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Ancho Reyes Verde with lime zest.; Credit: Brad Japhe

Some Like It Hot — Spicy Cocktails Are Where It's At

Cocktail menus have been heating up for quite some time now, fueled by the rise of Ancho Reyes — a Mexican chili liqueur adored by a healthy horde of craft bartenders. As the two-year-old brand readies its newest label for the Los Angeles market at the start of 2017 (Verde: an......
Blowfish anticucho; Credit: Cliff's Edge

Demystifying Blowfish at Cliff's Edge

We all remember that episode of The Simpsons from our childhood. You know the one. Homer has an encounter with a poisonous blowfish at Springfield's hip, new sushi spot and is told he has less than a day to get his affairs in order. Although he ultimately survives, of course,......
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Halloween Horror Tales from L.A.'s Restaurants

If you're in search of a good scare this Halloween, here's a pro tip: save money on that haunted hayride; no need to purchase overpriced movie tickets to fright night at the local cineplex. Just head over to your favorite restaurant, and strike up a conversation with your friendly......
Valley of the Dark Lords at La Cuevita; Credit: Danielle Bernabe

Best Mezcal Cocktail

An eminently versatile spirit, mezcal works itself into some of the city's most inventive cocktails. The other agave distillate of Mexico is unfairly pigeonholed as a smoke monster — in reality, its flavor transcends mere smokiness. Supple sweetness, barnyard funk, vegetal earth, metallic minerality — these are a few of......
Matt Bostick

Bitter, Beautiful and Strangely Alluring — That's Amaro

Literally translating to "bitter" in Italian, the word amaro is as much an adjective as it is a category of liqueur. For years, a vague understanding of the ingredients used to produce it relegated the spirit to little more than a set piece along the backbar. But modern bartenders launched......
Hanjip grilled meat; Credit: Rick Poon

7 Best New Korean BBQ Restaurants in L.A.

Los Angeles is home to the largest Korean population in the United States. As a result, the city is blessed with a seemingly endless supply of soju and enough beef bulgogi to last a lifetime. And that’s hardly an exaggeration — with thousands of Korean culinary outposts scattered across L.A......
Valley of the Dark Lords; Credit: Danielle Bernabe

10 Best Mezcal Cocktails in L.A.

An eminently versatile spirit, mezcal works itself into some of the city’s most inventive cocktails. Yet the other agave distillate of Mexico is unfairly pigeonholed as a smoke monster — in reality, its flavor transcends mere smokiness. Supple sweetness, barnyard funk, vegetal earth, metallic minerality — these are a few......