Foo Fighters Tacos, Motörhead Bourbon & Other Food & Booze News

    Dave Grohl & Christy Vega at Casa Vega. Photo credit: Dave Schwep.

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl is an old friend of Casa Vega owner Christy Vega, so it’s fitting that the two have collaborated on a limited-edition taco, with profits going to charity. The classic Mexican eatery’s Foo Fighters’ Taco features smoked brisket,  BBQ drizzle, Mexican cole slaw, pickled red onion, and cilantro tucked into a flour tortilla. The taco is $7 (or $22 for a two-taco combo with elote, rice, and beans). All profits go to No Us Without You,charity that helps bring food security to undocumented back of house staff and their families. In addition, Casa Vega is selling a special Foo Fighters x Casa Vega T-shirt. The T is $25 on Casa Vega’s website, and those proceeds also go to No Us Without You. You can order food to go from the 64-year-old eatery here.

When you hear Motörhead, your thoughts might not instantly go to fancy, high-end bourbon. Nonetheless, whiskey brand Hillrock has released Hillrock X Motörhead, a limited-edition, premium, cask-strength bourbon, in honor of the 40th anniversary of the legendary band’s “Ace of Spades” recording. Each bottle of solera aged whiskey is hand numbered and packed in a special “Ace of Spades” gift box. 1100 bottles are available at $175 each.

Motörhead x Hillrock Bourbon.

Way too many restaurants are currently going under. Here’s some sad news from Hermosa Beach: The Standing Room, known as much for its gourmet burgers as for hosting live music by the likes of South Bay punk rock legends The Descendants and Pennywise, is going out of business due to Covid-induced financial distress. The Standing Room will close its doors for the last time on December 20. 

If you love eggnog, you might want to try this highly sought-after version. Big Dave’s Eggnog, a special proprietary blend made with spiced rum, cognac, AND Jameson, whiskey, along with nutmeg, cinnamon and who knows what else, is made using the top secret recipe that Chef David Lentz (The Hungry Cat) received from his father-in-law after signing a confidentiality agreement. It’s available only at A.O.C. until the end of the month. 

A landmark Alhambra diner that opened in 1943, Twohey’s was famous for its vintage neon sign featuring a man with clothes-pinned nose and eyes streaming with tears, apparently overcome by the diner’s onion-laden Stinko burger. Twohey’s closed in 2018 after losing its lease but recently reopened in South Pasadena. Currently open for takeout and delivery, the new Twohey’s still features classic diner fare like burgers, onion rings, and shakes, along with salads, vegan options, and a variety of cocktails to go. 

Cutwater Spirits’ White Russian. Image courtesy of Cutwater Spirits.

Fans of “The Big Lebowski” will recall that the White Russian was The Dude’s favorite cocktail. Undeniably delicious, it’s a bit of a hassle to make at home unless you happen to be stocked with whole cream, coffee liqueur, and vodka. San Diego’s Cutwater Spirits has made enjoying a White Russian in the comfort of your abode easy with the release of its newest canned cocktail. Cutwater’s take on the classic features house-made coffee cream liqueur and Cutwater vodka. With an ABV of 14%, the drink, per Master Distiller Yuseff Cherney, “tastes especially awesome when you’re wearing your favorite bathrobe.” A 4-pack is about $13 and you can find a retailer by emailing

L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele has a creative solution to the current ban on outdoor dining: drive-in dining. Park in their private lot and servers wearing masks and shields will bring food to your car. String lights and greenery enhance the atmosphere. You can watch a variety of short films, along with TV shows and iconic Italian football games, while partaking of Da Michele’s famous pizza and other Sicilian dishes. Order upon arrival or in advance by phone. Films screen Thursdays through Sundays, but you can order food to eat in the Da Michele lot seven days a week.

Karin E. Baker

About Karin E. Baker

Karin E. Baker is a native Angeleno who loves the eateries, history, nature, architecture, and art of her hometown. When not exploring poke shacks in Kona, tascas in Córdoba, and konditoris in Malmö, she writes about food, culture, lifestyle and travel. She obsesses over comma usage and classic films and is always happy to find an excuse to open a bottle of champagne.
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