Tag Archive: comped

Blog Bite: Akasha's Doggy Treats

OK, obviously I didn’t eat the doggy treats made by Akasha Richmond of Akasha in Culver City, although I bet I could and I’d be fine since they’re made with peanut butter, honey, oats, brown rice flour and peanuts. Yup, I could so eat that! But no, Akasha gave the treats to my dog Mya…

Comme Ca's New Hourglass Happy Hour: $6 Cocktails, $8 Poutine

West Hollywood restaurant Comme Ca has been praised for its excellent cocktails but its tiny bar area was such a turnoff for the happy hour set. Fortunately, that may change with this remodel. Now drinkers have more elbow room with dining tables cleared away to make space for bar-dedicated tables. No more of this crowding…

Absolut Sensory Experience: 9 Courses With Alinea's Grant Achatz

One friend asked if I could sneak him in my handbag and another begged me to pretty please wrap up an entree to go for her. These reactions told me that I was so very lucky to take part in the eight-hour Absolut Sensory Experience seminar and dinner last Friday. What was the big deal…

Favorite Bites and Sips at LA Loves Alex's Lemonade

Sunday may have been the inaugural LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade food event for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation — a charity dedicated to fighting childhood cancer — but you wouldn’t have known it was the first time by sauntering around the beautifully laid-out event. Unlike most food fests which are usually crazy feeding frenzies and absurdly…

Dominick's New Fall Cocktails: Respectable Girl Drinks

You’re hanging out with your pallies and they’re looking to you to call the next drink destination. But it’s gotta be something low key, none of this frou-frou stuff. Just because you’re a lady doesn’t mean you dig on the sugar water. I’m thinking Dominick’s in West Hollywood. They just kicked off their new fall…

Who Did It Better: The Bruery's Black Tuesday vs. Taste of Abbot Kinney?

This past week I was lucky enough to get the chance to attend two popular events: the 2nd Annual Taste of Abbot Kinney this past Sunday and last night’s Black Tuesday release party at the Bruery in Placentia. Both events anticipated huge crowds but handled them very differently; one successfully and the other dismally. Oddly…

Drago Centro’s New Fall Cocktail Menu for $8 Today

Downtown’s Drago Centro launches its new fall cocktail menu (created by Beverage Director Michael Shearin and Head Bartender Jaymee Mandeville) tonight. So all night tonight, you get a chance to get first taste for only $8. The cocktails here usually run about $12 each. Here’s the menu with some of my tasting notes as I was…

28th American Wine & Food Festival: Gorge, Gulp, Groove

I’m still floating. This past Saturday’s 28th American Wine & Food Festival at Universal Studios Back Lot was an orgasmic food-wine-booze fantasy from which I never wanted to wake up. Every year I look forward to going because as I had said before, it is the mutha of all food festivals and if I had…

Studio DNA: On How To Be Lovely for Blogger Prom

For the theme of this year’s Blogger Prom 2010, we, in the Blogger Prom Committee (BPC), decided to go with the oh-so glamorous Hollywood Confidential — chic fashions from the Old Hollywood era. Very fitting considering our venue was the historic Yamashiro Restaurant in Hollywood. (More on this awesome event later.) In any case, I…

Highlights of Angeleno Magazine's Great Chefs Night Out 2010 at the Fairmont

On August 1, food enthusiasts, restaurant critics and of course great chefs converged at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica for Angeleno Magazine‘s Great Chefs Night Out 2010 and 8th Annual Restaurant Awards, which was hosted by Angeleno‘s James Beard award-winning food and travel editor, Brad A. Johnson. We were all there to celebrate his…