Bar at Next Door Lounge with barrel aged cocktails and a variety of house made bitters.
Hollywood’s Next Door Lounge is a speakeasy with a lot going on behind the mysterious entry jockeyed by the well dressed doorman. I was fortunate enough to be invited for an evening of indulgence which began with a whiskey tasting hosted by the lounge’s head bartender Zachary Henry. After, inquiring about the barrel aged cocktail program which I noticed on the menu. Zac proudly sampled me on each of his creations most of which are made with housemade bitters and aged in oak barrels to balance and enhance flavors. They currently have 8 barrel aged cocktails on the menu and to be honest I didn’t dislike any of them. Delicious! If your not in the mood for a true cocktail (a bittered sling) the bartenders here will customize a tipple to meet every palate and mood. I do love that the barrel aged cocktails are actually true cocktails by definition as apposed to punch like you see on so many other “cocktail” menus.
Whiskey tasting at Next Door Lounge
Oh lord this can’t end well…
Next Door Lounge currently boasts 8 barrel aged cocktails and they’re all good. I know because I tried them all!
The drinks are well crafted, delicious and pretty.
Zac is more then the man with a garnish in his hand – he’s the man with the plan and the visionary behind the bar program at Next Door Lounge.
Why yes, I will have another…
Next Door Lounge also hosts live music, murder mystery dinner parties, and comedy shows.
My advise is to check the calendar for Next Door Lounge because they are constantly hosting a variety of fun events. My wife and I still quote the comedian who talked about committing to yellow lights when making a left hand turn. Wish I remembered his name… too many whiskeys!
New Del Real Party Box giveaway – complete with cooler tote and soft blanket!
Want to have a Mexican fiesta with a few of your friends for Cinco De Mayo compliments of Del Real Foods? I’m giving away one of these Party Boxes to one lucky person. All you have to do is follow me on Instagram or Twitter, find my picture of Tacos Al Pastor and use the hashtag #delrealfoods in the comments. The winner will be selected at random on May 5th and Del Real Foods will ship the Party Box straight to your front door!
The Savior Cup is a great way to redeem a lousy bottle of wine!
You know when you take a chance on a reasonably priced white wine you’ve never heard of before only to be woefully disappointed by your spontaneous decision making? Well I have this happen quite often. It got me to wondering, how can I save this bottle of wine. The obvious is to use it for cooking, but adding shitty wine to a nice dinner is not the wisest thing to do when you’ve put all that time and effort into a meal. Finally, the other day I came up with a way to revitalize your shitty wine. Ladies and gentlemen I present to you – The Savior.
The Savior is not a cocktail but rather a “cup” because it is based on wine. “Cup. A beverage made with wine, usually iced, and with flavoring herbs.” – Francis Andrew March 1906
The Savior Cup
1 ounce ginger liqueur
3 ounces sauvignon blanc
1.5 ounces soda water
garnish with cucumber, ginger and lemon or orange wheel.
Add the cucumber and ginger to the cup first. Next add the ice followed by the citrus wheel. Then poor the remaining ingredients over the citrus wheel. Its really that simple. Enjoy!
Spicy pomelo punch
It’s that time of the year for huge juicy pomelos! The obvious thing to do would be to make a pomelo paloma especially if you like tequila. I decided to do something a little different. Here’s the recipe I came up with yesterday thats a bit more unusual but super delicious!
spicy pomelo punch
1 small sprig of rosemary (leaves only)
2 dashes crushed red pepper flakes
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons fine white sugar
2 ounces dry gin
2 ounces fresh pomelo juice
Place all of the ingredients into a shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously until well chilled and combined. Strain using a hawthorne strainer and fine mesh strainer into a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with pomelo slice and rosemary sprig. Enjoy!
I was recently treated to a tasting of the many offerings at L’Amande French Bakery in Beverly Hills. All I can say is this place is legit! From baguettes to pastries, hot sandwiches to cold and salads to deserts, L’Amande provides traditional French cafe dishes along with boulangerie specialties. The croissants are truly special requiring 72 hours of preparation to produce the perfectly thin, buttery, flakey layers. Don’t believe me? Check out these pics!
Escargots aux fruits.
Cute, clean, modern interior with images of Paris and music to match.
Papillote – flakey light crust with sweet fruit filling.
Specialty of the month – lemon lavender scone with lemon custard spread. Yum!
Lemon lavender scone.
Super legit baguette – crusty on the outside/cloud like interior.
Perfectly prepared Croque Madame.
Quite possibly the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had and the only one prepared table-side!
L’Amande French Bakery
9530 S Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
2553 Pacific Coast Highway
Torrance, CA 90505