Category Archives: Blog Bites

Blog Bite: Boozy Gelato at The Mercantile

The Mercantile boozy gelato by Caroline on Crack

Remember beer floats? They were a thing and even now after the buzz has subsided people still like them. But when they first came out, everyone thought how weird and, at the same time, genius they were. Well, you ever wonder why ice cream with hard liquor never caught on? The Mercantile on Sunset Boulevard…

Blog Bite: New Spring Bottled Cocktail Soda Menu at Sotto

Sotto's Sotto Pop by Caroline on Crack

West L.A.’s Sotto restaurant just debuted its new spring cocktail menu by bartenders Julian Cox and Nick Meyer this past Wednesday and the stars of the list are the trio of bottled carbonated cocktails aka the “Sotto Pops.” How cute is that? Carbonated and bottled craft cocktails, a cocktail trend first introduced by Portland’s Jeffrey…

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…

Blog Bite: The New Hollywood Walgreens Liquor Section’s Virtual Bartender

Virtual Bartender Dale DeGroff by Caroline on Crack

In my recent Los Angeles Magazine Digest blog post on the new Hollywood Walgreens I couldn’t help but gush about the Walgreens liquor section. Walgreens! I mean, it’s a drugstore which means you can pick up some toilet paper, toothpaste but also Cristal, cigars and Basil Hayden’s bourbon! Oh, and craft beer! But the one…

Blog Bite: Best White Russian Cocktail at 320 Main

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When I first started drinking booze, my first favorite cocktail was the White Russian. Creamy, sweet and coffee-flavored, it was the perfect entry-level drink for someone with a sweettooth who was big into coffee. It was the first cocktail that made me feel like a grownup, like I knew what I was doing ordering a…

Blog Bite: A Tale of Two Manhattans at Ray’s and Stark Bar

Ray's and Stark Bar Manhattan by Caroline on Crack

Who isn’t on the hunt for the perfect Manhattan? Last night I attended the hosted cocktail tasting for the winter cocktail menu at Ray’s and Stark Bar in Miracle Mile. Since mixology consultant Michel Dozois is no longer in the picture sommelier/mixologist Paul Sanguinetti took over the cocktail program. For the season he created nine…

Blog Bite: Jacques Torres Wicked Hot Chocolate Mix at Madame Chocolat Beverly Hills

Madame Chocolat by Caroline on Crack

Renowned chocolatier Jacques Torres, aka Mr. Chocolate, makes one of the most amazing hot chocolate mixes I’ve ever had: Wicked Chocolate. The spiciness of ancho chili, allspice, cinnamon and chipotle chili peppers with that rich chocolate. The perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up when mixed with steamed vanilla soy. Um. Yum! When I was visiting New York years…

Blog Bite: Blue Corn Muffins With Almond Butter at Playa

Blue Corn Muffins With Almond Butter at Playa

“You want to go to the kitchen with me, Caroline?” Nastassia Johnson (@LetMeEatCake) of Sauce LA asked me with a mischievous glint in her eye. We were standing around waiting for more passed plates at last night’s Esquire Magazine party at Playa. The schmancy party was to celebrate Chef John Sedlar being lauded by the publication as Chef…

Blog Bite: Lobster Mac & Cheese & $4 Pint Night at Blue Palms Brewhouse

Blue Palms Brewhouse Lobster Mac n Cheese by Caroline on Crack

You’ve had a tough day and you really want to treat yourself to make it all better. Best way to indulge? Chow down on the decadent lobster mac and cheese at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Yup, this craft beer bar not only features 24 awesome beers on tap at any given time but it…

Blog Bite: New Dessert Menu at Father’s Office

Father's Office Ice Cream by Caroline on Crack

As soon as I heard about the brand-new Father’s Office dessert menu by Lukshon‘s pastry chef John Park at the Los Angeles location, my evening’s plans were promptly put aside so I could go check it out. Enticed with promises of chocolate cupcakes with Rasputin Imperial Stout frosting and unique beer floats made with the…