a woman walks into a bar…

• The Magical Dîner en Blanc in L.A.!

The Magical Dîner en Blanc in L.A.!

Last week, the magical pop-up Dîner en Blanc arrived at the Los Angeles Music Center. What luck climate change because evening temperatures hovered in the high ’70’s. The scene of attendees gliding around all in white - everything white! – unfolded on the plaza between the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Mark Taper Forum like an enchanting, dreamlike scene from […]

• A room of my own. Room 31 that is…my secret bar in Eagle Rock

A room of my own. Room 31 that is…my secret bar in Eagle Rock

I could live here in Room 31. The bar is stocked, the room is small and cozy, there are a bunch of tv’s in the adjacent sports bar, The 5 Line Tavern, and nobody can find me, easily, behind the hidden sliding door. A perfect hide-away. And, as it happens, it’s the first craft cocktail bar […]

• Well, this will be fun! Top L.A. bartenders compete monthly at Terrine!

Well, this will be fun! Top L.A. bartenders compete monthly at Terrine!

TERRINE DEBUTS VERSUS ON SEPTEMBER 20, A NEW MONTHLY GUEST BARTENDER SERIES FEATURING MASHUPS WITH LOS ANGELES’ BEST BAR TALENT Once a month, Head Bartender Ryan Wainwright will challenge the city’s finest barkeeps to a cocktail duel, enlisting their help in building one-night-only menus of ingredient-driven drinks   WHAT:           Beginning Tuesday, September 20, 2016, […]

• ‘Gracias Madre’ for Jason Eisner’s Killer Cocktails!

‘Gracias Madre’ for Jason Eisner’s Killer Cocktails!

Jason Eisner is one busy focused creative bartender and business entrepreneur. Early mornings, I would run into him at Civil Coffee in Highland Park, always friendly and gracious even though he had a million things on his plate.

• Thank you, LA Food & Wine Fest! I may never eat again!

Thank you, LA Food & Wine Fest! I may never eat again!

The LA Food & Wine Fest is three days of glorious fressing made by world class chefs and served by them, sipping wines from about 100(!) wineries, tippling cocktails and quaffing beer all in the name of diligent food and beverage research. Here is what my research discovered covering these three big foodie events: Emeril […]

• Karen Grill, what’s a nice Jewish girl like you doing behind the bar?

Karen Grill, what’s a nice Jewish girl like you doing behind the bar?

Since I drink for a living, I meet a lot of people in the booze world, particularly bartenders because, ‘hellooo’, they are generally the ones serving the booze – sometimes at a bar, sometimes at an event. As customers, we walk in and take a seat at a bar, we order a drink and chitchat […]

• taste on Melrose is killin’ it with beautiful cocktails!

taste on Melrose is killin’ it with beautiful cocktails!

              Taste on Melrose‘s new Spring/Summer cocktails are so beautiful they would not be out of place as an accessory for this gorgeous Alexander McQueen dress! Sometimes beauty is only skin deep but these cocktails are not just a pretty face. They are delicious, refreshing warm-day sippers created by […]

• Summer Cocktails Arrive Poolside At Viviane!

Summer Cocktails Arrive Poolside At Viviane!

Great news, Cocktalians! Ryan Wainwright, bartender extraordinaire, worked his magic and concocted delectable and refreshing summer cocktails, at Viviane, that are perfect for sipping while dangling your tootsies in the fabulous pool. You have ten new cocktails to choose from. Nope, I did not have them all as tempting as it was. But I started […]

• “a woman walks into a bar…” at The Lincoln in Venice

“a woman walks into a bar…” at The Lincoln in Venice

Walking into The Lincoln, you may think you stepped into a time machine and found yourself in a cool bar in someone’s garage back in the 40′s. Well, a nicely cleaned up garage because The Lincoln is meticulously recreated with old-timey design elements like salvaged wood, authentic industrial and automotive accents like stools made from […]

• When Is A Negroni Not A Negroni

When Is A Negroni Not A Negroni

One might say Gary Regan’s book, The Negroni: Drinking to La Dolce Vita, with Recipes & Lore, is the Negroni Bible. If that’s so then questioning the God of the Negroni could be considered heresy but this has been on my mind for so long that I have to write about it or implode. Let’s […]

• Let’s do lunch! At Bourbon Steak in the Americana!

Let’s do lunch! At Bourbon Steak in the Americana!

I don’t know about you but going to a mall for a fabulous meal never occurred to me. Til now. Bourbon Steak just started their lunch service and it’s a dilly. As a lucky attendee at Bourbon Steak’s roll-out of their lunch menu, I started off with a delicious, refreshing Lucky Lindy cocktail – named […]

• Ryan Wainwright – A Bartender’s Bartender

Ryan Wainwright – A Bartender’s Bartender

Ryan Wainwright wasn’t born wanting to be a bartender. Well, who does, you may ask. But, for Ryan, bartending was probably an even more distant career possibility given that he was raised in a strict Christian household where alcohol wasn’t an option, attended Fundamentalist schools and a church where alcohol was demonized. He didn’t go […]

• Our Man About Town: Philip Dobard

Our Man About Town: Philip Dobard

Who is Philip Dobard and why is he everywhere? Well, pretty much wherever there are cocktails. You can spot him here, you can spot him there, his shiny pate and smiling face ubiquitous at bars around town. Does he drink at all those places? How many does he hit in one night? If there’s an […]

• Three days of fressing at The Taste! So why can’t I zip up my pants?

Three days of fressing at The Taste! So why can’t I zip up my pants?

Okay, so you think you can pace yourself when you go to a food festival and only eat a tiny bite of each star restaurant’s sample offerings? Can you hear me laughing?! I covered four sessions, Saturday day, Field to Fork; Saturday night, Dinner with a Twist; Sunday day, Sunday Brunch & BBQ; and Sunday […]

• Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival 2015 as fabulous as ever!

Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival 2015 as fabulous as ever!

What a fabulous event! Where else can you sample extraordinary food from extraordinary restaurants all in one place, all in one night? Add to that a ton of wineries and you have yourself an incredible evening of food and drink. The Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival took over Grand Avenue in DTLA and rolled […]