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spicy pomelo punch

Spicy pomelo punch

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!

sip at the renaissance

Seasonally inspired cocktails at Sip Lounge.

Seasonally inspired cocktails at Sip Lounge.

Janine Falvo of Top Chef season 9 is the new executive chef for Sip Lounge at the newly remodeled Renaissance Hotel in downtown Long Beach. Chef Falvo’s creativity along with her ocean-to-table focus make this an exciting spot to keep your eye on!

Try the Ahi poke with watermelon and jicama tacos - super refreshing!

Try the Ahi poke with watermelon and jicama tacos – super refreshing!

My favorite dish of the evening = grilled octopus with fava beans. Love the sardine cans she uses for presentation!

My favorite dish of the evening = grilled octopus with fava beans. Love the sardine cans she uses for presentation!

Sip is located at 111 East Ocean Boulevard. Long Beach, California 90802. Phone: 562-437-5900. Hours: 11am – 12am. HAPPY HOUR is everyday from 5-7pm!

good times at davey wayne’s

The other night, Britt and I attended the book launch of 100 Things To Do In Los Angeles Before You Die written by our talented friend Carrie Kim. We decided to celebrate at the legendary Dresden in Los Feliz (yes, where they shot the movie Swingers). After several rounds of liquid nourishment, our friend Jason suggested we check out this new 70’s themed bar with a secret entrance called Good Times At Davey Wayne’s. Since Marty and Elayne weren’t performing that particular night at The Dresden anyway, we decided – why not? After arriving at Davey Wayne’s we stood in line for 30 minutes in front of what appears to be a single car garage in the midst of a garage sale circa 1970 something. Totally worth the wait!

Secret entrance at the back of the garage sale via the old fridge.

Secret entrance at the back of the garage sale via the old fridge.

The cool thing about Good Times At Davey Wayne’s is the attention to detail. The 1970’s items themselves couldn’t have cost all that much but their creative repurposing really works to invent a tasteful and inviting environment. It’s like hanging out in a cool 1970’s living room with a really great vibe. If you grew up in that era it was like a time capsule. If not, it’s like the set of That 70’s Show.

Outdoor trailer bar at Good Times At Davey Wayne's!

Outdoor trailer bar at Good Times At Davey Wayne’s!

After passing through the secret fridge entrance, the first room you encounter is a period living room with couches to match. We wondered through the crowded room and passed the DJ who was spinning good music from the era (completely avoiding Disco) and ended up in a cozy back yard with macramé hanging chairs and a 70’s trailer converted into a bar. Snow cone cocktails? YES PLEASE! Not my typical go-to drink but it seemed to be the obvious choice given the theme. I like that the environment encourages you to shed your usual notions of taste and style.

The bar at Good Times At Davey Wayne's.

The bar at Good Times At Davey Wayne’s.

The main bar somehow pulls off a classy feel even though they have wood paneling on the ceiling and 70’s bric-a-brac along the walls. From the uses of dresser drawer fronts as wall tiles to the displays of vintage soda and beer cans, Davey Wayne’s truly delivers a good time!

David Wayne Houston, father to Mark and Jonnie Houston, was a blue-collar pool shark who enjoyed late nights in his garage building and fixing things–some of the brothers’ best memories. Known by his friends (and the ladies) as Davey, this 70′s bar is a tribute to him and to all who have lost their dads.”

Good Times At Davey Wayne’s
1611 N El Centro Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 962-3804