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The Taste Returns

Los Angeles Times’ annual celebration of the Southern California culinary scene returns with events in L.A. and Costa Mesa. The pop-up block parties will take place at the Paramount Pictures Studios backlot over Labor Day weekend (Friday, Aug. 30 through Sunday, Sept. 1) and The MET over two days in October (Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19).

Hosted by The Times’ Food staff, each edition of The Taste will include three individual events. Unlimited tastings from the region’s best restaurants, a variety of wine, beer and seasonal cocktails, plus access to cooking demonstrations and talks by renowned chefs are included with admission. Tickets, ranging from $80 to $115, are on sale now at latimes.com/TheTaste. Early birds can take advantage of $20 off the ticket price with offer code SAVE20.

Photo credit: Courtesy of LA Times The Taste

Spark Joy with these 4th of July Cocktails

The most-anticipated summer weekend is just around the corner! Level up and make your Independence Day celebration sparkle with these simple yet elevated cocktails, each profiling a different flavor and sure to suit everyone’s preferences. After a heavy afternoon of  burgers and hot dogs, wash it all down with refreshing and low-sugar cocktails while jiving to your favorite tunes.

From a delicious Watermelon Firecracker Margarita to a Berry United Lemonade and elevated G&T, sip back and enjoy the summer weather.

The Independent G&T

    • 4 ounces Fever-Tree tonic water
    • 2-3 frozen cranberries (garnish)
    • 1 popsicle (garnish)
  • Ice

Pour Jaisalmer Gin and tonic water over ice in a tall glass. Stir and garnish with a popsicle and cranberries.


Berry United Lemonade

    • 3 cups lemonade
    • 1 cup cold water
    • 4-6 dashes Angostura bitters
    • Lemons (garnish)
    • Blueberries (garnish)
  • Ice

In a pitcher, pour Diplomatico Rum, lemonade and water. Add in lemon and bitters. Garnish with lemon slices and blueberries. Serve chilled.


Firecracker Margarita

    • Kosher salt
    • 1 lime wheel
    • 3 ounces fresh watermelon juice
    • ¾ ounces fresh lime juice
  • Watermelon (garnish)

Place some salt on a small plate. Rub rim of an old-fashioned or rocks glass with lime wheel (reserve for serving); dip in salt.

Combine watermelon juice, Partida Tequila, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain cocktail into prepared glass and garnish with watermelon lime wheel.


10 Ways to Monitor Your Drinking this Cinco de Mayo

1. Don’t drink on an empty stomach. Savor your meal before you start drinking an alcoholic beverage.

2. Do not overeat and Sip your drink. Enjoy your beverage.

3. Avoid binging. The definition of binging is 5 drinks or more in less than 4-5 hours.

4. Keep your consumption of drinks as low as possible – not more than 3 drinks for a man and 2 for a woman.

5. Alcoholic beverages are similar in alcohol content. One beer is equivalent to a glass of wine or a shot of liquor.

6. Find a driver. Don’t drive after drinking. It is hard to judge your blood alcohol level and its effects on your cognitive ability and reflexes.

7. If you are a diabetic or hypertensive, suffering from a heart or liver condition, take your daily medications, and check with your doctor to avoid alcohol interactions with your medications.

8. If you are going to use Tylenol, don’t exceed more than 3 grams in one day. Be aware that a lot of headache medicines or pain killers contain acetaminophen (Tylenol), so avoid accidental overdosing.

9. Don’t mix alcohol with other recreational drugs.

10. Space your beverages to allow your body the ability to metabolize what you ingested and avoid intoxication.

Savor, Sip and Space

Curated by Dr. Tarek Hassanein of Southern California Liver Centers

Drink Nilo: Vegan Hangover Recovery Remedy

Nilo Brands creates Hangover Recovery® an All-Natural FDA-Compliant Hangover Remedy

Imagine a time when you can go out drinking without worrying about the hangover you’ll have the next day. Thanks to NILO® Hangover Recovery that day is here! NILO® Hangover Recovery is an all-natural, vegan remedy that will help you go from zero to hero after a long night of celebrating. With NILO, which is packed with ingredients proven to aid in the prevention of hangovers, you can seize the day, everyday.

