Tortilla Republic in West Hollywood now open

Tortilla Republic, modern Mexican cuisine, has hit Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood and is now open. Offering a menu featuring farm-fresh ingredients, available organic products, and items free of lard and processed additives created by consulting chef Cathy Shyne and one of the owners, John Halter’s mother’s recipes. Some of the unique menu items include the Hibiscus Flower Enchilada – hibiscus flower, roasted tomato chipotle sauce, jicama, carrots and onion, small plates such as the Tacos de Jicama – thinly sliced jicama “tortillas”, shrimp, chipotle mayo, cilantro, red onion and avocado and the Duck Confit Tacos – sour cherry salsita, shaved radish and cilantro crema. Also available is a vegan menu consisting of items including the house beans and rice and Ensalada de Casa.

The cocktail program at Tortilla Republic focuses on their extensive list of tequila offering specialty cocktails such as the “Perfect” with Herradura resposado, Cointreau, agave, lime sweet and a Grand Marnier float and the Cucumber Lavender with El Jimador silver tequila, fresh lime, muddled cucumber and house-made lavender syrup. 616 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069. 310-657-9888.


Haven Gastropub + Brewery now serving up own beers: ‘Hello World’

Hello World, a pale ale, is what Haven Gastropub +Brewery‘s brewmaster David Larsen and his team has named their first beer ever to be served to the public. The brew is named after a simple programming syntax which people use to learn computer programming. In essence, “Hello, World” interprets the first time a computer program is successful in execution in it’s most basic form. For David, it’s the first time Haven guests will have the chance to taste his brews. He describes the newly brewed pale ale as an easy drinking beer with a nice hop bite. Read More

The fifth annual Pebble Beach Food and Wine returns

Pebble Beach Resorts presents the fifth annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine at the Inn at Spanish Bay on April 12 – 15. The event will provide cooking demonstrations and vertical tastings by more than 75 chefs and 250 wineries from around the globe.

The Food & Wine schedule includes Farewell to Foie Gras: A celebration of foie gras (fatty duck liver) presented by Michael Ginor of Hudson Valley Foie Gras along with chefs Andre Bienvenu and Chris Cosentino. Anne Burrell from “Iron Chef” and “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” will share cooking secrets in the one-hour event Cook like a Rockstar! A team of Northern California chefs will celebrate the achievements of wine-pioneer Jess Jackson on the one-year anniversary of his passing by pairing Bay Area cuisine with wines from Kendall Jackson, Hartford Court, Verite, and Stonestreet. Lastly, the Grand Finale pairs Moët & Chandon’s Dom Pérignon with courses from select chefs designed to complement the Champagne’s best vintages.

Tickets range from $100 for a single event pass to $4,750 for a VIP four-day pass, per person. VIP passes provide access to all events and after-hours parties with chefs and winemakers. For tickets call 866-907-3663 or purchase online. The Inn at Spanish Bay: 2700 17 Mile Dr, Pebble Beach, CA 93953.

Photography provided by Barnaby Draper Studios

Pacific Edge Hotel has a plan to get you out of work

Joie De Vivre‘s Pacific Edge Hotel of Laguna Beach is now offering the Occupation Vacation Package ($299) from now until September with stays available Thursday night into Friday and Sunday night into Monday. The package includes the hotel room and a private surf-inspired indoor/outdoor cabana as well as bottomless Bloody Marys from 12 – 2 PM (all drinks are doubles during this time). Also included is a copy of the movie Office Space and a list of excuses why you need to take the day off. 647 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. 949-281-5709.