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Cocktails

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    April 25, 2014

    Sol Grande Casa Noble Reposado Margarita at SOL Cocina, Our Drink of the Week!

    While I like SOL Cocina in Newport Beach and respect the hell out of Chef Deborah Schneider for being able to nail great Mexican food without being a diva about it ala Rick Bayless, I always find her restaurant a work in progress. The off-menu chile de árbol salsa she has right now, for instance? N ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013

    Humdinger Night

    Club Ripples

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    August 20, 2013

    On The Line: Lucie Wood And Sean Schickling Of Steamers Jazz Club, Part One

    When we lived in Fullerton, our two favorite reasons to head into downtown were for The Reagan Years and Steamers. Our arcade may be long gone, but the independent coffeehouse breathes new life in the evening, thanks to Lucie Wood and Sean Schickling. For a brew more potent than espresso, this duo w ... More >>

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    July 11, 2013
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    June 20, 2013
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    June 17, 2013

    New Cooking Channel Show: Get Ready To Trip Out with Alie and Georgia!

    What do you get when you take two gorgeous, talented, funny, free spirited and stylish gals and add in a few cocktails? OK...get your minds out the gutter people. The right answer (of course) is that you get Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia where two besties (Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark) go on s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    The Santa Ana Daisy at Playground, Our Drink of the Week!

    Here's some cocktail history for you: pretty much every cocktail you've ever had can trace its lineage back to the Old Fashioned: spirit, sugar, water, bitters. Switch the bitters for citrus juice and you have a sour; switch the sugar for grenadine (or raspberry syrup) and add orange liqueur and you ... More >>

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    January 14, 2013

    Dave Castillo, 320 Main Bar Manager, Finalist in Cocktail Competition Among LA Bigwig Bartenders

    Last month, Jason Schiffer of the fabulous 320 Main in Seal Beach invited me to be a judge at a cocktail competition held at the Varnish, the fabulous pseudo-speakeasy at the back of the venerable Cole's in downtown LA. The purpose of the competition was to get LA bartenders ready for the cocktail c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    The Spicy Lover at South of Nick's, Our Drink of the Week!

    This column usually highlights serious cocktails and manly drinks sipped and reviewed by Gustavo and Dave who can tell you what brand of rot gut went into it simply by sniffing. This isn't one of those articles. When I troll for drinks to feature, I'm looking for funny names or weird ingredients. An ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    Habanero-Mango Margarita at Memphis at the Santora, Our Drink of the Week

    When the temperature inches up above eighty degrees, heavy libations with lots of liquors give way to easier-to-drink summertime cocktails. Daiquiris, sours, and--this being Orange County--margaritas. Most margaritas are saccharine syrups, and most flavored margaritas are even worse, so it was with ... More >>

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    March 23, 2012

    Sweet Basil Gin Rickey at Capital Grille, Our Drink of the Week!

    ​"Wow, I haven't made one of these in a long time," the cute, raven-haired waitress at Capital Grille confessed as she poured out my Sweet Basil Gin Rickey into a martini glass. I understand why: a Rickey is the Mr. Burns of classic cocktails--none of the Mad Men chic of an Old Fashioned or a Manh ... More >>

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    March 13, 2012

    [TONIGHT!] OC's Best Bartenders, Together for Next KCRW Good Food-OC Weekly Happy Hour!

    ​UPDATE, MARCH 13, 9:30 a.M. TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT! Samples of drinks for FREE FREE FREE! 7 p.m.! See you there!UPDATE, MARCH 7, 3:30 P.M. Reminder that this amazing event happens NEXT WEEK! See you there!UPDATE, FEB. 29, 1:30 P.M. No real update to report this week, other than it's ABSOLUTELY A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Five Things You Didn't Know About Margaritas

    ​Today is National Margarita Day, a made-up holiday so food critics like myself can do listicles like these and ensure more readers will click through our posts to read regurgitated facts like how the margarita is the nation's most popular cocktail (somewhat true) to that Emiliano Zapata invented ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012

    Kevin Nealon

    Irvine Improv

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    January 24, 2012

    How To Drink In a Craft Cocktail Bar: Five Tips

    ​You walk up to a bar to get a drink and you notice they've got six types of rye, one kind of vodka, a lineup of brown-glass medicine bottles with eyedroppers, infusing jars where the line of beers normally sits, and really freaking pretty ice. Congratulations: you've stumbled into a craft cocktai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2011

