If you're not too full from scarfing $5 pastrami sandwiches at Oinkster today, consider heading to Drago Centro tonight. Celestino Drago's downtown LA outpost has consistently put out some of the city's best seasonal cocktails (like the fetchingly named January Jones, a frothy hot toddy made with Ap ... More >>
J. GarbeeThe Partial Trader Joe's Tasting, Including That Il Valore Sangiovese Welcome to the wine shop tasting edition of Squid Ink, an occasional roundup of current offerings at select local wine shops. Take note of the word "select," as it basically means those we can afford. As in, this w ... More >>
Guzzle & NoshIt won't conjure January Jones in a barely-there red dress, but Drago Centro's frothy January Jones cocktail is perfect for driving out the bitter chill of a Los Angeles February. (We realize how ridiculous the phrase "the bitter chill of a Los Angeles February" sounds to readers ... More >>
These days, every time we walk into a supermarket, pharmacy or even drive past certain intersections of town, we're faced with an explosion of red and pink, well, everything: "Be My Valentine" cards, heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, fake long-stem roses, and endless tins of ... More >>
Inspired by the "Texan Concepts" concept at our sister publication, the Houston Press, we're launching the first in a series of highly scientific Venn Diagrams exploring what people actually eat vs. what Angelenos think they eat. First up: the (not so) dirty South.
What we think Southerners eat vs. ... More >>
Lee Oneness FoundationSure, you can stalk Walter Manzke at Le Saint Amour, or trail Alain Giraud around the Santa Monica Wednesday market for details on his new restaurant project, but why not leave all that to Eater (or TMZ) and enjoy the chefs in their natural habitat, like in a restaurant. ... More >>
Anne FishbeinMr. Gold, with dim sum menuDear Mr. Gold:
I'm hoping you can recommend a place to hold a surprise party. I'm finding this a bit hard to accomplish - I live in Ohio and I don't know L.A. that well. I'm considering Bottega Louie and Church & State. There will be about 20 of us and ... More >>
J. GarbeeRiesling Works, TooWhen it comes to burgers and hot dogs, the wine pairing world is not created equal. A recent Google search for burgers wine pairings yielded more than 2.7 million hits; try the same search for hot dogs and you get a paltry 111,000. And so began Squid Ink's recent ... More >>
In which we highlight the past week in food, either at home or abroad.
"Also, all of Takosher's food, including the brisket, which is slow-cooked for six to eight hours, must be prepared on the truck rather than in a prep kitchen." Takosher: Nation's First Kosher Truck Dishes Up Brisket & Latke ... More >>
twitter/MichaelShearinA Cocktail From Your SommelierIt's no shocker that L.A. has long been short on its share of Master Sommeliers, but lately, we've got a solid crew of several who are one pivotal -- and impressive -- step closer.
The Court of Master Sommeliers announced the eleven sommel ... More >>
Michael ShearinDrago Centro's Token Irishman cocktail.Many of L.A.'s mixologists seem to have an aversion to St. Patrick's Day, one of the biggest drinking holidays of the year. We sent a call out to the likes of Joseph Brooke of The Edison, Steve Livigni and Pablo Moix of La Descarga, Vincen ... More >>
Do these bottles look good to you? Guess some wines via Twitter, and you can drink one for free at Drago Centro, Celestino Drago's swank downtown restaurant. All this week, Drago Centro sommelier Michael Shearin (Bouchon, Craftsteak, Restaurant Guy Savoy) is hosting a blind tasting on Twitter: once ... More >>