Subject:

Johnny Sampson

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    Gustavo's Top 5 Drinks of 2012!

    Although we've been boozehounds here at SaFII since forever, 2012 was the year where we really took off and became full-fledged drinkers. Not only did we hold an epic Happy Hour with KCRW and the OC Bartender's Cabinet (and stand by for the next one...) but we began reporting on alcohol as its own s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Diatribe with Dave: 10 Years at Santora with Chef Diego Velasco

    Every second and fourth Wednesday night of the month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau hosts Dinner with Dave at Memphis at the Santora, where he treats drinkers to a free meal and live music as the evening progresses. To remind ustedes of this great night, Dave treats us ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Diatribe With Dave: The Rise of Ryes

    Every second and fourth Wednesday night of the month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau hosts Dinner with Dave at Memphis at the Santora, where he treats drinkers to a free meal and live music as the evening progresses. To remind ustedes of this great night, Dave treats us ev ... More >>

  • Food

    March 8, 2012

    The Orange County Bartenders Cabinet Shake It Up

    The group of county libation crafters is teaching you to drink as you've never drunk before

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    The Stinger at Memphis at the Santora, Our Drink of the Week!

    ​I basically live at Memphis at the Santora, the grand dame of downtown SanTana's food scene, swimming through a sea of Manhattans and climbing mountains of bread pudding every week, if not night. We named them Best Bar last year, an honor well-deserved and one that they're not resting on at all. ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 23, 2011

    OC Art Galleries Will Feature Japan, Shag and More!

    [SUMMER GUIDE] Highlights from Orange County and Long Beach galleries for the summer

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Memphis Begins Selling their Barbecue Spice Rubs and Sauce

    ​With the college football sham-of-a-replacement-for-a-true-playoff season called bowl time, many of ustedes will fire up the barbecue grill from here to Super Bowl Sunday. Instead of heading down to Ralph's and buying some soul-less 'cue sauce, why not try the sauces and spice rubs of the Weekly' ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 14, 2010

    Steampunk Takes Flight

    Box Gallery celebrates the first trans-Atlantic flight with 'The Icarus Paradox: A Steampunk Commemoration'

  • Culture

    February 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    Honest Abe Serves 'em Straight at Memphis

    Over the weekend, Johnny Sampson freaked me out. I spotted some tall, gangly gabacho at SanTana's Día de los Muertos event who looked just like the beloved Memphis at the Santora bartender but had his hair dark--and he looked mean. Sampsons later explained that his dye job to his naturally redhead ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2008

    The Crosby Still Not Ready for Prime Time

    We like the Crosby, we really do. We cheered their fight against the idiot SanTana bureaucrats. We like co-owners Chris Alfaro, Phil Nisco and Marc Yamaoka 'cause they always sport a smile and some weird-ass T-shirt (one of their workers was wearing one with Steve Urkel's mugshot--I remember that ep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2008

    The Short Hipster and the Tall Guy in Downtown SanTana

    Sometime after midnight, the day of my book signing. Memphis at the Santora. Soused with half a glass of Maker’s Mark. I teeter outside to flag down Memphis bartender Johnny Sampson, who’s smoking with two guys. I apologize for the interruption, but gimme some bourbon, damnit! While standing ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2008

    The Renaissance Reconquista Will Be Televised

    Strange rumblings are emanating from downtown SanTana, where the perpetually squabbling merchants of Fourth Street seem to be sobering up to the reality that a new wave of invading immigrants--hipsters, artists, and young professionals with disposable incomes--is nibbling away at their bit of the mo ... More >>

  • Food

    December 7, 2006

    Skunk As a Drunk

    How to stay hammered until 2007

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