    El Grito at Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen, Our Drink of the Week

    ​ Gabbi Patrick and her namesake Mexican Kitchen in Old Towne Orange has rightfully earned praise for her meals, which skip across Mexico to offer different regional treats (go right now while they're offering her take on chiles en nogada, featuring fluffy picadillo and a walnut sauce so sweet it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Five Rediscovered 'Old Man' Gin Cocktails

    Flickr user shannonhurstlane​You young whippersnappers! You think just because some glorified bartender figures out there's more to a cocktail than syrupy fruit liqueurs and vodkas shaken together with too much ice, you've invented more trendy cocktails. Well, we were drinking these cocktails back ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    VnC Cocktails, Our Drink of the Week

    Jessica Ford​Some nights, I just want a cocktail delivered to me without having to leave the comfort of my apartment. I've come one step closer to making this a reality with VnC Cocktails--bottles of premixed, just chill-and-serve cocktails.VnC Cocktails include Strawberry Daiquiri, Banana Daiquir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Tropical Tea at KDB Long Beach

    Courtesy of KDB​KDB in Long Beach, your "neighborhood kitchen, den and bar," is a Dave and Buster's-esque fun zone for adults. It happens to trump its competitor, however, with two full bars, a bowling alley, karaoke, pool tables, a restaurant, and games that actually give you a decent amount of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    ¡Ask a Comida Critic! A Good Mimosa Near the Coast?

    ​From Twitter, from a gal whose name I can't remember, whose question I can't quote verbatim because it's buried under a pile of tweets, but which went like this:Where can I find a good mimosa near the beach?Actually, she first asked about a good mimosa, period. I recommended Memphis at the Santor ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011
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    February 7, 2011

    Drunk After Work: The Balcony Grill & Bar

    Edwin Goei​ The Place: The Balcony Grill & Bar, 2710 Alton Pkwy. Ste 215, Irvine, (949) 387-0888; thebalconygrill.com. The Hours: Drink specials, all day Sunday through Thursday. Open till 2 a.m.

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Yuzu Blossom at 320 Main, Our Drink of the Week

    Tobin Sharp​This week's adventure found me at the popular Seal Beach watering hole, 320 Main, a place where the mixologists take the creation of cocktails very seriously.

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Dave's New Year's Resolutions: OC Food Edition

    ​It's not fair to impose resolutions on OC diners when I myself have failings. Some of those failings will have to stand (I absolutely despise white chocolate, for example--if a bakery specializing in white chocolate ever opens, it will be down to Gustavo, Edwin or Shuji to review it), but some ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Drunk After Work: Ecco

    Edwin Goei​The Place: Ecco, 2937 Bristol St., Ste. A103, Costa Mesa, (714) 444-Ecco (3226); http://www.eccocm.com The Hours: 5-7 p.m.The Deal: $4-$8 appetizers. $3 domestic beers. $4 import beers. $6 well martinis. $4 well drinks. $5 house red or white wines by the glass. $10 cocktails.

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    October 22, 2010

    El Patron Margarita at Yucatan Grill

    ​Yucatan Grill in Seal Beach is my go-to spot for tasty margaritas. This Caribbean-Mexican restaurant always makes their margaritas stiff (you have to get your money's worth in this recession!) and offers a variety of choices from a Suprema Yucatan (equivalent to a Cadillac Margarita) to a Pomerit ... More >>

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    October 15, 2010

    Drink of the Week: Entourage Mojito

    ​After tasting the Mojito at Brea nightclub/bar Entourage last night, it occurred to me this concoction is slightly out of season. It's a clear drink made with mint leaves and evokes fond memories of summer. 

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    August 20, 2010

    Strawberry Basil & Kick-Ass Margaritas at Tia Juana's

    Jessica Ford Strawberry Basil Margarita​It's time to encourage double-fisting for our Drink of the Week. Tia Juana's in Irvine makes two specialty margaritas that stand out from the rest: the Strawberry Basil and the Kick-Ass. Of course you can choose to have just one, but if ... More >>

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    July 23, 2010

    Mojitos at The Rooftop Lounge

    Tim SeidenMango Mojito​It's not every day you can sip on mojitos and munch on guava barbecue meatballs while watching a sunset--unless you are at The Rooftop Lounge in Laguna Beach, of course.

