Quick Review: “Dirty Habit” at the Hotel Palomar in San Francisco

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Pardon the punctuation…How many times have you stayed at a hotel where the restaurant on property is subpar? In my experience it happens a shit ton. Thats definitely not the situation at the Hotel Palomar in San Francisco. “Dirty Habit” is their lounge/restaurant. It kicks ass across the board. Juliet was my server and here’s what she suggested we have in her total awesomeness.

Cocktails

Manhattan: They hit it out of the park with this solid interpretation of the classic cocktail.

Honey Bee: Hendrick’s Gin, Honey-Lavender Shrub, Pomme de Normandie, lavender flowers, orange oil, rosemary, and roasted apples. Just refreshing and delicious.

Food:

SF Halibut Tiradito: with passion fruit, ginger, and plantain. Fresh halibut…the passion fruit was so bright on the palate and it helped bring out all the flavors. A work of culinary art.

Steamed Bun: Fried lamb belly and peanuts. Did someone say lamb belly? Done and done. Delicious!

Chicken Wings: Sweet soy and chili vinaigrette. Korean style with a little sweet and heat. A must if you go there. Very generous portion…perfection.

Early Girl Tomato Salad: Goats milk curd and chermoula. Perfect recommendation from out server. The perfect salad to compliment the meal.

Sisig fried Rice: with pork belly, calamansi, and soy. The rice had a little pit of crunch and with the fatty pork belly this is a dish you could easily eat for breakfast with a friend egg on top. My mouth is watering right now.

The three desserts I had were all yummy. Jackfruit panna cotta, ginger churros, and the figs & sourdough. I’m going into a sugar coma just thinking about it. When you’re in SF and want a drink, food, or both, check them out.

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Halibut

Chicken wings

Steamed buns

Early girl salad

Fried Rice

dessert

Great outdoor courtyard

Wine Wednesday Review of “Spring Mountain Vineyards” 2002 Estate Cabernet

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Pardon The Punctuation…Here’s a quick review on a great library wine from Spring Mountain Vineyards in Napa, California. Spring Mountain is one of my favorite regions in Napa and the wine from there seems to never disappoint. This 2002 Cabernet has all the great characteristics of a Napa Cabernet with the smoothness of a Bordeaux wine. To use one of the terms I’ve learned here in Cali..it’s “Hella good.” It drinks really well now. Blackberries punch you right in the nose with hints of dark chocolate on the palate. I wouldn’t hold on to this one for more than another 3 or 4 years. It’s perfect right now.

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Ritual Coffee Organic Los Anonos, My New Main Squeeze

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Pardon The Punctuation…If you’re a fan of coffee then you have to become a fan of Ritual Coffee Roasters from San Francisco. Their “Organic Los Anonos” roast has become the latest coffee to make it’s way into my pantry and it’s in contention for being a permanent fixture there. You have to take a sniff of it to understand the amazingly inviting aroma of this roast. It brings a smile to my face the second the bedroom door opens and the aroma hits me. It’s so damn good I go to bed thinking about it. A fresh cut grass mixed with molasses bouquet will spark the curiosity of your senses. The finish is smooth with a hint of citrus on the palate. The only thing I can hope for is that they open a store front in Los Angeles soon…like in my neighborhood.

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Whiskey Review: Orphan Barrel Distillery’s Barterhouse 20 year Bourbon…Wow

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Pardon The Punctuation…I love me some good whiskey and when I saw a 20 year whiskey at the store for under $100 bucks I had to get me some. Right off the nose it hits you with hints of vanilla and cake batter. Caramel on the palate and the sweetness of the corn really comes through. The dominant flavor has to be the vanilla which envelopes your mouth in whiskey goodness. It’s a limited release so I suggest you go and get some ASAP. In my top 20 bourbons of all time.

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Coffee Review: Rocks & Gravel “Til Brooklyn” Full City Roast

Pardon The Punctuation… Just got my hands of some of Rocks & Gravel’s lovely full city roast. Made it in the aeropress so I could extract as much flavor as possible. If I could describe a coffee as chewy this would be it. Chocolatey and full bodied. This one will definitely light a fire under your ass in the morning. At about $13 a bag it’s a no brainer.

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Nothing says “Te Amo” like some Te Amo Ice Cream in The Fridge

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Pardon the punctuation…I recently discovered “Te Amo” ice cream while attending the last LA Underground Market about a month ago. It’s a tough job but I decided I need to sample more of their amazing product and get the word out there. They make small batch artisan ice cream and boy can they do it well. Best part is if you live in Los Angeles you can have it delivered to your door. I love the opportunity to introduce new and amazing products that I think you guys will enjoy. Here’s what I had.

Strawberry Balsamic: With balsamic reduction and pink peppercorns. Just a delicious and elegant blend of flavors. The balsamic reduction gives just enough sweet and tart to entice the palate.

Pistachio: With chopped pistachio. If you’re a fan of pistachio ice cream this may the best one you’ve ever had. Yummy chunks for pistachio made me smile with every bite.

