Monday, February 20, 2012

The Varnish (Los Angeles - Downtown)



Reminds me of Boardwalk Empire.

The Cocktails on the Menu that I never order.  One day.

A new addition to their menu.  Not that you haven't been able to order straight spirits to sip in the past, but now they have a menu with corresponding prices.

Good thing I have a bottle of the Chichicapa at home.

I forgot the name of this one.  The server called it Laphroaig something-or -rather.  Odd because I ordered a shaken drink with rum.  Laphroaig is whiskey and this did not have whiskey in it.  I think she gave me the wrong name of the drink.  Anyway, it tasted like it had light rum, lime and mint.  Beyond that, I couldn't tell you.   Just another reason to order straight from the bar.  Unfortunately, we were not allowed to do so.  Eugene was the only bartender behind the stick at this point and when that happens, they ask that no one order from the bar. 

 Bee's Kiss - Rum, Cream & Honey.

Red Car Bar @ Cole's (Los Angeles - Downtown)


Tonight's Specials.

Old Devil - Smith & Cross, Sailor Jerry, & Appleton Estate 12 year Rum, Tiki & Angostura Bitters & a Brown Sugar Cube.  Garnished with an Orange Peel.

Pancho's Smoking Gun - Vida Mezcal, Silver Tequila, Peychaud Bitters and Habanero & Jalapeño Infused Agave Nectar.  Garnished with a Grapefruit Peel.

Pickled Hard Boiled Egg.

Homemade Spicy Habanero Pickles.

The Midtown (Manhattan) - Rye, Sweet Vermouth, Cherry Heering, Zucca & Grapefruit Bitters.  Garnished with a Grapefruit Peel.

Carmela Ice Cream (Pasadena)


The flavors they had available on this particular day.

Rocky Road with homemade marshmallows & Intelligentsia Espresso on the left bowl.  The other bowl has Brown Sugar Vanilla Bean & Lavender Honey ice cream.

Dog Haus Biergarten (Pasadena)


Dog Haus Biergarten, as visible from the street.  The actual entrance is through an alleyway though.

The entrance with a view of...

...the Biergarten.  I would have enjoyed sitting here if it weren't for Jessie being a lil girl and complaining about how cold is was outside.  As a result, the following photographs came out crumby due to the dim lighting inside.

The cocktail menu.  Next time.  Being that this was my first visit to this iteration of Dog Haus and it's a Biergarten, I had to have a brew.

The Beer + Shot Combos.

Optimus Prime - Spaten Optimator & Old Overholt Rye Whiskey.

Chewbaca - Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout & Tuaca.

Big Ern McCracken - 2 1/3 ounce beefy patties, beef hotdog, cheddar cheese & mayo.

Frito Chili Cheese Fries with Onions.

The Ringer - Beef patty, cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce & onion rings.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

LA Buns (Downey)



Menu on the chalkboard.

LAX Burger.

Some of the decor.

LA Buns Mobile?

East Los Burger.

Joshua - the dude behind the food.

Joshua is humble guy with an impressive resume.  He has worked in some of LA's finest kitchens; The Bazaar, Son of a Gun & Hatfield's, to name a few.  I talked a bit with Joshua and business partner David and they are both excited to bring gourmet burgers [without the gourmet price tag] to this side of town.  Everything but the buns (Breadbar) and fries are prepared in-house and due to the limited kitchen space, they shop daily for their ingredients.  So you know everything's fresh!  They are just 1 week old but the restaurant is already doing well amongst the locals.  They are open for lunch and close briefly before opening up again around 4.  On weekends, they remain open til 2am.  No Happy Hour as of yet but it's in the works.  As far as alcohol goes, they sell a few bottles of beer and have around 6 others available on tap.  Just a few on tap that I can remember are Stella Artois, Shock Top & an IPA.

Enjoy that logo while you can boys...

Burgers & Sandwiches.

Dogs & Vegetation.

The rest of the menu.