Tag Archive: comped

What's Old Is New Again: L'Ermitage Beverly Hills' New Cocktail Menu

As I am a boozer on a budget, I tend to avoid hotel bars because they normally charge $15 and up for their cocktails. But I wasn’t about to turn down an invite to check out the new cocktail menu at schmancy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills.  It was hosted anyway, heh. Before I go on, yes,…

10 Things I Learned About Caviar From Petrossian West Hollywood

Check me out eating caviar at my desk this morning. That’s right, me, Ms. Foodie on a Budget. True, these three tins of caviar were left over from my tres fancy and comped Caviar 101 dinner which was created by chef Ben Bailly at Petrossian West Hollywood last night but still! Who would have thought…

Arriba Ice Cream: Rosa Mexicano's Festival de Helados

As a fan of ice cream and a huuuge fan of Scoops, there’s not much more you can surprise me with in terms of how my favorite frozen treat is served or the flavors it’s offered in. I’ve had it in beer, fried, nitrogenated and foie gras flavored. So, yes, when I was invited to…

Red O Restaurant: New Mexican, Tequila Tunnel and More Cowbell

I’m going to admit something to you that may get me disbarred from the L.A. Food Bloggers Association, if there was one. I don’t know who this Rick Bayless is. At least I didn’t really before I was invited to a blogger dinner at the new Red O Restaurant (Bayless created the Mexican cuisine menu…

The Bruery's 2nd Anniversary Party: 10 Beers in 3 Hours

I’ve always wanted to check out The Bruery‘s tasting room way the hell over there in Placentia*. Mmm, all that good beer and apparently they’re the best place to fill a growler (you have to buy their growler, though, which is $10). But I just couldn’t bring myself to travel 40 miles and five different…

Waterloo & City: Fresh Pub Fare & an Impressive Start

I was so excited when I heard that gastropub Waterloo & City just opened up in my old crappy hood, down the street from my old favorite BBQ joint/car wash at Outdoor Grill. It’s only been in business for four days and yet has already received a ton of attention. Maybe this stretch of Washington…

10 Things I Learned From the Beer Chicks at Beer School

This past Saturday, I was fortunate enough to attend Beer School hosted by Beer Chicks Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune at Rustic Canyon Wine Bar in Santa Monica. We went through 13 beers learning about the variety of flavors, distinguishing characteristics, what hops and barley look like, etc. But here are some things I took…

Happy Hour and Cocktails at Dish Bistro & Bar in Pasadena

I’m rarely ever in Pasadena, especially if we’re talking during happy hour on a weekday but at the same time it’s always good to keep track of the happy hours and drink specials around town, right? So here’s this one from Pasadena’s Dish Bistro & Bar which is located off the beaten path in Old…

Sneak Preview of Drago Centro's Springtime Cocktails

So yesterday on Twitter, Drago Centro‘s sommelier/beverage director Michael Shearin mentioned how he’s going to debut the restaurant’s new springtime cocktail menu one special night very soon and only charge $6 for each one a la Rivera’s one-night cocktail debuts. First it was going to be this Thursday but that had to be pushed back…

Milk & Krunchies Gourmet Rice Crispy Treat Taste Test

I don’t know how but I ended up with a cinnamon doughnut from Huckleberry, Schat’s cinnamon pecan loaf and salted caramels at my desk. I blame the booze fast which has only served to aggravate my sweet tooth. Always snacking now. So you can imagine how conflicted I was when Milk & Krunchies sent over…