Category Archives: Lists

My Top 50 Favorite Drinks of 2013

21. Matthew Biancaniello's Uno Dos Tres by Caroline on Crack

For me, 2013 was an uh-mazing year for boozing it up.  A lot of awesome bars opened up in L.A.  — like Honeycut and Scopa — I went on a bar hop through Seattle, New York and Vegas, in addition to a whale of a blogger barhop I planned with cocktail ringmaster Aidan Demarest. Hit…

Halloween 2013: Zombie Bar Crawl to Sexy Masquerade

Halloween 2013 zombie having a cocktail by Caroline on Crack

If you’re like me, you stress out about what to do for Halloween. What are you going to wear? Where are you going to go? Is it going to be a scene? Hopefully this list will help you out. It’s stuff more my speed, and hopefully yours. Great drinking and not too scene-y. Happy Halloween!…

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…

The Unofficial World’s End 12-Bar Hollywood Pub Crawl

World's End Photo Credit: Laurie Sparham / Focus Features

Actor/writer Simon Pegg and writer/director Edgar Wright have teamed up once again to save the world in The World’s End. This time it’s not from zombies (Shaun of the Dead) but aliens, in the midst of an epic pub crawl of course. Naturally I’m so excited about this movie and have been inspired to create…

Fernet Lightens Up in Summer Cocktails

Ink's Fernet Soda cocktail by Caroline on Crack

Italian amaro Fernet is an acquired taste with its bitter, pungent, aromatic nature. And yet, it’s Argentina’s liquor of choice (paired with Coke) and every bartender’s go-to. It’s for the hard-core. This summer, however, Fernet has lightened up and become more approachable with L.A. bartenders adding it to soda cocktails and desserty ones for your…

LA Street Food Fest’s Booze Situation + Its Caroline on Crack-Approved Bars

LA Street Food Fest Julian Cox by Caroline on Crack

For the 4th Annual LA Street Food Fest, which takes place this coming Saturday the 29th at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl, I’m proud to announce a new feature: “Caroline on Crack”-approved bars! What does that even mean? It means that you can be assured that you’re getting the best cocktails from some of the best bars…

5 Fancypants Happy Hours: Comme Ca to Spago on the Cheap

AOC's happy hour cocktail by Caroline on Crack

There comes a moment in a drinker’s life when happy hour loses its appeal, when you’d rather pay full price for a well-made cocktail than $5 for a joyless one. That’s where I am. But recently it seems lots of high-end joints are coming to the dark discounted side, offering their fancy, quality drinks and…

Cheers to Boston: L.A. Drinks for a Good Cause This Saturday

Boston charity cocktail Rivera's Barbacoa courtesy of Rivera

After the Boston Marathon bombings, you probably wanted to do something, anything to help the victims. Fortunately, this Saturday, you can, simply by doing what you do, enjoying some tasty drinks and food from your favorite local bars and restaurants. Publicist Bradley Tuck, motivated by his need to help those impacted by the attack, got…

Favorite Sips & Bites of 6th Annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine

Pebble Beach Food & Wine Tyler Florence's bone marrow by Caroline on Crack

Annual food event Pebble Beach Food & Wine is a haven for any well-to-do foodist (and the occasional lucky blogger). It’s where celebrity chefs from around the country show off their best dishes and acclaimed winemakers their best vino via the various dinners, parties and seminars. Since this was my first time at PBFW, I…

Where To Drink Well on St. Patrick’s Day: Craft Cocktails & Beer

Short-Order St. Patrick's Day cocktails (Photo by RyanTanaka2013)

If you’re like me and detest green-tinged beer or frat drinks named after a terrorist act (yeah, I’m old), then perhaps you’ll appreciate this roundup of where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day for some quality boozing. I’m talking craft cocktails, craft beer and beer floats. Just because it’s an alcoholiday doesn’t mean you gotta drink…