Category Archives: Interviews

OC’s The Blind Pig has Created a Drink for Charity for Negroni Week

The Negroni is considered one of the iconic classic cocktails of the 20th Century. Most accounts claim that it was invented in Florence, Italy in 1919 by Count Camillo Negroni. Whatever its origins, though it is a tasty drink that … Continue reading

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ShipKicker Country Music Festival this Weekend at the Queen Mary features Parmalee

This Saturday and Sunday, it’s time to dust off your Tony Lamas, put your hat on straight and head on down to the Queen Mary in Long Beach for the inaugural ShipKicker Country Music Festival. Dustin Lynch will headline Saturday’s … Continue reading

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Moscow Mules and the Ginger Beer Revolution, Part Two: The Taste Tests

In part one of this report, Chris Reed from Reed’s Inc. spoke about ginger beer, its history, Reed’s creation of their ginger products, why ginger is special and what the health benefits are, plus why ginger beer works so well … Continue reading

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Canned Heat’s Fito de la Parra Talks about the Blues, Canned Heat, Woodstock and the Upcoming Adelanto New Blues Festival

When Fito de la Parra started playing drums as a child, he had no idea where it would take him. He only knew that he loved playing. Ultimately, his musicianship brought him to Los Angeles, where he became the drummer … Continue reading

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Chomp Chomp Nation in Anaheim Melds Singapore Flavors with American Eating Styles

Chomp Chomp Nation started out as a food truck, the brainchild of Robert Zuetell and Gina Galvan. “My wife had been to Singapore in 2005 working for Pizza Hut International”, Robert said. “She had tried the food, I had not … Continue reading

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The Best Barbecue by the Best Cooks Was Found at the Queen Mary’s 4th Annual West Coast BBQ Classic in Long Beach

The 4th Annual Queen Mary West Coast BBQ Classic took place Saturday, May 9 in Long Beach. When the sauce settled, Sterling Ball’s Big Poppa Smokers was awarded the Grand Champion Trophy. “The City of Long Beach, with the Queen … Continue reading

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The LA Beat Interview: Hollis Brown

Hollis Brown is a tuneful and bluesy band with an edge. This rootsy Indie Rock band hails from Queens, NY whose name is inspired by Bob Dylan, referring to “The Ballad of Hollis Brown” off of the album Freewheelin. “3 Shots”, … Continue reading

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Broadway in Laguna Beach’s Chef Amar Santana has Returned from a Trip to Spain with New Dishes for a Tuesday Tasting Menu

Chef Amar Santana and his business partner, Ahmed Labatte of Laguna Beach’s Broadway by Amar Santana, both recently returned from a six-week trip to Spain and Morocco. The trip was taken to prepare them for the opening in Fall 2015 … Continue reading

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Moscow Mules and the Ginger Beer Revolution, as Explained By Chris Reed

  Ginger beer is one of the upcoming drinks around, both as a refreshing, non-alcoholic beverage by itself or in one of the most popular cocktails currently, the Moscow Mule. Not only did I have a chance to talk to … Continue reading

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Cruise On Down the Coast to San Juan Capistrano This Weekend for the We Olive & Wine Bar Grand Opening

San Juan Capistrano’s shining star on the culinary scene gets even brighter starting tomorrow as We Olive begins their Grand Opening Weekend for the We Olive & Wine Bar. Starting tomorrow, May 1, a full weekend of informative seminars and … Continue reading

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