“Being diagnosed with a liver condition that gives me terrible hangovers even after drinking just two beers, inspired me to find a remedy,” said Founder and CEO of NILO®, Said Chedraui. “My goal was to not only improve my daily life, but also help everyone live a better and more productive life.”

The main ingredient in Hangover Recovery is a powerful antioxidant called DHM which is derived from Hovenia Dulcis, a Japanese tree. DHM accelerates liver detoxification and minimizes the negative morning-after effects of alcohol. After over a year of perfecting the Hangover Recovery formula, NILO® found just the right blend of DHM and other super antioxidants such as Glutathione, Milk Thistle, Chicory Root, Vitamin B Complex, and electrolytes.

Hangover Recovery is easy to use and makes it even easier to wake up the next morning:

Step 1: Have a good time.

Step:2 Take one full bottle while drinking.

Step 3: Go to sleep and wake up like a superhero!

NILO® Hangover Recovery is available to purchase through the website or at select online and retail locations including Northgate Markets, Marketon, and Amazon.

For more information about how Hangover Recovery works, visit https://drinkhangoverrecovery.com/ and follow @DrinkHangoverRecovery on Instagram and Facebook.

About NILO®:

Said Chedraui founded NILO® in California in 2014. The premium brand was inspired by the Nile River, as this geographical landmark was the source of life to Ancient Egypt. NILO’s® first product was NILO® Pure Coconut Water with real coconut chunks which quickly gained popularity on the west coast and surpassed big brand names like Vita Coco and Zico in all retailers where NILO® Pure Coconut Water was offered. NILO® has since expanded to provide a variety of 100% natural Tropical Fruit drinks such as Guanabana Juice that derives from a super fruit known for its anti-Cancer properties. Its most recent product HANGOVER RECOVERY™ reduces the negative effects of alcohol. The company has continued to grow rapidly at 100% per year and selling $5MM after the second year. NILO® products are now offered at over 3,000 retailers such as Northgate Markets, Ralphs, Food4Less, etc.

For more information on NILO®, please visit https://www.drinknilo.com/ or follow @DrinkNilo on Instagram and Facebook.

Alex Thaler

Alex Thaler is the national brand ambassador for Chivas Regal. Alex focuses on building relationships with distributors, partnered accounts and consumers on a daily basis, offering information, culture, education as well as the history of the Chivas Regal family.

Alex believes in passion, keeping it real and believing in your brand. He believes there is a proper Scotch for every occasion. He has worked within the hospitality industry for over a decade. Alex truly enjoys traveling, he has taken the journey to Scotland on many occasions and has had the opportunity to work and learn the Scotch World from master distiller’s such as Colin Scott.

Alex covers all markets within the United States – influencing, educating and increasing the awareness of the Chivas Regal brand. Born and Raised in New York City, Alex’s new homebase is in Miami. When Alex is not enjoying scotch, he enjoys cycling, strength training and flying his drone.

Alex is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication & Rhetorical Studies.

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Prohibition NYE 2018

‘For once, this past New Year’s Eve wasn’t a blur (no wordplay intended). Taking space at Downtown LA’s historic ticket concourse inside Union Station.’

by Vaughn Lowery 

The best means to enter this venue is through the VIP red carpet so be prepared to get the celebrity treatment for around $200 per person which includes open bar (GA tix are avail as well). After a no nonsense check-in, you’ll be whisked off to the step and repeat for a quick photo. Then, your legs will begin to wiggle your way over to the elevated DJ booth outside where it was like a whimsical LED rainbow-like garden orchestrated by top 40 music. 

Everyone was dolled up in roaring twenties attire and the atmosphere made it feel like we all went back in time. Well, maybe back into 4 bar lines of premium liquor, which caused many of us to become double-fisted (and inebriated but we took the Expo Train line from Downtown Culver City for a $1.75 and an Lyft back for less than $50 during peak hours). 

