Category Archives: Recipes

What To Make With Matthew Biancaniello’s Coffee Cynar

Matthew Biancaniello by Caroline on Crack

For my Los Angeles Magazine Liquid LA post today, I shared mixmaster Matthew Biancaniello’s recipe for his coffee Cynar. A recipe so simple, mixing two things that naturally seem perfect together! I had had it again recently and knew I had to learn how to finally make it myself so I’d have a never-ending supply….

Get Your Cocktail Fix at LA Times The Taste’s Pop-Up Bars

LA Times The Taste by Caroline on Crack

Food events usually have lots to drink for oenophiles, leaving avid cocktail lovers, well, thirsty. Unfair! But fortunately at this weekend’s LA Times’ The Taste, in addition to a “secret cocktail lab,” there will be “pop-up bars” featuring some of your favorite L.A. bartenders and their specialty drinks. Each bar will spotlight a sponsored spirit with the…

Eat My Blog 5.0: Blogger Baked Goods for Typhoon Haiyan Relief

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies by Chef Valentina

My mom is from Taft, Samar, in the Philippines. Every year she made us attend her hometown fiestas with her, which were parties that people from Taft who now lived in the States threw, celebrating their town and the Filipino culture. Lots of tasty food and lots of dancing. I just thought it was cool…

Cocktail Recipe: The Pinkerton by AOC’s Christiaan Rollich

The Pinkerton by Christiaan Rollich

For Saturday’s LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade (one of my fave food fests) which raises funds to fight childhood cancer, Christiaan Rollich of Lucques, Tavern and AOC will be doing up a malty, rich beer cocktail for the good-hearted masses. Tickets for the event, which takes place at the Culver Studios from 12 to 4pm, are…

Soho House’s Picante de la Casa: Cocktail Recipe for Your BBQ

Picante de la Casa courtesy of Soho House

For Los Angeles Magazine‘s Grilling Week, I was charged with coming up with a post that highlighted some of the best cocktails to make at your barbecue party, you know, drinks that paired well with all that smoked/grilled meats. Because sometimes you want more than beer with your ‘cue. Fortunately a few of the best…

Happy, Tasty Accident: Miracle Mile Bitters Clusterfuck Bitters

Miracle Mile Bitters Clusterfuck bitters by Caroline on Crack

With regards to Miracle Mile Bitters Co. Clusterfuck Bitters, there IS such a thing as a happy accident. Miracle Mile Bitters owner Louis Anderman was doing up batches of his Toasted Pecan Bitters and his Orange Bitters when he accidentally poured half a finished batch of the orange bitters into the just strained Toasted Pecan…

5 Classic Cocktail Recipes You Should Know How To Make, Part 2

Roger Room's Damian Windsor and his Perfect Negroni by Caroline on Crack

So, folks, Friday’s Bloody Mary recipe on LA Magazine’s Digest blog was the last one of my Essential Cocktails series, making that 10 classic cocktail recipes everyone should have at their disposal. Hope you found the posts helpful and that they serve you well when you find yourself entertaining last-minute guests. “Anyone want a Prescription…

White Russians in L.A. To Celebrate 15 Years of The Dude Abiding

Cole's White Russian by Caroline on Crack

In celebration of the 15th anniversary of The Big Lebowski today (I feel so old), I thought I’d share some of my favorite White Russians available in L.A. Now, I was never a hard-core fan of the movie featuring everyone’s favorite bathrobed anti-hero but count me the number-one fan of this creamy, coffee concoction. In…

Trattoria Neapolis’ Stroke of Genius: New Girl Scout Cookies Desserts

Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Tagalong Torta by Trattoria Neapolis

Every time Girl Scout Cookie season comes around, I like to look up dessert recipes because why not make those cookies even MORE delicious? Last year I made these Thin Mint cupcakes for St. Patty’s Day and they were a huge hit at the office. I still dream about those cupcakes. Turns out Trattoria Neapolis…

Best Brussels Sprouts I’ve Ever Had + Brussels Sprouts Recipes

Best Brussels Sprouts Recipes by Caroline on Crack

My current obsession is brussels sprouts but not the steamed or boiled varieties. No, I specifically LOVE brussels sprout CHIPS. The crisp leaves baked/roasted in an oven are UH-mazing. In fact, the burned-looking ones are the best. Ever since I had a big ol’ bowl of them at Craft in Century City, I could not…