Tag Archive: Spago

Bubbly by the Glass: Where To Drink Expensive Champagne Solo in L.A.

champagneblvd

Usually expensive champagne like Krug or Dom Pérignon can only be had by the bottle. But what if you just want a simple sipper to celebrate solo? (Say that three times fast.) Or you do not want to break the bank on a whole bottle? Fortunately there are a ton of places in Los Angeles —…

Yay LA! 2014 James Beard Semifinalists Announced

2014 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Semifinalist: Trois Mec by Caroline on Crack

This morning James Beard announced its 2014 James Beard semifinalists! And like every Angeleno, you know I scanned it to see who from Los Angeles made the cut. Not many surprises here with Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne popping up again. But it’s always nice to see them on there. Spago is on it as…

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…

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…

Blogger Barhop 3: Stoli Elit High-Roller Edition in Beverly Hills

Blogger Barhop 3 Cheers by Caroline on Crack

I don’t know if rich folk ever deign to go on barhops but if they do I have no doubt theirs would resemble Blogger Barhop 3 (BBH3): Stoli Elit High-Roller Edition aka “The Whale Tour” last Tuesday. Unlike the previous blogger barhops — 2011 and 2012 — this one wasn’t sponsored by Plymouth Gin but…

Spago Beverly Hills’ New Cocktail Program: Out With the Old Flavored Vodkas

Spago's Adios Nonino cocktail by Caroline on Crack

“Meh, they’re weak like restaurant cocktails,” I shrugged. “Well, come on now. Let’s be fair, they ARE restaurant cocktails,” replied Spago Beverly Hills Wine Director/Master Sommelier Chris Miller. Apparently my drinking companion, Aaron of Savory Hunter, and I had inadvertently ordered the “girl drinks” of the redone Spago’s brand-new cocktail menu. But with both restaurant-friendly…

What Changes to Expect in the New Spago: New Menu, Cocktail Program, Wine Cellar

Spago 1.0 by Caroline on Crack

OK, normally I only write about interviews where I can actually reveal my sources. I ain’t Eater. But when someone I was talking to, a reliable source familiar with the whole situation at Spago and close to the Wolfgang Puck restaurants, gave me details of the new changes at the premier Beverly Hills dining destination,…