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Apple Cider California

Hidden Star Orchards Pink Lady Apple Cider (Drink of the Week)

It had been several years since I visited the Ferry Building Farmers Market: Tuesday and was happy to recognize stalwarts like Frog Hollow Farm and discover newer vendors like Hidden Star Orchards on the...
Lemonade Sacramento

Mother Peach Lemonade (Drink of the Week)

Sacramento is the epicenter of California politics, but until recently, didn’t move the needle much when it came to seasonal, local cooking. It helps when hometown heroes like Mike Thiemann return. He previously worked...
Milk Tea San Diego

Camellia Rd Genmaicha Milk Tea (Drink of the Week)

More than 10 years ago, before a tea bar sprouted up on every corner in the San Gabriel Valley, I was still thankful for Tea Station, a Taiwan import connected to Ten Ren’s Tea...

Hopper & Burr Nico #2 (Drink of the Week)

I’ve heard that a neighborhood’s tipping point can be traced to specialty coffee. If that’s true, downtown Santa Ana is well on its way. The main drag now has a Portola Coffee outpost at...
Horchata Los Angeles

Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts Date Sweetened Horchata

Danny Trejo, the L.A. native who’s best known for movies like “From Dusk Till Dawn” and “Machete,” may one day be best remembered for a restaurant empire. He and business partners Ash Shah and...
Cocktail Sherman Oaks

SOCA Gin & Tonic No. 2 (Drink of the Week)

Any neighborhood of note needs a catchy nickname. I’ve floated ShOaks by a few people when referencing Sherman Oaks, but it probably won’t stick. Conversely, chef Aaron Robins and his GM/partner Rory Snipes, two...
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