‘The Walking Dead’ themed drinks at Vertical Wine Bistro

Fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead can view it before the entire west coast on Sundays at Vertical Wine Bistro in Pasadena, CA. Offering an early viewing at eastern standard time, fans can enjoy The Walking Dead with properly themed beverages such as the “Left For Dead” flight of red wine including California pinot noir, cabernet, and zinfandel ($19); the “Zombie” beer flight of Old Speckled Hen, Stella Artois and “Aecht Schlenkerla” Smokebeer ($12); and their specialty cocktails such as the Old Fashioned-inspired “Merle’s Revenge” or “Shane’s Betrayal” with 42 Below orange vodka (both $12). The Vertical Wine Bistro Happy Hour is also available and will be running all night. 70 North Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103. 626-795-3999.

Drink + Food

Inside look at Mixology 101 at Planet Dailies + Salvatore Calabrese shows us how to make the Breakfast Martini

If you’ve ever stumbled into a 24 hour eatery at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas after a night of drinking, then you might know about Planet Dailies – unless of course you passed out on the table (the best ones do). The second location for this growing brand shares the idea of the original spot, but unlike the original – this one includes a cocktail bar. Mixology 101 at Planet Dailies opens on March 12 at The Original Farmers Market in L.A. Here is an inside look at the bar/lounge and a brief introduction of London-based bartender Salvatore “The Maestro” Calabrese (pictured on the left) and his apprentice Joseph Brooke (pictured on the right). Read More


From line cook to ramen chef, talking to chef Jonathan Shin of Sai Sai Noodle Bar

Jonathan Shin dreamt of playing professional golf and even considered getting into art, a dream he’s closing in on as he now practices the art of ramen. At the tender age of 26, Jonathan is currently the Chef de Cuisine of Sai Sai Noodle Bar inside the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, under the guidance of Executive Chef Thomas Ryan. Once a sushi restaurant, Chef Jonathan has created dishes for this fast casual Asian-influenced noodle bar. We sat down with chef Jonathan Shin and chatted about all things hot and soupy. Read More