vocabulary of mezcal is more like the vocabulary of wine than spirits," explains Ron Cooper, the California artist who founded Del Maguey single-village mezcals 20 years ago when the beverage wasn't on anybody's radar. "We're talking about terroir , about mouth feel," he says. "We're talking about aroma, nose. " He can go on for hours, recounting the long history of mezcal made in remote villages hours off dirt roads.
December 11, 2012 |
Bar Amá, the newest restaurant venture from critically acclaimed chef Josef Centeno is slated to open Saturday downtown. Centeno, whose restaurant Bäco Mercat was recently named one of Bon Apetit's best new restaurants of 2012, will focus on Tex-Mex flavors and tequila and mezcal in the bar at Bar Amá. Centeno drew from family recipes when creating some of the dishes on the menu with items such as Grandma's menudo (served Saturdays and Sundays only) ($12); Mom's chile verde ($11)
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1998
You have done a tremendous service to the community with your alarming expose of the underage binge drinking in Tijuana (April 9). My parents are so grateful for the terror, suspicion and panic you have instilled in their hearts and minds. Now they will know the truth: that when I say it's "Blockbuster night" at my best friend's house, I'm really going to TJ for a debauched evening of tequila poppers and "Sex on the Beach" with servicemen. This 20-year-old thanks you very much for ruining her social life.