While fondue may be their specialty, we've spent many a happy hour at The Melting Pot's bar bitching about stupid people over the other liquid nourishment. In their Irvine spot, bar stools are closest to both restrooms and kitchen, conveniently meeting our personal and gastronomical needs. One can e ... More >>
See the end of this post for the $5 drink and entree specials!So far in the wildly successful happy hours we've co-hosted with KCRW-FM 89.9, we've given SanTana and Costa Mesa some
love--but what about Long Beach, that wonderful metropolis that no one
in journalism seems to live except us (and eve ... More >>
What do you get when you're a hugely successful independent brewer headed to an awards show you're expected to win at?Well, if the awards show was partly sponsored by Diageo, the largest distiller in the world, the answer is "not the trophy you actually won."
Eight miles. That's the distance between the two Orange County branches of Tommy Bahama. No other locations in the family are so closely situated, but then again, how often do you have such prime real estate in proximity of resorts, ocean and an artsy neighborhood?We're treated to glimpses of the Pa ... More >>
Since House of An opened AnQi adjacent to Charlie Palmer, Bay Area transplants (like myself) have wondered if it's on par with the rest of the family. The collaboration of traditional Asian dishes alongside Chef Ryan Carson's inventive point-of-view has succeeded in doing the almost impossible: M ... More >>
Flickr user bendemingYeah, yeah, bad economy, food cost, hey entitled moron let's see you run a restaurant, blah, blah, blah. Restaurants are for-profit businesses, sure, and it's tempting to cut costs in creative ways, but here's the kicker, restaurants of America: they ought to be as invisible ... More >>
Flickr user bbumI've spent a long time working on my alcohol collection. I'm not some weirdo amalgamator of obscure liquors; I just like to have premium stuff. That means I tend to buy Ketel One (on those rare occasions that I want vodka and zakuski), Hendricks or Martin Miller's gin, etc.While I ... More >>
Southern Pear TeaYou can't experience the South without having a glass of sweet tea, and Memphis Cafe in Costa Mesa is taking the Southern staple and adding what any bar should--alcohol. Memphis' Southern Pear Tea is the Drink of the Week because it actually tastes like rea ... More >>
I've got to hand it to O.C. restauranteurs: They've got some good ideas in their heads. With the bad economy eating away at their business, some of them have devised creative ways to draw attention to themselves, and hopefully, get people in the door.
Take Royal Khyber. They're offering a $2 ... More >>
Hungover from Super Bowl Sunday? Us too. (Yes, even those of us who aren't the biggest football nuts by a long shot. . .but when stranded in SFO waiting to head back to John Wayne, there aren't too many entertainment options.) Anyway, we obviously didn't go hog wild on Super Bowl coverage around her ... More >>