  • Food

    July 22, 2010

    Your Essential OC Happy Hour Guide

    Where to go for the best deals and drinks

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    June 7, 2010

    Drunk After Work: 320 Main

    320 Main​The Place: 320 Main, 320 Main St., Seal Beach; (562) 799-6246.The Hours: 3-6 p.m. daily (including weekends); all day Sunday. Closed Monday.The Deal: $4 draft crafts, $4 house wine, $4 well drinks, $4 appetizers. $5 speciality cocktails Tuesdays.

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    April 12, 2010

    Pink Elephant at Tantalum

    Jessica Ford​Sure, your parents always told you not to swallow your bubble gum because it would live in your stomach for the next 20-something years, but Tantalum in Long Beach has some bubble gum that breaks all the rules your parents gave you--and you'll like it.

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    March 26, 2010

    Asian Pear Martini at OPAH

    Jessica Ford​OPAH's light-up bar top stretches around a whole side of the Irvine restaurant. The expansive indoor bar seating is exceeded in swanky-ness only by the heated outdoor patio; even during those colder nights, you can stay warm outside while sipping on a specialty Asian Pea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2010

    Drunk After Work: Bar Louie

    Dave Lieberman​One day last week, our editor-in-chief came out of his Editors of the Roundtable discussion with a proclamation."Verily, go thou out into the shire and imbibe, that all may be shewn the way of the publican.""Um, what?""Go find happy hours, then write about them.""Did you just tell u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2010

    Black Orchid Tea at Sakura

    Jessica Ford​Sakura in Huntington Beach features shabu-shabu, a Japanese dish in which you to cook thinly sliced pieces of meat and vegetables in a personal pot of boiling water or broth. This restaurant caters to groups and has a large outdoor eating area as well as a full bar to begin t ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010

    In-gin-ious!

    nostromoo @ flickr.com CC BY-NC 2.0​The first time I had gin was at my local bar in the town in rural Iowa where I used to live. A friend ordered gin and tonic in a place called the Checkered Flag, a place that sold Budweiser for 70 cents a glass and Grain Belt "Primo", the world's most insipid be ... More >>

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    February 12, 2010

    Asiana Martini at Kimera Restaurant Lounge

    Jessica Ford The blur must be from those beer goggles...​Kimera Restaurant Lounge, located near the Irvine Business Complex, attracts mostly young professionals looking for a place to unwind after work. The extensive drink menu here covers wines, beers and specialty cocktails, and the ki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    Drink(s) of the Week: Elderflower Pear Rickey at Matador Cantina

    Elderflower Pear Rickey​ If heaven is a place on earth, I'm pretty sure it's Matador Cantina in downtown Fullerton. Attempting to pick one cocktail for our Drink of the Week turned into two, or three, or four--the drinks are that good. Luckily for my liver, I had a friend in tow. After loo ... More >>

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    August 24, 2009

    Drink(s) of the Week: The Ricardo's $3 Menu

    ​Gustavo probably wouldn't have many kind things to say about the food at Ricardo's Place in San Juan Capistrano. It's one of those brightly-colored, family-friendly joints with big plates of just-ok-if-you-don't-know-any-better Mexican-American standards. For the record, I don't know any better, ... More >>

  • Food

    April 30, 2009
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    April 6, 2009

    Masters of Mixology Hit Bloomingdale's This Week

    As a preview to the upcoming Happy Hour Week (which kicks off this Sunday, April 12--more on that later in the week), Bloomingdale's at South Coast Plaza is playing host to local mixologists (and a chef), who'll showcase some of the drinks and snacks that will be offered during the event. Non-alcoho ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008
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    October 30, 2008

    Red Orchid Restaurant Grand Opening

    Red Orchid Restaurant Grand Opening

  • Music

    June 7, 2007

    Lapping Up the Luxury (And the Mojitos)

    Three new OC clubs to get intoxicated about

  • Features

    May 19, 2005

    Tapping Margarita

    At Newport's El Ranchito, Margaritas come fast and blurrious.

  • Music

    September 30, 2004

    Now Youre A Boner!

    Cest Si Bon: for those who love to drink with those who love to drink

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    September 25, 2003
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    July 25, 2002
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    July 25, 2002
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    July 25, 2002
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