Tag Archive: Cocktails

Giveaway: Tickets to LA Magazine’s Caroline on Crack 10th Blogiversary Party

Celebrating 10 Years on Crack.

This August marked the 10th anniversary of this blog Caroline on Crack. To put that in perspective, I remember when Sprinkles first started the cupcake craze in L.A., when Seven Grand first opened, and when the Kogi BBQ food truck first hit the streets. That’s a decade of drinking, eating and blogging in L.A. It’s…

Sneak Peek: New Cocktails at AOC, Lucques and Tavern

Barman Christiaan Rollich by Caroline on Crack

This week AOC, Lucques and Tavern will debut a slew of cocktails by head barman Christiaan Rollich. Now, I’ve said this before but I really love Christiaan’s work. He’s a natural talent and his unusual housemade ingredients work seamlessly to bring his reinvented classic cocktails to a new level. (For this season’s round of new…

Filipino Cocktails for the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Benefit Sunday

Nick Meyer's Filipino Cocktail

UPDATE: There’s now a cocktails-only option! For $30, you get a drinks-only wristband that gets you unlimited #LALovesPI cocktails as well as the option to get a la carte dishes for an additional $5 each!  When I wrote this LA Mag post on Filipino cocktails I was surprised by the attention it got. But that…

What Was Your First Favorite Cocktail?

White Russians by Caroline on Crack

Every drinker had to start somewhere. That first favorite cocktail that set them on the long road to boozing. That mixed drink that back then they’d proudly order at those first few bars, but now they may hang their head in embarrassment.  But they shouldn’t be ashamed. Back then we started drinking for different reasons,…

What To Drink at Chi Lin Restaurant

Chi Lin Kowloon Cooler by Caroline on Crack

When one thinks of where to do some fine craft cocktail drinking, Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood doesn’t immediately come to mind. (Well, except for Eveleigh.) For most Angelenos the Strip is for tourists, night-clubbers and the affluent coming down from the Hollywood Hills and Bel-Air. However, IDG’s Chi Lin, which opened up next door…

Should Chefs Get Involved in Cocktail Programs?

Spago cocktail by Caroline on Crack

I constantly ask myself this question but it came up again last night while I was checking out the cocktails at iconic L.A. restaurant Spago. Executive Corporate Chef/Managing Partner Lee Hefter is the man behind the cocktail menus at all of Wolfgang Puck’s restaurants. So when the Beverly Hills restaurant reopened last year after its…

Petty Cash Taqueria: It’s Got What Cocktailing Vegetarians Crave

Petty Cash Banana Hammock by Caroline on Crack

It would be dumb to compare Bill Chait’s new 150-seat restaurant Petty Cash Taqueria to Playa, the Sedlar restaurant it’s replacing in that space on Beverly Boulevard. The two are completely and obviously different from food to decor to ambience.  There are now picnic tables, street art and shuffleboard! But when looking at it from…

Crossroads’ Playa-Caliber Vegan Cocktails by Jeremy Lake

Crossroads Sophia cocktail by Caroline on Crack

When Crossroads Kitchen first opened up on Melrose, I was so excited. Fine dining with vegan food by an Oprah-approved chef plus vegan cocktails? Being a vegetarian myself, I was sold! It’s nice to have that option of dressed-up vegan dining. Usually I’ll hit up M Cafe, Native Foods or Veggie Grill in my sweats….

What To Drink at Goldie’s LA

Goldie's Aperol Spritz cocktail by Caroline on Crack

I had heard about Brittini Rae Peterson’s cocktails at Goldie’s LA in Mid-City West since before the restaurant opened in March. Goldie’s is the newish restaurant by the guys behind The Eveleigh so it wasn’t a coincidence that The Eveleigh barman’s Dave Kupchinsky could not stop talking about them. Ran into him at Short Order…

Freddy Smalls’ Cocktails, Take 2: New Bar Guy, New Program

Freddy Smalls cocktail Conejo by Caroline on Crack

It’s no secret that I never really liked the cocktails at Freddy Smalls in West L.A. Overly fussy concoctions which tried too hard without really succeeding in tasting good. Thank goodness for the new bar guy. Johan Stein replaced Dave Fleisher back in February and has stripped down the drink list from a “what the…