Drinks at the Melrose Umbrella Company

  I finally had a chance to check out the new Melrose Umbrella Company a couple of weeks ago. I had gone right before they opened for a bartending competition but wanted to come… Continue reading

Pasadena: Fried Chicken at Picnik

  Picnik in Pasadena is quite interesting. It shares space with KTCHEN on one side. Zona Rosa and gelato carts can also be found there. Plus, there’s a Punch bar on Thursdays and… Continue reading

Chinatown: Lobster at Fortune Gourmet Kitchen

  In my quest to eat at every restaurant in Los Angeles’ Chinatown, I came across Fortune Gourmet Kitchen in the same plaza as Chego. Fortune Gourmet Kitchen is Cantonese and features seafood… Continue reading

Beverly Hills: Seasonal Dining at Maude

  Internationally famous chef Curtis Stone has opened Maude, a small restaurant in Beverly Hills. The tasting-menu only restaurant focuses on one ingredient a month. I went a couple of months ago for… Continue reading

DTLA: Late Nights at The Original Pantry

  What would the world do without late-night eats at the Original Pantry in Downtown Los Angeles after a night of bar hopping? Most nights a few tacos will do but sometimes a… Continue reading

Hancock Park: Mario’s Peruvian Restaurant

  I have friends in a new ‘hood. We’re having a grand time exploring Hancock Park. We’ve walked Mud Hen but a it’s much quicker to grab a bite at Vim Thai  and Mario’s… Continue reading

Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America Competitions Winners

This year’s Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America convention in Las Vegas featured three competitions including Iron Mixologist, Hoptails and Call for Cocktails.   The Iron Mixologist is a tough competition as bartenders have… Continue reading

DTLA: Tom’s Urban Now Open at LA Live

    Tom’s Urban is now open at LA Live. It took over the old ESPN Zone which means it’s a huge restaurant that spans over two floors. On the ground level, you’ll… Continue reading

Hollywood: New Chef at Wood and Vine

  Wood and Vine not only has a new Executive chef Marc Johnson but there’s a new beverage director, Justin Stidham as well. Justin actually returns to Wood and Vine after a stint… Continue reading

DTLA: Day Drinking at YXTA

  Yxta has been on my list of Downtown Los Angeles restaurants and bars I needed to visit but it’s not quite walking distance to anything. Luckily they have their own parking lot. I… Continue reading