Our VIP bracelets allowed us access to the actual concourse where the mega screens, top notch concert sound and lighting system were housed. A 60 foot ball drop relaxed above our heads alongside of metallic confetti until the clock struck midnight. Not to mention crow-like characters roamed through the crowd on stilts while a saxophone player jammed to EDM beats.

We proceeded on to another outdoor patio where we enjoyed live burlesque shows where gorgeous antiqued chandeliers hung in a red tent. 

PROHIBITION NYE is LA’s premier party to be at for New Year’s Eve. If you don’t trust us, just purchase a ticket and see for yourselves. This event was put on by McCullough and Ross in partnership with KCRW.

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Additional info available at ProhibitionNYE.com

A Guide to Detroit 

With Little Caesars Arena now open and all four major sports teams in the heart of downtown, it’s an exciting time to be a Detroit sports fan. In fact, it’s been 38 years since the Detroit Pistons have played in The D. Visit nba.com/pistons for ticket information.

 

The Detroit Red Wings walked the red carpet to open this season at their brand new home in The District Detroit, Little Caesars Arena. Wings fans are hopeful this renewed energy will carry them to another shot at the playoffs. For the full schedule, visit redwings.nhl.com.

 

Explore bars, shops and beautiful ice sculptures Jan. 12-14 at the Plymouth Ice Festival, the largest, free ice festival in Michigan. Dedicated to the art of ice carving, this event in downtown Plymouth also features live music and fun for the whole family. Visit plymouthicefestival.com for more information.

 

In the Motor City, there’s nothing quite like the North American International Auto Show. This spectacular show of innovation takes visitors to the future of the auto industry. Don’t miss this world-class event at Cobo Center Jan. 20-28. For more information, visit naias.com.

 

Things heat up outside at the Meridian Winter Blast Jan. 26-28 with family fun and more than 50 live music acts. Dance to the beat on your feet – or on your ice skates – in Detroit’s beloved Campus Martius Park. A 30-foot high winter slide whisks riders through a pitch-black tunnel at speeds of up to 20-mph. Visit winterblast.com for event details.

 

Nothing beats the cold, dark days of winter like barbeque, beer and live music. Every restaurant becomes a venue during the Ferndale Blues & Music Festival at the end of January each year. For dates, details and the full festival lineup, visit ferndalebluesfestival.org.

 

Enjoy ice-skating, ice carving, sledding and more at the Aqua Freeze Festival in St. Clair ShoresFeb. 17-18. This year there will also be pony rides and a petting zoo, with a theme of Once Upon a Time. Visit scsaquafreezefest.com for all the details.

 

Hear the revving of engines as custom hot rods roll into Cobo Center March 2-4 for Autorama, complete with interactive displays, demonstrations, guest appearances and prizes. Get the details at autorama.com.

 

One of the most celebrated winter holidays in metro Detroit is Fat Tuesday. Celebrate Packzi Dayon Feb. 12 by indulging in authentic treats from Hamtramck. Don’t be late! Hungry revelers line up in the early morning hours to get their hands on these delicious jelly donuts. Visit hamtramck.us for more information.

 

The shamrock-studded runners and parade floats will make their way down Michigan Avenue for the annual Corktown St. Patrick’s Day Parade Mar. 11. One of the surest signs spring is approaching, this event has plenty of bagpipes, marching bands and green beer. Visitdetroitstpatricksparade.com for details.

 

Get your brackets ready as the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament comes to The D this year. Head over to Little Caesars Arena March 16-18 to catch the action. For tickets visitolympiaentertainment.com.

 

Take part in a true Detroit tradition as the Marche du Nain Rouge banishes Detroit’s “harbinger of doom” while celebrating all that is good in the city. Help to liberate its people from the grips of the Nain by joining in the parade on the streets of Midtown/Cass Corridor Mar. 25. Get the story atmarchedunainrouge.com.

 

Michigan Comedyfest showcases the talents of the LGBT community. This sidesplitting show is hosted by Equality Michigan and takes place at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. Visit dearbornfordcenter.com for all the details.

