Category Archives: Dining

Wino Deal: Fundamental LA’s Tasting Menu and Wine Pairing

Fundamental LA carrot risotto by Caroline on Crack

During lunch hours, Fundamental LA — a Westwood restaurant that’s been around since 2011 and has got all those buzzwords foodies seem to love like “farmers market fresh,” “artisanal,” and “small plates — is a sandwich shop. But at night it turns into a hopping small plates eatery with food by executive chef Philip Pretty (Sona,…

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…

Giveaway: 2nd Annual Father’s Day Collabrewtive Brunch Tickets

2nd Annual Collabrewtive Brunch by Caroline on Crack

This Father’s Day why not get something special for yourself and your father? Just imagine: You and your daddy strolling through Tiato Santa Monica at the 2nd Annual Father’s Day Collabrewtive Brunch by Food GPS and Firestone Walker, bonding over brews — both the beer and coffee kinds. And this year’s event is even larger…

Poll: What’s the Most You Spent Dining Solo?

Splurging Solo Photo by Shawna Dawson Beer

When your friends aren’t available or your significant other is out of town, and you’re addicted to quality food and drink, you still crave a nice meal at a sit-down restaurant even if that means dining solo. But for myself I still can’t help but regard such indulgence as the equivalent of drinking or watching…

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…

Favorite Drinks and Bites From My 2 Days in Seattle

Serious Pie by Caroline on Crack

What would you do if you had only two days to spend in Seattle? I was challenged by tourism company Visit Seattle to come up with an itinerary on their site 2DaysinSeattle.comthat filled up a weekend. Amazingly, they would pay for everything — my roundtrip airfare and two-night stay at Belltown’s Hotel Andra and even…

The Story Behind KCET’s Quest for LA’s Iconic Dish

Strawberry Donut by Ron Dollete

Before there were Cronuts and the Ramen Burger, there were Donut Man’s Strawberry Donut and Philippe’s French Dip. The donut and the dip have long proven they weren’t mere food fads, however, with the strawberry donut gaining a loyal following for about 40 years and the Dip since 1918-ish. But there can only be one…

10 Pound Debuts New Dream Dinner Menu + Cocktails

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In L.A. most bars update their menus seasonally. But for Macallan-intensive cocktail bar 10 Pound, located at The Montage in Beverly Hills, it took two years. And now not only does it have two new cocktails on its menu but a new chef! Yup, no longer are the bar bites retrieved from Scarpetta downstairs. Not that…

Favorite Vegetarian Bites at 2013 LA Food and Wine

Border Grill at LA Food & Wine by Caroline on Crack

Yes, there actually were things for me to eat at the 2013 LA Food and Wine event. As a vegetarian, that’s rarely the case at these big food fests as I am only a vocal minority. A “food blogger” who doesn’t eat meat or seafood, wuuut? Foodies and chefs love meat. That just means I…

Blogging and the Beverly Hills Hotel Fountain Coffee Room 8 Years Later

Beverly Hills Fountain Coffee Shoppe by Caroline on Crack

Huzzah! Today is my 8th blogiversary. And this post here is a looong time in the making because back on August 2, 2005 I blogged about Beverly Hills Hotel Fountain Coffee Room. My first blog post ever. Back then it was called Soda Fountain Shoppe and had just been restored to its 1950s glory. I…