Butter Pecan: With clusters of candied pecans. The are huge chunks of yummy and crunchy pecans in every bite. Could have eaten a gallon of this stuff.

Toasted Coconut: With toasted coconut flakes. You can taste the freshness of the coconut in every bite of it. By far my favorite of the bunch. This was a touch one to share but I managed.

If you live in Los Angeles and you want to order some for yourself contact Andrea@teamoicecream.com and order some. I think Whole Foods needs to get their butt together and put “Te Amo” on the shelves ASAP. The only bad part about writing this is that I have no more of it in my freezer to eat right now. When Oprah finds out about them they’ll be on her “Favorite Things” list.

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I wonder what’s in this bag?

Choices

Yummy

Oh pistachio how I love thee

Look at all those candied pecans.

My Favorite

“The Continental Club” A Must in DTLA

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Pardon The punctuation…The Continental Club at the J. Parkinson room in downtown Los Angeles is more than a bar…it’s a place to escape from the concrete jungle of DTLA. A place to seek refuge from your long day. The elegant decor is reminiscent of bar in London and the music reminds me of the lounges in my hometown of Miami. With excellent bartenders like Mauricio and Avery be sure to know that every cocktail gets the TLC it deserves. Had the pleasure of sampling some of their libations and here’s what I had.

The Perfect Manhattan: Rye whiskey, dry and sweet vermouth, orange, angostura bitters, and scorched orange oil. Just a killer Manhattan. The scorched orange oil makes all the difference. It’s all about the little details.

Gordon’s Cup: London dry gin, fresh lime juice, crushed cucumber, sea salt, and cracked black pepper. Yummy fresh flavors. The pepper gives it a nice bite on the finish.

Continental:London dry gin, sweet vermouth, yellow chartreuse, and absinthe. All the initial flavors are great but the absinthe is not to my taste. If you like absinthe this is the one for you.

St James: Mt. Gay Black Barrel Rum, fresh lime juice, star anise, and pine apple syrup. This rum drink kicks ass and will put you on your ass. I’m usually not a huge fan of anise but it blends well in this cocktail.

Boulevard: Bourbon, Campari, sweet vermouth, and orange bitters. This is their interpretation of a boulevardier. Sometimes the boulevardier can taste medicinal but theirs doesn’t. Elegant and well balanced.

Avenue: Rye, apple brandy, fresh lemon juice, pomegranate and passion fruit syrups, and orange blossom essence. If this is a chick drink than I’m the biggest chick ever. Could have had 5 of these…would have felt it in the morning but screw it! They’re amazing! If you like a shaken cocktail make this one that you order.

The Continental Club hits it out of the park in every way. The drinks, service, ambiance, and decor are all top notch. I think I found where I’m going to celebrate my birthday next year. You should hit them up when you’re in DTLA. They’re open seven days a week.

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The door to cocktail enlightenment.

What a beautiful space

Bull dog pillow is a nice touch.

and now for the bar

The Perfect Manhattan

Boulevard

Avenue

Gordon’s Cup

Coffee Review: Heart Roasters Ethiopia Chelelektu

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Pardon the punctuation…Here is probably the shortest coffee write up ever. I’m hungover as hell and just tried Heart Roasters Ethiopia Chlelektu coffee. The flavors are bright, delightful and I even got a hint of lemon in the aroma. Heart roasters woke me up from a booze coma today and I thank them for it. If you have the chance to try any of their roasts I vouch for this one as a solid buy. Next time I’m in Portland I’ll have to check them out in person.

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Ocho at the Hotel Havana: “The Best Little Happy Hour in Texas”

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Pardon The Punctuation…San Antonio isknown for the Alamo and for sports arenas whose air conditioning doesn’t work. Now it can be known for something else!!! A great happy hour place just blocks away from the riverwalk. Ocho restaurant is located at the stunning Hotel Havana. I definitely have to stay there and review it in the future. I heard about the spot by taking to social media and asking my audience where I needed to go that wasn’t a douchey tourist trap. They answered and I’m so glad I asked. On the happy hour menu you’ll find $4 mojitos and a handful of $5 appetizers that will fill the belly. The tostones, quesadilla, and salsa were the shizzzzznit and I don’t say that lightly. The decor, food, and cocktails seemed curated like a fine museum. If you’re in San Antonio make sure you check out this spot for an experience that will transport you to a happy hour wonderland.

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Mojito

Wine Wednesday Review of Red Cap Vineyards 2008 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

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Pardon The Punctuation…Howell Mountain makes some of the best wine in Napa Valley. Red Cap Vineyards 2008 estate Cabernet does not disappoint. The fruit punches you in the nose right when you sniff the glass. Ruby red in color with soft tannins and a cleansing finish. This wine is big, bold and has all the characteristics you have from this stellar region of Napa. The Yum Yum Foodie approves. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on a bottle drink it and send pics to make me jealous. Wish I had a glass of it now.

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