 

Take in the views of historic Greenfield Village from a Model T when the village reopens April 14. Step back in time inside dozens of historical buildings, homes and laboratories – such as Wright Cycle Co. and Thomas Edison’s laboratory. Take in a game of historic baseball and get lost in this old time treasure. Stroll over to thehenryford.org for more information.

 

Despite what the weather might suggest, for most Detroiters the first day of spring is Opening Day at Comerica Park (March 29 this year). Arguably, it’s the most fun day of the year downtown as the citywide celebrations and old English D logo wear flood the streets of Detroit. Go to mlb.com/tigersfor ticket information.

 

Be sure to check out the dozens of new restaurants, breweries, distilleries and coffee shops that have recently opened. Eastern Market Beer Co. has brought new life to not only the facility it’s in, but to the tradition of brewing beer in Eastern Market. The Apparatus Room inside the Detroit Foundation Hotel is a restaurant that is “historic while tastefully modern” as well as delicious. Too cold to go out? Order up UberEats to get the food you want from the Detroit restaurants you love with the help of Uber. For a more on new dining options, check out our recent blog article 6 New and Popular Detroit Restaurants.

 

Save 20 percent or more on popular Detroit attractions with The D Discount Pass. Current participants include the The Adventure Park at West Bloomfield, Automotive Hall Of Fame, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, The Henry Ford, Legoland Discovery Center Michigan, Lucky Strike Entertainment, Michigan Science Center, Motown Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center, Sea Life Michigan Aquarium and Wheelhouse Detroit. The D Discount Pass is accepted at participating venues through December 31, 2018. To take advantage of these offers, go to visitdetroit.com/discount.

 

Exhibits:

Explore the works of the most popular and financially successful painter in mid-19th-century America, Frederic Church. Take a trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts to experience Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage through Jan. 15. Then experience the story of the Detroit hip-hop scene through D-Cyphered: Portraits by Jenny Risher through Feb. 18. For exhibit details, visit dia.org.

 

Now open at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, check out The Science Behind Pixar through March 18. Explore the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen. For more information, visit thehenryford.org

 

There are plenty of public shows throughout metro Detroit to keep you busy this winter. Visit the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center March 2-4 for the Motor City Tattoo Expo. Take a swing at Suburban Collection Showplace for the Michigan Golf Show Mar. 9-11. Fishing enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Midwest Fly Fishing Expo March 10-11 at the Macomb Community College Sports & Expo Center. Find the boat you’ve been waiting for (or just imagine it) by visiting the Novi Boat Show March 15-18 at Suburban Collection Showplace. For additional events and expos, check out visitdetroit.com.

Jordan Winery cellars

Jordan Winery and Vineyards—a taste of France in California’s Alexander Valley

Tom and Sally Jordan pioneered producing Bordeaux-style California Cabernet Sauvignon in Alexander Valley back in the early 1970s. Join Tom and Sally’s son, John Jordan and Chef Knoll for a visit at the winery.

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Jordan's massive wine cellar is awesome Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

Jordan’s massive wine cellar is awesome Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

The Jordans crafted a chateau winery that has remained as an elegantly distinctive destination for discerning visitors to the famed Alexander Valley on the outskirts of Healdsburg for decades.

Pure elegance at Jordan Winery in Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

Pure elegance at Jordan Winery in Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

There’s no tasting room at Jordan, but there is tasting by appointment, as well as elegant four course meals prepared by Chef Todd Knoll previously with the Ritz Carlton.

Chef Todd Knoll at Jordan Winery in Alexander Valley

Chef Todd Knoll at Jordan Winery in Alexander Valley. Photo Credit Tom Wilmer

 Jordan is a memorable destination that will make you feel like you have been instantly transported to the French countryside.

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Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer Featured on NPR.ORG Podcast Directory and NPR.ONE mobile app

MILK & HONEY TAPAS

​”If you don’t love this industry [Food and Beverage] then don’t do it … the amount of time is overwhelming.” – Al Rojas 

By Vaughn Lowery

Nearly twenty years ago, Al Rojas received some investment capital from his father (died from cancer 25 years ago) to become a restaurateur. After years of successfully running Santa Barbara’s widely popular Alcazar Tapas Bar, he commenced to sink his teeth into another endeavor – Milk & Honey Tapas [MHT]. This eclectic, snug cafe with curbside dining provides an array of mystical libations and mouth watering snacks for foodies. 

