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 >>
The village of Francisco Zarco, the largest settlement in the Valle de Guadalupe, sits at the junction of Federal Highway 3 and the paved road leading to La Misión. It's a hive of activity at certain times of day; outdoor chicken grills line the main boulevard, and people drive up and down from sho ... More >>
TAPS in Brea? Of course. One of the few places populated mostly by the hoi polloi--crammed with them, really--that actually impresses with their offerings, whether it's perfectly barbecued oysters, Cajun-style taquitos dating back to the late 1990s but whose charms remain eternal, award-winning b ... More >>
Photo by Meranda CarterScotland ... where the men wear kilts and the sheep are nervous. Home of the world's greatest Scotches, one of them being Drambuie that figures in over 100 drink recipes, including Kiltlifter, Ball Bag, Sexaholic, Felcher (after a sexual practice we are not ... More >>
Edwin Goei Tucked upstairs by a rarely traversed outdoor escalator next to a discount shoe store, Bowlmor at the District in Tustin might as well be in stealth mode. It used to be called Strike, but it's always been part of the Bowlmor chain, which has the distinction of being the longest continu ... More >>
Taylor Hamby/ OC WeeklyBirch Street Bar and Grill just opened a little over a month ago in downtown Brea on--you guessed it!--Birch St. When I walked in late one evening, three employees worked behind the bar, hard at work developing the bar's soon-to-be-released cocktail menu. They ranged from the ... More >>
Dave LiebermanVentura County produces more lemons than any other county in the United States. A drive inland along Highway 150 from Santa Barbara to Santa Paula goes past thousands of acres of lemon trees, but limoncello, the lemon liqueur that's on every bar shelf in Italy, was never produced lo ... More >>
An Elvis sandwichFor the final segment of On The Line, Chef Oge shares the sandwich that doubles as dessert. A hint of sweet, a hearty savory, and lots of salivating; behold the Elvis. To catch up on this week's interview, click here and here.
Jessica FordSome 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 >>
Jessica FordWhen your drink is served in a giant fishbowl, you know you're going to have a good time. Buster's Beach House manages to combine classy waterfront dining with a lively bar scene by sectioning off the bar from the main dining area. Get the best of both areas by claiming one of the boo ... More >>
Flickr user nicoleleeNot Cafe Lucca's affogato; just a general idea.Cafe Lucca in Old Town Orange--which is not to be confused with Lucca Cafe, a Cal-Italian restaurant in Irvine's Quail Hill--was our pick for Best Gelato in OC Weekly's Best of 2009. The prices haven't changed, and the gelato is ... More >>
Brandon FergusonOftentimes when a bar creates a new alcoholic concoction,
something goes horribly awry: either overzealous bartenders blend flavors that just don't
work well together (think mint leaves and any number of boozes), or they
overdo it with the sugary liquids and create a nasty franken ... More >>
Flickr user amayuWalnuts, like almonds, start off life on the tree as a soft fruit; as the fruit matures, the nut inside hardens inside a shell. Just like almonds, green walnuts are edible, though their window of availability is even shorter than their gelatinous, amandine cousins. Due to the unb ... More >>
Flickr user alpha du centaureOh, stop scoffing. We can see that face you're making: Ain't no shame in admiring a pretty drink every once in a while. While you'll usually find the cutesy cocktails with the cutesy garnish at things like bridal showers, outdoor wedding receptions, beach-side resorts ... More >>
The menu at K'ya Street Fare in Anaheim features dishes you'd find from street carts around the world, but the cocktails are far from something you would be able to find on the street. The restaurant is located inside Hotel Menage and the signature drink is the Menagetini--a co ... More >>
Jessica FordIf you are not ordering from a seasoned bartender, a Brain Hemorrhage is another one of those shooters whose name will earn you a funny look. It's not ordered often--for good reason, since it takes skills to make it correctly.
It's all about presentation-- ... More >>
Jessica FordFirst, get your mind out of the gutter--it is not that kind of buttery nipple. Second, almost every bartender knows (or should know) how to make this, but if they don't, be prepared to be met with a long, awkward stare and the question, "You want two . . . what?"
Jessica FordSakura 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 >>