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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…

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…

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas for Singles and Couples

Happy Valentine's Day! Photo by Eugene Lee

If you’re like me, big time procrastinator, you still have no idea what you’re going to do tonight. If you really don’t want to stay in with your Ben & Jerry’s or whatever your comfort food is, here are some places you can just show up tonight, single or not, and have a fun Valentine’s…

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…