Specialty cocktails are their strong suit; however, the drinks are so intoxicating that you’ll have to taste their menu. After one drink, we were buzzing like busy bees in the hive. Hence, we started with flash-fried kale chips topped with manchego cheese and an order of Prosciutto Bundles stuffed with goat cheese. Yummy. Next up, we ordered PB&J Sliders (sirloin sliders, peanut butter, raspberry jam, Applewood smoked bacon) and Honey Lamb Pops (char broiled lamb chops; teriyaki, honey, butter, shallot, brown sugar sauce) – yes, we licked both our fingers and the bones. One of the most intriguing indigenous dishes we tried was Por-Que Pig?! (pulled pork shoulder, creamed pasilla chiles, garlic cilantro rice, manchego cheese, fresh cilantro, tomato; tomatillo cream sauce). Definitely not one of the most attractive items on the menu, but it sure was the most delightful – we scraped our bowls. For dessert, we received their house funnel cake alongside of a dark cup of coffee. 

Rojas boasts of being a globetrotter (Spain, France, UK, Grenada, Copenhagen, Montreal) and reminds us that his infused assortments were inspired by his travels. Adorning smart specs and possessing a charismatic personality, no wonder his wait staff is equally professional and attentive – his power to lead permeates the air. Something that his father instilled in him, “Treat everyone equally [no matter what their position in life may be].” Moreover, the fun-loving GM and crew kept the dimly lit dinner service packed like a can of sardines. 

In short, this is one of the best tapas and sips we have put our lips on in a long time. In fact, Milk & Honey Tapas rivals some of the top restaurants in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. If you possess an appetite for tangy handcrafted concoctions paired with savory bites, then this place will literally blow your wig back.

#360Recommended #IssaSnack 

http://milknhoneytapas.com

FUN FACTS:

Alcaraz Tapas Bar was established about 18 years ago and it’s Ginspiration Point cocktail was named the Official Drink of Santa Barbara.

Milk & Honey Tapas has been in business for over 11 years to date.
Al Rojas lends his name and support to 

Community Counseling and Education Center (CCEC) of Santa Barbara: a non-profit which offers family counseling services for victims of domestic violence and addiction.

LONDON WEST HOLLYWOOD HOTEL

London West Hollywood Hotel in Beverly Hills held an exclusive rooftop event to celebrate the launch of their summer 2017 collaboration, the Bikini Bar, with clothing brand For Love & Lemons (FL&L).


During this event, guests sipped on the customized For Love and Lemons Lemon Drop Cocktail, snacked on hor d’oeuvres,  and also got their picture taken at the Hive Social Lab ‘Selfie’ booth. Guests included actors Drake Bell and Janet Von and fashion influencers Divani Vasil and Julie Hartwell. From now until the end of September, the hotel will be offering guests “Bikini Bar Menus” in all of their suites. Guests can browse through the curated selection of For Love and Lemons swimwear and call the front desk to have specific pieces sent up. Guests can then try on their pieces from the comfort of their room while sipping on the complimentary For Love and Lemons cocktail. Purchases can be made over the phone or at the hotel’s Alex Roldan boutique. Day visitors can still shop the FL&L selection at the boutique.


The London Hotel West Hollywood in Beverly Hills
Ideally located at the crossroads of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, the London West Hollywood is a tranquil urban oasis that epitomizes modern luxury for the most discerning guests. Their spacious, all-suite accommodations combine sophisticated comfort and awe-inspiring views with a signature sense of refined California cool, while their impeccable service, exquisite food and drink offerings, and wide array of unparalleled amenities create a  truly unforgettable guest experience.


London West Hollywood in Beverly Hills
1020 N. San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
www.thelondonwesthollywood.com
@thelondonweho