Category Archive: hot bartenders

Autumn Meal at Drago Centro

  Any regular reader of The Minty knows I spend a lot of time at Drago Centro. I was parked as usual at the bar for happy hour but I was looking forward… Continue reading

Test Kitchen: Alain Giraud

When Alain Giraud announced he was closing down Anisette, there was much flurry in the LA foodie world. It seemed like a tennis match. Was he really closing? No. Yes. No. Wait, he… Continue reading

Tommy Bahama Opens in Laguna Beach

Tommy Bahama will open its 13th restaurant on Friday. I had a chance to preview the new restaurant and retail store last weekend. We started lunch by making our own cocktails. I opted… Continue reading

Test Kitchen: Neal Fraser

After going to six different Test Kitchen nights in September, almost the entire month of October flew by and I realized I hadn’t gone in yet. Oh sure, I’ve been busy eating everywhere… Continue reading

Happy Anniversary, Hot Bartender Crawl!

Last Friday, I celebrated the one-year anniversary of my Hot Bartender Crawl series with a bar crawl in DTLA. My first Hot Bartender Crawl was in DTLA so it was appropriate to return… Continue reading

The Yard’s New Late Night Menu

  Last week I was invited to check out the new late-night menu at the Yard. I’m already in love with their poutine so it was a treat to try the other items.… Continue reading

Dining at Graham Elliot

(we totally think you’re awesome) The above was written on our “experience” menu which is the 10-course tasting at Graham Elliot. While I was researching restaurants in Chicago I wanted to try, I… Continue reading

Cocktalian Chicago

I’ve been to some bars in L.A. where bartenders have told me they were inspired by the cocktails at Chicago’s The Violet Hour. I’ve read some articles about this bar and it was… Continue reading

Chicago Drinks

One of the many things we wanted to do was visit Intelligentsia in Chicago. Having been to all three outposts in L.A.; Venice, Silver Lake and the new Pasadena store, I was excited… Continue reading

The Taste of Mexico at Guelaguetza

I was invited to check out the Taste of Mexico at Guelaguetza a couple of weeks ago. The event included cooking from not just the restaurant Guelaguetza but several notable Mexican restaurants in… Continue reading