Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sage Gimlet

I bought a pair of coupe glasses today so I thought I’d out bang out a simple cocktail for a nightcap. 

Sage Gimlet

3 oz.  Gin
2 oz.  Lime Juice
4-6  Leaves of Fresh Sage
1/4 – 1/2  tsp. Sugar.

In a cocktail shaker, Muddle Sage with Sugar til Sugar is dissolved and Leaves are broken down to a paste.  Add Ice.  Pour Gin and Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice over the ice.  Shake Vigorously.  Strain and Serve in a sugar rimmed glass and garnish with Sage Leaves or a Lime Wedge.  Cheers!

Sage Gimlet.


Copa d’ Oro (Santa Monica)


Affinity – Scotch, Extra Dry Vermouth, Sweet Vermouth & Orange Bitters.

La Floridita – Rum, Lime Juice, Sweet Vermouth, Maraschino Liqueur & White Créme de Cacao.


Zengo (Santa Monica)


Sign at entrance.
Fire Pit on the patio.  
Edemames X.O. – Whole Sauteed Edemames in Oyster Sauce & Sprinkled with Prosciutto Bits.
Sake Sangria (left) – Sake, Red Wine, Mango, Apple, Passion Fruit & Pineapple. Guava/Cardamon/Lime Juice Cocktail on the right. 
Achiote-Hoisin Pork Arepas – Corn Masa, Avocado & Crema Fresca.
Grilled Beef Short Ribs – Manchego Cheese Potato Puree, Hoisin-Adobo Dragon Sauce & Huitlacoche.
Thai Chicken Empanadas – Chile Poblano, Oaxaca Cheese & Mango-Curry Salsa.
Tamarind-Togarashi Margarita – Silver Tequila, Tamarind, Citrus & Togarashi Salt.
Thai Shrimp Lettuce Wraps – Chorizo, Peanuts, Cilantro & Tamarind Chutney.
Pork Carnitas Rice Noodles- Pork Shoulder, Mushrooms, Cashews, Soft Poached Egg & Hot ’n Sour Sauce.

Gin Gin Gin Mule

I decided to make a variation of a Moscow Mule today and this is what I came up with (via the interwebz).  This recipe is heavy with Ginger but the outcome is more reminiscent of a Mojito.  The Ginger Beer I used wasn’t as spicy as I had hoped and in making the Ginger Syrup, the Ginger was softened a lot.  Next time, I’ll muddle the Mint with a couple of slices of fresh Ginger to add that zing that this cocktail so desperately needs.  It’s a fine cocktail but not the one I was aiming for.                

Gin Gin Gin Mule

2 oz. Gin
3/4 oz.  Lime Juice
1/2 oz.  Ginger Simple Syrup
Ginger Beer
4-6  Mint Leaves
2  Slices of Ginger

In a cocktail shaker, Muddle the Mint and Ginger until broken down.  Add Ice, Gin, Lime Juice and Syrup.  Shake and strain into a tumbler or high ball glass filled with ice and top with cold Ginger Beer.  Garnish with a Sprig of Mint.  Enjoy!


Gin Gin Gin Mule.


The Edison (Los Angeles – Downtown)


 The Edison’s Drink & Food Menu.

This password entitled us to 2 complimentary drinks.

Our complimentary drink: The Gold Rush – Bourbon, Honey & Lemon Juice.  

 The Edison’s Happy Hour Food Menu.

Kobe Beef Slider.


Cocktail Menu – 40% off during Happy Hour.

19th Century Cocktail (left) – Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, Fresh Lemon Juice & Chocolate Liqueur.  English Afterthought (right) – Muddled Blueberries & Ginger, Gin & St. Germain Elderflower liqueur    

Chandelier.  The Decor is 2nd to none. Pictures do not do this place justice.  Whether you drink or not, this is a must visit, if you are in LA.         

Chicken Wings – I think they seasoned  with All Spice. Hmmm.

Veggie Sandwich.


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Atlantic Bar & Grill (Los Angeles – Hollywood)

Finally, an experience worthy of my first "less than 1" star review (and as we all know, 1/2 star really means, NO STARS) Congratulations - You really earned it!

Now, I could go on like I usually do and post photos of what I had to eat n drink, I could tell you what I liked or didn't like, go over the decor, parking situation, deals, etc.  But today, I'll let my emails and correspondences to owner, Alex Levin speak for themselves.

Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2010.
Hello! I went for your Reverse Happy Hour last night and I thoroughly enjoyed the drinks and service...That said, looking over my receipt, I noticed I didn't receive discounted prices on your appetizers.  My mistake for not noticing at the time, but we were charged $7 a piece for fries and calamari when they should have been 3 and 4 dollars respectively.  Any way I can have the difference credited back to my credit card (if indeed I am correct)?  In the event that I was charged in error and it is not too late to receive reimbursement, the last 4 digits to my credit card are XXXX.  Thank you. Guillermo Diaz

Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2010.
Dear Guillermo, So sorry to hear your card was charged the non happy hour rate during the happy hour. I will have this taken care of immediately and your card credited. I believe it may take 24-48h for the credit to appear back in your account, but it will go today. Thank you for your business and we hope to see you again very soon.
Warm regards,

Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2010.
Thanks Alex!
I will see you guys again really soon!

Date:  Sep 20, 2010
Hello Alex,
The partial refund that was supposed to have taken no more than 48 hours, is now over a week late.  Can you comment on this please?  Thank you.  
Guillermo Diaz

Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010
Hi Guillermo,
I was mistaken in my previous email. The price you were charged is the correct price.
Warm regards,

Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010
Perhaps you are mistaken yet again.
Your server, Sarah, told us the food items were discounted and that was the reason we ordered the dishes.
Additionally, not only was as ad placed on Yelp advertising it (it is still there)...
...but a few Yelp reviews ( have confirmed that people have received this deal.  
A blogger confirms it on her website too (http://www.vixenslahap...).
The tweets posted on the restaurant's account advertise it as well- "reduced price on all bar snacks."  Honestly, a plate of fries for $7??  Are you telling me that a side of fries, goes for more than $7 dollars when it is not Happy Hour?  Seriously, $7 dollars is a discounted price on fries?  You're kidding, right?  
Lastly, having called to ask about your reverse happy hour, the person who answered the phone, stated the exact same thing!  
Your thoughts, sir?
Warmest regards,
Guillermo Diaz

Anyway, I called the restaurant after I sent this email and low and behold, Alex answers the phone.  I inquired about their Reverse Happy Hour - specifically about food.  Not knowing who I was he answered, "Actually, AS OF YESTERDAY, WE NO LONGER OFFER A DISCOUNT ON FOOD FOR REVERSE HAPPY HOUR."  So according to him, too now, I should have received the discounted prices!  No matter.  As soon as I introduced myself and he recognized who I was, it didn't matter that he had just put his foot in his mouth.  Alex waffled and said all he could do was apologize for his server's mistake - when it was no mistake all.

All that being said, the Yelp Advertisement he placed for the discounted snacks during happy Hour, has been taken down...

But the dumbass forgot to take down or edit the price tag along with the photo of his Calamari during Happy Hour ( Wow!  Oh, and if you decide to take that picture and caption down too, Alex - by all means!  I took pictures of my own.  Hahaha  May your restaurant go down in flames.    

Warmest regards,

Guillermo Diaz  :-X


The tool decided to cover his tracks yet again.  No matter.  You can still see what I was referring to here (  And why update the price anyway?  What's the point??  It's MISLEADING when you no longer offer Calamari!  And how about you take down all your misleading Happy Hour prices and "Free Valet" posts from your websites while you are at it!!



Good Riddance!

Eastside (left) – Hendricks Gin, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Muddled Cucumber & Mint.  Rattlesnake (right) – Sazerac Rye Whiskey, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Egg White & Angostura Bitters in a glass Rinsed with Absinthe.

Complimentary Bread with Butter and Rosemary Infused Olive Oil.

Fried Calamari.

The Bee’s Knees (left) -  Hendricks Gin, Fresh Lemon Juice, Honey & Orange Juice.  Moscow Mule (right) – Belvedere Vodka, Housemade Ginger Syrup, Lime Juice & Soda Water. 

The WORST Fries I have ever tasted.


Grill Em All (Los Angeles)


Awesome Truck.

"Back to the front…" Disposable Heroes – Metallica.

Molly Hatchet – Seared Fennel Sausage Gravy, Applewood Smoked Bacon & Maple Syrup Drizzle. 

Blue Cheer – Cranberry Gastrique, Maytag Blue Cheese Spread & Munchos Potato Chips.